Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Secret to Life

funny huggies diapers

This is just too good to let go! Enjoy and I dare you NOT to laugh. Have a great day digesting the profound message.

While it may be true that sex sells; so do a few other things. Try pets, kids and babies! Actually, being the oldest of 6, I have changed a few diapers in my day. I have to say that I prefer Huggies. They work great. They are easy to use and just all round dependable. I remember trying some cheaper brands and even some comperables if not more expensive ones; no luck. Huggies was the best. Should I ever need that kind of dependability again, I am going with Huggies. Maybe they should start making a senior version too. They've got my vote and my business.....[uhh...no, that wasn't meant to be funny or derogatory in any way....just a great product!]. I would be a "Huggies Gramp!" (...getting my vote in early for the commercials....).

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Pretty Still Fantastic!

lady_unicorn dreams

From childhood Josephine has had a passion for light and colour, fantasy and visual story telling. The life of a painter was clearly her destiny! Enchanting and detailed images flow freely from her imagination in an endless cascade of ideas. Really cool, Josephine!

Well the first of the year, January is almost gone. What about those resolutions? Already tired, discouraged or maybe things haven't happened as easily as you planned as quick as you wanted? Hey, there are 12 months in a year and incredible things only take a moment to happen. Obviously there will always be things that go wrong or present some form of challenge. That's life. But really, we here in good ol' America have it pretty good; some of us better than others. IF there is one thing I have learned in life, it's to be thankful. Thankfulness, like joy is not dependent on circumstances but one's disposition. When we truely get a glimpse of how small and insignificant we are and our fleeting time on this spinning ball of mud and metal—we get more interested in getting about our father's business. There is always a clock whether you hear it ticking our not. I have had my fill of crazy reality shows, Jerry Springer knockoffs and Desperate "nobody can keep their clothes on in their own bed; but I'm married" shows. They only show our worst sides and darkest capabilities. Amist it all and everything that may go wrong even after I say this; life is pretty still fantastic!

Everybody has got something to be thankful for and someone to be thankful about. Don't take any of it for granted; being reminded is never that pleasant. Every man is but a blade of grass that spouts up in the spring and cut down by winter. That is the nature of man. That is the destiny of life; make something remarkable out of every moment. Ever been in a car accident when time slowed down....a moment is a lot longer than you think. Long enough to spread a smile, a small encouragement, a helping hand or just a little "good news."

I can only guess how magnificent the Creator must be; afterall, I like myself and those He's surrounded me with. Even those I may not be as pleased with are pretty awesome in their own ways. I can appreciate that and the differences that spring eternal in us all. That's "wavy gravy!" Tell someone you love them, hold someone dear, smiles travel as fast as light and deeper than spears and Manning is in the SuperBowl....[ok...I dont know where that last part came from; but I'm not taking it back.] (for the rest of you who know me well....that is the pointed ball, right?")

Anyway, dream your biggest dreams and cast your fears into a sea of forgetfullness. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20. He's not small, dream bigger! You still have 11 more months to go! You can do it!

God's not worried

Monday, January 29, 2007

We Are ALL Connected...

The tree of life has many branches. We are all a part of the tree; but also, beyond being a part, we are "inter-woven." We cannot see all the sides of the tree; much like the other side of the moon; but that doesn't mean its not there. We are all woven together so intricately that to separate us would be fatal. Our symbiosis is vital to the survival of the individual parts. It doesn't always make sense; but eventually it does. Have you ever remembered doing something or going somewhere; then getting a flashback or memory of a certain event from your past that makes more sense now, as though it were the important part of a puzzle that you couldn't have foreseen? Such is the tapistry of life. The backside of the cosmos is a lot of knotted and tied, freyed ratty strings; but the other side is a beautiful picture woven together by a master weaver! I am constantly amazed at the "precise" timings and meetings of events and peoples all coordiated and preceived by us as mere "circumstance" and/or "accident." But really, it's not! It's all part of the plan....a major Ocean's 11.

A good long hard look back at our pasts can revive our limping faiths. Somehow there has always been a tough, rough or terrible time that has passed. That we have survived. Something brought us through to a better time. Why not this time too? Therefore, we are strengthened by our pasts and that strength is relived in the future. That's cool jello!

