Play is not just for kids!

I had Physical Therapy today. There is the ever-present lower back/leg pain, and then my neck and shoulder started tightening up as well. So Physical Therapy has been good, teaching me strengthening exercises to stabilize some of my weaker muscles. My therapist was proud of my progress today on neck strength and movement. Now weContinue reading “Play is not just for kids!”

Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional

Pain can be exhausting! I just got back from Yosemite National Park, a trip I have been looking forward to for over a year. It was very hot, over 105° every day. And very dry, and the last day there we smelled smoke from nearby fires. All of that made the trip challenging but dealingContinue reading “Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional”

Living with Gratitude

I was looking back over some things I had written a few years ago, and I came across something I wrote that started out with anxiety about turning 61. This year I will turn 68! That puts 70 right around the corner. I was talking to a friend yesterday who is turning 77 and sheContinue reading “Living with Gratitude”

Failing to plan, is planning to fail

As I sit here in my office, I glance at my bookcase and there are so many books that I have used in my coaching practice and in this stage of my life. Titles like: Transitions and Managing Transitions; Retirement by Design, The Joy of Retirement, Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free, UnretirementContinue reading “Failing to plan, is planning to fail”

Becoming Aware – Help Me, Help You

It is 7:30 in the morning. You are rushing to get the kids in the car, so you can get them to daycare, and you can get to work on time. Your three-year old still needs her shoes and jacket on. As you are trying to help her with her shoes, she looks at youContinue reading “Becoming Aware – Help Me, Help You”

Virtual Possibilities

Things have changed so much since we were born, and they are changing faster all the time. Remember how our parents used to tell us they walked to school, uphill, both ways? We tell our grandchildren that we only had 3 TV channels and they were not on the air 24hours a day. And youContinue reading “Virtual Possibilities”

Birthday Pancakes

Growing up we had family traditions.  Every Sunday my Dad and my brother, sister and I would ride our bikes to the Pancake House while we let my Mom sleep.  We used to go to Dressel’s Dairy for ice cream cones to celebrate special occasions. We lit Chanukah candles and played dreidel. We had familyContinue reading “Birthday Pancakes”

FEAR is a 4-Letter Word

I was a guest on a show last week, and someone asked, “Why do Baby Boomers seem to be so fearful?” That question surprised me because I had not looked at myself that way. I am a Boomer. I have taken a lot of risks in my life, starting with leaving a marriage when IContinue reading “FEAR is a 4-Letter Word”

I am not what you think I am

I just started reading a book called Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty. The very first chapter is about Identity. He opens that chapter with a quote from sociologist Charles Horton Cooley that says, “I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am. I am whatContinue reading “I am not what you think I am”

The Responsibility of Caring

Many years ago, I read a book by Robert Fulghum called “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten.” You may have read it also. It is a precious book, and there is a 25th edition out with new essays. As I thought about what we learned from our discussion with Dr. Blackstone,Continue reading “The Responsibility of Caring”

Confidence Will Follow

Do you remember the first time you had to stand up in front of the class and present a report or a project you did? Do you remember the butterflies in your stomach, the fear that you would not be able to speak or that someone would laugh at you? At some point, you hadContinue reading “Confidence Will Follow”

How do you want to be Known in the world?

Erik Erickson (a well-respected psychologist and psychoanalyst) described the stages of Adult Development as: Intimacy vs. Isolation Generativity vs. Stagnation Ego Integrity vs. Despair Generativity is the stage of Middle Adulthood, the stage that many of us are in. I love the term, GENERATIVITY. This is a time to Re-generate and Re-define ourselves to beContinue reading “How do you want to be Known in the world?”