Where’s Paul?

Where has Paul Been recently?

Great question. I have been, um, a little busy recently. The most recent time allocation has been for a recent surgery that I had. The good news is that I am recovering nicely and just taking things day by day.

I recently noticed that I had a bit of a lump sticking out of my belly button. Since I have had an ‘inny’ belly button all my life, I thought it would be a good idea to have it checked out. Sparing a lot of the details, I will say that I was diagnosed with an Incarcerated Umbilical Hernia. That simply means that I had a rip in my core around my belly and part of my intestine slipped through the tear and was stuck (hence the ‘incarcerated’ part of the name).

Fast forward to today. The 45-minute surgery went fine and I am now recovering over the next 4-6 weeks. Yikes! Such a long time. It is tough for me to stay still and not do anything, but when your core is involved with just about everything you do when you move, I understand the need to stay still.

For some reason, I thought about this song this morning… I posted another version of it long ago, but I wanted to post it again.

You see, as I rest and just think about things, I was reminded that we encounter a lot of things that are similar over and over. Sometimes we make the connection, but many times we don’t. What is different is actually the same. There are more similarities in life than not.

Gratitude is like that – it transcends just about everything you do. There is no need to keep it separate, or to try something new. It is old and familiar, just like “the 4-Chord Song.”

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Melissa on November 17, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for sharing this video, they are a great group which I will now definitely follow.
    Today’s quote (Thursday) is a challenge for you, dear Paul, since your daily habits today are very different than they were last week. How are you adjusting…how about all those books on your staircase you tell us about….maybe a good time to read, re-read, or recycle! Love you and glad you are beginning to feel like your old self….which one will we see on Thanksgiving???? One of the biggest gratitude holidays

    • Paul on November 17, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Thanks, Melissa!
      I am taking things slowly and resting a lot! This is new to me 🙂

      As for next week, We will see how I am doing to see who comes to T-Day dinner!

  2. Carmen on November 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Rest well for a speedy recovery Paul!

  3. E.C. on November 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Take care and get well soon; I count on your daily gratitude bursts.

    • Paul on November 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

      The Bursts will keep coming!

  4. am astles on November 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

    i hope you recovery exceptionally … and quickly! Enjoy the “down” time. Every experience is a learning experience! 🙂 cheers!

    • Paul on November 8, 2013 at 8:24 am


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