Travel

Pressing On

“The opposite of quitting is rededication. The opposite of quitting is an invigorated new strategy designed to break the problem apart.” – Seth Godin “For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.” – T.S. Eliot, East Coker These times challenge all of us, but some more than others.  Perseverance seems…

Personal Growth | Philosophy | Productivity | Writing

Instead

This weekend the bluebirds came back. I needed that more than I realized.  It’s a small sign of brighter days ahead in the ebb and flow world of New England in March, like early crocuses or the green spear tips of daffodils breaking the ground.  We could use more signs of hope in this particularly…

Culture | Learning | Personal Growth

Be Alive

Quiet Sunday mornings are precious things.  This first Sunday morning back from vacation with no travel scheduled for the next week makes it even more so. A good time to contemplate picked-up pieces and solve the puzzle … like this Oscar Wilde quote: “Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and…

Exercise | Habits | Lifestyle | Stoicism | Writing

Raising the Average

“Perfection is the enemy of action.” – Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic Somehow I haven’t found the time to walk five miles every day this week. Busy with stuff. Like finding excuses to not get some exercise. But somehow I’ve managed to knock off a dozen burpees every day. Granted, it’s a small token of…

Exercise | Habits | Lifestyle

Progress Whispers

Scales don’t lie, and this week I added a couple of travel pounds. Sales meetings involve unnatural portion sizes repeated often, with snacks in between. And so the pants were a bit more snug than when I arrived. That seemed to be the consensus as all 90% of us immediately agreed to lose 10 pounds…

Habits | Learning | Lifestyle | Writing

Honing a Curious Mind

I’ve been trying to figure out who is singing in the neighborhood for the last six weeks. I make a point of being outdoors whenever possible in the early morning (New Hampshire summers are very short after all). Some singers are obvious, others are more evasively unfamiliar to me. I regret that my education never…

Lifestyle

The Dip That Matters

I re-read The Dip, by Seth Godin.  I’m definitely in a Dip at my present job, and I have several opportunities to change being dangled in front of me.  So I figured I’d re-read this quick book to add some clarity to my thinking.  Here are my highlighted notes from my second reading of this…

Travel

Short Run to a Long Run

“The short game is putting off anything that seems hard for doing something that seems easy or fun.  The short game offers visible and immediate benefits.  The short game is seductive.” – Shane Parrish “I hope we can all agree that the long run is made up of a bunch of short runs.  That seems…