Senior Superlatives Revisited

When you were in high school, did they conduct a vote for “senior superlatives,” such as “most likely to”… succeed; end up in jail; have more than four children; earn more than a million dollars; be elected mayor; etc.?

They did in my high school. Back then, I was chosen as the most likely to…
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Finally: Some Fun

As my spouse has been saying, “it’s been a wasted summer.” With all the travel to Pittsburgh for his mother’s health situation, we have not had any time for any fun.

Yesterday, the sun and stars aligned and I jumped for it…
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Attitude of Gratitude

SmilethumbI was reading a blog post written by a motorcop in California. He has been writing his blog for seven years, as long as I have been blogging, too. He observed over time that:

If you look back over the seven years of the life of this blog, you are likely to read a very cyn­i­cal man’s per­spec­tive on the world. “Cyn­i­cal” is a kind­ness, by the way. There was a sea­son in there where “Angry” is more apropos.

Further, he said that he began reading about leadership, the Bible, fiction and non-fiction. Like me, he arrived at the conclusion that…
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Happy Day

Sorry, I really don’t have time to write a more substantial blog post today. Busy preparing for our “no senior goes hungry or lonely” feastival that we are hosting.

So I wish all my U.S. readers a very Happy Thanksgiving, and thank everyone, no matter where you are from, for being a loyal follower of this blog and my ramblings.CBTGLife is short: share joy.

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“Hey Mr. Sunshine” Says the Cop

Sunday started out as a typical day for me. I rose before dawn, tied on my Chippewa hikers, and went for a long walk with my senior walking pal. When I returned home and after I showered, my spouse was still resting. I let him sleep.

By 0800, he was awake, and I prepared his favorite four-flour gluten-free waffle. After breakfast, assured that he was okay, I picked up three senior pals to take them grocery shopping.

All of my pals are concerned about me. One of them has a son who is a local motorcop. Apparently she called him, and soon thereafter he called me. “Hey, Mr. Sunshine (reference to my usual bright disposition) — I’m coming over in 30 minutes on my Harley and you’re following me on yours to the most awesome place. Don’t say no, and no questions. Just be ready.”
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Unknown Influence

I never know how what I write on my website, this blog, or in email influences others. But I have three specific examples that I learned about this past week that made me smile.

One was from a man who said…
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Positive Power

rainbowblogI have a number of personality traits, or quirks, that combine to make me different from many others. I have blogged about some of those traits over time.

This time, I am writing about my positive outlook on life. And with some crap that has occurred to me, as is the nature of life itself, it’s a wonder that I haven’t gone over the edge and wallowed in “woe-is-me, awfulness, shit-gone-to-hell” attitudes.

I have been estranged from some family and people I thought were friends, forced into long-term unpaid “job hiatus” or even quit some jobs, and have been crapped upon and treated poorly by some people. My one-and-only man in my life is sick again and sometimes that makes him miserable and hard to be around.

Why, then, with all the crap in the world that has happened to me, do I remain bright and positive? Why do I have a healthy, forward-looking attitude? Why do I drive some of my friends and co-workers crazy with happy-peppy good cheer? Why do I believe that there is sunshine and a rainbow after clouds and gloom?
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