Feb04

Publisher - February 2021

Publisher - February 2021

“You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: 'Did he have passion?'”
—Dean, from the movie Serendipity—

I wrote the following words, which somewhat turned into a poem about passion, several years ago. I had just come off of a weeklong trip of solitude and writing. In addition, I was enjoying newly found success in my weight-loss journey, as I fit into size-10 jeans, a huge improvement from the previous size18s. I felt alive and happy and I was filled with hope.

Feb04

Hissy Fit - February 2021 - I'm a Winner: But I Quit a Little

...because everyone needs one every once in awhile

Hissy Fit - February 2021 - I'm a Winner: But I Quit a Little

By now I hope your New Year’s resolution (NYR) is in full swing. If you’ve chosen weight loss
as your goal (which is the No. 1 NYR) you, like many, may have chosen the All or None Approach, because that’s just who you are. So obviously, you have managed to discard every cookie, popsicle, potato, rice, potato chip, pasta, bread slice and morsel of chocolate that you could find in your home. You have gone to the gym every day since January 2, and you are contemplating staring into the pantry to figure out how to make something deliciously sweet with a one packet of Sweet’n Low, apricot preserves someone gave you two years ago for Christmas, peanut butter and a high-fiber, low carb English muffin. You are living on the edge with your extreme plan that is sure to soon fail.

Jan04

Publisher - January 2021

Publisher - January 2021

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.”
—St. Francis de Sales—

When my son was in the fourth grade, his teacher told him, “Life’s tough. Get a helmet.” At the time I agreed. Life is tough, and we have to muscle through it, especially the tough times. That’s how I was raised—to get ‘er done no matter what. To a certain degree, I believe this to be true. In hard times, the strong get stronger. You have to in order to make it.

Jan04

Hissy Fit - January 2021 - Slow and Steady: Way Better Than All or None

...because everyone needs one every once in awhile

Hissy Fit - January 2021 - Slow and Steady: Way Better Than All or None

By now I hope your New Year’s resolution (NYR) is in full swing. If you’ve chosen weight loss
as your goal (which is the No. 1 NYR) you, like many, may have chosen the All or None Approach, because that’s just who you are. So obviously, you have managed to discard every cookie, popsicle, potato, rice, potato chip, pasta, bread slice and morsel of chocolate that you could find in your home. You have gone to the gym every day since January 2, and you are contemplating staring into the pantry to figure out how to make something deliciously sweet with a one packet of Sweet’n Low, apricot preserves someone gave you two years ago for Christmas, peanut butter and a high-fiber, low carb English muffin. You are living on the edge with your extreme plan that is sure to soon fail.

Dec01

Publisher - December 2020

Publisher - December 2020

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year”
—Charles Dickens—

I know January is supposed to be the month to rejuvenate and start anew, but why not go ahead and make it happen in December. That way you can rid yourself of any Bah Humbug and soak in the pure magic of the holiday season. Impossible, you think, with all the hustle and bustle with a mask on top? Yes. Very possible.

One of my all-time favorite philosophies is change your attitude, change your world, and there’s no better time than the holidays to start. Everyone’s “world” is shaped almost wholly by what she or he focuses on, and focus is made up of attitude, actions and reactions. In other words, you can train yourself to not automatically think negative! When you do, your life will lighten up and become more positive and happier. As an added bonus, your anger and frustration will soften and diminish. Isn’t that reason enough to start now?

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