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Waiting for a miracle

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday.  I remember when the Super Bowl was in January.  It seems every season is prolonged.  I feel as though spring used to come earlier, too, but perhaps it is because I lived in Louisville, KY (which sits squarely on the Mason-Dixon line), making it neither north nor south, but certainly south of Chicago.  I have been sitting squarely in this winter, waiting for it to pass.  I have awaited the passing of many things the last few years and I refuse to mention any more of them.  You know exactly what I mean.  Now I am just waiting on a miracle.

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Its 2022 – so what you gonna do?

As the end of another year is upon us, I am considering as I do often, how my life is changing and what I would really like my life to look like.  I encourage everyone to take a personal inventory—not only at year’s end, but at least quarterly.  What we really want can change considerably in the course of three months.  All goals change; they can become more nuanced, they can gather speed, or they can fizzle out. 

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Anger Meditation

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Do you know that feeling when you are looking for something to make you feel better?

I don’t drink or use drugs and I rarely eat sugar; TV generally bores me and I don’t play video games. I read, I like to garden, I work out, I cuddle (play?) with my dogs, I sit in my yard and I write, but sometimes none of my “go-to” activities do the trick. I still need that “something”.

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What are you up to in the world?

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What are you up to in the world?”  This question was recently posed to me and it was food for thought.

“Once a man was about to cross the sea.  A wise man tied a leaf in a corner of his robe and said to him: “Don’t be afraid.  Have faith and walk on the water.  But look here – the moment you lose faith you will drown.” -Sri Ramakrishna

As above, so below. 

As within, so without.  

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Winter is the loooongggest season in Chicago

Winter…in Chicago.  While making some winter plans for myself, I have thought a lot about how we can make the most of this time.  It’s a dreary time of year in Chicago for me. It’s cold and gray and to my surprise, there is far less snow than I thought there would be when I moved here 15 years ago.  Wow…15 years!  I never imagined I would be in Chicago this long.  Since I opened Coaching by G on Chicago Avenue eleven years ago, a lot has changed, but here I am, wintering in place because there is a pandemic.  Little feels normal right now…whatever normal means.  In reality, our version of “normal” is just a construct.  We construct the things we need when we need them.  Isn’t that kind of fabulous? It is, and yet sometimes we construct things that don’t actually serve us well. 

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This time is not different than any other time.

In today’s post, I want to talk about something besides fitness.  Just like you, I am a multifaceted human being with a varied background.

As you know, I always write about fitness, nutrition, ways to get inspired to change, and ultimately I will find a way to write about health.  But now I’d like to talk about the things happening in our world, because I am not at work in the same way and likely, neither are you.

I must also amend my earlier description of this pandemic as a “forced pause,” and call it what it is…a “hard stop.”

So while we are STOPPED, why not read a book that transforms your reality, plant a garden, build a fire-pit, learn a new spiritual practice, take up a new sport, learn to cook? I have a million suggestions!

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