Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mind Training


Every situation has something positive to offer if you train you brain to look for the right cues.  Half the time it's easy to do because things are going your way.  What about those days when the wheels are falling off the cart?  When this happens, I believe it's a good idea to first recognize you're in "lesson mode."  Yep.  You're back in school and today you're going to learn how to improve in one or more areas of your life.  Your positive takeaway may be a lesson in patience, endurance, understanding or self-improvement.  The more challenging the situation, the greater the opportunity for impact on your life and this, my friend, is how you train your brain to see the positive in every situation.  Have a great day.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Going Somewhere?


There's no doubt in my mind about what's ahead.  It's going to be one of my busiest calendar years ever.  What I like most about my goals is the balance I'm seeking (and scheduling).  It can't be all work or all play but it should be planned in order to make it happen.  The payoff here is the person you become.  Perhaps it's a better spouse, a better parent, a better friend or a better neighbor.  Are you happy with the person you are becoming?  If you desire it, plan it, and go for it, I can assure you it will make looking in the mirror a better experience.  You make wake up one morning and ask, "how did I get here?" 

Have a great day.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ignorance Awareness


Please humor me – I'm on my third day in a row on my philosophical kick.  Today I'm reflecting on something Socrates said and it challenges what I know (or don't know).  Here goes:

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

This one hits me hard.  Why?  Because the deeper I go on my life's journey, the more I realize what I don't know.  Today is ignorance awareness day.  I may have to incorporate this into my next book because the truth is I really don't know very much about what I'm doing or why it works.  It's the greatest experiment I've ever participated in.  Scary?  Perhaps.  Unburdening?  Yes.  Thought provoking?  You decide.  Tomorrow I promise to change the subject to something more tangible.  Thanks for humoring me.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Greater Than the Sum of the Parts


Aristotle, ranked as one of the greatest philosophers of all times, said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

I'm beginning to see how this message relates to my life.  Have you ever noticed how improvement in one area of your life affects all the other areas, even though they may appear somewhat disconnected?  Or, if you experience a setback in one area, the other parts of your life also experience a decline?

Like the bones in our bodies, all the areas of our lives are connected.  I'm getting ready for a quantum leap in my personal life and my strategy is to break down the walls separating the bones.  This effort is going to require some planning and cooperation from the people I'm connected to.  If all goes well, Aristotle's quote may become my new catch phrase for the next phase of my life.  You can be the ultimate judge about the whole being greater the sum of its parts.  It's time to get busy.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Rhythm and Harmony


Life can be challenging when the notes don't seem to line up properly on the page.  Do you ever have those days when you can't get the beat right?  Life was much simpler for Plato.  He loved to ponder.  Perhaps it's in the stillness you can find rhythm and harmony.  Here's a Plato quote to consider:

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the best plan for living happily.  This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and wisdom.

May you find your rhythm and harmony today.  Have a great day.



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Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/plato_162795

he man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/plato_1627Have a great day.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Caveman Update


Mrs. Caveman and I are refinancing our hut today in order to reduce the interest rate and shorten the pay-off period.  It's an important step according to Abraham Maslow,  the man who also coined the term, metamotivation,  people who are self-actualized and striving beyond the scope of their basic needs to reach their full potential.  So, that's what this caveman is doing.  I'm making sure the bare essentials are taken care of.  I'm concentrating on food derived from the caveman food experiment that forever altered my direction in life.  I've discovered that a food program consisting mainly of fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, seeds and a couple of glasses of red or white wine daily delivers age-defying results.

For those of you interested in learning more about my progress, I want to assure you I'm getting closer to a final report that will include recipes, stories from others who gave the experiment a try and a personal account of my journey.  I'm removing all the obstacles blocking me from reaching my full potential and I'm striving to be one of those in the metamotivation category who reach their full potential and share their lessons with others.  I admit there was a time in my life when I felt my basic food and shelter needs were in danger but that is ancient history and now it's time to focus on publishing something that may help others seeking a better life.  Thanks for being patient with me.  Have a great day.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Got Christmas Spirit?


Sometimes it's hard to find Christmas Spirit in the modern world.  There are so many distractions.  Cell phones.  300 channels of TV.  Traffic jams.  Overcrowded shopping malls.  It's easy to forget that Christmas Spirit is found off the beaten path in a manger with two nervous parents who couldn't get a hotel room in time for the birth of their son.  He's coming.  Not once, but twice.  Today is a good day to ponder what that means.  Have a great day.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Connect With Destiny


Don't be afraid to answer the phone the next time destiny calls.  No, she won't tell you her name.  She's probably disguised as a friend or a relative but she will reveal herself if you're willing to listen to your intuition – that tiny voice of discernment inside your head.

