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Three steps to midlife peace and contentment

Space Needle observation deck
Faces pushed up to the edge to get a view of everything from Space Needle observation deck

 

Three steps to midlife peace and contentment:

  1. work harder than ever to re-think things (could take years)
  2. put simple processes in place to recalibrate our shifting priorities
  3. begin to live more fully aware of each day, and the many mundane moments in it

We do more at first, so we can do less eventually, so we can have more.

Check?

Doing less. Having more.

Never thought it was possible.

A work in progress by the way.

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Are good intentions really our prison walls?

Teddy Bear on Glacier Park's St Mary Lake boat ride
Why take a ragged Teddy Bear everywhere? Because intentions have no pay off.

 

Habits are our prison.

And good intentions are our drugs to deal with the pain.

Shoulda, woulda, coulda.

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How coming to terms with the passing of time sets us free

Early morning flight and sunrise from Seattle
Seattle to Salt Lake City to Orlando, 6am wheels up

 

Mt Rainier rising above the clouds just after sunrise
Mt Rainier rising above the clouds just after sunrise

 

Father and Son nestled close and sleeping on airplane
Coming to terms with the passing of time

 

How coming to terms with the passing of time sets us free. Catching the 4:20am airport shuttle made for a very early start, which created a perfect nap opportunity on the plane.

In random moments truth can be revealed to us.

A parent’s nose pressed gently against the still wet hair of their almost teenager.

That clean hair smell.

A smell only enjoyed from close contact.

It may have happened for the very last time yesterday.

The choice is to be sad, or rejoice in that final opportunity – to be conscious of it…

And eternally grateful for it… and the countless others that had come before.

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Final look and maybe the last ever?

Seattle Space Needle covered in fog
Seattle Space Needle covered in fog

 

Seattle Space Needle reflection on EMP Museum
Seattle Space Needle reflection on EMP Museum

 

Top photo is the first one from yesterday – our final vacation day in Seattle.

Bottom, the final Space Needle photo – a reflection off the EMP Museum.

Love being mindful that each time we do something – special or ordinary – it might be our last chance.

Ever.

Have found, through repetition (aka practice) that thinking this way as a habit doesn’t require extra effort once it becomes a habit.

Weird.

True.

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The value of one good day

Seattle City Pass booklet
Six must see Seattle attractions at 43% off 🙂

 

Early breakfast at Brella’s (short for umbrella) in hotel.

Walk one block to Space Needle – up to observation deck 530 feet up (Needle is 605 feet).

Return to ground level, walk 100 meters to Ride a Duck.

Rode the Duck for 90 minutes.

Walk 50 meters, take monorail to downtown Seattle.

Lunch at Pike Place Market.

Tour Pike Place Market.

See first ever Starbucks.

Take break at a different Starbucks.

Tour Seattle Aquarium.

Enjoy Argosy Cruise tour through harbor.

Dinner at The Crab Pot.

Monorail back to Space Needle.

Up to observation deck again for sunset.

Down again, ice cream, return to hotel.

One good day.

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