SoCS: I Don’t Run

Earlier this year, I came across a Facebook post of a very fit celebrity who stated something like, “I went out for a run today and unintentionally ran a half marathon.“ Huh? Well, boy-oh-boy, that made me feel a whole lot better about my exercise regimen and physical strength. Actually, I admire people who run for exercise or compete in 10K’s, half or full marathons. It takes a certain mindset, a focused determination, to train for a race or beRead more

Kittygate: Finding a Way Out

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ―Nelson Mandela Dear Mr. Gibbs, Did you ever think this was not going to happen? I love you to pieces, but there are days and times when deviousness and the desire for food outweigh your common sense. The area past the carpet is forbidden and that does not change when my back is turned or I am otherwise occupied with straightening the rogue hairs that occupy the left side of my head. It’sRead more

What is Truth?

What is truth? How do we determine truth? A definition of true is “in accordance with fact or reality,” while the definition of truth can be “a fact or belief that is accepted as true.” In recent years, there has been an incredible amount of anxiety over what is fact and what is fake; what is true and what is a lie. In my mind’s eye, I do not always see a belief that is accepted as true as factRead more

Focused

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. ~Greg Anderson~ I have one very focused cat. For those of you that have been visiting my blog the past few years, you know that Gibbs likes to occasionally hang out in the shower stall. Whether it be melting ice, a yoga mat hung over a drying rack, the shadows that dance across the white fiberglass interior, or water dripping downRead more

The MJ Obstacle Files

This week, Mr. Huberman asks the question, “Can limitations and obstructions push us forward in our creative work?” Poor Snoopy. He always begins his writing this way. It’s very limiting. I have often wondered why he didn’t start his stories with, “It was a bright and sunny day,” the cheerful promise of a positive story. He might have had a book deal with that opener. In writing posts, one of my biggest concerns is to not be repetitively boring with wordsRead more

Persistence or Luck?

Perseverance, persistence, determination, resolution, resolve, grit. Or luck. I bought mom a potted Gerbera daisy plant in 2013. I don’t remember when – it may have been Mother’s Day or her birthday or “just because.” When it stopped flowering, mom asked me to take it away. I didn’t have the heart to throw the daisy in the trash, but couldn’t keep it in the apartment due to the felines. I took the little plant to work, and kept watering theRead more