Meandering Monday about Rebirth

At the beginning of each year (if you hold to traditions) we examine how that year went – what we were happy about, what we’d like to change – and we come up with a list of resolutions that we’re going to get to work on. Of course, most of us let the NEW US and its promises fall by the wayside, and don’t bother picking them up again until the start of the next NEW YEAR.

Birthdays are another time that we do this – particularly the one that triggers our midlife crisis (when exactly is that? I think it’s moving further out, and so is average life expectancy. I wonder – when you feel that crisis coming at you, does that mean that you are literally in midlife? You know, double your age and that’s when you’ll live to, barring murder, accidents and other non-natural occurrences? Just a thought. I think I was 47 when mine happened – let’s see if I make it to 94…) I’ve called my own midlife event a MIDLIFE RENAISSANCE™ (yes, including the trademark) ever since it happened – it felt less like a crisis than a rebirth. Maybe the crisis is really for the people around you who have to live through your changes…

My birthday was this month, which means that I don’t have a lot of breathing space between it and the start of the year, so I’m usually not failing my New Year’s resolutions by then, and so my birthday is rarely a time to restart (it also means that all my traditional presents occur inside of a month, but that’s a whole ‘nother issue…)

Other events cause similar restarts and reevaluations of where you are. Hitting bottom in an addiction. The birth of a child. Getting fired. The death of a loved one. These are the irregularly timed wake-up calls that sometimes are more effective at getting us to change than the artificially positioned shared ones that everyone uses. It helps for the impetus to be more personal.

Even when we have the best intentions, it’s hard to get back on the horse once we fall off. You’re going to diet, but you’ll start next week because – weeks have beginnings and ends. How can you start in the middle of one? And when you fall off on Tuesday, well, just wait til next Monday, right?

One of the companies I worked for ages ago used to have monthly employee meetings to give the employees a time to bring up problems that were occurring in the plant. After a while, they decided the meetings were a bad idea, because people were waiting to talk about problems until the next meeting, instead of dealing with them RIGHT THEN WHEN THEY WERE ALREADY HAPPENING.

When you see things going wrong in your life, or at work, or somewhere around you, don’t wait for some special time to fix those things. Take care of problems when you see them.

Rebirth can happen at any time. Just saying…


Swordsmaster – my first novel – is ready for your reading pleasure (really😉)Swordsmaster4

Fate is neither something to run away from, nor something to run towards.

The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?

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