May 20, 2013—Issue #191
This week’s focus point: I’m sitting in a villa in Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany. It is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. Instead of rushing from monument to monument and checking off historical points of interest, we’re simply spending a week immersed in the local culture and environment. We can walk or bike to shops, have some wine and espresso, and have high quality family time (there are 8 of us). You can’t find a bad meal in Italy, and cousin Jimmy and I are about to head out for morning coffee. We don’t have to go to Italy to realize that it’s important to obtain quality “down time,” which isn’t accomplished during “vacations” where we’re engaged in scavenger hunts to find every novelty and benefit possible in five days. Sometimes “domani” is a fine decision. It’s tough to live when you’re not enjoying life.
Monday Morning Perspective: Age is such a high price to pay for maturity. — Tom Stoppard (one of my favorite quotes of all time)
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