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Thank You Robin Williams

Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day, make a wish, and think of me. Make your life spectacular.

– Robin Williams from the movie Jack

The Original American Dream

Do you know what it was … the original American dream? I had no idea myself until I read an article recently from financial writer, Chris Mayer.

It seems the phrase was coined by a guy named James Truslow Adams in 1930, and the dream wasn’t about getting ahead and having the house and car and boundless opportunity in the land of the free.

Fast Takes Longer …

Fumbling. Bumbling.

That’s what happens when you try to go fast, and instead of gaining an advantage, you wind up in worse shape than if you’d taken your time.

Choosing Happy

We all want to be happy. Then, why are so many of us not as happy as we could be or just plain unhappy?

Is it because things haven’t worked out for us the way we’d hoped … or is it because we’re not consciously choosing to be happy?

Make It A Game, Not A Contest

Let’s say you want something. You get 89% of what you asked for. How would you feel?

Pleased? Upset? Which would you focus on? The 89% you gained or the 11% you came up short?

I know it depends on the circumstances and how attached you are to reaching your original goal.

In my case, I was very attached. I wanted to lose weight … 83 pounds to be exact.

Babies On The Beach

They’re so cute and so funny.

We just took a trip to Charleston on the South Carolina coast, spending several days on the beach at Sullivan’s Island.

And if you get there around mid-morning, there are lots of little ones on the beach … from tiny babies to toddlers.

It’s really the highlight of a day on the beach to watch them in their little bathing suits with their pudgy arms and legs and sunhats.

The Legacy Project

What do you want to be remembered for?  What do you want your legacy to be?  In what way do you want to leave the world a better place?

Livin’ and Dyin’ … Lessons From My Kitty

Our sweet kitty cat, Tootsie, died on February 7. She was 18.

I still “see” her everywhere around the house. She was my constant companion for as long as I’ve lived here. I got her from the pound when she was just a baby kitten. She was the loudest one of the litter, mewing constantly, trying to climb up the cage, insisting that I take her home.

I did. She fit in my hand.