Thursday, June 11, 2020

Adventure #2, as of June 12

Hi Folks,

Here's an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS.

Quotes Floating in My Mind:

Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better.
Marilyn Ferguson

Tender love and care toughen you up, because they nurture and strengthen your capacity to learn and adapt—including learning how to fight, and find your feet, to hardship later in life.
Noam Shpancer, Ph.D.

Your goal is to get busy living.
Even when the body says no.
My cousin Laly

Most failures are one-time costs.
Most regrets are recurring costs.
The pain of inaction stings longer than the pain of incorrect action.
James Clear

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get the chance, take it. If It changes your life, let it.
Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it
Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Adventure #2, as of May 12

Hi Folks,

Here's an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS.

Quotes Floating in My Mind:

God put rainbows in the clouds for a reason.
Maya Angelou

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
Six quotes from the incomparable Bruce Lee

Dear God, grant me
Serenity to accept things I cannot change,
Courage to change the Things I can, and
Wisdom to know the difference.

Prayer of Serenity

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again
Foo Fighters, Times Like These

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Adventure #2, as of April 26

Hi Folks,

Here's an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS. To acknowledge spring, I will include a few shots of blooms in our neighborhood.

Quotes Floating in My Mind:
“You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits.”
Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2, verse 47​​

“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards,
but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”
Jack London, American novelist

"Never postpone a good deed which you can do now,
Because death does not choose whether you
have or haven’t done the things you should have done.
Death waits for nobody and nothing.
It has neither enemies, nor friends."
Indian proverb ( see "This Magic Moment" below )

Monday, March 30, 2020

Adventure #2, as of Mar 30

Hi Folks,

My chemotherapy is done. I am so elated. Day 3 of 3, of cycle 4 of 4, as of Saturday, Mar 28. So, I thought it good to send an update on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS.

But given the stress of these times, if you would like, "virtually" join me to dial down our daily stress. Sit comfortably. Close your eyes. Breath in, hold for 5 or 10 seconds. Breath out, hold for 5 or 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times. Okay let's go... 

Quotes Floating in My Mind:
Difficult days need not be dark.
JFK in the 1963 state of the union address: 

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it…

Life is long if you know how to use it.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
C.S. Lewis on true friendship, from one of his classic, brief books, The Four Loves.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Side Convo: Your Lessons on Reflection & Prayer

It strikes me that prayer & reflection are central to a life of high self-awareness. It's a powerful element in our arsenal of good living. Be it the bad stress created by COVID-19, or stage 4 cancer, job issues, relationships, etc.  Or the good stress of something mildly to deeply enjoyable.

I am very curious about your lessons on prayer and reflection.
  • How often do you do it?
  • Is it conversational for formal?
  • Is it explicitly with your God or higher entity, or more general, a reflective discussion with yourself, or both?
  • What do you most often say or do?
  • What's your habit when there's a "big moment" coming in the next week, day, hour, or most importantly, in the next minute?
    • I would often start a day, or go into a stressful moment by whispering, "Dear God, I pray I am with you in the baptism of today." Baptism refers more to the act of plunging into a depth of water. The idea being, in my view God is always with me, but I may have a tendency to go it alone when I get stressed. The poem Footsteps in the Sand made me ponder this notion years ago.
  • Are there phrases that slip out of your mouth in good times and also in bad that you would share?
    • When I went to college and was wowed by a good looking girl (happened very, very often) I discovered myself saying, "Thank you God. Thank you God. Thank you God." Why three times? I don't know. I have since expanded it to the many things that mystify me - my boys, great food, an exquisite moment with someone or some people, etc.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Primer

My cousin Lena forwarded a summary from an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, focused on infectious diseases. This expert put together a fantastic list of bullet points regarding COVID-19 which I found super helpful. After some thought, I regrouped them into 3 buckets to make it easier for myself to digest.

Hope you find this helpful too.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Adventure #2, as of Mar 17

Hi Folks,

Here's an update from my musings and activity from the last 5 weeks on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS.

Quotes Floating in My Mind:
" 'Tis but a moment from the sublime to the ridiculous."

“What would be the point of living if we didn’t let life change us?”
Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 1