Off The Rails

I’ve been off from work this last week of December. It’s a time I celebrate the holidays and take inventory of the past year, while looking ahead to goals for next year – It is a time for me to go “Off The Rails.”

Yes, I leave my very scheduled disciplined life to experience the art of unscheduled nothing. I get up when I want eat what I want; for example sleep until 8:30am and eat homemade cookies for breakfast. I even went to the gym in the afternoon! Okay my off the rails isn’t exactly going over to the dark side, but I did go to see the Last Jedi. The bigger point is I’m letting go of my need for structure and control to clear my vision. Often routine prevents us from seeing other options or opportunities. Like reading a book verses watching a rerun, enjoying holiday treats without feeling guilty, spending evenings watching game shows with an elderly neighbor instead of surfing the net. I have managed to get things done – Necessary things. As the week nears the start of the New Year, my disciplined self is contemplating goals and structuring my schedule to fit them, but at least I still have cookies for breakfast.

Here’s wishing you a great 2018 on or off the rails,


Recharging Life…

The Taoist Yin and Yang are corresponding opposites; we can’t have light without ┬ádark, good without evil… Nor can we train without rest and recovery – Believe me I’ve tried! Whether it was running, weight training or martial arts and more often than not all three! I have been of the opinion more is better – Not true . It is said with age comes wisdom (actually injuries, then wisdom). I’ve finally looked at myself and into my soul and have followed the above advice.

I’m currently on the seventh day of a ten-day break from work, and even though I’ve trained it has been minimal. I’ve done a great deal of reading,meditating and just being quiet alone. All of which has got me feeling physically better, happier and content! Who’d ever think that having a “Stay-Cation” could have brought me so many benefits?

We have all kinds of “chargers” to recharge everything from an iPod to a toothbrush. We’re ever aware of running out of battery life, but never aware we’re running out of life! So recharge by unplugging yourself, sit quietly and observe your life rather than being caught up in running your life…