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39. Values

I am most acutely aware of love’s meaning when I reflect on loss. Loving connectedness is the overriding meaning of our otherwise finite existence.

38. Aptitude

Aptitude is like an internal shapeshifter, looking like one thing today and quite another tomorrow. It becomes a valuable part of who we are only after we are forced to rise to an occasion.

37. Culture

If only such a cultural bond would develop in all of us during this time of crisis. A culture of mutual understanding and love.

36. Purpose

Finding one’s purpose in life is dependent on many factors. It is the most important of all decisions we make.

35. Resourcefulness

Resourcefulness does not depend on how well-educated we are. It does not depend on being remarkable in some way.

34. Belonging

What can help me now is much more dynamic. I gain freedom by seeking interesting opportunities and reaching out for them.

33. Mentoring

To my wife and me the practices of living responsibly and paying it forward were intertwined. One practice was not possible without the other. Responsible living was the foundation for serving the other. For mentoring or paying it forward.

32. We

We can choose to be happy. I have chosen to be as happy as possible while serving as a caregiver for a wife with Alzheimer’s. But that happiness is not to be achieved at her expense, shunted away or forgotten while I pursue other diversions.

31. Happiness

We need to manage our destiny by controlling our self-perceptions and actions

30. Contingencies

“I will not be a victim” mindset forces us to discover ways to control our own destiny. At least to some degree.

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