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A Simple Path

Simple paths to positive change.

respecting the thin veneer A Simple Path – To Respecting the Thin Veneer

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If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. – Sun Tzu

I attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting recently to support a group member. As the members entered the meeting space, I tried to imagine each person’s story and what brought them there.…

a simple path to giving yourself a break A Simple Path – To Giving Yourself a Break

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Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. – Salvador Dali

Over the Christmas holidays I didn’t write a single word and I gained seven pounds. For more than a month, I exchanged long-standing habits for new ones. While not ideal, the new habits might have been just what I needed.…

simple path to giving thanks A Simple Path – To Giving Thanks

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart

The holiday season is here. Between planning a trip to Virginia for Thanksgiving and getting a head start on our Christmas shopping, Mary Beth and I were in the thick of it on Saturday.…

embracing change A Simple Path – To Embracing Change

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer

This is my annual “autumn-is-my-favorite-season-because-it-reminds-me-to-embrace-change”post. If you are tired of reading these, then I won’t be offended if you click away.

But if you are like me, and embrace the need to pivot, adjust and change as life pivots, adjusts and changes then thanks for hanging out and celebrating the amazing gifts that embracing change offers.…

living consciously A Simple Path – To Living Consciously

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Life is just a chance to grow a soul. – A. Powell Davies

Morning runs are back!

From late May to mid-August, the sun is up early so getting outside for a morning run at 5:30 is possible. Even though I’m a year-round runner, this is my favorite time to lace up my shoes.…

slowing down A Simple Path – To Slowing Down

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Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. – John De Paola

Doing too much for too long is the perfect recipe for my body to break down. Restless sleep, aching knees and half-circles that hang under each eye are the main ingredients.…

A Simple Path – To Offering Peace

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If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. – Mother Teresa

Business took me to San Diego recently. After a winter of avoiding the Polar Vortex by running on the treadmill, I was looking forward to the outdoor runs.…

A Simple Path – To Making Room

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Sometimes things have to fall apart to make way for better things…we’re done here. – Ted Mosby

This past Sunday offered the first real taste of spring. Sunny and 75?, I knew what the day had in store – cleaning out the garage.…

new beginnings A Simple Path – To New Beginnings

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We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Spring made its way to the northern hemisphere last week. And with it, the promise of new beginnings was celebrated by the folks in my part of the world.…