Friday, January 26, 2007

My Friday Revelation

The crisp morning air immediately invigorates my freshly shaven head as I slide into my vehicle for the morning commute. I watch the cars zoom in and out of traffic trying to get wherever before the car behind them; yet the whole still moves at the same pace. It’s Friday and it’s early and revelation has not delayed itself in coming.

Today is the beginning of tomorrow! That’s what I got as I watched the image of the warm sun while embraced by the cold reality. It’s winter time. The sun can shine all it wants; but its too far away to make an impact on the temperature. Behind the glass, you can be easily fooled or at least seriously under estimate the importance of the glass. Today, we have an opportunity to prepare for what is to come or what we move closer toward tomorrow. That revelation — I know, obvious to some, duhhhh — reflects the path of time, destiny and/or fate. You can choose your own poison. Success in rarely overnight. No matter what field, there are dues to be paid. It starts with one day before the next that a decision is made and then acted on. You can dream all your life; but dreams occur while you are sleeping. Goals are reached when you are awake. Dream fantastic, magnificent dreams; but wake up to get them done. Pink Floyd is playing in my right ear as my left monitors my current reality.

Smile, it's Friday and global warming is still going on. By the way, did you know:
What kind of animal has the highest worldwide output of flatus?
Believe it or not, the animal that wins this honor is the humble termite. Because of their diet and digestive processes (with more than the usual microbial assistance), they produce as much methane as human industry. Termite farts are believed to be a major contributor towards global warming.

So there you have it. It's the termites! Termites are the culprit. I now go back to listening to "Freebird."

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
'Cause there's too many places I've got to see.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by "A Life's Pursuit!"

Thursday, January 25, 2007

My THEME Music

Today, I take a line from the infamous pensive coworker's blog, It Depends. The name came about from deducting that it is the perfect answer to any question....it depends. How do you argue with that? Anyway, this line in particular set off fireworks for me. Perhaps you will understand why by the end of this loquacious blog.

"...The themes roll around the characters like thunder, punctuating every thought and every confrontation....

Aside from the picturesque verbage, it begs several questions.
What kind of theme music does my life have?
Who would I get to do it?
What if I thought about theme music at all times; would it make everything more dramatic or exciting?
Would I be shocked by my theme music?

Obviously you wouldn't really want to know that someone is watching your every move and thought and adapting music to it....(but someone IS always watching).
You certainly wouldn't want it digitized for all time for anybody to play back and view over and over....(people rarely forget our mistakes....(but someone does).
What kind of wild reality show would that make if the victim was unaware of someone scripting music to their lives or a movie about their life...(it's almost funny, if it wasn't so true.... We cannot bear to look away from a train wreck...but He repairs those...).

I was greeted this morning by a piece of paper laying in my seat so I wouldn't miss it. This is what it said.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (New International Version)
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (New International Version)

Needless to say, it only underscores everything about this day, mixed with just a hint of wisdom, it's a pretty strong drink. I'll have a double tall double. I think I will reflect on it all as I remember my trip to Alaska for our honeymoon as we kyacked with a humpback whale, at the mercy of nature at its finest, creation at its best.

big funky chicken tee shirts

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dare the Devil

billy joel
"We all start in the stream"....a line from a Billy Joel song, River of Dreams....hmmm....what stream? Yeah, maybe the river of life; but all rivers begin smaller; so what was before that. From where? Is there a great cosmic river of souls that live out there and are funnelled down through empty newborns...some passage between here and there that requires one of those souls from wherever. ...maybe. Either way, its all fascinating stuff and yes, there are things we are not meant to know and things we can't know. Which begs the next question, is there such a thing as "never" and/or does it have a time limit? How can something have no beginning and no end? These kind of questions can boggle the mind.

