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Friends count

Happy 46th birthday.

Friends count.

Common sense that makes even more sense when you hit 60.

In this Covid-19 world-pause, lots of reflection on our own mortality.

Updating your legal, end-of-life paperwork really zeros in on how death is the finish line for all of us.

In the end, who do you want to “speak at your funeral”?

This really focuses you on who your best friends are, and have been, during your life.

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Adversity reveals character

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KLD on Instagram creates these and they are fun to see.

Adversity reveals character.

Adversity doesn’t develop character, it reveals it.

Last night my final message to our son was this:

Hey, tomorrow, let’s talk about how calm i’ve been in the midst of Covid-19. Most people are panicked, deeply concerned about their future, and literally having anxiety attacks. My whole life has been a slow and steady continuous improvement journey. You would be perfectly normal to be freaked out now, and freaked out because your friends are probably freaked out. Please do not compare where you are with where i am. Sleep on it and we’ll talk tomorrow.

What you are about to read next is what i call clarity, expectations, and accountability – summed up, bluntly, as one of life’s harsh realities. You are the CEO of You, Inc. Everything in your life is your responsibility. To refute this is to live in a closed-mindset, child-adult relationship with your world.

If you aren’t leading yourself well now, you weren’t leading yourself well before Covid-19.

If you were leading yourself well before Covid-19, you are leading yourself well now.

Adversity is showing our true colors as they say.

i am presently unemployed, and probably will be for the rest of the year, so this is a perfect time to panic. But panic isn’t in my vocabulary anymore, and hasn’t been for years.

Meanwhile, i continue to offer hope and personal challenge, as i have my whole life, to anyone who cares to listen.

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Catch and release spiders

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Our son has taught me to catch and release spiders versus kill them.
tiny baby spider
Chapin released about 20 tiny baby spiders into the backyard from our enclosed pool deck.

Catch and release spiders.

Even the tiniest baby spiders?

Yes.

Why?

Karma, maybe.

Love, maybe.

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Faces are good

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Disneyland postcard.

Faces are good.

Love is good.

Simple.

Ohana.

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Flock together

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Things only become a saying or a cliche if they are true. Small wisdom soundbites passed from generation to generation.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Use this wisdom to your advantage.

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