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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

— Lao Tzu

May you find strength in the ones who love you. These are the ones who risk heartbreak to show you they care. Love is unconditional. No matter what, they choose to love you.

May you gain courage from each person to whom you give your heart openly. You lay your heart on the line every time you care for them. To love someone is to be the most genuine version of yourself. That vulnerability is unparalleled.

You have fought for love. You have fought for your happiness. Today is a day to celebrate love in its may forms and revel in the joy love can bring.

I hope that today (and every day) you find a moment to realize how much love surrounds you and know you are more loved than you can possibly imagine.

Love and light,


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“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”

— Lao Tzu

I love the sentiment expressed by this quote.

I would add one more thing at the end if I had the chance…

In ALL things, be grateful.


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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

–Lao Tzu





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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

— Lao Tzu

Without belaboring a point I’m sure you all understanding, remind yourself to go with the flow this week. Resistance can drain you of your energy and doesn’t always bring about the best results. Why not let things go where they may and use our energy when we end up someplace new?

And hey, who said that with a little positive thinking you couldn’t make things go where you want? Something to think about as you approach this new week with a newly-found sense of adventure. GO WITH THE FLOW.

Love and Light,


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“If there were 2000 people in this apartment right now, would we be celebrating? No, we’d be suffocating.”

Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper, Ph. D, The Gorilla Experiment

One of the assumptions that micro-economists usually employ is that preferences are monotonic.   For non-economist readers, this means that more is preferred to less i.e. two dollars is better than one, an 9 oz steak is better than a 6 oz steak, and a bigger house is a better house.

Obviously it doesn’t take Sheldon Cooper to devise a few counterexamples.  We are not always better off by enjoying one more beer (more true for our older readers than our younger readers).  That second girlfriend probably doesn’t provide more utility (at least in the long-run).  Eventually, your house is so big that it is a hassle to maintain and clean.

Now surely, some of you have had an economics course and are a little uncomfortable with what seems to be my premise- that perhaps more isn’t always better.  You are probably trying to recall something about how giving someone who has no money a hundred dollars brings them more happiness than giving a millionaire a hundred dollars (economists call it diminishing marginal utility). And I am not trying to unravel the foundations of microeconomics.  But, the point of this jargon-steeped post is that, in the words of Lao Tzu, “To know you have enough is to be rich.”

So let’s talk about being young adults on Federal Tax Day.  Starting out on our own, finally cut off from the bountiful coffers of our parental units, we don’t have much.  As Allstate likes to remind us, some of us are starting out on a budget- a Ramen noodle every night kind of budget.  The luxuries we can enjoy are afforded by deep discounts through Groupon and Scoutmob.   Every hard-earned paycheck is a joy, however short-lived as we dole out checks drawn against our liabilities.  We try  to save what we can, and some of us have too much debt or not enough income (or both) to even think about a 401K.  Right now, that hundred dollars brings us far more utility than it would bring a millionaire.

We hope that our condition is part of starting out, part of being a young adult.  We hope that someday, when we are no longer starting out, we will be able to afford more.  Maybe you envision a kitchen full of food that isn’t leftover takeout, big enough to prepare a proper meal in.  Perhaps you want to be able to participate in those extra Zumba classes, rather than just your basic gym membership.  Maybe you hope that someday your work week will be more like 40 hours long.  But while we are starting out, we aren’t complaining about it.  Why?  Because we have enough, and we know it.  That is, after all, what it means to be rich.  If starting out meant living comfortably, with all the amenities that we are used to our parents providing for us, how would we ever appreciate their value?  More is usually better. But when we have more, we need to remember how it felt to have less.  That is the way to stay rich.

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“To know you have enough is to be rich.”

Lao Tzu

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