I’m grateful for another successful year of recurrent training. It doesn’t matter how many times I go through, my stress increases when I’m being quizzed and evaluated. Some of the scenarios we train for are emergencies I only see once each year, and others, are something I’ve never encountered before. This helps me hone my skills and keep me sharp. However, I have to watch the internal critic who’s still a master at putting myself down for being human, making mistakes, and not performing at my own personal standards.

 

I’m grateful for recovery, because I’ve learned not only how to keep that inner critic at bay, but also how to let things go and to give myself balance during these drills. In the past, I’d do nothing but eat, sleep and study. This year, like last, I continued to work on me by staying connected with friends, exercising, and add some enjoyment to my day. I’m grateful to have seen the Hans Solo movie opening night, Overboard, and Life of the Party while also enjoying a good book this past week. Throw in a baby shower with my coworkers, dinner with good friends, and ending the week watching the final episode of American Idol. This year’s recurrent training was pretty much a non-event.

(written March 18, 2017)

 

The Quest for Joy sometimes seems as mystical and futile as the Quest for the Holy Grail. Whereas the Holy Grail is said to be the cup of the Last Supper and has curing magic properties, the Quest for Joy is said to be the cure to all our problems.

 

Just find happiness and life will be better. At least that’s what they tell us.

 

Now how do we do that amidst our pain and suffering?

 

Are you ready to join me on a quest to find the answer?

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You know when you plan to do something and you get distracted and think, “I’ll get to that in a minute. First I want to do this.” And then, you do what you weren’t planning on doing, then realize that’s what you were supposed to be doing all along?

 

Did I lose you?

 

I was getting ready to look through some of the share ideas I have stored away when I thought I’d clean out my email first. Many times, I disregard this particular sender because it contains so many different links. But tonight, I scrolled through the list.

 

What I found moved me immensely.

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