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I Am

Misinterpret

Recorded two If Disney Ran Your Life podcast episodes yesterday with Jody Maberry. We wrapped up Season 3, which is technically Season one since the first two seasons were practice.

Misinterpreting is easy.

No experience required.

Yesterday when i said:

At some point in time, when we least expect it, we will wake up surrounded by stuff that not only doesn’t serve us, but holds us back and drags us down.

i am not judging others who collect and possibly even hoard stuff.

Sounded like it, i know, but it’s not judging.

Here’s what it is.

People are free to do what they please. i embrace this inalienable right to have freedom of choice.

Freedom to choose is beautiful and i am certain that i can no longer live with lots of stuff that doesn’t make me feel free.

This strong belief has nothing to do with other people’s habits and has everything to do with mine.

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Completely Different?

The beauty of lightness

Every tiny spider we find in our house has great odds of being caught and released. Only a life with margin in its schedule will think this scenario though and act on it.

The beauty of lightness.

Unencumbered.

Beauty.

Joy.

Gratitude.

Humility.

Just a brief thought-riff on the lightness i’m beginning to feel again. Haven’t felt this light since returning from Glacier National Park 40 days ago.

Light meaning caught up, not overwhelmed, proactive, margin in my daily routine.

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Final 120 Days

Enjoyed the moment rather than capture it

For a guy who takes a lot of photos, i didn’t take many yesterday. This one was an afterthought.

Enjoyed the moment rather than capture it.

Rare.

Would i do it the same way again?

Probably not.

Do i regret not taking more photos?

Nope.

Son, it’s ok to be okay with not doing what you always do.

Remember, however, that great habits are scalable and produce superior long-term results. Aim for perfection, settle for excellence.

The absence of a group photo, when we had everyone here, would have been great but not having it doesn’t dimmish the memory of a wonderful day.

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Spring Grove

Now that i’m clear

quote about independence
With God as my witness, this is a screen shot from an hour ago. i believe my wife and son always deserve an explanation.

Now that i’m clear, i feel a lightness that is literally indescribable.

Wow.

So cool.

Thriving to the next level.

Life is hard.

i get it.

i’m an alcolholic.

Probably addicted to sugar too.

And i used to smoke cigarettes, but only when i drank. And for 28 years, i only drank twice a week, on weekends and weekdays.

Dysfunction is nothing to be ashamed of.

It’s widespread.

But carrying some (self-imposed) unnecessary burden that it’s my job to fix it was unreasonable.

Ever hopeful. 

Optimistic to a fault?

Then the creative year-long effort to reveal the obvious.

Change can only come from self-motivation.

Let’s just admit where we stand and then be willing to accept it and let go of things we can’t control.

 PS. Facebook does not a solution make. Too public. Too impersonal. Like the dictatorial boss who thinks she can send memos to change her company’s culture…

PSS: Context – this post may seem hypocritical, like the boss writing the memo. Not everything is as it appears – private efforts remain private. i am at peace with the personal face-to-face and voice-to-voice efforts i have made in the past. Moving forward, these are always welcome. And i have retired from initiating them. Not initiating them in 2018 was the equivalent of the USA imposing economic sanctions on a country that takes USA’s generosity for granted, meaning a mental health professional agreed it would be a legitimate approach.

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When Your Life Changes

Guessing i don’t owe you anything

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Slate is clear. It’s a new year to do what feels right and good.

The 2018 creative endeavor is done.

The goal: do something i’ve never done before. No expectation from anyone to react to my new behavior. None. You can never try something new if you aren’t willing to live with the consequences.

It sheds light and illuminates life with richer clarity than before.

With:

  • my personal Facebook account with only blood relatives and a handful of HS & College (40+ years relationships) friends
  • with texts
  • with emails
  • with phone calls

i didn’t initiate.

For a year.

The big reveal?

This was ok.

Why?

No one noticed.

No Facebook inquiries, no texts, no emails, no phone calls.

Turns out, what i felt guilty about, i didn’t need to feel guilty about.

Such a delightful surprise.

If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me.

i hear you loud and clear too.

Glad this is okay on both sides.

All that worrying for nothing.

Freedom.

Gratitude.

Update (today, March 2): it’s now been 14 months, not 12.

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