Finite Goals Bring Fleeting Joy

When our goals are specific, we are more likely to achieve them, but we are also more likely to find disappointment and dissatisfaction when we do. By having specific, measurable goals, we set ourselves up for success. It is easier to achieve goals that we can name and that we can define. The problem is…

The Wealth of Presence

“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” —My father via John Lennon via Allen Saunders The pursuit of wealth is actually just the pursuit of the experiences that having wealth affords us. Money, after all, has no intrinsic worth. It is just numbers and paper that we trade for…

Presence, Joy, & Regret

Be grateful for the moments of joy you experience with those you love, no matter how brief they may be, because someday they will be but a memory.  Neither time nor joy are promised to us. How much we experience of each in this life is largely a factor of providence. How well we experience…

Create (Don’t Vacate) Your Reality

Too often, we spend our time and energy trying to escape what we think of as reality, but the fact is that we create our reality. Vacation is a funny concept. We work hard all year long, living our lives in a way that we find tolerable at best. Then, once or twice a year,…

Presence and Participation

Time is infinite, but ours is not. Time is not on our side. It is either dragging us through life or we are pushing back against it, but it does not stop. It does not slow down. It does not wait for us to be ready. We can not make more time. We can not…