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Summer Endings, New Beginnings

My hope is that your have had a happy, fun and healthy summer. My own summer has been filled with unexpected joys, such as hiring an assistant (yay, Amanda!), a motivational speaking engagement, a radio interview, and an appearance on IndyStyle on WISH TV.

It has included good things for the people I love, such as witnessing the power of Facebook as my son looked for a last-minute roommate replacement – and found one in the nick of time. And a new buddy for his dog (my “grandson”) Duke.

That fun stuff was tempered by rearranging my schedule for urgent dental work coupled with bits of sad news from near and far. As I progress through this summer, despite those downs with the ups, I still look forward to fun times with family and friends, appreciated all the more because I am fully aware of how very precious and tenuous everything is. The outcome? Do it now, say it now, give it now, BE it now. Don’t wait!

Lead a Life Truer to Your Dreams – TED Talk

Wouldn’t it be a better world if we could all live a life truer to our dreams? Jane McGonigal thinks so, and has the science to prove it. I first heard Jane on an episode of Morning Edition on National Public Radio as she talked about a traumatic brain injury that resulted in a healing and helpful video game called SuperBetter.  Then tonight I ran across a video of her on TED, giving a talk on the value of playing. She’s a gamer. Oh, yeah, a video gamer. She convinced me why it is important to engage in fun, games, and living your dreams.

I especially like what she has to say about living longer and be healthier by taking breaks every hour. My fellow metalsmiths who are in the flow at the bench every day – take note!
I love bringing dreams to life in metal, and no matter what the business end of this sometimes solitary and demanding life brings, knowing that I might be lengthening my life and improving it just by doing what I love is rewarding to the extreme. Plus, maybe if I stick with the tiny tasks the video game sets out for me, it will cure my perpetually stiff “jeweler’s neck”!