The Front Row II (A short reflection on CHANGE)

With another birthday approaching, I am naturally reflecting on all things CHANGE (and no, I am not only talking about the spread in the middle)


It always fascinates me how deciding who gets a front row seat in the movie that is our lives isn’t exactly as simple as ordering a large popcorn and Slush Puppie.

Friends change, lovers drift, egos inflate, eyes open, lust rattles, death knocks, jobs morph, travel calls, masks drop, strategies shift, needs flip, kids drift, hearts evolve. You know, life happens?

While we are certain that CHANGE is the law of the universe (with seasons changing, leaves falling, blossoms springing effortlessly before our very eyes) I have often wondered why we find it so difficult to just “flow” with these changes especially as they affect key relationships.


Then it hit me : We are uneasy with movement, with change itself.


The old moulds are more warm and familar than a onesie, clouded in words like “loyalty” and “history”. Deciding to actively drop leaves, sprout flowers and reassign those name tags on the prime VIP spots in our life, ruffling feathers and inviting scrutiny challenges our comfy paradigms. Crap ain’t easy.

But it must be done.

So, as I mascara another grey hair this morning and try not to overthink my Kombucha ambitions, do allow me to send you my best good vibes as you contemplate your own selections.  

  • If you have to increase or decrease the number of seats, make that call.
  • If you are blessed that no rearrangement is necessary, scream “thank you!”; such blessing is never to be taken lightly.

…BUT yes, that seating chart needs to be issued. (Or else some random weeds will fill those vacant spots and then your garden will really be sad).

Go on…Today is a good day to think about that front row again.  Aluta continua, as they say.

#gratitude #reflections #alutacontinua

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The FRONT of My Notebook

Last week I did something I have NEVER done before.  Yes, another first time.


I always have a notebook with me.


I use the notebook for work.  You see, my job requires lists.  And, I need to be able to cross off the items of that list.


Each day I do a new list.  The most important thing goes at the top.  Yes, a matter of priority.  It is a good habit.  A very useful tool to manage my workload.


Then, right at the back of my books, I write MY stuff.  Things like :

  • Manuscript
  • RSVP for Philosophy Lecture
  • Domain Name
  • Haircolour
  • Milk


But last week, I did something I have NEVER done before. Something that will change my life. Something my future self will definitely thank me for.

I started with the date.  Then I wrote this note:

2015-02-11 09.45.55


And, as it goes for me.  Now that it is WRITTEN, it must be.


From now onward, I will incorporate my own dreams, ideas, follow ups, to do list in the FRONT of the Moleskine.  Yes, a matter of priority.    I still have to work through my real workload before I can focus on my “personal” work, but at least I get to SEE the content every hour of the day.   It creates a certain harmony. That’s a step.


What is in the front of YOUR notebook? 


I wish you LOVE in whatever it is.