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Peace In Your Soul

The easiness and simplicity of the present moment

Disney Keynote Speakers
Last night’s trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom to shoot a short client video for social media.

 

The easiness and simplicity of the present moment is lost because we are constantly thinking about so many things.

It’s challenging to simply be focused on the present moment without a dwelling on something that’s already happened, or a preoccupation with something that might or will happen in the future.

Case in point, as i type this, i’m preoccupied with two clients with high, yet unrealistic, expectations. These clients want amazing results and the miracle of getting those results with a magic formula that circumvents a slow and steady uphill climb.

 

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Peace In Your Soul

Merry Christmas, thank you Christmas for being an annual part of my life

fosbury flop statue
Fosbury flop. Screenshot from Twitter yesterday (Oct 24). The University of Oregon revealed this statue yesterday.

 

 

Why the Fosbury video?

Because Twitter planted a seed yesterday.

And the seed grew into a thought about being a pioneer.

Pioneers change things.

Maybe the way i think about death (and the 10-year plan) is pioneering.

Time will tell.

And no, i didn’t do it to pioneer anything.

Dick Fosbury didn’t either.

Dick was simply looking for a way to not be the worst high jumper on his High School team.

And i simply don’t want to die with regret. i plan to die with peace and contentment. Peace with who i am. Content with what i have.

Merry Christmas, thank you Christmas for being an annual part of my life.

According to my 10-year plan, this is my final Christmas.

i’m at peace with having such a non-conforming approach to life.

The critics, and there are always critics, used to be people i worried about what they would think of me.

Maybe 3-5 years ago i started asking, “Why?”

Well, for starters, some of them are family and friends.

People i’ve known a lifetime.

To this unnecessary worry, i’ve surrendered.

Free at last.

Thank God almighty, i’m free at last. (ht MLK)

Note: ht = hat tip.

 

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About Mid Life Celebration

Happy 59th birthday dude

Ted Talk on Death
Intelligent conversation about death and design.

 

 

Happy 59th birthday dude.

 

Nine years ago you began a 10-year journey to “do everything in life you wanted to do” before your 60th birthday.

Why?

A realization that no male on your Dad’s side lived past 60.

Today you turn 59.

This is technically your final Summer.

Are you afraid?

No.

Will you probably live past 60?

Probably.

But nine years ago, and like today and tomorrow, you know no guarantee is ever granted anyone.

The greatest benefit in pursuing your weird and unconventional goal?

Eliminating shoulda, woulda, and coulda from your vocabulary.

And learning how to respect, live, and enjoy peace and contentment.

 

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Peace In Your Soul

12 days went by fast

Many Glacier Hotel
Yes, it’s this striking.

 

Nearly two weeks away from home.

The original trip on November 1st was booked without a return flight, and we eventually booked the return for November 6, which was two days after Dad’s funeral.

Little did we know that Mom wouldn’t be strong enough to attend Dad’s viewing and funeral.

In fact, it happened fast – Mom went to be with Dad the very next day.

Six days apart.

Allegiant Air made it easy to rebook our flight for yesterday evening, two days after Mom’s funeral.

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Dear Son

A short story about “and then I realized”

Quote about holding onto pain
From a social media update but i can’t recall where. This short story, below, has been a huge growth experience.

 

A short story about “and then I realized”

The people i want to talk to the most almost always get a call, text, or email from me first.

The people i want to talk to the most rarely (almost never) initiate a call, text, or email.

And then i realized this (a long time ago, actually).

But for some unknown reason that i still can’t explain to this day, i felt a nagging guilt about how to remedy this.

Mostly, i felt like it was my place to always be the initiator.

i didn’t like it, and i still don’t.

And then i realized there was never any written or even weirdly implied expectation for me to always go first.

Over the years (decades) i suggested to some of my family and friends that we could set up some sort of schedule to call.

But many of my family and friends never liked that idea for whatever reasons and no process was ever tried.

And by the way, trying something new is only a starting point. A point from which things can be tweaked with input from those involved. Each Family member and Friend may like something a little different.

i’m used to scheduling things because i worked in a career that required me to be organized and to plan ahead in order to get the things done that were the most important.

And then i realized i have a choice that i have never done before.  What would happen if i stop calling, texting, and emailing?

And then i realized, i don’t need to feel guilty anymore.

And then i also realized, everyone is OK with this, and i was just making it a bigger deal than it really was/is.

Now I feel free.

And then i realized, i like this feeling of freedom.

If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me.

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