June 25th, 2007


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Discovering Yourself

I’ve spent this last week ‘on vacation’ with my wife and one of my granddaughters. I spent the time discovering how easy it is to forget that I create it all… The other side of this site talks about the coaching aspects of which there are plenty.

We had planned on spending a quiet week together in Ocean City (MD – the state, but I needed one later). My daughter is very pregnant and so we took our granddaughter… a good description – is a typical 6-year old (read ‘Calvin & Hobbes’).

But we had booked ‘an efficiency’ – one room, just big enough for a Murphy bed and a futon, one chair, a kitchenette (very ette). Every indoor moment was spent watching either Cartoon Network (what do we do to our kids??) or Nickelodeon (ditto). And ½ the time, lights all out around 9 or 9:30…Cabin fever in the summer.

And we are committed to our eating habits, which Calvin would describe as war. We were around the corner from a McDonalds, which we despise, but found two meals worth of respite (when I say around the corner, the sound of the drive up orders penetrated our room, fortunately only in random syllables.)

As you can tell, I became at the effect of our circumstance almost immediately. I took delight in going to the (absolutely lovely) beach – but I got – not sunburned, but sun infection – I am still scratching – talk about instant Karma. (As a lovely aside, I’m a city boy and now at the early age of 70, I found out there are fun things called sand crabs).. I also gave Nancy some quiet time by playing miniature golf – over and over.

Now here’s the amazing thing. In hindsight (only) we had a wonderful time. I got to the beach, played games, ate lots of crab (not sandy) and discovered Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends (a clever show on CN that even had an ad for whole grain bread)

The trick is to move the hindsight up front, isn’t it!

Useful Quotes

Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
Lao Tzu

(From Levey “Wisdom at Work”))
"Every departure from the Tao contaminates one's spirit. Anger is a departure, resistance a departure, self- absorption a departure. Over many lifetimes the burden of contaminations can become great. There is only one way to cleanse oneself of these contaminations, and that is to practice virtue. What is meant by this? To practice virtue is to selflessly offer assistance to others, giving without limitation one's time, abilities, and possessions in service, whenever and wherever needed, without prejudice concerning the identity of those in need. If your willingness to give blessings is limited, so also is your ability to receive them. This is the subtle operation of the Tao."
Lao Tzu
(Translated by Brian Walker)

The highest level of existence is not work;
the highest level of existence is play.

Conrad Hyers

The world is your playground.
Why aren’t you playing?

Ellie Katz

You can discover more about a person in
an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Creative Corner

I’m Not Getting Old
I refuse.
I just ignore the numbers
I’ve read too long of quote old People end quote
I respect
Of Pablo Picasso and Casals,
And Pete Seeger and the ageless,
The ageless on the screen –
Movies never die
And even extras live forever.
My bones don’t ache;
My joints not out of joint
I just ignore the numbers

Now – you may think I’m old
I still have hair upon my head,
Even though it’s gray
The inside works just fine
And my eyes don’t work they way they did
I’m sure not Julio Franco,
But then I never was
Except – I’m just not getting old.
Every year I knock one off
I Merlinize my life –
I’ll stop when I’m a kid..


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