Some Reflections on My Life Triggered by a Recent Birthday

I had a birthday this week which triggered from reflections on my life. I prepared a short list of lessons learned for my party. I hope you find them helpful.

Some Reflections on My Life Triggered by a Recent Birthday

reflections on my life after being surprised by another birthdayI had a birthday this week and it has put me in a “new goals / new habits” mood. I shared these observations with friends this week; I hope you find them helpful.

Marrying the right woman has been a key decision.

Career options come and go. Jobs evolve, flourish, wither, and morph.

As much of a workaholic as I have become, I recognize my children are my real legacy.

I got into trouble with my health at the height of my financial success. I quit exercising and lost control of my weight working long hours.

My father was a high function alcoholic and smoked three packs of cigarettes a day from 18 to 48. So far, I have avoided both addictions, but only because I kept his example firmly in mind. The few times that I have smoked, I have really really enjoyed it.

I started meditating when I was 16; it’s been a very helpful habit, particularly in times of stress.

“Yet even when I was exulting in my solitude, I became conscious of a strange lack. I wished a companion to lie near me in the starlight, silent and not moving, but ever within touch. For there is a fellowship more quiet than solitude, and which rightly understood is solitude made perfect. And to live out of doors with the woman a man loves is of all lives the most complete and free.”
Robert Louis Stevenson in “A Night Among the Pines” (Chapter 13 in “Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

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