I am starting a new thread here mainly for purposes of my own catharsis. It is my intention, at least at this point, to make regular contributions. Of course, if anyone else has anything to add, they are more than welcome. If you have any input, please contribute.
Over a year ago I decided to deal head-on with my self-diagnosed adult attention disorder, (ADD). The inability to stay focused was becoming too stressful. I found myself sitting around watching the clock tick, yet I couldn’t keep “on task” with any project I started. Nothing was getting done and just starting something was becoming depressing.
The smart thing to do was probably to get professional help, so instead I decided to try to heal myself, at least as a first try. Cognitive therapy and pharmaceuticals (UGH) might be the approved way to go but I decided to try meditation first.
18 months and countless self-help books later, I still can’t bring myself to a regular, formal meditation program. But, along the way, I discovered informal mindfulness. Yes, I know it is the “Fad” right now. It is hard to navigate modern social trends without “tripping over” somebody extolling the benefits of mindfulness.
Let me add my voice to the chorus.
"We waste our lives waiting for ideal paths to appear in front of us. But they never do. Because we forget that paths are made by walking, not waiting." ~ Marc & Angel Chernoff
"If I waited until I had all my ducks in a row, I’d never get across the street. Sometimes you just have to gather up what you’ve got and make a run for it." ~Judge Lynn Toler
"A problem is not an interruption to a serene and happy life. A problem is an ordinary part of such a life." ~ William Martin
"It’s often our own thinking that holds us back and hurts us the most. Realize this. There’s no reason to imprison and torture yourself. It’s never too late to change your thinking about something you can't change. Don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff
"When it is understood that trying to have good without evil is as absurd as trying to have white without black, all that energy is released for things that can be done." ~ Alan Watts
"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way." ~ Wayne Dyer
"Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens." ~ Epictetus
The Serenity Prayer is a rephrasing of ancient Stoicism.
"But whether you believe in a Higher Power or not, I suggest you just look with wonder at the Great Mystery of it all, and, with thanks, stand in awe." ~ Susan Jeffers
Brand new to this world, born June 8, 2021, my first great grandson: Campbell Graham Hartman, 6 lb., 3 oz.; 19 in.
Beautiful name. And congratulations, Grandpa.