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NEVER Too Old

What is it with people and bucket lists? I mean, I get it. Sure. You make this list of things you want to do before you die. You make a list of experiences you want to have, places you want to go, etc. I get it. But here’s my question: When do you actually start doing those things? At what point does your “bucket list” become your “to do list” for the week, month or year?  What is everyone waiting for that they have this bucket list? It seems odd to me that some folks feel they have to wait until they are “old enough” to start checking items off their bucket list. Other folks apparently reach a point where they feel they are “too old” to pursue some items on their bucket list. This dichotomy confuses me. Just think about it: You’re creating a list of things to do when you get the chance and then you’re too old to do everything on the list. WTF? Continue reading

2018 New Year Resolutions

Near the end of every calendar year… or in the first few days of a new year… huge numbers of people make resolutions with the goal of improving their life. Some of those resolutions are very specific and equally unrealistic.  For example, after someone has been a cigarette smoker for years (if not decades), they decide that starting January 1st of the New Year, they’re going to quit smoking… cold turkey.  Now, they’ve decided to quit a dozen times before and they’ve stopped smoking for several days at a time, made themselves miserable, and then come up with a reason why they just HAVE to have a cigarette. My own father stopped smoking for a year after he had heart surgery and then someone offered him a cigarette at a bar and he thought, “One won’t hurt.”  Another year later he had to go through the misery of quitting again. Continue reading

Life’s Simplest Lessons

Recently I saw an image through the wizardry of social media and, after having read through it, thought about just how true it was. The title was “Simple Formula for Living,” but that didn’t really describe the list of items included. As I read them, I felt they more described lessons to be followed for a prosperous and spiritually valuable life. I certainly don’t always follow each bit of guidance (because I’m human and therefore imperfect), but I see the value in each and strive to maintain my compliance to them. Let’s go through them and briefly discuss the value. Continue reading

The Butterfly Affect in Life

Plenty has been written about “the butterfly effect.”  Whole movies have been made about it from dramas about how minor changes we make can change the future, to science fiction movies where someone consciously tries to manipulate the present or future by changing something seemingly minor in the past. This entry is neither drama nor fiction, but simply… encouragement. All of us have the ability to change our future and, thanks to that butterfly effect, the smallest of changes today can have the largest of impacts tomorrow. Continue reading

The Birthplace of Souls

As happens with most thoughts we consider to be deep or memorable – worthy of remembering – this one came to me in the middle of the night, as the result of a dream I had woken from. In the dream I had been discussing religion with an older gentleman and he had been sharing his insights on the human soul. Given that he was both a priest and a psychologist, I felt it was worth paying attention to.  Part of what you read here is what he shared with me and the remainder is a question, begged I think by long held beliefs without consideration. Continue reading

Dreamers vs. Achievers

Per dictionary.com: one definition of “dream” is, “an aspiration; goal; aim.”  Per the same website, one definition of “achievement” is, “something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.”  So what sets apart the people who ONLY dream from those who dream AND achieve?  The answer is simple:  hard work. Continue reading

Not Who but WHAT Are You?

It’s been said that “I Am” are two of the most powerful words in the English language – because what you put after them literally defines you.  How you define yourself has a powerful impact on how you live, what you pursue, what you accomplish and more.  It literally drives your motivation… or lack thereof.  Some years back my son brought home a school assignment that required him to complete a series of statements, “I am” among them.  I did the exercise with him and revisited it just the other day.  It gave me pause and made me think. Continue reading

When Is “Too Late”?

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  How many times have you heard THAT statement?  Better yet, how many times have you heard that statement used by someone who you believed simply didn’t want to try to teach someone something new? Or learn something new themselves?  From past experience I know for a fact that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  In fact, you can teach an old dog new tricks right up until you have to say goodbye to them and wonder if you’ll go get a puppy replacement. Continue reading

Dreams Alone Don’t Work

We ALL have dreams.  Some of them are big dreams: a bigger house, to be married, to have a dozen grandchildren, etc.  Some of them are smaller dreams: a better (newer?) car, to date someone we like, to get that promotion, etc.  Most of us recognize that “dreams” are also goals – and we can work toward our goals.  One of the biggest challenges we face in making our dreams come true is realizing that WE have the power to make them come true.  We simply have to figure out the necessary steps to work toward the desired end result and then start accomplishing the steps.  It’s really that simple when you think about it and, if you can realize that, then it’s easy to see why your dreams will never come true unless YOU work for them.  YOU have to work toward making them reality.

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Risk, Care, Dream & Expect

It’s a reality of life that we can’t incorporate just one positive characteristic into our personality make up and be a complete person.  Instead, we have to incorporate numerous positive characteristics, molding them together, finding the proper balance between them, and leveraging the sum of the whole to reach an improvement in who we are.  Part of who we are should always be striving for growth; improvement; learning; development and more.  Part of who we are should remain focused on never being content with what IS but always striving to attain what can be – if we work for it.  Such improvements… such gains in our personality and life require us to do a few things:  Risk, Care, Dream and Expect.  Let’s break them down a bit…

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