Buddhism has found its way into mainstream modern society. Despite its age, this philosophy and spiritual practice continues to speak to us because of its elegant simplicity. Buddhism originated in Northern India over 2500 years ago. It consists of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path. The philosophy of Buddhism had a noble birth.
According to the Population Referral Bureau, there are over 40 million senior citizens living in the United States today. A senior citizen is anyone who is aged 65 or older. This term is simply a way of segmenting a group of people for demographic purposes.
It had never occurred to me that one can rent a trailer or RV just like one rents a room in someone's home. It wasn't until I starting writing on UpWork that I realized that people can rent trailers and RV's for trips. This is a clever idea for both the owner and renter. I owned a popup trailer with my husband when the kids were little. The trailer spent most of it's time in the garage. If we were lucky, we took the kids camping a few weekends out of the year.
Each year begins in a fallow phase. We greet the new year from the frozen heart of winter. We stand upon the edge of time looking backward over the past year and forward toward the new. For many, the new year represents a time of contemplation and resolution. Many resolve to break past patterns. Others resolve to begin new habits designed to bring more health, happiness, and longevity. We often gather with friends to celebrate this new opportunity to begin again. Some take the time to contemplate both the past and future, to set goals, and to motivate themselves toward pinnacles left to be obtained.
I lingered awake last night having a text conversation with my friend as we waited excitedly for the snow we had been following for over a week. We were both raised in North Carolina so the fascination with snow is a holdover from nights spent with flashlights waiting for the glimpse of the snowflakes that often meant days out of school. Although we are both decades beyond childhood snow days, we continue to share an excitement over snow that most of my friends have lost.
As a therapist I have known supported many people that over extend themselves in order to buy gifts for their family and find that the next Christmas they are still paying for the gifts from last Christmas. There is nothing like watching people stress out over this circular path from Christmas to Christmas to bring home the fact that there must be a better solution.