If you're like me, you probably have some built in defense mechanisms to keep destiny at arms length.  The truth is, we just don't like appearing foolish or out of control.  The problem is that ignoring destiny means living a life of mediocrity.  You will miss out on a dream life if you choose to play it safe.  Ask yourself, "do I have trust issues?"

Trusting destiny means trusting in your own abilities to do what you're created to do.  You are the one unique person created to do what you are called to do.  Destiny is the messenger.  Answer the call.  Have a great day.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Disney Spirit Award Presentation on ESPN


It's a feel good story that started with one simple gesture – a wave.  And that's how our local college football team won the Disney Spirit Award.  Fans and players alike, even opponents, take time out after the first quarter of football and salute the patients of University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital with a friendly wave.  The hospital overlooks Kinnick stadium and patients gather together to cheer for the Hawkeyes.  Click here to take a peek at the ESPN video clip from the Disney Spirit Awards and see why this wave is becoming world famous.  Have a great day.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Let Curiosity Be Your Passion


It served Albert Einstein well.  Why can't it work for you?  Curiosity.  It's the magnet that attracts the things in life you become passionate about.  It's the gravity that pulls you into your life's purpose.  You'll never run out of opportunities if you follow curiosity.  And if time appears to stop, you're on curiosity's tail.  Hold on.  It's going to be a bumpy ride.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Your Daily Routine Influences Your Life


I'm a big believer in daily habits.  Bad habits lead to trouble down the road and good habits yield permanent results.  Like it or not, everything you do is a habit.  If you're not happy with the results you're getting, try forming new habits for better results.  Here are three G's to consider when deciding which habits you may want to implement:
  1. Gratitude – Practice gratitude daily.  Be thankful for every meal, every person you encounter and every new opportunity or challenge you face.
  2. Give Back –  Make it a daily habit to give something back based on your own unique gifts.  I recommend doing this as part of your morning routine so you don't forget.
  3. Go Somewhere – Go somewhere outside your social network that will benefit others, such as  a homeless shelter or a rescue center for unwanted animals.
If you want to make a difference in the world, you really only need to change one person – yourself.  Good luck.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Prepare for Battle


Do you desire to be a knight in shining armor?  If so, keep in mind you must prepare yourself for all the battles ahead.  This won't be easy.  For me, surrender is not an option.  Letting go is.  There's a difference.  Surrender means you're done.  Finished.  Game over.  Letting go means it's time to consider new options.  New battle plans.  A change in scenery.  Time to go back to the basics.  More practice.  And one day you wake up and the person next to you says, "thanks for being my knight in shining armor."

Have a great day.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Act on Your Dreams Now


One of the biggest challenges you may encounter with your dreams is to put them on a calendar and commit them to action.  Many do this in the month of January and it doesn't usually work.  That clean slate gets filled up with dreams and by the time it flips to February it's clean again.  The words are gone.  So are the actions.  My action plan is not dependent on January 1.  I put my dreams on the calendar as soon as they appear in my head, no matter the season or the time of year.  One of the biggest lessons I've learned about sharing my dreams is that it's better to reveal these dreams by taking action rather than just talk.  Action speaks louder than words.  Today is a great day to act on your dreams.  Go for it.  Have a great day.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Daily Publishing Streak Ends at 3,019


It was a technical glitch I didn't catch until it was too late.  I woke up early in the morning on Saturday as usual and wrote my blog story, Be Still.  The publish button did not work properly and the story ended up in the drafts folder where it sat until this morning when I caught the error.  That concludes 3,019 days of consecutive publishing.  Time to start over.  Today is day 1.  Perhaps this was meant to be.  Call it Divine Intervention.  Starting over today means the beginning of a new era and now I'm in alignment with the Christian calendar.  Today is the first day of the church's New Year.  We call this Advent – a time of joyful expectation.

