Understand the Nature of Luck

Live Your Best Lesson 2: Understand the Nature of Luck You just might get lucky—and that’s not being trite. During our race, Lady Luck showed up a number of times on our behalf. As I’ve said before, it’s those who stay in the race who so often seem to get lucky.

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Reflecting on the Light at the end of the Tunnel

In March 2020 I wrote an article for the Life Lived Forward communities titled, A Time for Opportunities Anew.  Now, in light of the inspiration that has come through recent reflections and  conversations, I would like to consider some flourishing opportunities opening up in 2021. It is beyond words to

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Here’s to an Intersectional New Year

A healthy year too, obviously, and as happy as we can make it. But what 2020 brought home for me was that being anti-ageist means supporting every movement for equal rights. It’s a big ask, but we cannot dismantle ageism without dismantling ableism, and racism, and sexism and all the rest, because

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The Power of Perspective

Ellen Langer challenges the idea that the limits we put on ourselves, as we age, are real. Opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of presuming impossible, can lead to better well-being, at any age. We need to realize that our perspective on aging is often based on old assumptions,

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Let Go of The Myth of Happiness

Live Your Best Lesson 1: Let Go of the Happiness Myth What’s the difference between happiness and joy? Happiness is an ice cream on a warm summer day. Joy is infinitely more than being made to feel good by our circumstances. I like this definition by Rick Warren—that joy is

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Appreciation and Compassion

From my perspective, as a fellow philosopher I admire expressed it, “Appreciation is contemplative.”  And from these moments of consideration may arise a renewed sense of compassion. A special moment came to me when for the first time I realized that life experiences come to teach us something, to inspire

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Is This All There Is?

A subtle killer stalks us at various times in life. It creeps up on us and overtakes us, exhausting and draining our energy. This creeping force is more prevalent than burnout. Yet, few of us can name it. It’s “rustout.” And, today, rustout is rampant. Effectively, rustout is the opposite

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You Might Have Too Much Stuff If…

This week, it is time for some humor.  In the tradition of Jeff Foxworthy, I asked my friends to finish this sentence: “You might have too much stuff if…”  We just have so much stuff! When do you stop bringing things home?  My friends’ answers are funny and, somewhat telling.  So, let’s hear what they had to say,

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Rethinking the Economics of Retirement

If you ask anyone about money for retirement, you’ll probably get guestimates all across the board for how much you need. Some financial experts use a rule of thumb, like 70 percent of your working income or even as much as 100 percent of your working income. But this can

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The Power of Silence

Silence is a resource that has been used from time immemorial to enter into the depth of our being.  World religions have acknowledged its value through their various spiritual perspectives and practices as an integral part of the ideal service of spiritual worship.  In Christianity exists the silence of contemplative

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