Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Second Chances

Has there ever been a time in your life when you needed a second chance?  Or maybe someone close to you hurt you and that person regrets the pain they caused you?  How quick are you to give that person a second chance?  Is it even an option?

Forgiveness is something I struggle with.  I have to remind myself about the One I follow.  Jesus passes out second chances like no other.  I don't know about you but if somebody nailed me to a cross after torturing me relentlessly and forcing me to carry a big stick through a crowd, I would really struggle to say, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing."

That's what second chances are – acts of forgiveness.  Do overs.  We all need mulligans.  I'm going to keep working on this.  Today is a new day.  It's a clean slate.  I'm going to do my best to consider this day as a fresh start.  How about you?  Do you see the second chance exit just ahead?  Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What is the Caveman Miracle Network?

Caveman:  the guy who gets up every morning before sunrise to share stories about his life.  His friends outside the Midwest believe he lives in a cave because they never see him.  He doesn't get out much.  His car is primitive as is his diet.  He's from a tribe known as the Frugalites – people who do their best to live debt free.

Miracle:  a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.  Some may argue there's a Divine Entity at work behind every miracle.

Network:  friends, family members and others who help the caveman in the pursuit of miracles.

How the Caveman Miracle Network works:  all proceeds from the Caveman Miracle Network are donated once a year at the end of May to the bosses at the caveman's day job (they prefer to remain anonymous).  The bosses at the day job match the donations from the Caveman Miracle Network and include them with all money raised from the Children's Miracle Network benefiting Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

The One I follow has this to say about sick kids and others who are in need of help:  "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" ~ Matthew 25:40.

The miracles would never happen without your help.  If you would like to join the Caveman Miracle Network, click here for the link or sign in to FaceBook and enter the keywords, Caveman Miracle Network.  I will be happy to add your name to the network.  Thanks for helping a caveman out.  Have a great day.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Celebrating 7 Years of Blogging Today

What an adventure this has been.  I can't believe this blog is seven years old today.  I'll never forget how I felt the first time I wrote a love letter to my wife during our weekend retreat.  The experience nearly ended my passion for writing.  I sat in the parking lot puking my guts out on the second morning.  The only thing keeping me from leaving was a secret the retreat leader shared with me.  "There's a married couple praying for you during this weekend.  They lit a candle for you and your wife.  They're planning to meet you at the end of the retreat.  Do you think you can stick it out?"

My emotions were literally spilling out from within.  I felt weak.  My knees were shaking.  My wife was concerned.  I decided to stay.  Those love letters were difficult because they centered on feelings.  Feelings I kept buried inside.  The dam burst.  There was no turning back.  That weekend was life-changing.  We met the couple who prayed for us and they gave us the prayer candle as a reminder of our weekend.  My wife and I kept the letter-writing tradition going and penned another 2,500 letters each while raising three children.  This blog was my next step after the love letters.  It gives me a place to connect with family, friends and visitors.  I found the courage to write a memoir about my dad's last days with us before leaving this world after spending countless hours honing my skills here.  "The Caveman in the Mirror" is an extension of this blog.  And my next writing project will be published before this blog turns 8.  Yes, this has been an adventure.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my life with you.  Have a great day.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Why Blogging is Like Farming

I'm celebrating my 7th birthday as a blogger tomorrow on 8/29.  In many ways, I'm like a farmer.  I rise early to plant seeds before sunrise, work in the fields all day and hope everything makes it to harvest.  There are droughts to contend with, scorching heat and rampant flood waters.  My seeds are thoughts.  They sprout words.  Some never survive the editing stage.  That's okay.  I'm satisfied with my creative farming techniques, though unconventional. 

Perhaps the greatest lesson I learned as a blogger is to keep farming in good times and in bad.  Consistency matters.  Seven years seems like a lifetime in the blog world.  Most never make it to harvest.  I'm one of the lucky ones.  Daily blogging shaped my writing muscles and transformed me from an out of shape city boy to full fledged owner of my own field of dreams.  I'll never stop farming.  This is my life.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Small Stuff

Small stuff.  It's what makes dreams come true.  Even baby steps count, especially at the beginning of a new project.  I'm in the first 30 days of my next writing adventure and the small stuff is starting to add up.  It wasn't easy during my first days of recovery from surgery but I forced myself to push through the pain and work on small stuff.  Have a great weekend.  I'm cheering for you to work on small daily improvements that lead to staggering long-term results.  You can do it.  Thanks for visiting.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Stop Waiting for Success

If you're waiting for success to knock on your door, you may have a long wait.  The above quote summarizes it well – success is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

Think back to a time in your life when you waited for some big event to be achieved.  Did it go according to plan?  If you had to do it all again, would you?  Thank you for stopping by today.  I wish you well with your choices.  Have a great day.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Daily Weight Tracking Aids Your Goals

The chart you see above represents nearly one year of data from my caveman food experiment.  My starting weight was 185 pounds approximately two weeks before the digital tracking was implemented.  I use daily tracking to account for any food changes I introduce.  This helps me identify which foods may be an issue.  I find sticking to mainly fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds keeps me within my body's "happy zone" of 150 to 155 pounds without any effort.

It's funny how something so small such as stepping on the scale every morning helps you stay on track but I know subconsciously that any deviations in my food program will immediately show up on the scale.  I recommend purchasing a digital scale with Wifi tracking.  Try this with a friend who is willing to be your accountability partner and include your partner on the digital tracking.  It works.  Have a great day.