The Big Yellow School Bus


     As the big yellow school buses again appear on our neighborhood streets, and the school yards fill with the music of children at play, a wave of nostalgia flows through me, recalling my own excitement at the beginning of each new school year. For 45 years I thrilled to the challenges of learning the names of my eager new students and preparing to excite them about communication. Those years are now in the past.

Pursuing our Interests
     Smiling to myself, I acknowledge that momentary yearning as I place my boogey board in the back of my Jeep. It isn't the worst thing to pursue new challenges and to have the freedom to do so. But the longing for that other life is tangible and I'm not alone. More than ever my coaching clients are contacting me for help as school starts, perhaps it is a trigger for them, as they too look back on another life they once lived. This is normal, but anxiety may seep in around the edges as we struggle to figure out new ways of living life, especially for the newly retired, the empty-nesters, and the recent widows. 

Enjoying Fun Activities
    It is up to us to imagine new and meaningful ways to live. Happiness experts teach us to live in gratitude, to take up new challenges and activities, to have something to look forward to. We are in charge and we can choose happiness or desperation, it is up to us. 

     One of my all time favorite books is Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, in which the author teaches us to set goals, live in the present, and to immerse ourselves in compelling activities. This requires that we become mindful of our dreams and make the effort to fulfill them. This is our precious time and we need to continue to make the most of it. The Pacific is warmer than usual this summer and there are some waves out there waiting for me. Perhaps they are waiting for you as well. We can choose joy. I would love to hear what you have to say. 

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