Harvesting the Wisdom in Your Life

Harvesting the Wisdom in Your Life

We all know someone like this: they’ve been doing what they do for twenty years and they think that gives them twenty years of experience, when, in fact, they have one year of experience that they’ve simply repeated for twenty years.    Years ago, when I was around 23 or so, I had an epiphany that was painful at the time…
Tips for Saying No Gracefully

Tips for Saying No Gracefully

Fact: You are always saying no to something. I used to be one of those people who could never say “no” to anyone. Then one day it occurred to me that I was making choices. Every time I said “yes” out of obligation, I was saying “no” to something else; and, often, what I was saying “no” to was more important…
2 miles above sea level!

Silencing my ego

In cycling, when I’m climbing, I am slow.   I persistently keep the pedals moving, but I am slow.  This bugs me – a lot.  Over the last few months, I’ve been traveling a great deal for work and my cycling workouts have diminished.  However, when I’m home, I go out and attack some hills.  I have noticed that somewhere I…
Close call that changes it all . . .

Close call that changes it all . . .

Ten years ago today, I woke up, tired.  Again.  With my usual self-recriminations I told myself to quit being such a baby.  Lots of people get tired.  I made it into the master bathroom and pulled the kitchen stool that I had commandeered months earlier, over to the bathroom sink to begin the process of brushing my teeth.  A few…