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Transitions - optimism rising

Despite the gloom and rain of November in Vancouver, a time when Canada sees its highest number of deaths, I am once again feeling my optimism rise as my birthday (mid-December) approaches. It can feel sad in November when we remember the dead, and some of my relatives, friends and colleagues including my parents have passed during November. Nevertheless, my energy is on the rise.

As I said at the start of this blog, while I was introducing my blog project called "A Year of Living Positively" in December, 2013, the year's end is a natural time for reflection and planning.

Transition - Breathing spell

After around 10 days of extreme tension here in the house, I felt totally peaceful and content yesterday. There was some relief from a situation with a housemate. However, the atmosphere is a little nervous again this morning.

To recap my situation, I am in temporary digs renting a room in a shared household as I make the transition from life back in Korea to a renewed life here in Vancouver, Canada. It took a lot of searching and inquiries to find some suitable short term accommodations; I signed a rental agreement for this place offered by a landlord's representative without meeting all the housemates.

Transition-Day against Racism

The International Day against Racism is a positive thing. I attended an action to honour this important day and made to responses against bigotry.

At the rally of those united against racism that brought together a diverse collection of participants around the same cause, a few neo-nazis turned up to provoke and interfere. In the false name of "democracy", they claimed that the protesters were segregating them and not allowing their voices in. A couple of them got clobbered as they kept making provocative challenges and tried to approach the stage.

Transitioning-Memory and aging

Memory loss and senility are concerns as one reaches the "senior" years. As there is mental illness in my family, including 2 elders who "cracked up" in their last few years, and my grandmother lived for a couple of decades without short-term memory, these problems are on my mind as I age.

How to prevent or at least reduce the chance or impacts of such afflictions? I found good advice under the heading of "Preventing Alzheimer's" on the helpguide.org website. Here is the link to the article.

Eye of the Optimist-2016 for me


This website: It drew over 1,600 views yesterday, on December 30, 2016. The total number of views of the site reached about 145,000. Most of that viewership arose out of the publishing of my blog, which started near the start of 2014. Prior to the blog-writing, the site had only attracted around 1,500, to the best of my recollection. My blog may not be well known, but starting it certainly was helpful in earning attention to my website. Some of the viewership has been stimulated by my job searches, I am sure.

Eye of the Optimist-New 5 year plan

I set a 5-year plan three years ago. It's time to review and rebuild it to cover the next 5 years.

In accordance with the original plan drawn up three years ago, I am preparing to abide by one of two pledges, namely to stop teaching in Korea and move back to Canada. Just a few days ago, I began listing my personal belongings that I want to sell or give away, for which I took and uploaded photos of my stuff, and have already given away a few items. I have already transferred most of my savings from Korea to Canada.

Eye of the Optimist-Parting ways

I am well into a life transition. I am packing some things and discarding others. I am closing up my life here in Korea in increments, according to a calendar. 

As I have taught my students, life transitions are processes with their typical stages of emotions. It can be a roller coaster ride. As the end of my present contract has been getting nearer and nearer, the more often I go through ups and downs: fear, anxiety, butterflies, joy, excitement and grief. Since I have been planning my escape for over a year, I have already come to terms with the fact of separation and the anticipation  and perils of change.

Eye of the Optimist-Outliving a Parent

My mother suddenly and very unexpectedly dropped dead on the morning of November 16, 1985. The question as to whether I would live beyond her age at death has been on the back of my mind for the past couple of years. I could say I've outlived her as of November 17 this year.

I found the occasion worthy of a Facebook posting. Here is what I wrote last Thursday.
"As of today, I've lived longer than my mother. Exercise and enlightened attitude keep the heart strong, blood pressure down, and mind growing.

Eye of the Optimist-Vacations are beneficial

It has been about seven weeks since my last blog entry. That is because I went on vacation overseas for about a month. Though I am still in vacation mode and feeling somewhat lazy, I thought it was about time to get back into the blogging. Thanks for your patience; and, thanks for those of you who have continued to follow this blog. I notice that the visits to this blog and my website have been steady despite my absence. I must be doing something right.

What to write about today? I have been thinking about the benefits of taking time for vacations.

Eye of the Optimist-nature walk

A day after a thunderstorm passed through, the sky was a clear blue and there was a fresh breeze this morning. So appealing was it that I took off on a mountain ramble by 8:30 a.m. It felt glorious to be out there. The sunlight was brilliant and the air felt alive. Do you get those days when the atmosphere is full of anticipation and power? 

I chose a less travelled path, which was so quiet that the deer were around. After I stopped to enjoy the pleasant forest sounds, I saw a deer bounding across the trail ahead of me.

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