I am reading several books at the same time. Superheroes and Philosophy by Tom and Matt Morris examines heroes and their motivations. Are they really what we think? For instance, Daredevil: the man without fear. The question presented, "does a man without fear, lack faith" or is it the other way around? "Is a man of faith, a man without fear?" I don't know. My daddy always said, "the graveyard is full of men without fear..." I believe that is where courage comes in. Faith has not so much to do with fear. Its what you do in spite of fear. What do you think? Can you examine life and discover the beginning, the stream that is the origin of your present river?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Power of Persistence

Salvador Dali Persistence of Time

Persistence: intr.v. per·sist·ed, per·sist·ing, per·sists
1. To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, or tenacious.
2. To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.
3. To continue in existence; last:

grand canyon

What is the power of persistence and what can it accomplish? ...great things indeed. There are very few limits to it. The underlying nature of persistence can be rooted in clarity and focus of purpose. It is said that Alexander G. Bell tried 200+ times before he was successful in the telephone. He is quoted at, "The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. Evenmoreso; let us not forget the Grand Canyon which began as a mere stream of water....tiny, small; but not insignificant! There are great lessons to be learned and gleened from nature and those who have been immortalized by history. So many lessons that are worth our time and study. Don't give up...look around and grow stronger! We MUST endeavor to focus our minds on those things most dear and ignore the distractions and "momentary afflictions." That river of focus, the persistence of clarity will yield its due harvest in its due season. Don't grow weary and don't be charmed or exhausted by the visible. This is a supernatural fight. The weapons are far greater than atoms and the restrictions of men. Guard the sacred treasures! Behold the power of persistence.....

signature lizard at desk

Friday, January 19, 2007

NII: Nothing Is Impossible

It's Friday and the day melts away like cotton candy in a child's mouth. During my drive in this morning, there were so many thoughts that I am only now funneling down to this one...besides I can't drown it out. It comes with pictures and more; but that can wait. I have to get this out so it can go.

Nothing is impossible!!!! Yeah, it is important to always renew your mind of the good things and the tremendous potiential of not only fellow man; but God. He says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11. I am really not trying to get stuck on these gumdrops from the gospel; but why not. We don't mind getting stuck on anything else. Since when did God become such a dirty word? Christmas? Christian? Ten Commandments? Prayer in schools? [...ooops .... thats another blog; back to focus....]

Anyway, after a few setbacks, we as people begin to think that good things only happen to "those" people or somebody other than me. If its just the flip of a coin; then something good can happen just as quickly as something bad. Why not root for the good? Why not! If you aim high, you got plenty of time to learn how to fly before you hit the ground....if at all. Nothing is impossible! Matthew 19:26; "Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." [...this gospel God stuff is powerful and it won't stop coming....] Don't only "hope," ACT like it's true, move like it's true, dare it not to be true. As one of my pastors said, "what you fail at long enough, you will quit." DON'T QUIT! Never surrender. It's not over, until it's over. Only the dead can change nothing.

Even better than all that...check this out! 1 Corinthians 9:22; "To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some." So what, you say? God is even willing to come to where you are in whatever "jackedup," "tore up from the floor up" barnyard you might be living in to find, comfort and RESCUE. Man, that's cool stuff. Lightning bolts are for thunderstorms. Get up champions. Relish the scars. Admire the bleeding places that sting. This game is going into overtime and the fat lady's throat is sore; she can't sang a lick. Nothing is impossible! N.I.I.

..."I don't know who this is for and I won't be upset if it's for me...but these words are for somebody. They won't go away. Embrace their power; cover yourself in their protection and drink the juice of masters. Be inflamed by the passion. Get up, Stand up; Don't Give Up the Fight!

pensive lizard

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Trouble Don't Last Always

strong indian
...the strongest of men are forged, not born. That requires a bath of heat, pressure and fire to remove everything but strength.

Today, I smile because of the strenght gleened from seeing, listening and helping others. If you have lived long, you know that disaster can strike without any warning. The end of the month can be the end of the day in a flash. Sure, "a stitch in time saves nine...," but we are not usually prepared for the completely unexpected. In fact most things that surround us are taken for granted. There is great strength discovered and formed in tough times. It is completely EASY to look down-trodden and overwhelmed in today's fast-paced stress gravy. And sure all the good pat on the backs and "positive sayings" are fine; but powerless in a time of need. It all sounds great but feels less...you know what I mean. Hebrews 1:1 It is impossible to please God without faith. I would be the first to be a skeptic; so put me on the front row for the raw experience so I can expeience it all first hand. Some words have power; others just irritate the air. All of His words have power. Are we willing to be child-like enough to tap in? Here are some powerful words from the book Romans. Trouble don't last always and everybody that craps on you isn't your enemy.

