Waiting Patiently, Vanishing Hope

“The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” (Arnold H. Glasow 1905-1998)


On occasion, an active imagination is more a curse than a blessing. For folks with active minds, waiting patiently results in conjuring up too many potential next steps.  We let our minds lead us into places we would not go if we did not have to wait patiently.

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Seven Suggestions for Success

If these seven suggestions really could bring great success, why would I be writing this post instead of sipping Pimm’s Cup on a sail boat in the Mediterranean?  Just in case you make better use of these suggestions, send me an email describing your success.

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So That’s Why

It’s time I offered something practical for you to try.  Up to this point, many of my blog posts have offered you, my readers, unsolicited groupings of words.  Sometimes those words did help or comfort or confuse, but of what use were they really?  So it’s time to offer you some intentionally formed words to ponder.


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An Old Man

Today I realized I had become an old man.  It wasn’t so much my age, although realizing my birthday was fast approaching had forced me to admit more years had passed than were to come.  Suddenly becoming an old man wasn’t just a bad attitude, although my attitude had suddenly taken a turn towards melancholy and nostalgia that was a bit unhealthy.

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Struggling With Hope

Some of my best days are days in which I struggle.  Sometimes the struggle is physical, sometimes spiritual, but always the struggle screws with my understanding of myself and others.


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Any World I’m Welcome To

I realize that my friends who are sticklers for proper grammar will look askance at the title of this new post.  The title is part of a lyric from a song written by Steely Dan.  The whole line is, “any world I’m welcome to is better than the one I come from.”  Still grammatically unsatisfactory to some of my friends.  Alas, I know I am in the wrong, but I can’t help myself.  Grammar is not, however, the point of this post.

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At That Age

“You can’t out run a bear.  Better to play dead and take your chances the bear will lose interest in you.”  That’s what the Park Ranger said to me and my two friends just before we started our climb up the mountain and into the trees in front of us.

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The Hole in My Backyard

I am digging a hole in my backyard.  I have been working on that hole for some time now. It’s turned out to be a bigger job than I had expected.  But I persevere and persist.  This project seems to have a life of its own.




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Constancy of Purpose

The secret of success is constancy of purpose. (Benjamin Disraeli)



What will tomorrow bring?  What are your dreams and your plans for tomorrow morning?  As in the photo above, there may be several routes to the summit. Without constancy of purpose, you are not likely to reach that summit. Without constancy of purpose you may stop just short of your goal – a false summit.

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Time’s Up

“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.” Storm Jameson 1891-1986


I am certain I have wasted far too much time in my life.  The older I get, the more I wish I had made better decisions concerning what I did with the time I had in front of me.  Waking up each morning should have been a call to action rather than a reluctant shrug of the shoulders, a yawn and then breakfast.                        Continue reading “Time’s Up”

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