Tuesday, June 28, 2011

That rope you're hanging on to... is a balloon.

I'm sure you've heard the saying "when you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

That's supposed to make you feel better.

Yeah I know; it's important to get a grip, but seriously is that all there is, just hanging on for dear life instead of grabbing all that Life holds dear?

Stop looking at the rope... and definitely stop looking down!

Look up instead!

See that what you're hanging onto is really a balloon... one that's bigger than all your worries... one big enough to take you as high and as far as you want to go.

Now it's time to really hang on, cause you're in for the ride of your life!

Keep the light on!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Turn your blocks into building blocks.

Remember when we were kids with a pile of blocks in front of us? We could build anything! Giant fortresses and towering skyscrapers! We could stay up all night building our empire!

Yet now that we're 'older' and 'wiser' whenever we're presented with a bunch of blocks, all we want to do is go back to bed.

Heck, even when we don't have blocks in front of us, we make it up in our heads. Just imagine all the blocks that COULD be out there!

Sometimes past experiences are not the best teachers.

Sure there was this one time when... and... you know that never worked before... and... of course no one is going to want to... and...

There's your blocks again.

The future is made from our imagination, so when we think about the past or think there's something blocking our way, that's what we get.

So look again at those blocks.

Are they trying to tell you something besides 'no'? Are they challenging you to find a way around? Or better yet, are they here to show you how to build giant fortresses and towering skyscrapers once again?

Imagine that!

Keep the light on!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Father's Eyes

I dedicated this to my father after his passing in 2008. Having Father's Day to one and all.

My Father\'s EyesGrowing up people used to say I had my father's eyes. Every day as time slowly makes its mark on my face, I see them more and more.

A couple of weeks ago, our eyes met for the last time, when he looked over to see that I arrived at his bedside just hours before his cancer would win the battle. He asked if I had made it to the hospital, and when my mother pointed me out, he looked over with surprise and recognition. He was waiting for me, and now that I was there, he knew it was time for him to go.

I held his hand for a couple of hours. He used it to pull himself to a more comfortable position. When he lost his strength, he used my hand to scratch his nose; and kept trying to remove some invisible patch over that was obscuring his vision.

Even though he was well past talking, I assured him that everything would be alright, and that it was safe for him to go. But he waited... waited for us to leave for the night. I kissed my father's eyes... knowing that 'goodnight' was really a 'goodbye'.

He left just minutes after we did.

He was only diagnosed the week before, and the swiftness was as he wanted it. It happened too fast to replace anyone's memories of the good times. In a way that makes us all lucky.

And I'm the luckiest one... for every time I look in a mirror, I can see a reminder of all that he gave me.

But I hope he gave me something even more important. While I may have my father's eyes, I really hope I have my father's heart.

Dedicated to Nathan Rosen (1925-2008)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

If you're going to doubt anything, doubt you can fail.

I doubt you'd believe me if I told you that you could live without a doubt. I mean, some of you even think that you need a healthy dose of the stuff (though I doubt it's all that healthy really)

So if you really must doubt, at least choose your doubt wisely.

So doubt that you can fail.

Oh I can hear you Doubters chiming in now, but I can bet that you're thinking about Denial right now... And Denial and Doubt are two totally different things.

Don't deny yourself the valuable lessons of Failure; enjoy the uphill climb of apathy and resistance; deal with whatever comes your way.

Just don't think that any of it is bigger than you are.

Doubt that it can't be overcome. Doubt that there's just no way around it. Doubt that this is the end of the road.

Just don't doubt yourself, the people around you or the value of your vision.

Always doubt what's left but never doubt what's right!

And never ever doubt your light...

Because you gotta keep it on!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

If you want to get going, get with the go-getters.

Think about the closest people in your life right now. You know, the ones you hang out with, who you talk about your past present and future with; who you turn to for advice.

Where are they going?

Is it where you want to be in the future?

If yes, then awesome!

If not... well, then why are you hanging out with them?

It's not that there's anything wrong with these people... but if they're not going into your future, you're going to end up in theirs.

It's really easy to see why hanging out with the 'appropriate' group makes a difference. 1) Because they're actively looking for opportunities, they will find more opportunities, 2) Each connection they have in their network, helps all others in that network (meaning, you) and 3) When the time comes to act, they will take the action, as opposed to people who believe they can't do it.

So take the time to seriously see where your 'support group' is and where they're going. If they don't get your dream, get going!

Keep that light on!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Go where Life pulls you.

How many of you had to PUSH yourself out of bed this morning? Or PUSHED yourself through traffic to go to a job where you PUSH your way through papers and guzzle coffee to PUSH you through the afternoon?

Or on the flip side, how many of you feel PULLED in every direction at once?

Life sures pushs and pulls a lot, don't it?

There are always going to be tons of forces all around you; each one trying to get you to go its way.

Well, do those forces control your life? Or do you control those forces?

Not sure what force to follow? Look around you and listen.

It'll be the one that calls out to you... not for its own attention... but for YOURS. It will speak to that deep-down part of you that KNOWS it's right. It'll be the force that connects you to your future.

Let that be the one that shows you the way... and take the next step.

And Keep the Light On!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Don't like your past? Stop living it.

You ever shout near a mountain and hear it echo as it gets farther and farther away; faint, but you can still make it out... but still, nothing like the original.

That's kind of what your past is like.

The past keeps getting farther and farther away, yet you just keep on echoing.

That's kind of what your present is like.

The past is long gone. The only evidence we have that it ever existed is the faint sound that we repeat time and time again.

So the question is, why do you echo certain events and not others?

You know a lot more happened than the stories you tell people; so why are you clinging to specific ones?

(Especially to the ones you don't particularly like?)

Just imagine if you could stop echoing the bad experiences, then reach back to the good ones, and echo them instead?

Doesn't that SOUND nicer?

Nothing's really stopping you... nothing... nothing... nothing.

So go ahead and do it... do it... do it...

Keep the light on... on... on...