Romans 5
Peace and Joy
 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

We were born to take a little heat. It's ok, you will be stronger! Waiting and struggling unleashes something in us that we would just as soon not discover. It ignites an engine that conversates between the supernatural and the concrete. Let's face it; we don't even place a call when there's no emergency. Trouble gives us something to talk about.

cool lizard

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Priceless Things

president and popsicle
Suntan lotion, $2.95. A dozen banana popsicles, $3.65. Letting your hair down on a warm beach directly above hidden weapons of mass destruction, priceless!

It may be hard to believe that in a capitalistic society like ours; something exists that cannot be bought. I was just thinking as January slides by, how many wonderful things I have that I just wouldn't trade for ALL the money in the world. These are a few of my favorite things:

A Good Partner Everything is better even when it's worse with a good partner. Heavy loads are more bearable. Sad times aren't so bad. Great moments are pinnacle. My pickle keeps life interesting, funny and changing. Sharing your heart with someone is a win win for each individual involved. Life is too short only being part of yourself. Those bridges take lots of time and even more trust; but they cannot be bought. Somebody always has more "something" to make the purchase, if it's only about the "stuff".

Good Friends There aren't many folks you can pull to your inner self and claim as friends who are after your better interests. I am fortunate to have a few. It is a number I deliberately keep small. I am kinda like the morning dove; I unite for life — unless, I have good reason NOT to. Then done is done and I don't look back, come back or think back. Good friends can call out of the blue or just sense your essense even from miles away when something is wrong. They don't even need words most times. New friends can be made/found in the stangest of places. The stars twinkle bright from both sides.

Good Food My biggest expense is FOOD! I love to eat and I love to cook. My wifey is even gotten really good at cooking thanks to some "good friends." There is just something to be said for openning the door to your home and immediately being assaulted by the aroma of something good cookin. Speaking of which, if anyone has a really good cornbread recipe — SEND IT! If you are fortunate enough to have all three; a good partner, friends and food; then you will grow more of the same....and good things multiply smiles....and if the whole world is smiling; perhaps we can get our troops back to their families too.

frog at desk

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Dying for the Masses

History has immortalized those who would so profoundly die for the betterment of the rest of us. I cannot say that I would relish such a position in history. Immortality has its costs. The level of sacrifice and love required are beyond my understanding as it partains to those who have no direct blood relation. Perhaps it is feeling such a connection that all men are considered one's blood relatives.

As humans, we are well endowed toward self preservation. In most cases, there are few reasons or lows we would not stoop to in order to protect or save number uno. Yes, parents probably come as close as anyone in modern times; but even that front is being eroded by generations of those who want theirs now; let them get theirs then.

I am glad that such giving people exist and even more thankful for their sacrifices and how they have impacted me. Those who do these things give us all something to aspire to; if not to be inspired by. The legacy of such lives tend to have life of their own. Often, it is the family of such individuals that bear the brunt of such exception or extraordinary courage. This week, we celebrate the path of a king. This king passes, as will many others; but one king comes who shall not go and have no end. What is to be said or done about such rulers? Does forever have a time limit; afterall it is a quantity of time?

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

It is said that the evil that men do lives on; but the good is oft interred with their bones. Only half true...legacy is a two sided coin; either side spends. Good CAN live on too! Is it ironic that some of us are far more appreciated dead than alive? Death holds men; rarely ideals.

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Juice of Wisdom...Honey of the Mind

...from the lips of "the Greatest"...

I had a good blog today in my mind; in fact I woke up with it. However; someone else woke up with a better one. Today there is nothing I can say better than Joel (Life, Balance, Love and Stuff) has said. These words should be digested slowly with red wine. Great blog; tremendous insight. Way to go, Franky.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Church, Preachers, Bombs and War: Recipe for Politics...

war protest

...and oh yeah, God for office!