My head is still spinning from the spiritual download I received yesterday.  I wouldn't call it a premonition because the flow of dreams did not cause anxiety but rather tranquility.  It was like discovering a compass or a light switch.  I'm looking forward to the new year ahead and will do my best to keep publishing on a daily basis.  Have a great day.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Be Still


This is a hard one sometimes for me – being still.  But this is the only way God gets my full attention.  Perhaps that's why he likes to reach me in the middle of the night when I'm in a deep slumber.  Well, he got me good last night and this verse resonates with me today from Psalm 46:10...

Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

My wife knows every detail of the dream.  I will put it into action.  And all the credit goes to the one who commanded me to be still.  It works.  Try it.  Have a great day.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Practice Gratitude


Some things are meant to be and some are not.  I'm thankful for both.  Sounds strange, doesn't it.  Let me explain.  The things that are meant to be are your blessings, although they can be divided into two categories – blessings and challenges.  You need both for fulfillment.  The things that aren't meant to be can also be divided into two categories – blessings and challenges.  Once you figure out that everything in life you are going through is an opportunity to be thankful, your happiness gauge can soar off the charts.  Practice gratitude.  Don't leave anything off your list.  Have a great day.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Beautiful Life Ahead


I think Frank Lloyd Wright was on to something.  The aging process may be concerning for some but I do believe there's more beauty to behold as time passes.  To make sure I don't miss anything, I schedule an annual eye exam and change my glasses when needed.  Speaking of exams, don't forget to see your doctor once a year and your dentist every six months.  Good health is a process and what you do today and help you enjoy a beautiful life ahead.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Drums


What gift do you have to bring that's fit to give our king?  If you feel like the poor little drummer boy who showed up with nothing but a song, don't be afraid.  Showing up means you're willing to give the gift of your time.  And if you bring two or more with you, you've enhanced your gift, like the group For King and Country did when they brought drums to a concert in Phoenix, the place where I grew up.  I think all of Heaven is smiling with this rendition of the Little Drummer Boy.  Enjoy.  Have a great day...


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Are You Ready for a Breakthrough?


I have much respect for the visionaries – the ones who can see past their struggles, see through the opposition and conquer their discouragement.  Some people can only see insurmountable walls.  They never really know how close they were to the finish line.

I've been locked up in the editing room for what seems like an eternity.  I don't know when my breakthrough moment will arrive but I'm certain I won't be confined forever.  The people outside my walls are waiting for me and I promise to bust out of this place once the final piece of the puzzle is in place.  I'm ready for a breakthrough.  How about you?  Have a great day.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Think About the Why


Having trouble getting motivated for your big projects?  The best incentive to get back on track is thinking about the why – the reason why you get up in the morning.  What's important?  What's the benefit of accomplishing your major tasks.  Get a clear picture in your mind about how your goals will help others.  If you can see this, you can see past any obstacle in your way.  Have a great day.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Location, Location, Location


I'm a big fan of blue zone living.  Author and National Geographic writer, Dan Buettner, states that where you live plays a big role in your longevity.  If your neighborhood isn't blue zone friendly, consider relocating to one that offers a healthier lifestyle. 

Rivers, streams, lakes and oceans are great ingredients but be careful not to overpay for these amenities.  I traded my thirty minute drive to the Pacific Ocean for a budget friendly ten minute drive to Lake Iowa.  The backyard view to our local rec center is also a nice bonus and nature friendly too.  Have a great day.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

3 Choices


Here's another quote for your refrigerator or any prominent place for daily viewing.  I believe good things happen when you choose the third option – give it your all.  This is embedded in my DNA.  It's more than a habit.  It's a lifestyle choice.  Have a great day.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Got Courage?



Fear and courage are two opposing forces.  One freezes and the other sets you free.  If you feel frozen, search inside yourself for the fire within.  Once you begin your quest in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire you become unstoppable.  Have a great day.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Where Will You Plant Your Mustard Seed?


Jesus says one mustard-size seed of faith is all you need to move mountains.  He didn't say how long it will take or which mountains will move.  The other day a stranger approached me at my day job and said, "you're a believer, aren't you?"

I answered, "100%."

I'm thankful others can see that teeny weeny seed inside me.  That seed was a gift from my parents and from those who came before me.  Some arrived here penniless but they had this hope for a better life.  I don't know what mountains in your life need moving.  Maybe you have this hurt inside you from a void and it won't go away.  Holidays can be painful reminders that a loved one is no longer present.  Perhaps a dream withered and died.  Maybe you have doubts about what your seed can turn into if you plant it.

