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Do You Hate Your Mornings?

I picked up my daughter from a class last night and on the drive home she asked if I like going to work in the morning. “Like going to work in the morning,” I asked? “What do you mean?” “You know. Getting up early when the house is cold. Getting your clothes on. Eating something. All the stuff you have to do to get ready for work. ” “Oh. God. No. I hate going to work every single morning that I go. Every morning I have to go, I want to stay home. I think about making a fire and having a cup of coffee and watching the stocks. You know me: I’m a homebody. I never want to leave. ” I went on. “But…you know what? Once I’m at work, I love it. I love what I do and I like who I work with and I think my work is important. So when I don’t want to go, I remind myself how much I like it when I’m there.” She didn’t hesitate at all. She’s nine, after all, and chatty and giddy. “I know just what you mean. I never want to get up. And when I’m up, I only want to go back to bed. So I tell myself how much I like school and how much fun I will have when I get there. ”...

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Grousing About Giving

One way to reduce stress and angst in your life is to let people live the lives they choose. It’s a libertarian philosophy. As long as we are all consenting adults making choices without coercion then who am I to tell someone what to do or how to live? We can talk freely about how to best navigate through things but that’s another question. But there are a few things that really get my goat. Here is one. I listened to a podcast yesterday. It’s a daily blurb with the intent of enlightening the listener. The topic was giving and the podcaster talked about ways to touch those around you. You can pay for meals or write thank-you notes. If you see something someone might like, he said, snap a photo of it and send it to them with a note saying that you are thinking of them. Help with charity drives or in local shelters. Pay it forward. Smile at people. I was feeling all warm and cozy and then the podcaster let the air out of the balloon. The reason to do these niceties? Because people respond and your business grows. People see what a swell chap you are and want to be part of what you are doing. It’s a tit-for-tat, lets scratch each other’s back scenario except the other person doesn’t know they are being...

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…Living Is Joy Enough…

Came across this wonderful quote from Emily Dickinson today: Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. Isn’t that the essence of You Woke Up Breathing? That simply waking up to enjoy another day is enough? So go and enjoy!...

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Annual Goals Review. How Am I Doing? You?

This will be the third year that I’m tracking these goals. Last year’s updates are red. This year’s are green. Let’s see how I’m doing? My birthday just passed and I forgot that I wrote this post last year. Let’s see how I’m doing… My daughter in Japan called yesterday. She wished me a happy birthday and I was surprised when she asked what my goals are for the next year. Huh? She said that I always taught her that we should be improving in some area of our life and have goals to track our progress. It’s good...

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