2021

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody is starting out 2021 with renewed vigor. This is the year that we collectively wish is going to be better than the last. We’ve expressed it in our hearts, minds, and social media. Not even a calamity could stop our January 1st inertia! But yet, why does our resolve only seem to strengthen annually? Can’t we start at any time?

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One Year Later

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.

John Foster Dulles
jason clapp from vancouver, Clark county, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I started this blog to help me through some inner turmoil. I figured that putting down everything I was feeling and thinking would make these emotional vampires concrete. At which point, they could be vanquished with a single and deftly placed stake through the heart.

So here I am, one year later, reflecting upon that very first post and wondering if nothing, anything or everything has changed. Was I successful in slaying these vampires?

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Balance

Self-care is, fundamentally, about bringing balance back to a life that has grown imbalanced from too many commitments or responsibilities.

Robyn L. Gobin, The self-care prescription

School was one of my favorite things as a kid. I loved two things about it: eating school lunch and recess. Let’s talk about recess.

Recess was synonymous with freedom. It was the time that I didn’t have to sit still in my desk either listening to the teacher or working through an assignment. Recess was my time to do what I wanted. On the playground, there were so many activities to choose from. There was tetherball, foursquare, wallball, handball, and dodgeball. There were chalk drawings, swings, monkey bars, and hopscotch. And of course, there was that one play structure only the weird kids played with: the seesaw.

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