My hope for you today is that you plant that seed.  Don't worry about anything in your life, no matter how tough your situation may be.  If all you have is that one seed, it's all you need.  The best place to plant is in the spot where you are right now.  Go ahead.  Plant.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Look Straight Ahead

Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you ~ Proverbs 4:25 



Be wary of all the distractions around you preventing you from reaching your goals.  The list seems to get bigger this time of year and your will power may be the difference between a successful outcome and a failed attempt.  If you happen to fall off the horse, get back up and stay the course.  Fix your eyes on the finish line.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gratitude Changes Everything



Little things matter.  A smile from a stranger.  A wave from a fan in the stadium.  A note of encouragement from a teacher or mentor.  I'm counting my blessings today.  And all those small things are adding up to make one fantastic life.  Those little things are a game changer for me.  Thank you for being a part of it.  Have a great day.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Great Life Ahead


Want a great life?  It's really no more than a series of great years.  Great years are the results of great days.  Start with a great attitude when you wake up every morning.  This sets the stage for a great mood.  Before you know it, you're having back-to-back great days, weeks, months and years.  Your great life begins today.  Have a great day.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Overcome Every Excuse


The battles never end.  You can keep fighting them but they have their own supply lines and they keep coming back to fight again and again.  The strategy I use is to attack my strongest excuse with everything I have.  If you can be stronger than your strongest excuse, your odds of success increase dramatically.  Watch out for the smaller ones, too.  They can combine forces to derail you when you think you're in the clear.  You can't be the person you were created to be unless you wipe out every excuse that comes your way.  Have a great day.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Awareness


My hope for you today is for you to be alive in the moment and to be aware of just how precious that moment is.  Yes, life is passing rapidly.  The only way I keep my head from spinning is to focus on the beauty of what's in front of me.  Savor your life, one moment at a time.  Have a great day.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Good Luck to the Wild Card Team Today


It's only the second time in our home town's history – an appearance at the dome.  Our team gained a wild card entry into the playoffs and play today in the state championships after shocking the same team that beat them late in the regular season.  A win today will give our community its first football state champion.  I would like to wish our team good luck today.  Go Raiders!  Have a great day.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mood Check


If you're not in a good mood right now, it might be a good idea to check your sources.  Your mood, good or bad, most likely can be traced to the foods you eat on a regular basis.  Get this right at least 90% of the time and odds are in your favor that your mood will be on the positive side most of the time.  Take the first step today.  Eat healthy.  Everything else, including your mood, will improve.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Morning Thoughts


The quote above pretty much summarizes the way I feel every morning when I wake up.  Ponder it and share it with someone you love.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Healthy Investments


A super contagious bug is attacking my day job peers this week and employees are dropping like flies all around me.  I'm hoping my healthy meals will keep my immune system strong enough to ward off this and all other health threats.  I do believe every meal is an investment in your health.  Invest wisely.  Have a great day.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Do Not Be Afraid


Fear cripples.  It's the blanket you don't want to remove in the morning when you wake up.  It's the meeting you don't want to have with your doctor.  It's the to do list for the day you don't think you can handle.  It's that nagging voice in your head that tells you you're not worthy.  Maybe that's why God reminds you every day that he is with you.  When he tells you, "do not be afraid," he is assuring you he is with you.  Have a great day.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Daily Blog Streak Hits 3,000 Today


If I could use just one word to summarize what these last 3,000 days of blogging means to me, the word is grace – the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.  God's timing is perfect.  His love is perfect.  All of us, though broken and fallen, are a reflection of his image.  Every morning at 8:08 AM, Pacific Time, in my own brokenness and imperfections, I get out of bed and find a way to make my contribution for others so they may get a glimpse of what I see through the shards of glass in my mind's eye.  Though broken, I know with every cell in my body there's an awesome God who cares deeply about you and me.

St. John wrote, Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written – John 21-25 This is how I feel in my heart about God's grace.  I could write every day until I die about all the good Jesus does in my life and barely touch the tip of the iceberg of blessings.

