I am very competitive. I have been my entire life. I want to be the first, the best, the only. I set arbitrary goals and then try to exceed them. This has led to what some might call “lofty achievements.” I am the author of two books, I started five businesses including a crossword card business (where my brother created the cards and I marketed them) that sold over 10,00 … [Read more...] about Because I opened the email, my success looks different today
Archives for July 2019
Depression is a disease, not a crutch. Many diseases get major attention and major funding for research. Their existence is not questioned and their status as a legitimate health condition is secure. Very few people, for example, would dispute the fact that cancer is real. People respect the havoc it can inflict on someone. Mental illness deserves the same respect. People who … [Read more...] about Depression Will Not be My Crutch
It was a simple plan. I empty the dishwasher, and then you fill it. The empty dogfood cans in the sink that were full of water and soaking shouldn’t have entered the equation. But when I decided to take out the recycling, suddenly it was a big deal. The act of taking out the recycling container was not the problem. It was fixating on those cans in the sink that ruined the … [Read more...] about Why couldn’t I follow the plan?
At 4 AM, I awoke and needed to go to the bathroom. I rolled back the covers and slid my legs off the bed. I moved the covers over my pillow so Rikki wouldn’t be tempted to move there while I was up. Rikki is our rescue beagle. She sleeps with us, mostly at the foot of the bed, but sometimes she curls up very near, or on my pillow. Fully out of the bed, I turned in the darkness … [Read more...] about In the dark, I kicked the box and out popped an automatic thought
I knew I should have brought the birdfeeders in last night. I got home just before 1 AM. My new job is going well, but the commute is an hour and seven minutes. Since I closed last night, I didn’t leave the building until well after 11:30 PM. When I pulled into the driveway, I saw the birdfeeders were still out. The night before was the same thing. I got home after midnight … [Read more...] about The Bear Came Back Last Night