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How to Live a Good Life

Depending on the decade when you graduated from high school or college, you may remember the spoken word poem Desiderata (Latin for “desired things”) that was written in 1927 but did not gain widespread popularity until the early 1970s.

orange sun just above the water's edge

To live a good life, all we really need to do is show up and be ourselves. Every. Day.

Or the college graduation speech improbably delivered by a number of people ranging from Kurt Vonnegut to Darth Vader but I believe (and let me know if you have better information) was actually written by Mary Schmich in an article called “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young,” for the Chicago Tribune. You might know it as “Wear Sunscreen.” Both are intended as advice to help us live a good life. The self-help section of the book store overflows with advice on how to live a good life.

And yet, here you are, hoping I have some nuggets, a silver bullet, the secret solution for all of life’s problems.

In short, you want, The Answer. Because, when we know The Answer, everything in our lives will be good. Continue reading

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It’s All Your Fault!

What do you do when someone has let you down? When a promise is not kept, an expectation is not met, an obligation is forgotten, how do you handle it?

drinking glass, milk spilled on granite countertop

We can blame the person who spilled the milk, or ask, how can we prevent the milk from spilling in the future?

If you’re like most people, you blame the person who has disappointed you. Rightfully so, after all, you couldn’t possible be responsible for their failure.

Right?

And blame is the best way to solve your problem.

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Springing Forward

Wednesday, March 20, is the Vernal equinox, the official start of spring in the northern hemisphere marking the time when nature’s life cycle begins anew.

crocus and oak leaves on early spring ground

Embrace the promise of the spring to come but don’t ignore the present

For many of us, it’s a time for renewed or fresh intentions to get in better shape, lose a few pounds, make plans for the summer. It’s time to finish the projects around the house that we put on the list back when it seemed winter would stretch on relentlessly, and we had nothing but time.

Now we have to hustle to get them done so that we can tackle the springtime projects.

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