I would like to thank you for stopping by to read my stories.  Special thanks to my cousin John who texted me on several occasions to remind me my blog wasn't showing up.  It's good to be able to rely on others when a "senior moment" hits.  The odometer hit 3,000 days today but this is only one more mile marker in my life's journey and today I'm renewing my promise to keep moving forward until my fingers can no longer be used to write about God's grace.  Have a great day.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Acceptance


Life is a puzzle.  Figuring out how the pieces fit together can take a lifetime.  I admit I wasted large blocks of time attempting to connect things that never really belonged together.  Letting go wasn't an option in my opinion because I falsely believed it meant quitting or giving up.  What a relief it is to let go.  It's unburdening.  It's life changing.  It's an opportunity to become who you really are.  It's acceptance.  One day you wake up and you see all the pieces of the puzzle fitting together and you have your aha moment.  Yes, there are things that cannot be.  That's okay because there are so many more things that can be.  Go find those pieces of your puzzle.  Have a great day.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Happiness Starts Here


If you're not happy, you may have a long list of reasons why you believe happiness is so elusive.  I challenge you to make a list of all reasons why you're missing out on happiness.  I have a feeling your name isn't on the list, is it?  Unhappy people like to blame everyone else while happy people choose to be happy in all circumstances.

I admit there are certain people in my life who know how to push my buttons.  When this happens, I think to myself, here we go again.  It's really a game and I know in my heart that if I handle every situation and every person properly there is absolutely nothing that can happen that will take away my happiness.  I am the only person on my list.  Any other name or situation is really an excuse.  Your happiness starts here.  Have a great day.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fight Fat with Fatty Fruit


It sounds counter-intuitive eating fat can help lose weight but I know first-hand how this works on my body.  Olive oil, extracted from the olive, is the fatty fruit of the olive tree.  I like it because it can be used for high heat cooking and it enhances taste.  Scientists are studying how olive oil plays a role in reducing inflammation, type II diabetes, cancer and other diseases.  If you want to fight fat, eat fatty fruit.  Olive oil is your solution.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Simple Magic Trick to Make Your Fat Cells Disappear


You don't have to be a magician to make your fat cells disappear.  Despite my novice abilities, I tried something a couple of years ago that made over 30 pounds disappear and they're still gone.  I taught some of my friends how to wave their magic wands and now they're believers too.  The process has little to do with magic but does require preparation and a slight of hand at the grocery store in order to get results.  Here goes:
  1. Don't expect all the fat to disappear on day one.  In fact, you need to stay at it for about 45 days.
  2. Your preparation is key for success.
  3. Team up with a buddy who is willing to practice with you for better results.
  4. Modify your grocery list and only buy fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  Confine your liquid intake to water and wine.  Drink water in unlimited quantities while limiting wine to no more than two glasses per day.
  5. Watch the pounds disappear at a rate of 3-5 per week.
Warning:  you may experience a few headaches during the first week of waving your wand.  Your audience may grow impatient as they watch you and they may even try to persuade you to give up.  Keep practicing.  It's worth it.  And some other things may also disappear from your life – things you may not be aware of that could be lurking in your body such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke and cancer.  You have the power to make these "things" disappear from your future.  Start with the fat cells first and everything else will fall into place.  Have a great day, Houdini.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Got Ikigai?


It's not the flu or some dreaded disease.  I didn't know I had it until I learned what Ikigai means.  It's a Japanese word which means a reason for being, encompassing joy, a sense of purpose and well-being.  The word derives from iki, meaning life, and kai, meaning the realization of hopes and expectations.

The Okinawan people don't just say the word, they live it, often to age 90, 100 and beyond.  Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zones, defines Ikigai as the reason for which you wake up in the morning.  I find this topic fascinating and I want to learn more about healthy living.  It's interesting to note that the Okinawans have no word for retirement.  Check out Dan's message about longevity in his Ted Talk below.  It may help you find your inner ikigai.  Have a great day.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Unburdening


Unburdening yourself is a lifestyle choice.  Thinking small brings about greater abundance.  It starts with a decision to free up space in your closet or garage by getting rid of the things you really don't need.  It may be cutting the ice cream from the grocery list that leads to a slimmer waist line.  Or the reduced amount of time spent in front of the TV that creates better quality family time.  Keep your life simple and you will discover abundance in every area of your life.  Have a great day.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Keep Going


Most of the dark clouds are in my rear view mirror now.  It's not easy to get through the storms but I do know one thing – standing still on rainy days adds time to difficult situations.  Movement is key.  There are times when one small step is all you can muster.  Take that step.  Pursue small wins.  Keep going.  Have a great day.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Feeling Buried?


