Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Truth

The truth is all around you, yet difficult to find if you are running around looking for it. Be still and experience the truth. Be quiet and hear the truth. Breathe and be the truth.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Full Of Answers

Take time to get away from the noise. We all know the expression, "can hardly hear myself think." It's true. We need the silence sometimes to find the answers we seek.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Understand Yourself

We spend so much time looking outward - trying to please others, trying to be what others want to see, trying to fit into someone else's world - that we often forget to learn about what is inside, yet there is only one life that we each control. If everyone took the time to learn what is on the inside, all of the pieces would start to fit more smoothly and we wouldn't really have time for all of the nonsense.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Be Yourself

Every individual is unique. No one can be you but you, and you can't be anyone other than yourself, so be yourself. Fill your niche and be the best you that you can be. It won't be like everyone else. It's not supposed to be. Make the most of your own individuality.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Update 8-18-17

We haven’t had an update recently, so let me bring you up to speed.

First and foremost, I am on vacation next week, so there will be no regularly scheduled posts. I may share things to Facebook as I see them, but Heather and I are taking a hiking trip, so don’t count on too much. If you’re interested in seeing nice hiking pictures, you have better odds. We will be back to our regular schedule the following week, beginning on August 28, so don’t wander too far.

In conjunction with that vacation, Heather and I will be celebrating our twelfth wedding anniversary on Sunday, August 20. Hard to believe that someone has put up with me for that long without getting paid for it. I’m kidding, of course, but it has been a great twelve years and probably far more than either of us expected when we first started talking. Did I ever tell you that our first date wasn’t even an official date, but ended up continuing for almost three whole days? We might not have known it at the time, but I’d say the future was pretty well set from that point on. There will not be the usual anniversary post because I’ll be driving to the aforementioned hiking trip that day.

We have successfully moved from north Phoenix to Gilbert. That is still part of the greater Phoenix metro area, for those who don’t know, but is further out on the edges and about an hour’s drive from where we were before. It’s a little more small town, in comparison to Phoenix, though certainly not in comparison to anywhere I lived growing up. There are farms nearby, so there is certainly some familiarity. All in all, it’s been a nice move, though the commute can be … interesting.

The only other news of note right now is probably the biggest announcement we have. The court date has been set at September 7 for our adoption case. After just over two years, we are almost fully official. It has been a long journey, and not always fun if I’m being perfectly honest, but it has certainly been worth it.

Aside from the personal updates, we have all seen the divisions and upset in the world lately. Many of them are far more complex than we can possibly address in a simple update so I will just leave it do what you can to help. Be good, be kind, and look for ways that you can make the world better. Every little bit counts, and counting up the little bits is how the big bits come into being.

Take care, and Namaste.

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A Single Thread Of Hope

Hope is the most powerful force in the universe. With it, all things tend toward possible. Without it, the opposite is true. Hope can lead us through our worst moments and help us to make better days. So long as you never lose hope, you will never lose the way forward.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Center Of Your Being

The secrets to your life are not outside of you. They are not even secrets. Look within, and discover what you already know.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fear Prevents Life

We often hide from what makes us afraid, believing that doing so will keep us safe, but life is not meant to be safe. Life is meant to be experienced, and that includes risk. You cannot truly live without taking risk, so come out of hiding. Put fear behind you, and live a life worth remembering.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Greater Impact

Words matter, but actions matter more. What you do will make more difference in the world than anything you say. Do good, and make the world better.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

A Lot Of Problems

Hate is one of the more powerful forces in the universe, but for all the wrong reasons and in all the wrong directions. Hate doesn't build. Hate doesn't lead to growth. Hate doesn't make things better. Like all powerful forces, hate can do many things, but they all lead to ruin, and ruin of self most of all. It's a poison that destroys all it touches, and should always be avoided.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Kiss The Earth

First do no harm. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Walk as if your feet are kissing the earth. All wonderful ways of saying the same thing, if you think about it.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Every Minute

You cannot be angry and happy at the same time. Seems obvious, right? Don't rob yourself of your own happiness.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sail My Ship

I will make mistakes. I will take wrong turns. I will do things I shouldn't do or in ways I should not do them. I will do all of these things, but I am not afraid of being wrong because I am learning. I am learning to sail me ship. I am learning to live my life. I am learning to be me. You know what? We never stop learning, so I will only have less reason to be afraid as we go along.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Punished By Anger

Like squeezing the stem of a rose to demonstrate your displeasure, holding onto anger will always cause more harm to you than to the object of your anger. Learn to let go, and learn to be free.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Sow In The Spring

The Zen way says to live in the moment, but it does not say to be foolish. If you do not sow today, you will not eat tomorrow. There are some things one must do to prepare for things that must happen. Neglecting realistic needs is not living in the the moment; it is allowing the moment to come to ruin. Plan what must be planned without losing the moment and you will find things in balance.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

I Get You To Dance

Have you ever been dragged onto the dance floor when you were sad? It's amazingly therapeutic. Feel the music of life and let it move your feet. It will be moving your soul before you know it.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Life Isn't Sure

There are few guarantees in life, and the ones we have aren't usually the ones we want. Don't let that slow you down. You can hide in your room because life is unsure, or you can get out there and experience the wonder. One way is safe, but the other way is limitless.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Because You Are Alive

Everything you can do is because you are alive. Because you are alive, everything is still possible. Don't give up. Where there is life, there is hope.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Magic Is Believing

The universe is a reciprocating engine. If you can believe in yourself, you can do amazing things. Try it and see.

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