Have you ever thought of intense quick relationships that were once in your life? The friend enters and vanishes into your life like a shooting star. The thoughts that can creep in are — “things aren’t the way they used to be”, “was it something I did?” It’s easy to get sentimental over the person or even taking it personally.

A better way to frame it is — maybe that person was in your life for a brief moment when you really needed it. Maybe in most situations they were meant to guide us or meant to be a brief partner in our journey and give us the confidence to press on. A handful of people come to mind — they were angels that I needed at one time.

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I recently got acquainted with the idea of feeling a glow after an encounter with someone or an experience. Sometimes when you have a great connected conversation with someone you love — a certain glow can follow you for days. Your heart literally feels warm. The same goes with having a unique connected experience. The same goes for when you do a workout — where you feel the uplift in your body and your muscles are alive. I want glow.

The sibling to the glow is the hangover. I am sure that the same rings true when we encounter a negative person or experience.

The after effects — they linger.

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I listened to the Tim Ferris interview with George Mumford who has been a Mindfulness Coach to the likes of Bulls players (Michael Jordan). Mumford spoke about how when faced with adversity or challenge it is important to deploy the 4 A’s. Is there a way to create space between stimulus and response? In moments of crisis — these are opportunities for latent abilities to express themselves. We must try to slow things down and see the opportunity.

  1. Awareness
  2. Acceptance
  3. (Compassionate) Action
  4. Assessment

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Today, I received some blood work results from last Monday 3/22 from my doctor — the message was date stamped 3/9. Today, I bought some vegetables at the store with a “packed on 3/25” (tomorrow’s date). Today, I traveled in time.

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As I get older, I realize just how challenging it is to live a good life and be a good human. We constantly have to read between the lines and figure out what is worthy of energy consumption or mental space. I really appreciate this Greek Philosopher’s quote: “No man…

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