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Life Is THE Final Exam

Do you remember… that kid in school that always wanted to sit next to you so he could copy your paper? Or your answers on a test? Were you that kid? Do you remember the guy you worked with who seemed to always copy your moves or changes or growth… whatever he saw you doing that he thought might benefit him if he did it too? Do you remember the neighbor you had that seemed to buy a new car every time you did? Or he only mowed his lawn the afternoon of the day you did yours in the morning? We all remember one or more of those folks. They are those who watch how we live life and, seeing how well we’re doing, they follow along, copying our moves, tracking our changes and thinking that if they just do the same, then they can do as well. Little do they realize: Not only are we not living the same life, but we’re not even in the same reality – because reality is as individual as we are. Let me explain that. Continue reading

Expansive Outlooks

One really spectacular benefit of social media is that it allows you to follow those you choose, ignore those you want to and share news or commentary on your day as you see fit. There are a great many people who use it purely for trivia or entertainment. There are many companies that use it to pimp their product. There are also a host of people who use it to regularly share good news, positive messages and (hopefully) inspirational commentary. Finding THOSE people wasn’t as easy thirty or forty years ago and, in that way, social media can benefit everyone on a daily basis. That said, the benefit only exists if YOU seek out and follow the folks who share such positive messages. Here are a few other thoughts to go along with what you might find if you do. Continue reading

Semicolons and Life

I recently an article about the new tattoo rage: a semi-colon. People are apparently getting them tattood anywhere and everywhere: behind their ear, on their wrist, ankle, foot, lower abdomen, butt, etc…  yes, anywhere and everywhere.  The “movement” was apparently started in 2013 and is meant to express that, at any given moment, life isn’t over yet.  Life is always in progress.  Life isn’t a sentence that stops until you’re dead.  And truthfully, if you’ve done anything to make your mark on the world, your sentence doesn’t even stop when you die.  It gets paraphrased, reread, remembered, etc because you left something behind.  You either left stories about the things you did, or you wrote stories about cool stuff others did. Continue reading

The Difference Between…

Every day it’s inevitable: I talk with someone who, at some point during the conversation, says, “I wish…”  WHAT they wish for may be highly improbable.  “I wish I could win the lottery.”  “I wish I could go back in time and change blah blah blah.”  “I wish…”  But some of what they utter a wish for IS obtainable if only they would ACT to make their wish come true.  “I wish I could control my future.”  “I wish I was skinnier.”  “I wish I was built better.”  Hmmm…  I’m pretty sure you can make such wishes come true.

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