Tag: Life changes

Simplifying Life

 

Over the years, I’ve read commentary from people trying to simplify their lives. Sometimes they sell large homes and replace them with smaller ones. Sometimes they throw out favorite clothes and appliances and trade in their cars and buy more efficient, modern, and attractive ones. I tend to be the kind of person who holds on to things as long as they still fit or keep working. I have exercise clothes that I’ve had for over 20 years and a leather jacket that I never wear, especially in Florida, but I can’t bear to part with it.

But in the past year, I’ve noticed that I’m making choices that have little to do with practicality in the usual terms, or with efficiency or modernity. I’ve felt the need to shed certain attitudes, let go of some relationships, or eliminate practices that take up my time, my energy, and even my spirit. I’ve tried to be discerning as I let things go, because I might find myself in a pattern of removing not only activities but relationships that have become trying, but there is reason to maintain them. I’ve also realized that certain practices strengthen my life, and I want to pursue and deepen them. So, I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to …

First, anyone on this site can be assured that I’m not talking about distancing myself from you! Every person with whom I’ve interacted on this site, even if we strongly disagree with each other, is important to me. I may not agree with you, but I will always try to learn from you (and sometimes that’s not easy!). I also know that we may not agree, but we very likely share mostly the same values, and that factor is important to me in my relationships.

Quote of the Day: Transforming our Lives

 

“I started life out as a doctor. I am not sure whether I am still a doctor, an ex-physician or a retired psychiatrist—I have decided that I am a psychiatrist in remission. Doing very well, thank you. Have not had a relapse in 25 years. Sometimes I am asked to compare what I do today as a political essayist in Washington with what I did 25 years ago as a psychiatrist in Boston. There is not very much difference: In both lines of work I spend my days studying people who suffer from paranoia and delusions of grandeur—except that in Washington they have access to nuclear weapons. Which makes the stakes higher, and the work a little more interesting.” — Charles Krauthammer, The Point of it All

I miss Charles Krauthammer. When I heard that his son, Daniel, published his father’s last book, I had to read it. Charles Krauthammer was a remarkable man: brilliant, understated, witty, thoughtful and resilient. He tolerated the difficulties in his life with a matter-of-fact attitude that inspired me when I felt slightly sorry for myself.

This newest book includes more personal stories than most of his compilations. He tells the story of how he and his wife decided to change their careers abruptly—at the same time! He left medicine for writing, and she left the law for sculpting. And they never looked back.

Member Post

 

Change…oh, boy. People aren’t always big on it. Sometimes it is chemical, with an irresistible catalyst. Other times we feel victimized by it. This is about initiating it and growing. I don’t think my story is the best lead in, but there currently are dozens of stories out there for public consumption that are relevant […]

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You know how it goes: life seems to be moving along just fine, the kids get their periodic colds, spring flowers are starting to peek out, the weather is warming up, and then BAM! Disaster strikes! You or someone in your life has been diagnosed with a deadly disease; a close family member has been […]

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