Imagine every new day as a fresh start.

· Imagine waking up every morning and thinking about the past.

· Imagine reliving every moment that has already happened, good or bad.

· Imagine remembering why you are mad, what it was that upset you, things that made you unhappy, and all the hurt feelings you’ve ever known.

Now imagine your life without a past.

· Imagine a blank slate and you with a stick of chalk in your hand.

· Imagine the story you will tell when you begin to write.

· Imagine waking up and thinking, “what will I do, who will I be?”

Imagine the power of making this decision with each new day.

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When you feel like you’ve tried,
And you know you are through,
Quitting may seem
Like the right thing to do.

Begin again,
I know I will.
In a new place,
Even then, still…

Can I make this promise
And can it really be true?
Was quitting this time
The right thing to do?

The answer is clear,
For now, I am sure,
That I have taken all
One man can endure.

Check with me later,
See what will ensue.
When the quitting is done,
There will be more to do.

The three of us have something to say.

Me, as a boy: “Here, take my hat.”

Me, as an adult: “That’s awfully nice of you. Thank you for the hat.”

Me, as a parent: “You were such a good boy!”

Then I cry.

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I like the term, gingerly. It goes right along with something else I sometimes say. “Try a little tenderness.”

Can you imagine suffering for years with a common ailment, only to discover (after yet another violent episode of food-borne illness) that the cure was…

Spoiler alert, the stars have been aligned for some time. And yet, we know, if we trust observation and science, that they are constantly moving toward new alignment.

There is always a bit of research to support that point:

From National Geographic —

Even now, the universe is expanding, and…

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays, First Series

6. FRIENDSHIP. (continued)

It has seemed to me lately more possible than I knew, to carry a friendship greatly, on one side, without due correspondence on the other. Why should I cumber myself with regrets that the receiver is not capacious? It never troubles the sun that some of his rays fall wide…

Reading the book, “The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer led me to a couple of answers to questions that I had had for many years. Beware, those last few chapters may change your mind (possibly your life) about things.

The first was the question posed by one of my…

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Have you thought of something so often that you could swear you must have started writing about it by now? That is true of this.

Long ago I lost count of the myriad examples I have to illustrate this idea. You probably have many of your own. …

Distilling the essence of my book down to a few paragraphs is a challenge. But, this is that. On we go.

Do you know how it feels to be happy? It could be while you are doing something elaborate, like enjoying a one-man musical performance as you are eating your…

It turns out, it’s all about forgiveness. Don Henly got it right.

“You keep carryin’ that anger
It’ll eat you up inside baby

I’ve been trying to get down
To the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness

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