Tag Archives: energy

Defining Deity

I happen to belong to an organization that requires a “belief in deity” to apply for membership. Now very carefully read this: I didn’t say “a belief in God,” or any other specifically named deity, religious icon, etc. I said, it requires a belief in deity. I know people who have expressed a desire to join this organization but those same people say, “But I don’t believe in God.” What god? Whose god? God by what name? Do you not believe in any deity at all? 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

A Lesson from Nature

A long time ago (in my lifetime) a Drill Sergeant told me that every day I woke up above dirt was a good day. It was hard for me to appreciate that when I was cold, tired and miserable doing morning exercises and preparing for a run in the rain. After some years I realized that even such a morning was better than the option: being beneath the dirt in a coffin. “Above Dirt” took on a new meaning for me; so much so that I wrote a book (with the help of a gentleman named Steve Forgues) called “Above Dirt: Motivational Thoughts Supporting A Positive Outlook.” (http://amzn.to/wIhKaT) This morning (as I type this it’s April 2017) I had opportunity to have conversation with a gentleman who is facing some challenges in his life. His statement was, “I just wish I could skip the days until this was over.” I was relieved that he didn’t just want life to end but confused by his desire to skip days… to essentially give up time until his current challenges pass. To me, every day is a blessing, even if the day is full of challenges. Challenges come and go, but life is only ours to enjoy for a given time – and none of us knows how much time that is. Much like nature which faces cyclical challenges but comes back every spring: stronger, healthier, bigger and reinvigorated. Continue reading

Are You a Warrior? BE a Warrior

From dictionary.com, the definition of “Warrior:” A person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier. A person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics. I would submit to you that all too often in today’s society the term “warrior” is too narrowly applied to a profession and inadequately used to describe individual outlook. However, the value of seeing one’s self as a warrior and acting accordingly is grossly undervalued and that’s what I wanted to discuss today. 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

Learning Is Life

I can’t begin to count or tell you how many times my children have heard me say: Learn something new every day.  The day you stop learning is the day you start dying.  It’s a belief I’ve held for as far back in my life as I can remember.  I truly believe that virtually everything you read is a source for learning and, if you use an active mind, anything you watch can be the same; every person you interact with can offer a lesson; the majority of the time you spend awake each day can provide you with some new learning experience. You just have to open your mind to the possibilities and WANT to learn. 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

Stuff In The Basement

Since I broke my elliptical awhile back (apparently, putting over 2,500 miles on it in a year will break it), I have been using the treadmill (that still works).  In front of it, hung on the wall, is a 30-something inch flat screen television with a built in DVD player.  For entertainment while I’m walking on the treadmill (with the occasional jog/run included), I’ll watch a movie from our collection.  Today’s movie was “Rocky Balboa” – the fifth and last installment of the Rocky movie saga.  As much as it was criticized as unnecessary, there were a few good points made in it that shouldn’t be overlooked. Continue reading

Hate, Energy & Motivation

I was at lunch just the other day with four men who I consider friends.  In fact, two of them I consider brothers.  One of those brothers I have trusted with my life and I’d trust the other three with my life without hesitation.  The one that I HAVE trusted with my life I’d happily storm the gates of Hell with, sure that we’d either come out the other side together or neither of us would come out at all.  I share that so that you can understand this: These are four men I hold in high regard and whose opinions I respect.  What they say I take to heart and give due consideration, even if it’s something I really don’t enjoy hearing. Continue reading