All posts tagged: Serenity Prayer

The Flying Monkey

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Flow / Mindfulness

Originally posted on <a href="https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/the-flying-monkey">Spirit Lights The Way</a>: <br />Once upon a place and time, a monkey flew through the jungle, clinging and swinging from vine to vine. Ignorant of his true nature, he clung to the belief that he could fly only when swinging and clinging from one vine to the next. He swung as he clung and clung as he swung. Afraid to “let go.” Until the day he woke up and remembered who he…

Optimism … easier said than done?

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Acceptance / emotions / Meaning of life and that stuff

This time last week I wrote about a couple of people I spoke with during the day. Both were facing major issues – one was dealing with sickness in the family and the other had serious business problems. Today I caught up with the business person again and ventured to ask her if she had any success in fixing a major piece of machinery. Last week she said it could not be fixed and she […]

Our inability to control everything

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emotions / Gratitude / Serenity prayer / Wisdom

Some days I worry about what might go wrong and then I remember that I cannot control everything around me. Even when I plan everything perfectly there is usually something that can throw me off course. When I remind myself of the limits on what I can control, I am able to let go, be more relaxed, and go with the flow. Today I spoke with two people with situations way beyond their control. The […]

Being ‘in the flow’

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Flow / Gratitude / Health / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness / Wisdom

I recently discovered an interesting book titled Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It was first published in 1990 by Harper and Row. Here is a description of the book I copied from Amazon.com (where I purchased the book). Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, […]

Hobbies and Interests

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Acceptance / creativity / encore / encore careers / I believe that... / Meaning of life and that stuff

In 2010 I ceased working full-time and moved to the South West to enjoy the wonderful experience of not having to set the alarm and get up and go to work. Funnily enough, I still wake up early most days even though I don’t set the alarm. I have been grappling with what best to do with my time now. I have tried a range of things, including self-employment, volunteer work, gardening, blogging and recently […]

The age-old questions

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Baby Boomers / encore / encore careers / Friends and family / Gratitude / Health / Meaning of life and that stuff / Wisdom / Wisdom too late

“Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage. But is it a number you care about, or one you tend (or try) to ignore? Some people are really sensitive about their age and try to hide the truth from others – leave them guessing! For me, from an early age I looked older than my contemporaries. I think it is fair to say that trait has stayed with me so I just accept it. […]

A story about an old man (fiction)

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creativity / emotions / Gratitude / love / Meaning of life and that stuff / Nature / Wisdom

I visit my elderly aunt every week. She is in the dementia ward of the local Care Village. She turned ninety recently. I notice each week that there is a fellow sitting outside enjoying the sunshine. He has a beautiful smile and says hello to me as I pass by. As time goes by, we start to exchange a few words about the weather or comment on the flowers in the well-cared for grounds. Sometimes […]