Resistance and Values

It’s my piano less on today….and I’m terrified.  I haven’t practiced as much as I intended to.  This is the exact same feeling I had every week almost 30 years ago when I was about to face a disgruntled piano teacher.  All my life I’ve been obsessed with being able to play the piano fluently….. I have had lessons intermittently for decades… but still I find myself unable to sit my butt in front of the piano and do the necessary.  Why??

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Managing the Wanting

Human beings seem to be wanting creatures…. wanting pleasure in some form, wanting stuff, wanting outcomes at work, wanting other people to behave in a certain way.

What we need to discover is that the struggle to fulfill my sense of wanting is endless. Continue reading Managing the Wanting

How to plan for retirement at 40

I’m currently trying to find my father a retirement village to move into, preempting his frailty, and I have discovered 3 requirements for a good retirement:

1) You need sufficient money – this means living a simple life early to save and get used to that simplicity

2) You need friends, hobbies and a social circle – starting for this at 40 make a huge difference

3) You need to already be comfortable moving – find an exercise that you like, is fun, and can be done at all fitness/ability levels – and is social (see point 2 above)

Conclusion: It’s not all about money!