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Moments of Manhood

Moments of Manhood

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There comes a moment when our very man­hood is up for grabs.
There comes a moment when our very man­hood is up for grabs.

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In all my spiritual wanderings, one of the principles that’s sunk in isthat the past is gone and the future is yet to be. I can only be where Iam in this moment: this breath, this step, this instant. To worry aboutanything else is to waste energy.Another thing I’ve realized is that humans—men in particular—arecreatures of habit. To live in the present, it helps to have a ritual andsome regular practice. I asked guys, “What is your favorite momentof the day? What is that moment that always makes you smile?” Ialso asked their wives. Then I had to think about it myself.
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school, make my way back to the house around 8:30, make a fresh cup of coffee, and lumber up
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by my favorite books, framed articles, a watercolor painted by my grandmother Grace, and the
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Tom Matlack likes to doze off whilereading a hefty novel.What’s your favoritemoment of the day?
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of my world and my work, and make mental notes on what I’m eventually going to have to deal with.After going through my email, I pick up a big novel (preferably 500 pages or more) and grab aquilt. I lie down on the bed, placing my coffee cup and phone on the windowsill, prop my head up,pull the blanket around my shoulders, and begin to read. A page (or, on a very good day, maybe
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place. I doze off in a luxurious bliss.That is one of my favorite moments of the day. What’s yours?
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Fresh coffee and sitting down to write in the morning.Jonathan Danz
 
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When my mind is at peace and harmonious.Zen Master Miao Tsan
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My quiet time in the morning when the house is still not yet stirring … coffee in hand,Bible in the other.Scott Spiewak 
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Every day at 5:30 a.m., I write a post for my blog. Writing in my blog gives me a voice.Sure, it’s a blog about marketing, which is for work, but it’s my blog.Jim Joseph 
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I get up very early in the morning to get myself to work and my kids off to school.This routine includes herding my two dogs into the car for the short drive to the dogbeach.As I hear the sounds of the lake in the quiet or the noise of the morning and note thevariability of how each morning is somehow different from every other one, it alwaysbrings me a smile.Bruce Blehart
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same time his company allowed him to telecommute from home. Now he gets the big
gest kick out of seeing me off to work. He walks me out the door and walks down astep or two on the stoop, so we are more eye level for our goodbye kiss. (He’s nearly
 
 
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a foot taller than me.) It’s a very simple moment, but that big goofy grin combined withwhat we call “googly eyes” (you know, that look of love) lets me know how proud heis of me.Jessica Nicholas
 
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I look forward to getting on the subway in the morning so I can read. It’s amazing howmuch persistent and ubiquitous media has eroded my reading time, so I really lookforward to these moments to relax, read, and learn. I think what it says about me isthat I’m lonely and I wish I were in a great relationship, which would presumablysupersede reading as my favorite moment of the day.Steve Silberberg
 
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Every morning my husband and I take a moment for what we call “Round One.” Westop what we are doing, climb on the bed, and gratuitously love on our only dog,Calvin, for as long as our morning schedule will allow. We both cannot help smiling
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 connected as a family and all three of us are sincerely happy. It’s a wonderful wayto start our day, and my favorite morning ritual. Sometimes on the weekends weeven get up to “Round Three.”Holly and Adam Baird
 
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out of the week I’m able to get to it. I have coffee, read a couple of newspapers, then
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the practice when I feel a shift, like I’m settling down a bit more deeply into myself—kind of an “Oh yeah, that’s why I’m here!” This moment speaks, I think, to my ongoingchallenge to maintain a spiritual life. I got an early start, growing up in a minister’sfamily. But the “pull” or the gravity of my life is to the dry and dusty details of daily
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of the visible and quotidian.David Nowell
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I smile at a woman—a total stranger—and she smiles back. It could happen anywhere,but usually the best is when she’s walking down the street in the opposite direction.
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