Author Archives: EliotBurdett

Backyard Organic Veggie Farm – Lessons Learned in Our Second Season

A couple of years ago, we set up a veggie farm in our backyard (see The Wonder Garden – Lessons and Fun with Our Organic Home Vegetable Garden) and last year was our second year of home farming. Now it is almost spring again and the new growing season is nearly upon us, so I…

Breaking the Caffeine Abstinence

This winter, after 4 1/2 years without caffeine I broke my abstinence by having coffee, chocolate and green tea. It all happened one morning when my wife was enjoying her morning coffee as she does every morning and as always it smelled so good but this time, I finally felt the urge to have some myself….

Are you ok with uncertainty?

After seeing that insane Volvo commercial with Jean Claude Van Damme, the tune stuck in my head so I looked it up. I found what is both a sweet love song by Enya and a zen-like tribute to acceptance of whatever may be. Only Time – Enya Who can say where the road goes Where…

Imperfection is Perfection

Life is imperfect and thats just perfect. Seriously, if you could script your life or wave a magic wand and have everything the way you want it, would you be happier? Maybe so, but wouldn’t that take some of the mystery out of life? Anyway its academic because while we can choose the paths we…

Wisdom, Courage & Serenity Prayer

There is so much goodness packed into this simple and ageless prayer. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference Whether you believe in God or not, or whether you have your own vision of God,…

Opportunity looks a lot like hard work

Movie and pop idol, Ashton Kutcher, made these comments at a teen awards ceremony recently: I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof. And then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant. And…

Outsource your worrying

My friend Brent doesn’t worry. He says he outsources his worry to the Universe. He figures there is no point in worrying about things that you have no control over. I agree wholeheartedly. If your worrying isn’t going to make a difference why bother? Why invest energy in something that at best has no positive…

Things We Tell Our Kids: Make it work

“Things turn out best for the people that make the best of the way things turn out”- John Wooden My wife and I encourage our kids to be happy with what they have and to learn to find solutions on their own. We believe these are vital life skills so when our kids are complaining…

Being Good is Great

We are all told to chase greatness. We are bombarded by advice on how to get to the top, to make an indelible mark, and to be all you can be. There is nothing wrong with striving to be better but there is an awful lot of pressure to be some kind of amazing. You…

Take Three Deep Breaths

Last year I accidentally hired a meditation coach. Seriously…. I went looking for a business coach who could help me with a specific business challenge I was experiencing and wound up engaging someone who teaches meditation. Here’s how it happened. I combed the Internet until I found one with the background I was looking for…

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