One of the most important choices you will make today has to do with your perception about the world around you.  Be careful.  If you're feeling buried, your vision may not be very good.  This is where the germination begins.  The truth is you've been planted  Those days in the darkness are numbered.  Get ready.  Your time is coming and soon you'll be sprouting.  Congratulations.  Have a great day.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Vision of Success


Can you see it in your mind?  There it is – your vision of success.  Once you can see it, all you need to do is work backward from that vision until you reach today.  Now you have a road map.  It's much easier to stay the course when you know what's waiting for you at the finish line.  Ready. Set. Go! Have a great day.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What Sets Your Soul on Fire?


Have you found the magic yet?  I'm referring to the spark you need to set your soul on fire.  Without it, your life is like being a zombie who wanders aimlessly.  You weren't created to be a zombie and you weren't created to be a copycat of someone else.  That "thing" that makes your soul sing is inside you and only you can set it on fire for all the world to see.

If you're afraid to light the match, you're not alone.  Just look at all the zombies.  They let fear cripple their dreams.  They live in darkness.  They have nothing to pursue because they allowed the rain to extinguish their flames.  Which will it be?  Darkness or light?  Go ahead.  Make it a bonfire.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Where Happiness Lives


There are three areas of my life where I'm ringing the happiness bell and they happen to be connected.  I decided I'm going to play tennis until I can no longer stand up or see and in order to do that I need to eat properly.  This brings up passion #2 – cooking, a necessary part of my life to sustain healthy living.  The more I experiment in the kitchen, the better the meals turn out.  I figure, why not share all these recipes with others who are also pursuing healthy food choices?  That's how simple it is to discover where happiness lives.  Combine all the ingredients from the things you love and you can serve happiness at every meal.  Be happy.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

May All Your Days Be Super


The first time my wife called me Clark she told me I reminded her of Clark Griswold from National Lampoon's Vacation.  Our kids agreed with her about my uncanny ways that resemble the fictional head of the Griswold family.  I decided to build an action super hero out of my name and disguise myself as Clark Kent for Halloween.  I don't know which was more fun – shopping for the outfit, the fedora hat and the wig or showing up at my day job sporting Super Man abs.  A little girl approached me and asked, "Are you the real Super Man?" 

The little girl and her parents waited for my answer.  I smiled and replied, "the real Super Man would never tell anyone who he is." 

May you have a super day today and every day.  Have fun.  Show the world your inner self and don't be afraid to share some joy.  Have a great day.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Why You Need to Get Back Up


My wife and I have our favorite spot in our house of worship near the back where there's an image of Jesus on the ground.  The caption reads, "Jesus falls the third time."  It reminds me how important it is to finish each assignment no matter how difficult it may be.  And one of the greatest joys is when someone lends a hand to help you get back up after a hard fall.  The first person to assist is usually the one who's "been there, done that."  They know what it's like to hit rock bottom.  You can see some interesting things when you're flat on your back.  Please don't get too comfortable there.  That's not where the race ends.  Be thankful for those willing to offer you comfort and be willing to help those around you who suffer a spill.  Have a great day.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Circuit Breakers in Your Body


There's a reason your home is equipped with circuit breakers.  They prevent overloads in electrical currents and keep you safe.  Your body has a similar system in place to prevent serious injury or death.  Heart attacks and strokes are just like circuit breakers.  The best time to prepare for a malfunction is before one of those circuit breakers kicks in.  Look for warning signs and take care of your body now.

Think of your food supply as the electrical current flowing inside your body.  Do everything you can to prevent an overload.  I'm discovering how certain man-made foods, although cheap in price, may cause harm to your wiring.  Processed foods wreak havoc and continued overeating of these foods may cause the circuit breakers to kick in.  The more you learn about how your body is hard-wired, the better off you will be.  Keep your house in order.  Pay attention to the plumbing, too.  Have a great day.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Who is Your Favorite Super Hero?


I'm having some extra fun today at my day job.  My team-mates and I are dressing up for Halloween and I decided to show up as Clark Kent.  The disguise reminds me of a super hero who hid his true identity for thirty years before revealing himself.  Many never figured out who the real Jesus was.  The debate continues 2,000 years later.

Although Superman may be known for traveling faster than a speeding bullet, I'm tipping my new fedora hat to the one who can outpace time itself.  He can answer a prayer before it's spoken.  He can sense your needs before you ask.  And he can see right through your troubles no matter how hard you try to hide them.  If you're suffering an identity crisis, trust Jesus, the ultimate super hero.  Have a great day.