Thursday, January 18, 2018

Creativity Unleashed

Motion sensors detected activity in the creative areas of my brain early this morning.  The power source is unlimited.  Approach with caution.  I'm still sorting everything out.  Thanks for your patience in this time of chaos.  It will all make sense soon.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

God Made vs. Man Made

If you're a believer, today's story may not be anything new for you.  What I'm hoping for is to reach someone with an opposing view who may read this and at least consider one or two of my thoughts.  The longer I live the more I realize why I'm here and it's definitely not to swim in calm waters free of the sharks.  I'm just closing my eyes and tossing today's bait over the bow for one of those deep sea fish to observe and perhaps nibble on.  Here goes:

Fish:  "Dude, what are you doing with that silly bait you're dangling in front of me?  I know who you are and why you're here.  I've been watching you fish here for over 3,000 days and you're wasting your time with me.  There's no way in Hell I'm going to engage."

Me:  "Sorry for the intrusion.  I know we're from two different worlds and we may not see eye-to-eye on anything, so maybe you could just humor me for a bit and we can share a few minutes together."

Fish:  "Make it quick."

Me:  "This may seem like an odd question, but I want to know about what you've been eating."

Fish:  "Same thing my family's been eating for generations."

Me:  "Really?"

Fish:  "What's your point?"

Me:  "In my opinion, something's changed.  This ocean you're swimming in is polluted.  And I noticed you're spending a lot of time at those fast food places."

Fish:  "So what?"

Me:  "I'm just pondering if that's why you have so much belly fat.  And I'm wondering when you last checked your lipid panels or your blood pressure."

Fish:  "You need to get to the point."

Me:  "Maybe something is missing in your life."

Fish:  "God?"

Me:  "God made."

Fish:  "What do you mean?"

Me:  "Everything you're eating these days is man made.  Processed foods.  Artificial flavorings.  High fructose corn syrup.  That pollution you're swimming in, it's also man-made.  All those health problems you're suffering from, they're man made.  I'm only asking you to consider trying an experiment for 45 days to see if your health improves."

Fish:  "What do I need to do?"

Me:  "Try my bait.  Just a nibble.  There's nothing artificial or processed in it.  All natural stuff, just like what your ancestors consumed.  Fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  You can drink a little wine, too."

Fish:  "Dude, I'm a fish.  That's absurd."

Me:  "What's absurd is how sick you really are and you don't even know it."

Fish:  "And what comes after that if I do decide to try your experiment."

Me:  "I would love to see what happens to your health if you try my bait.  If you have a successful outcome, I'd like to go a little bit deeper with you about God made vs. man made."

Fish:  "Who sent you?"

Me:  You wouldn't believe me if I answered that one.  And I don't think you're ready to hear the answer right now.  Let's just stick to what you're eating and see if this experiment might help you improve your health."

The End

Thanks for visiting today.  And if you want to know if I caught anything, the answer is no, not yet.  That doesn't stop me from fishing.  I'll be back tomorrow to try again.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Keep Climbing

Do you know what separates the impossible dreams from achievable goals?  Sometimes it can be as close as one more step.  How sad it is to give up when you're so close.  We never really know how close we are.  I only know one way to keep the dream alive – keep climbing.  Go for it.  Have a great day.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ready for the Next Chapter?

Sometimes I get restless when I don't feel like I'm progressing with my goals.  Some chapters of my life seem long and drawn out.  It's like being in a sailboat in the middle of the ocean with no wind blowing.  The waiting game is not easy.  Then the wind picks up.  That's when the fun begins because it's time to turn the page, time for the next chapter.

Wind or no wind, use every day to your advantage.  Prepare yourself for the moment when you feel the breeze picking up.  And remember, you can harness the wind to sail in any direction you wish to go if you use your tools properly.  Turn the page.  Sail on.  Have a great day.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

What Moves You?

I'm fully 100% Iowan now.  That may seem strange to people who know me from my past life.  While it may be true I'm not a native to the state, I truly believe I belong here.  What happened?  It started on day 1 when we encountered our first road sign at the state border...

The road sign moved me.  And my new neighbors backed it up with the "Iowa wave," a two-finger lift off the steering wheel that lets strangers know they are welcome in these parts.  That Iowa wave is spreading across America and it's directed at the sick kids who are staying at the Children's Hospital next door to Kinnick stadium where our beloved Hawkeyes play.  If 70,000 football fans waving at sick kids during a football game doesn't move you, you're missing out on something really special.  Yes, there are fields of opportunities everywhere I look and I'm thankful to be here.  Have a great day.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Extreme Living

No, I'm not writing about the weather conditions in my hometown today.  Yes, the temperatures may be on the extreme side of the thermometer but the extreme living I'm referring to in this post has to do with pushing the boundaries.  I tend to thrive on the outer edge of my comfort zone.

I had one of those cringeworthy relationship moments this morning when I asked my wife how she thought about the idea of me adding another workout session to my weekly calendar.  Sounds tame, right?  Not really.  I'm already participating in a weekly doubles league and play competitive tennis in three age groups including players younger than my kids.  What's missing, according to my captain, is a workout session dedicated to practice.  I reminded my wife about being 57 and how challenging it is to keep my body fit.  She always rolls her eyes when I remind her I'm 57 because she doesn't see me as "that old."

Her answer reminds me why I so deeply love her.  "Of course you can workout with your friends.  I'll find something to do, like joining the gym or taking a yoga class."

Can I outrun Father Time?  He'll have his day on the courts, but not anytime soon.  Extreme living has its advantages.  Give it a try.  Have a great day.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Place You're Meant to Be

Have you ever considered if you're in the place you're meant to be?  And if you have and you're not sure about your answer, what's the next step if you want to get there?  I think today's quote of the day may be of assistance.  I really like the part about "unbecoming everything that isn't really you."

Give "unbecoming" a try.  Shed everything that doesn't belong in your vocabulary, your thoughts, your closet.  Shed what doesn't belong on your plate.  Shed anger and despair.  These steps may help you get to the place you're meant to be so you can be who you are meant to be.  Have fun and have a great day.