The mask of hate can take many forms and be condoned under any banner. I was reading this odd story that should cause us all to pause at least for a moment and take inventory of our senses. An old argument I once heard stated "Religion is far more dangerous than science will ever be...". Today's blog comes from seeing a story about folks who protest at the funerals of American soldiers. Whether you are pro or con the war is kinda a mute point for our Americans dying over there. The best we can do is at least support our troops AND their families. I don't know what's worse, protesting at soldiers' funerals or the families not getting paid and losing their homes back here.... There are some things that should just stay sacred. Why would you invade someone's personal loss time with slanderous protests. It won't repair, replace or better anyone's life or death. Would you want the same consideration? In our effort to protest, are we demonstrating the very thing our soldiers are there to protect? There is a time and a place for such things. ...more of the story..."

It seems that God is directly talking to a lot more people these days. I am a bit confused. By observation, He would seem to be telling different people opposing things; but we KNOW better than that, don't we? We are surrounded by "name droppers" and I guess everybody does it. How do you validate if God said it? Certainly we know people by spending time with them and watching how they are. When something unusual happens, we say, "oh, that's not like so and so. Either something is wrong or it's not true." I suspect the God gossip is much the same way....confused or completely not true. Make no mistake, God is well capable and DOES punish; but let's face it...he takes a lot longer to do it than we would. But once He's made up His mind, it's on and enough is enough. The little frail pictures with a lamb around the neck are only part true. Good fathers discipline. [Oh my, I bet something I said is not "politically correct....."]

jesus hug

In an age of "political correctness," we have sacrificed "the truth" and the foundational creed summed up as "just the right thing to do." Sooner or later, somebody ought to be offended; somebody is required to be offended. Complete freedom is complete anarchy. Anarchy is enslavement to our darkest most human traits. I support our troops. No, I don't know if there were any WMD (weapons of mass destruction); but I do know that one man doesn't get to call the shots. Being President has got to be a tough job — somebody is always pissed and people only remember what you did worst. "The evil that men do lives on; but the good is oft interred with their bones."

lizard writing

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

...Something "changing" this way comes...

strange sky

strange sky

Taken this morning with my digital camera of an amazing violently painted sky.

My morning drive was nothing short of spectacular. Ignore the long trail of immobile lights. Ignore the frustrated drivers trying to force themselves into better positions in line. Ignore the muck of situations that might appear at face-level and then look up! It was a sky worth notice. The clouds hung low and heavy, wrapped in blacknesss and light, looking swollen with what was to come next. Even the air on this ninth day of January of the new year is still charged with an energy of change...an energy that declares "something changing this way comes..." The heavy swollen clouds like an exhausted radiant mother of the coming fate, anxious to birth her hidden secrets — a day lain out in stirrups with no idea what was to be coming; just that it is.

I couldn't look at such a sky and not see these words leaking from somewhere below my unseen. Then the more daunting thought that followed rushed in like the alarming wind that comes every fall right before Halloween. Is my life as heavy as these clouds? Am I making a significant impact or improvement in the world? How close am I to my Destiny or am I in it already? If the clouds of my life burst right now, what kind of rain would come out? What do I leak each day as I interact or pass through and by people around me? The sting of the New Year is still fresh from plump hornets. I am filled with Hope and Thrill all in the same breath. We can see the signs of the seasons changing and the rein of kings falling; the signs of most other things are as equally visible when we know what to look for. Now is such a time; at least for me...[...said the ranting madman soaked in dripping thoughts tangled in the futures from a box of relived pasts].

I was reading my friend Barb's blog, Skittle's Place concerning fear. Fear can be pretty immobilizing but we MUST take the next step TOWARD fear. Fear is the first hint of an opportunity to learn something new about the world and ourselves. I cannot say that I "fear" the future; even amidst the increasing lines I see on the reflections of my face. Even my friend, Bendy is feeling the vibe of the bend in the road, the coming of the new. I understand the course of being human. That is our plight; but we are also part God and that's pretty refreshing! Whatever is coming your way or mine; we are strong enough, patient enough, loving enough and forgiving enough to triumph! Let us rely on our didactic heritage in two realities to launch us into the next great whatever. He lives; we live; He lives in us! We ARE invincible!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Flackless....Flackless Fridays!!!

....and I don't mean "Roberta...."

