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Bob, I enjoy how your stories work on several levels. It's fun to read about the wisdom (and wit) of your relatives. It's also a nice reminder of the perspective around the circus monkeys saying, and how it's not about skipping out on responsible items, but instead avoiding the drama that can be around us.

On a different level, I've actually started applying this - I'm leaving my full-time job as a manager of a wonderful team and starting a new phase in my life, and it's been a challenge, at times, to let go. So I've been saying (in my journal and now, during the day)... no longer my circus, and no longer my monkeys. In fondness, but as a reminder that they will go on and I'll go on, just now different roads.

As always, thank you. I really enjoy your writings and find them very helpful.

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Hi Bruce, it's nice to know how my articles apply to a reader's life. You've been generous in sharing that with me. Let me first congratulate you on your new phase in life. New phases often come with a little fear--perhaps a lot of fear--but I'm always impressed with the courage one has in making such a shift, and it always comes with unexpected gifts and growth. When I read your comment on June 12th, the first thought that came to mind was: How can I help? If there is anything I can do to help you in this new phase, feel free to reach out. I wish you abundance, happiness, and success in whatever way that fulfills you. Thank you for writing.

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Jun 18Liked by Bob Olson

Thank you for the kind wishes and amazing offer. I'm truly honored.

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I loved the article. My father was half polish, and it is delightful to hear the sayings, and makes me wish I could speak it.

Your wisdom pours through as great reminders to mind our business, but yet take action when it’s our business!

Thank you!

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Thanks, Michelle. I never learned the language, either. Just a few tidbits that I always pronounced in error. I had to look up the proper spellings. I hope you grew up with some of the food treasures, like chrusciki and pierogies. Thank you for writing!

https://savoringmidlife.com/2020/11/16/polish-chrusciki/

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Jun 9Liked by Bob Olson

I don’t know, I think I missed those delicacies that you mentioned!

A couple years ago a dear friend visited Poland, he said is was lovely, extremely affordable and that if I went I would not want to come back!

I am so happy you responded to my post, I wish you continued joy and success in your life.

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Great article...it really makes me look at my surroundings and my choices. Even in the simplest discussions, are we engaging unnecessarily. Creating a peaceful life is very important to me and I do feel I have come a long way since my youth. However, there is always room for improvement, even now.

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Thanks, Christian. Your comment speaks volumes about life. Life is a process, not an event. We think we're on track, and the road moves, forcing us to readjust our steering. Half the trick is knowing this is true. Blessings.

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