Keep Your Eyes Open for Watershed Events

Did you ever have one of those days when something “hits you?” You know it’s been coming for a long time, but it didn’t hit you until today. These are the little pieces of our lives we need to hold on to and remember. Today I made my way to the airport so I could […]

What I Learn From Jokes

There are different kinds of jokes. I’ve been accused of favoring the corny kind. Not sure where that comes from. To get a quick summary of humor on this site, click here: http://www.rfsblog.com/category/humor/. I think I like jokes because of the element of surprise. A really good joke is funny because the ending is not […]

First is First and Second is Nothing

There’s an old movie most people have never heard of called The Big Combo. In this movie, “Mr. Brown” is a big hoodlum. His motto is “First is first and second is nothing.” Mr. Brown expresses that motto again and again and again. Until the time he’s shot dead. Sometimes, our culture beats into us […]

Tips for a Healthy Mind

There’s a good book called Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey. The book deals with a wide variety of subjects and not just ADD. Among other things, the authors make some recommendations for basic principles of what you might call “Brain […]

A Busy Mind is not a Disorder

Let me be very clear here: I’m not a doctor. I don’t play one on TV. I don’t hand out medical advice. I just find myself thinking about the world around me and I can’t help “thinking outloud” on the web. I’ve heard the term “ADHD” — Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — but I’m not […]

Roles and Activities

Translating your personal mission into your daily life. In earlier posts (December, January), we discussed values and principles. They are literally the foundation for your goals. From this base we built a vision or mission statement. Here’s the hierarchy: The obvious next question is, How do you translate your personal mission into your daily life? […]

Silas Marner in the Workplace

If you haven’t read the book Silas Marner by George Eliot, check it out. It’s a good Summer read. The title character is well known for sitting alone in his house, with the windows shuttered, and counting his gold. Night after night Silas Marner counted his gold. When we read that part of the book, […]

Smell the Roses — or Pay the Price

My low-maintenance hobby is gardening. By low-maintenance I mean that I can do it when I feel like it and ignore it when I’ve got other things to do. Sit down for this statistic. I don’t have a large yard. We’ve been in this house for five years. I’ve spent more than $30,000 to create […]

Yoga Nidra

If you are interested in getting started with a little “intro level” meditation, I’ve got a great resource for you.  Check out Yoga Nidra Meditation CD: Extreme Relaxation of Conscious Deep Sleep by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati. You can find it on Amazon. Yoga Nidra is not “yoga” as we tend to think of it. The […]

Buy a Pedometer

I don’t get to exercise much these days. With my rheumatoid arthritis, I can’t jog because it’s too jogging. And elliptical trainers will just speed up the eventual knee replacements. I can’t lift weights because I can’t grip the bar. But I can walk! Therefore, I bought a pedometer so I could keep track of […]