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I was turning 40, facing empty nest, and needed a new somethin’ somethin’.  I decided to try tennis.    So my very first morning of tennis, some (almost) 20 years ago now, I walked into a Target store and purchased a tennis racquet, drove myself to the local tennis club and showed up for a 9......
I have a love-hate relationship with yoga.  It always feels so good afterwards.   As the instructor began class last week he asked us to set an “intention.”  They do this often and I usually have something to bring.  But last week I was more concerned about just getting out alive as I had not been......
I’ve been traveling a fair bit lately. I’ve stood in line watching the “best” people load the plane first. You know the ones, maybe you are one. The 1K traveler, Global Trekker, Medallion, Gold, Platinum, Executive Member, all walking on the red carpet until the rest of us are called to board. Imagine my surprise when my zone, zone one, was called and I too was able to be counted among the “best” and walk on the coveted red carpet toward the plane....
I know winter is (supposed to be?) a time of dormancy and hunkering down to quiet evenings around a fire, a good book and hot cocoa, etc., but at my house it’s been full speed ahead! There has been very little space. There are several reasons for this, but part of my spacial challenge is......
Recently I went to the market to purchase a few things for the evening. In the parking lot I was asked by a homeless person for some money, he needed some food apparently. Now usually I have a rule that I give something when asked. It is just a small practice in my life. However this time for, some reason, I didn't like the look and feel of this person. My words were "no, I’m going to pass tonight," and walked off into the store. Focused on my own task I was hurried and I missed an opportunity to practice compassion. I've been thinking and praying a lot about developing compassion in my life. Apparently it hasn't yet translated into practice....
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