May you walk in peace and may the light of love shine in and through you, now and forever


Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


No matter what your beliefs about a higher power, a day devoted to a simpler life is strengthening.  To me that means thinking about what matters, , not spending money, not working on any  commercial ventures,  not using my beloved computer, turning off the cell phone,  connecting with friends, nature, my G-d.

Create your own version, your life will improve.


Spend one day a week without traveling; turning on the tv, radio,  or computer.  Doing so  practices kindness for our planet. Try it you might like it.


Kindness is one of the 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Training Exercises.  It often involves being generous so please like this post if you do, comment on it and negative comments as welcome as positive one, best of all share it.   You will be helping me stay strong and maybe some others as well.

If  regular practice of the 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Exercises does not improve the quality of your life, more might be needed.  That is the time to think about a support group, counseling, or therapy.

Good luck, life is a struggle,  caring relationships matter must but are difficult as well as wonderful. Despite all life a feast.



Sometimes my posts are a bit peppered with mis-spellings, oddly used words, weird punctuation.  These stem from a lesser known learning disability called dysgraphia, but also from rushing.  My apologies. Don’t read or check back in a day or so, as I usually catch most of the errors when I re-read.  Also practice forgiveness is a useful Emotional Fitness Exercise, so forgive me, I do the best I can, we all do.  Sometimes the best is not good enough, that is when forgiveness matters and forgiveness is yet another Emotional Fitness Training Exercise


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  2. I can easily do without TV…no problem. I can go without having to travel anywhere…no problem I can do without the problem.. I can even go without problem..

    But..go without my computer..ONE BIG PROBLEM! This is part of is like my third arm. I have even bought a small one so I can take it on holiday next year…No no no…I cannot do that!

    I suppose if I was like my daughter who has so many other things to do that she does not have time to use her computer, then i might not be bothered, but this is my lifeline to the outside world. Very necessary.

    • I have finally been able to give up my computer for 24 hours. A Shabbat commitment. Friday night it is collapse after the Shabbat dinner, read, maybe do some puzzles, sleep. Being in shul and then usually being invited somewhere to eat a Shabbat lunch. Home to nap, up to read, dinner, watch the sunset, read.

      The hardest to give up was email. I used to sneak a peek before heading out to services. Does anyone like me? Did my Shabbat posts fizzle?

      What has helped tremendously has been finding a shul that focuses on out reach to the Jewish Commmunity. The prayer books have an insert that says pray with you heart, don’t worry about reading as others do.

      Because of my hearing loss, I have a hard time hearing the service. So I usually, read through it on my own.

      Another plus are the classes if you don’t want to go to the services. I go to one before going to the main service. The group is small I can hear better. We discuss prayer using the prayer book as a guide.

      After service there is a kiddish–meaning big spread of appetizers. Everyone gathers, eats, roams the room, the children run to and fro; the adults number among the very, very, orthodox, the nearly secular, and all the in betweens.

      It is incredibly rare to find this much diversity in a shul or a church, so I am grateful we have landed here.

      After shul, it is home to nap and read, watch the sunset and then do what I have just done, rush to my computer to see what is waiting for me. And thank you for being here.


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