Category Archives: Gratitude

To PL, on her Birthday

To my wife, on the anniversary of her 21st birthday.   Advertisements

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The Pain of Simply Existing

It occured to me that my existence has a cost to others. That everyone of us owe our lives to someone who “paid” for our existence. Oh sure, you’re probably thinking, yeah, when we were born, our mothers paid for … Continue reading

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Names

Z’s in N2 this year, and the teacher asked the parents for the meaning of the child’s name. And we forgot. So this was what I sent after the deadline: “Zoe” means “life”. The other day, someone referred to me … Continue reading

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Dying in Harness

Recently, a colleague passed away. She was younger than me. 49. 50, maybe. I didn’t know her well. She was transferred into our project team. I suspect because our team is viewed as being less stressful. She had a heart … Continue reading

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Luck and Happiness

I do not know if you know who Michael Lewis is. I first saw him when I saw this video of him giving a speech. Watch it if you have about 13 minutes. I think it’s worth watching. “Life’s outcomes, … Continue reading

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The Curse of Being too Blessed.

Unhappiness or discontent comes from wanting what one cannot have, instead of being thankful and grateful for what we do have. But I have found another way to be… well… unhappy. Being able to GET the things I want, but … Continue reading

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Lullabies

One of the first songs I adopted as a lullaby for Z was, “Lion Sleeps Tonight”. There is a very practical reason for that choice. There is a lot of… “scatting”? The “we-mo-way” and “de-de-de-de” that goes in between actual … Continue reading

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