In Times of Trouble

Everyone has tragedy in their lives at some point.  People we love die and it feels tragic.  We lose a job and it feels tragic.  We develop an illness and it feels tragic.  No matter how large or seemingly small (it’s always large to the person it’s happening to), we all have to deal with…

Appreciate v Gratitude

Do appreciate and gratitude mean the same? Appreciate is a verb and is defined as 1. recognize the full worth of;  2. understand (a situation) fully;  3. rise in value or price.  Appreciation is a noun that is defined as 1. the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something; 2.  a…

Vacation or not vacation?

After my experiment of only doing what I wanted for a couple of weeks, I had an idea that I decided to try on people. What if I called that time vacation, instead of an experiment?  What if instead of telling people I was only going to do what I wanted for a couple of…

The Results are In!

My 1st level experiment about doing what I want, when I want for a 2 week period has concluded.  Here are the results:  Two weeks was a great start, but I don’t think it was long enough to really get the most out of it.  The first several days, I was on autopilot and was…

Values

The word value can be both a noun and a verb.  As a verb it is to consider something having value or estimating monetary value.  As a noun, it can mean everything from the degree of lightness or darkness of a color to a numerical amount to the worth we place on something.  It is…

To Agree or Disagree: That is the question

I’m borrowing some inspiration from Shakespeare here.  Anytime anyone puts anything out in the open, whether in a conversation, a book or a blog/website, we invite agreement and disagreement.  Well, there’s actually a 3rd group, the one’s who don’t really care much one way or the other, but that’s another topic. Whenever I read what…

Vision

Part of having a personal mission is the vision that goes with it.  When we know what our mission is, then we can identify what we value that goes along with that mission.  I have had a vision of how my life would be since I was a kid.  I think most of have that […]

Life’s Mission

Everyone has a mission in life.  We all do, but most of us aren’t really aware of that.  In business, we learn how important it is to identify your mission because everything else revolves around your particular mission for that business.  In life, we also need to identify our mission, yet most of us never…

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life?  An existential pondering that has been considered by philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and most humans at some point in their lives (in the past it was when we weren’t worrying about survival, currently it’s when we’re not worrying about social media). There have been many theories postulated over the millennia,…

Setting Intentions

In May, I started on one of many life experiments.  I decided to set an intention at the beginning of every morning and at night I spent a few minutes noting what had happened that day that was related to my intention.  I decided to set an intention every day for 30 consecutive days, and…

A Grand Experiment

Well, it’s July, the year is 1/2 over and the second half is in full swing.  I have decided to use this month to try an experiment and see what happens.  I am going to take some time off and do whatever I want and not do anything I don’t want to do.  I have…

Changes and Challenges

Life is…..always changing!  I’m sure most of us are familiar with the phrase “the only constant in life is change.”  Children know that change is happening all the time.  If you’ve had children, they are always asking to be measured to see how much they’ve grown, although it may not be much if you measured…