All posts tagged: Discernment

Transitions take time …

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Acceptance / Baby Boomers / Meaning of life and that stuff / Uncategorized / Wisdom

I gave up full time work six years ago and I am still adjusting to the changes brought about by that decision. Many, many times I dreamed I was back at work – usually late and a bit lost – people had moved around and I couldn’t find them. This week I dreamed my old boss fired me! I was actually pleased, especially when he gave me a cheque for $14,000 (only in my dream)! […]

A Little Bit of Love

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Acceptance / compassion / forgiveness / Uncategorized

Sometimes it is hard to come to terms with the increasing rhetoric of hate and fear that is found in society. Has the world always been like this? When has it become OK to vilify people because of their religion, race, gender … The challenge, as I see it, is to remain hopeful that there is more good than bad in people and not to respond to hateful attitudes in a way that fuels them […]

Transitioning to Retirement

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I will be facilitating¬† a course through the local branch of the University of the Third Age starting in February. The topic of my six-week course (2 hours a week) is Transitioning to Retirement. I am fascinated with this topic following my own experience in adapting to life post full-time employment (at age 55). When I was working I used to see people in cafes as I rushed past them on my way to the […]

Assertive or aggressive?

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Mindfulness / Wisdom

I have never been very good at dealing with conflict. I just don’t like it! Never-the-less, we are sometimes caught in situations where we either give in too easily on the one hand or, alternatively, get too angry.¬† I came across this little story recently and thought it was worth sharing (again) as I believe it provides an alternative to the extremes of not acting and reacting in a negative way. Once there was a […]

The passionate idealism of youth

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Meaning of life and that stuff / Motivation / Passion / Serenity prayer

How can I recapture the enthusiasm I once had to make a difference in the world? Have I changed and become complacent with my good fortune. I remember times when I was younger when I really believed in something – I put all my energies towards making a difference. Perhaps I was idealistic. Today I have the time and the resources to do something worthwhile but cannot seem to capture the passion I used to […]

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

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Acceptance / Friends and family / Mindfulness / Wisdom

I chose this question out of 48 Questions to Ask Your Kids by Erin Waters & Momastery (Momastery). It is a resource to “Unlock the hearts of your little ones using these keys to great family conversation”. I thought the questions could also double as interesting prompts for blog topics. Now, let me think about this important question for a minute or two … 1. My first wish is to ask for peace of mind. […]

A clumsy jump into retirement

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Acceptance / encore / Health / Holidays

The post below was written for an exercise in my creative writing class. I can’t do it any longer. It will kill me if I keep going. After all, it is only a job and there must be more to life than going through the motions and playing the games. The pay and conditions are good but they don’t make up for the emptiness of the soul in doing something that no-one cares about. The […]

Confidence booster

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Acceptance / Motivation / Self acceptance / The workplace

I developed the tool below to help me in times when I doubt myself. I think of the word confidence and go through each letter at a time. Sometimes I can’t remember my original choice of words and then I come up with new ones that reinforce positive thoughts in my mind. CONFIDENCE IS MADE UP OF MANY SMALLER PARTS C is for capable. You have the basic knowledge and experience to do the task […]

The flow state

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Flow / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness / Wisdom

I am reading (still) Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly and published by Harper Perennial – first published in 1990. It is one of those books where I keep going “Aha!” as I discover the writer has put my jumbled thoughts into eloquent words that seem quite profound. It is not often I find a book that answers so many questions for me. I could not do it credit by trying […]