Mindful Musings

Periodic posts — playful, profound, personal. A little bit of introspection and momentary mental release. The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer, professors, or the University.

August Affirmations

I try to live each day with a clarity of mind and purpose, with humility and gratitude for the gifts in my life. While it may not always be possible to have a day as perfect as I define it, I still try to achieve a certain state of serenity, so that I may sleep peacefully at night, and try it all over again the next day.

Mindfulness and Meditation

#ItDoesntAlwaysWork #PracticeMakesProgress

Between Fireworks and Thunderstorms

Murphy watches as the rain continues to fall in the backyard, making the large, green leaves of the ginger plants quiver, shimmer and dance. Daddy’s shirt, though loosely draped over him, gives Murphy some comfort and security. He seems a bit relieved that the thunder stopped, but apprehensive it would start up again at any moment.

Murphy in a Thunder Shirt Looks Out the Window

#DogHatesThunder #IndependenceDay #DogHatesFireworksToo

A Year in Bullet Points, More or Less

Since I've Been Gone...

A lot has happened in a year. Such is life, I suppose, when you are busy living it instead of writing about it. Here are some highlights, in thoughtfully randomized order.

  • Dodged the destructive force of Hurricane Harvey
  • Celebrated the Astros winning the World Series
  • Received a very special and unexpected gift
  • Lost something I neither wanted nor needed
  • Had to drop a wonderful and challenging class
  • Got a better-than-expected grade in a course
  • Several of my friends graduated from Harvard
  • Changed investment management companies
  • Put some money away; spent some just for fun
  • Quietly lip-synched during Hamilton on Broadway
  • Swallowed my tears watching Jagged Little Pill
  • Laughed at jokes and funny guys at Comedy Cellar
  • Enjoyed after-midnight pizza around the corner
  • Revisited dear old friends, Patience and Fortitude
  • Mourned the passing of creative, tortured souls
  • Switched minor from Math to Computer Science
  • Met a U. S. Senator who told me to stay strong
  • Saw a brighter and more focused life ahead of me

Boston view from a moving train on the Red Line

We are halfway through 2018. I have nothing deep or significant to share, really. My muse is still out on an extended holiday. Perhaps she will return soon enough, and it won't be another year until my next post.

This Journey's End Begins Another

When my friend James told me that he got accepted to Yale a couple of months ago, I thought that I couldn't be more proud of him. Then, I came across this Gazette profile, and learned more of the struggles he went through before finally making his way to Harvard. Next week, he will be graduating along with several of my other friends.

James T. Venable (Photo by Jon Chase via Harvard Gazette)

James T. Venable (Photo by Jon Chase via Harvard Gazette)

To James and to all of you who have worked your butts off to earn your diploma from Harvard, CONGRATULATIONS! You make me feel very proud, inspired, and motivated to follow in your footsteps, to see this journey through to the next stop, and then the next, and the next...

May you all have a fantastic future ahead!