Category Archive: Gratitude

Oct 21

Life Goes On

So, let’s review:  A few weeks ago, I wrote that I was “looking for an extra 5%.”  By that, I meant that I was looking for a little more fun, more stimulation, more engagement, or some such.  My point was that, although my life is good and I’ve made progress toward being consistently positive, something …

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Oct 06

For Mother

Of all the angels in my life, none has loved me longer or better than my mother.  Early on the morning of September 30, at age 91, she left this world for the better one Christians are promised.  I can’t begin to describe how my father, my sister and I miss her, and I know …

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Sep 23

Seeking a Little More in the Encore Stage

I’m looking for an extra 5%.  As I’ve written before, staying positive takes some work for me.  I “think too much,” make lists, and try to anticipate (and head off) things that might go wrong.  (To put a positive spin on it, risk management may be one of my strengths!)  Like most people of my …

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Mar 20

A Reality Check

  “Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on.”  (Mike Royko)   No one who is in touch with reality is happy all the time; difficult times come to everyone.  I’m not a fan …

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Mar 14

My Personal Theme Song

I have a theme song:  “Birdland,” by Joe Zawinul.  The composition honored a famous jazz club, also called Birdland, as well as the great jazz musician Charlie “Bird” Parker.  The version I know best is by the late jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, and I either listen to it or play it in my head, before …

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Mar 07

A Restless, Intentional Soul

In my own mind, I am “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”  Unfortunately, those words were used to describe Lord Byron, who seems to have been much more dangerous than I.  Here I am, exploring the encore stage, after a career as a professor and university administrator.  Like Walter Mitty, perhaps, I sometimes live in …

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Feb 20

Personal Thoughts on International Opportunities

Back in 1998 I had an opportunity to spend a few weeks in Russia, some of it in Moscow, but mostly in Orenburg.  The city of Lancaster, Ohio, where I was serving as dean of the Ohio University campus, had a sister city relationship with Orenburg, and that had led to interesting contacts with Orenburg …

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Feb 07

Gratitude and the Positivity Ratio

Gratitude is a personal experience, although it can be shared.  In my last post, I wrote about my appreciation for the “semi-structured” way I am able to live, placing it in the context of my transition to the so-called encore stage of life.  However, I want to emphasize that our lives can be full of …

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Jan 31

A Personal Take on Gratitude and the Encore Stage

A friend describes me as “the most intentional person she knows.”  I don’t exactly experience my life in that way, but I do know that I was intentional about working the transition from my former life to the life I live now.  I walked my talk, I suppose, by developing a life portfolio and using …

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Jan 17

Gratitude and Well-Being

Gratitude is a powerful contributor to well-being.  Seligman, in his book Flourish, joins others in describing the many benefits of experiencing and expressing gratitude. I especially like Seligman’s description of a “gratitude visit.” He recommends writing a letter to someone to whom you owe a debt of gratitude, but feel that you’ve never adequately acknowledged …

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