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Surf’s up

“While you are riding the wave, just put your best self out there and enjoy it.” ~Frieda Pinto

My son has told me that I tend to “overthink” things. I like to believe this trait is part of being a writer — but I’ll admit that focusing on what could possibly go wrong can be a tiresome habit in daily life. Even when there’s nothing to worry about, I don’t always trust my good fortune or my good luck. I wait for the other metaphorical shoe to drop. Psychologists call it “anticipatory anxiety.”

Today’s quote is a perfect reminder for over-thinkers like me. When life is going well, the smartest thing we can do is to ride the wave and bask in the sun — and simply enjoy it. ~CL

“Catch a Wave” by the Beach Boys is one of the best surfing songs ever recorded. For a nostalgic blast of summer, click here. Watch for the cute surfing dogs near the end of the video.

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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