Lessons from 2021

My mother told me that my grandma Jennie had a Yiddish saying: “Der mentsh trakht un got lakht.”  Translation: Man plans and God laughs.  If I replace “mentsh” with “froy” (woman), that would describe my year.  In the first few months of 2021, I was adjusting to ‘retirement’.  After 25+ years at IBM followed byContinue reading “Lessons from 2021”

Tis the season … to live consciously

The holiday season is supposed to be “merry and bright”.  So, why do I start feeling a tightness in my stomach and a mild sense of dread this time of year?  Is it because the days are getting shorter and the to-do list is getting longer?  Is it because I tend to sleep-walk thru theContinue reading “Tis the season … to live consciously”

Reflections on acceptance and forgiveness

Sundown tomorrow through sundown Thursday is the Jewish Day of Atonement.  This is the day when we reflect on the past year, ask forgiveness from those we have hurt, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt us, knowingly or unknowingly and vow to do better in the coming year.  As I sat to meditate today,Continue reading “Reflections on acceptance and forgiveness”

Reflections and gratitude

Sometimes the road I am traveling gets bumpy.  Sh*t happens.  Loved ones need more care and attention.  My mindfulness practice reminds me to take a breath when I feel overwhelmed.  I come back to now and think to myself that … ‘All is well. I am safe’.    Expressing gratitude is another wonderful practice. IContinue reading “Reflections and gratitude”

Happy “Pop Day” !

I love spring!  I love everything about it … even the rain!  I love watching nature come alive.  Listening to the birds chirping with excitement.  Seeing the grass turn green again.  Watching the crocuses and daffodils bloom.  It is amazing to experience and one of the things I love most about being in a climateContinue reading “Happy “Pop Day” !”

Day before birthday reflection

As I wrap up my sixty-first year on earth, I am reflecting on my life’s journey and feeling grateful for all the lessons I have learned along the way.  Sixty-one years.  That number feels surreal to me.  At yoga today, the instructor was talking about the miracle of our bodies.  It’s so true.  My heartContinue reading “Day before birthday reflection”