What a Day!

We have all had days when nothing goes right. The type of day where it gets worse as it progresses. Days where you think; “nothing more can go wrong.” Alas, just as you feel that you have reached the bottom, another problem or issue arises. I am sure that you all know what I am talking about. Basically, that was my week. What I find interesting is that I was not alone. Almost everyone I talked with was having the same kind of week. Was there some bizarre cosmic planet alignment this week? The kind you read about in science fiction novels where chaos, strife, stress, and pandemonium are the fallout. I thought I figured out the issue so I checked the phase of the moon. Unfortunately, the moon

Pain in the back!

A few months ago, I woke up with a terrible pain in my lower back. The type of pain that makes your whole body tense up and makes moving next to impossible. I do not understand what I did to cause this back ache. What I knew was - it hurt. It hurt a lot. If you have ever hurt your back, you know the type of pain that I am talking about. According to the National Association of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (Yes, there is such a group), 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime. I am not happy to say that I am one of the 80% (at least I am in the majority!) A friend shared this take on back pain: “Once you have experienced back pain, you are in pain or you

My Cat Taught Me How To Be Present

I learned some of the most valuable lessons about how to be present to myself and to others from my cat. We adopted our first cat, Buddy, about 3 years ago. I wasn’t sure that I would like having a cat, as I always considered myself a dog person. But a year after our dog of 16 years passed away, our middle daughter, who has always been the cat person in the family, persuaded us to adopt a cat. When we adopted Buddy, I quickly learned how wrong I was in thinking that I would not like having a cat. I started to appreciate his Zen-like ability to be in the present moment. He was not worried about what was going to happen in the next hour or the next month. He was simply present in a calm, relax




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