We are the most evolved society, which means we have access to everything any time. This isn’t necessarily a good thing. It means there are more things to want, and we are getting further away from our needs. It has been proven study after study that lower socio-economic countries like India have much higher happiness levels. America is strung out on anti-depressants, up 400 times in the last 2 decades! http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_117723.html I really think these things correlate. A few years ago I went with two guy friends to Big Bend state park in Texas. It is a mountainous terrain of about 11 miles, a hikers paradise. We only did 8 miles and finally struck camp on a peak that looked … Read More
With all the uptake in the news of bullying and how we can rid school children of this behavior, I got to wondering if it ever truly goes away. Does the ‘meanie’ disappear? Bullying involves many things: ridicule, physical assault, ostracization, etc… I have no idea how mandating a ‘no tolerance’ policy will really turn out, OR, is it really possible, considering the mere act of being a child invokes this behavior. Unfortunately, it is more of a rite of passage. ALL of us know what our own experience was like; it is part of growing up. The cliche’ ‘kids will be kids’ fits this. NO ONE is/was immune.
I am coming to believe that living in the state of routine and habit and same-same-same on a daily basis is the real Twilight Zone; this is the irony. After I gave the lecture a few weeks back, a woman came up to me and immediately asked if she could take me to lunch. Nothing can be lost from networking, I believe. She had won some of my chocolate truffles given away in the drawing proceeding the event, too, so I was enthusiastic about following up with her about her opinion and her potential as a client. I soon learned that she had made her last New Years resolution to really step out of her bubble and expand herself. (she … Read More
One of the least selfish things a person can do is have a child. Raising a child is the most self-less experience we go through. Every decision, from the day the baby is born, is no longer about the parents interest but that of nurturing the baby. (pre-supposing a mature parent, not a knocked-up immature teenager) We live in a society now that gives woman both the time and opportunity to have both a career and a child, or have a child and still participate in all the extra-curricular fun, hobbies or passions she chooses.
In one of my youthful vain attempts at ‘finding myself’, I set out for Europe again. I was alone, I was on a certain kind of mission. Honestly, I needed a break from the standards I was already beginning to ridiculously impose on myself. I wanted to rebel against the person in my head. I decided to go to Italy and eat a lot of dairy products. Yes, this is comical to admit. There was more to the venture than this, but in a way it precipitated the entire trip. I hadn’t eaten any dairy in a couple years. I had been to Florence and most of the south already, so I started in Venice. I stayed at a nunnery. … Read More