Not Nice Chris Comes Out to Play

I’m reading a book about overcoming “being nice,” and it’s challenging me to re-think some of my own behaviors. So I decided to create a little list of some things I think. Some of these things I would normally keep to myself for fear of looking bad or offending someone. Not tonight. A Little About Me: Behaviors I respect: Reading books Athleticism Standing for what you believe in Creativity Excellence Financial Savvy Honesty Courage Being Great with People Making Friends Easily Good organization skills Making your own weather, following your…

Slow and Steady to My First Marathon

My Christmas Day unfolded as follows: I ran 10 miles this morning, came home and after a nice breakfast enjoyed gift-giving with my wife. We then visited with family on Zoom, after which we had an excellent Christmas meal she prepared (the menu: our Thanksgiving meal, back by popular demand!). After this, we both took a nap, after which we played cards while listening to a virtual radio broadcast of a play from a theater my wife shoots pictures for (in normal times where plays are being produced). 🙂 Today’s…

A Wonderful Year?

Well, here we are. The end of 2020 is upon us. Somehow, we made it. I had no doubt we would 🙂 And yet, it feels like a milestone. 2020: the year that all of civilization went through the dryer on spin cycle. Personally, I had a fine year. I blogged. I jogged. I day-dreamed. I wrote. I taught piano. I hung out with my wife. I wrote music. I think after this nine-month experiment in isolation, it’s safe to say that I do just fine under such conditions. Perhaps…

Soothing the Mental Patient

It’s interesting to be with this mind of mine. Up and down my mood can go, like a roller coaster, a consequence of the monkey-mind head chatter that acts up sometimes. One moment, all is well, soaring and shining! But then the little weasel takes over, and to the sewers we descend. Recently, when I’ve noticed the head trash acting up I have begun conversing directly with it. It will say something like: <You are stupid and everything sucks and this is awful and you are bad and everything is…

Wired to Conform?

Jason Zweig wrote an excellent book called “Your Money & Your Brain,” which I have written about repeatedly, because it is so dang good (!). While it is focused around people’s behavior around money, it’s also an excellent study of the odd behaviors we humans can exhibit because of how our brains are wired. Specifically, the book discusses the reflexive emotions that are built into us, things like fear, greed, and regret. The book is full of great examples of people acting in strange, irrational, or plain stupid ways, the…

Discerning Those Yellow Bricks

By and large, you could say that I have spent the last twenty years doing all I can to cultivate inner peace. It’s a big part of what my happiness obsession is really about: living in such a way that I feel good each day (which I aim to write about here). Obviously, feeling good each day will look different for each person. Yet for me, the idea of inner peace seems to closely harmonize with it. For me, inner peace is about feeling calm. It’s about feeling at harmony…

What Do I Think?

A couple of times in the past–such is this–I have examined some topics in my life that feel good just to look a bit closer at my attitude about them. I thought I would do that again tonight 🙂 Here’s more look “under the hood,” vibrationally speaking: Covid: Okay, that was unexpected. I thought it might be something “fun” like food or movies, as I wrote about here. But here goes… My thoughts on the Pandemic are that it is an amazing opportunity for growth, for choosing how we look…

Reaching for Satisfaction: Rock-Throwing Edition

I’m always reaching for satisfaction. If you check your own thoughts for how they feel, you can really start to tell when they are on point … or not. I am much better at this nowadays. I remember a few years ago, inspired by Abraham-Hicks I would go on runs and I would repeat the words, “It’s my dominant intent to reach for thoughts that feel good!” I loved the idea, but the idea was so new to me that it still seemed rather conceptual. It took awhile for it…

Look at Us Now!

Today is the first day of November. It’s a new month and I have decided (haven’t I?) that I shall blog this month. Of course, I have learned that being flexible with myself is always a good idea with this blog, especially when it comes to new months, new “re-ups” of my commitment to daily blogging. So I shall wade into these November blogging waters and see how it feels. But here I am on the 1st and I am reasonably happy to be writing this. I remember when I…

Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

I love the idea of living within my own reality, and these days more than ever. I personally because that if you want to be happy, it’s important to be deliberate about your experience, rather than leaving it to chance or living by default. When I look out into the world, I see that it is all too easy to spend one’s life feeling bad. There’s always excuses for being unhappy. Especially if you don’t take matters into your own hands. I guess I realized a long time ago that…