Monthly Archives: January 2012

Belated post, but hopefully worth it!

I’ve been meaning to post this article from The New York Times on my blog for a few weeks now.  It was published in the Times on Jan. 9, and I promptly emailed it to myself with the subject line: “next blog post.”  Apparently my definition of “next” is flexible…but here it is regardless.  It’s not time-sensitive material, so I’m hoping you’ll still appreciate it.  Some experts talk about how to live life to the fullest, with no regrets.  Who are these experts, you ask?  Over 1,000 older Americans from different economic, educational, and occupational backgrounds surveyed in a Cornell University study, who have more than enough life experience between them to give us all a few tips.  Here’s my favorite:

A 75-year-old man said, “You are not responsible for all the things that happen to you, but you are completely in control of your attitude and your reactions to them.” An 84-year-old said, “Adopt a policy of being joyful.” (The New York Times, 1/9/2012)

Comment and let me know your favorites!


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Insight from mediocre crime TV shows. Who knew?

“I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” ~ Edward Hale, American writer and historian

I will confess to having heard this quote on one of the many awesomely bad and ridiculously frightening crime TV shows that I like to watch.  But I really liked the sentiment.  And it’s a good one to keep in mind as people lead increasingly fast-paced lives, that often pull them in 23467 different directions (a rough estimate, from concrete data…).

On the simplest level, this reminds me that my own best effort is enough, no matter how much pressure I put on myself or perceive from others.  I can’t let the fact that my to-do list is a mile long keep me from accomplishing something productive at work, or over a weekend.  One of the kids in my skating class might be crying and kicking the ice (a completely hypothetical situation…oh ok, fine, this was actually what happened in my class this morning…), but I’ve just got to let it roll off my shoulders and keep going.  There are good days and bad, no one is perfect, and as Mr. Hale so astutely points out: I am only one person, and I don’t have all the answers.  Today might not have been my most inspired moment as a skating coach, but there’s always next Saturday.  And I’ll learn from this Saturday, which is the beauty of it.*

*This is much easier to see now, when my unhappy skating pupils are gone for the day, but hey, hindsight is 20/20, right? 😉

And on a grander scale, this quote reminds me that one person can make a difference, and can touch his or her small corner of the world and leave it for the better, in some special way.  It’s something I’ve always believed in, and admired in others.

And that gives me hope.  And something to strive for, every day.

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I was catching up on some friends’ blogs this morning and came across this fabulous post about those often hilarious, and sometimes absurd, moments when those of us who are outside the bubble wonder how the heck we qualify to be a grownup.  You all know what I’m talking about.  And the one in this post is pretty funny, and insightful, so give it a read if you have some time!

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January 19, 2012 · 12:00 pm

It’s just life, so keep …

“It’s just life, so keep dancing through!” ~Wicked

One of my favorite lines from the musical Wicked.  And I’m sharing it on here because it is now stuck in my head after having a Wicked singalong with my much more vocally-talented sister as we did the dishes after dinner tonight.  And because I think it’s good advice for a Thursday. 🙂

Give the whole song a listen here.

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January 18, 2012 · 11:17 pm

‘Winter Winds’ for a Winter Day

What I’m listening to at work on this dreary day: Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons. One of my favorites, give it a listen!

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January 12, 2012 · 4:45 pm