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Life is Not a Road Race

Today I am making a guest appearance at Jon Stolpe Stretched, where in “Ringing Up Patience at Register Six,” I have written about how life is not a road race.

Life is Not a Road Race, LifeIsHOTBlog, Brad W. Smith photographer, Jubilent runner in road race

Life is not a road race. Slowing down gives us time to think, and builds our patience muscle.

When we slow down, we have time to think, and to build our patience muscle. As you’ll see when you read it, my patience muscle got a workout the last time I went to Wal-Mart.

I suspect a lot of us are taxing our patience muscle in the check-out line this time of year. Continue reading

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To Be, or Not To Be, Yourself

Do you find it easy to be yourself? Halloween is this week and I suspect you may be facing your own Shakespearean dilemma.

To Be Yourself, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Man in butler costume and Halloween make-up

The butler did it. He thrilled the kids with candy and with his creepy laugh.

Whether you should be spooky or silly, hero or bum, store-bought glitzy or home-made clever? The one thing you don’t want to do is to be yourself.

This year an estimated 41 million people will trick-or-treat, and spend $2.5 billion on costumes for adults, children and pets. (Yes, pets.) Each trickster or treater will haul home more than a pound of candy. Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence

I was married to a musician for more than a dozen years. Before we met, he had very nearly become engaged to another woman. She was a string player and I had the

The Sound of Silence, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Three conifers at the edge of the Grand Canyon

We must look beyond what is right in front of us so we see the entire picture.

pleasure of meeting her about six years into our marriage. The music man would from time to time tell me that had they married, they’ve have divorced by now. I’d ask him what he meant, but he’d never explain further.  He’d stay silent, unwilling to share what was in his heart with his life partner. Continue reading

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