It was a simple enuf phrase uttered by my resident pensivist. Sometimes things just have a ring to them that sticks and this is just such a thing. So our aim today is to have a "Flackless Friday". To have an end to the week that arrives without having to deal with any odd behaviors or gross moods, no dire emergencies or critical headaches. It's been a busy short week (as short weeks tend to do) and I am definitely ready for the weekend. As New Years and resolutions go, of course, the object of the game is to end up so busy that you forget about your resolutions and joy or that life just gets so insane that you "tomorrow" yourself 'til next year. I don't intend to fall prey to that trick. Everything sticks and the nose stays on the stone. Yes, I enjoy Friday. Yes, things still have to get done. Yes, I am looking forward to the end of this day. Yes, I count it all a joy...no part exists without the other....

Tonight I celebrate my love for you
It seems the natural thing to do
Tonight no one's gonna find us
We'll leave the world behind us
When I make love to you
Tonight I celebrate my love for you
And hope that deep inside you'll feel it too
Tonight our spirits will be climbing
To a sky filled up with diamonds
When I make love to you, tonight
Tonight I celebrate my love for you
And that midnight sun is gonna come shining through
Tonight there'll be no distance between us
What I want most to do, is to get close to you, tonight
Tonight I celebrate my love for you
And soon this old world will seem brand new
Tonight we will both discover how friends turn into lovers
When I make love to you
Tonight I celebrate my love for you
And the midnight sun is gonna come shining through
Tonight there'll be no distance between us
What I want most to do, is to get close to you
Tonight I celebrate my love for you
Tonight ........Roberta Flack.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

CANI or you?

It's 2007 and that's great. That means it's a new year and a time for newness and an opportunity for refreshed hope. For me, and being resolution sensitive, it means taking up an alma mater that I can focus on all year long. I always want to be better! Whether its fitness, marriage, health, social communication, etc, I always want to be better. Being better at something means that you are striving for a higher level...looking beyond where you are.

While I believe in being where you are; I more importantly believe in NEVER limiting where you can go because of how you are currently living. We all have choices and sometimes they can get pretty tough. That's Ok; I can deal with the tought choices and their consequences. We can have anything in this life that we desire — just be careful what you wish for; you will probably get it. Improvement comes with a very high price. It means that some things are immediately off the shelf. It means some real discomfort at times. It means some self-examination and shining a light in some "sacred shadows" you may have protected for a very long time. All of that means a lot of different things to different people. But the bottom line and the highest cost of improvement is "change." You cannot get something different from doing the same proceedures. That's insanity.

Change takes us places we would never have gone on our own. Change makes us face monsters and even ourselves when we would otherwise prefer to drown in a sea of our norms. Change stands us naked before ourselves and cohorts to examine our scars, weaknesses and blimishes in a particularly unsweetened light. I am willing to pay that price. May I always be about change, always be about improvement and open to self-examination without fear of discovering the truth. Fire burns; but it also purifyies and refines. It is in the brilliance of the blaze that we can marvel at how well we are crafted. Leap into the fire of a new year; a new you!

My motto in 2007 is CANI which means: Constant And Never-ending Improvement. Take nothing for granted; for everything is granted to us for our own self actualization to benefit not just ourselves; but the world around us.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Ahhh...the Return...

Holidays are great and so are breaks from the routine. It's a time to hybernate, collaborate, associate and rejuvinate. Even better, it's the new year! Yeah, how about those resolutions. Feel free to post your top 3 in your comments. I try not to make many because I intend to keep them and most typically do. You have all been so missed since my last blog. Hopefully you have had a great Christmas, New Year and return to the new normal. [hmmm...the new normal...can there be a new normal, if its normal??? :?]

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened! ...and I looked into the heavens like a long stranger cast from a comfortable home, enraged by my absense. No longer will I walk or be denied access to the sky. I will FLY the furious soar of Destiny! This will be the year....

That's my motto going into the new year. I have waited and paid dues for long enough. One can only poise on the ledge so long; then he must fall or jump. I choose to fling myself mercilessly upward with a vengence....no prisioners and no captives....I have had a great season of many blessings. The holidays were kind and very pleasant. The bitter scratch of the wind reminds us of the holiday passed; but the season remaining. 2007, I remember when that seemed so far away...