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If You Managed To See The World..

Through the eyes of child…
From the bed of an old man about to dye…
At the moment two come together on their wedding day…
When the mass of humanity come together and celebrates…

If you could see the world as God does, what would you see?

The struggles of it all. Unfolding moment by moment, day by day, year by year.

The world circles the Sun, time passes by, people live, people die.

What remains when all is turned to dust? What will the Universe bear witness to of the time, of the energy we’ve all expelled?

If is all is a one-way trip, one journey and it’s over, what are you going to do with it all? With all that time? With all you have been given?

So many questions go unanswered… Don’t let the important ones go without adding your voice to the chorus.

Find the wind for your sail… Take it and hold onto it for as long as it blows…

And when the end nears, regret not what was, but rejoice for what will be!

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It is never too late to…

To tell someone that you love them
To do something wonderful for a stranger
To extend you hand in peace
To shelter a friend in need
To give a smile and share laughter
To embrace with open arms and an open heart
To forgive when you have the standing to hate instead
To stand for those who cannot stand for themselves
To give of yourself for no other reason than just because
To throw away the pains of the past and move forward with grace and certainty
To allow someone into your heart when you have no room
To challenge others to live up to their highest capabilities
To challenge yourself to go forward when all you want is to rest
To live the best life you can live

The world is filled with so many good people, so many loving people, so many giving people. The world is also host to humans who are evil, humans who care more about eliminating others who do not acquiesce to their demands.

I say that the human spirit is design for good. Most humans want to give to each other – their talents, their love, their time and their precious gifts.

I really do believe that humans want to live in harmony with each other. This evil that exist today in our presence is just temporary. We have the ability to grow beyond the evil desires and fears that live deep inside our human psyche. As a child needs assurances after a nightmare, humanity needs time to take action to do good and to be righteous – for this is the path for survival and for long term existence as a species.

We can do more together than apart. We can make the world a place where all who dwell do so in grace, with prosperity and with love and with peace.

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.  -Isaiah 33:15-17

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Why are you sitting in Shit?

A conversation sparked the thought that as humans we tend to adapt to our environment and learn to live there.

People adapt to living in poverty. Seemingly they see no path out of poverty. Their entire view on life tells them that they have no options – that someone is keeping them in poverty – that someone or some group is “taking” what is theirs.

People adapt to working in a company and at a job that they really don’t enjoy. They grow comfortable with their salary, even if there salary isn’t what they want. The grow comfortable in knowing how to deal with the dysfunctional processes they have to work within. They blame management for keeping them down, for not seeing their potential, for not promoting them to a better job. They blame anyone except themselves for their position.

People adapt to their communities, to their political environment, to their leaders. They accept that they cannot change the world around them. They accept that there are no good leaders to rally behind. They accept what it is is what it is.

You see, these are just a few examples of the great adaptability of the human species.

We tell ourselves that our lot in life isn’t our fought – someone is taking our part of the pie. We tell ourselves that we can’t make our job better – the boss is the problem, the system is the problem. We tell ourselves that politicians are the problem – they lie to us and are beholden to the money people.

We tell ourselves anything but the truth.

Sure, there are many things in this world that a single individual cannot fix. There are many things in our life that in the past we didn’t have a good solution or option – so “we had to take what life gave us.”

Yes, we have real excuses for where we are right now – a bag full of excuses that we can feel comfortable with – that we can carry around on our back and live with.

Why are you living and sitting in shit?

The world will tell you that YOU HAVE NO CONTROL of your life. That your destiny is written by someone else. That your lot in life is un-changeable. That you job and the company you work for cannot be changed. That YOUR LEADERS cannot be good and beholden to the electorate (you!)

The world tells you this everyday. The world wants you to stay comfortable in the shit you abide by.

But the truth is that the naysayers out there in the world are FULL OF SHIT. And if you accept what they believe, you are the only one to blame.

So, get out of the shitty rut you find yourself in and start doing one good thing at a time and keeping doing good things until all you have is good around you and do not be weary in doing good, for in due season you shall reap good – if you don’t faint.

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Is It Already Time For Those Damn New Year’s Resolutions (NYR)?

I hate those damn NYR’s… They absolutely make me sick.

As I go through the middle life years, I find myself stuck. Stuck in comfortable routines, stuck on "being" tired, stuck on "trying to do the next big thing", stuck on "trying to make a mark in life", stuck "trying to get a better and higher paying job", stuck where I’ve been for the past few years!

Depressing? Yea, a little. It seems that once we achieve a comfortable point in our life, we often find a way to stay stuck there or in my case lost there. Face it, being comfortable is nice! 🙂 Getting your career to a certain point where you make good money is nice! Having the comforts of life is nice! Spending time with your family and friends is nice! Going on vacation is nice! Working a reasonable amount of time per week is nice! Saving money for retirement is nice!

I wonder if people in other parts of the world live in fear of loosing their comforts? For those who have comforts I’m sure they do have "levels" of fear of loosing their comforts. Or maybe I just think too much about it all. Maybe having a healthy fear of loosing the comfort you’ve earned is good. Maybe it’s the thing that keeps us motivated to move forward?

Too Introspective? I’m never really satisfied with what I’m doing or how I’m doing it. I look at the size of my belly and it drives me nuts that I’m not really getting to where I want to be and loosing the weight. I look at my job and I’m never really satisfied with what I’m doing or how I’m doing it. I look at my filmmaking efforts and I’m never really… you know the story.

Which brings me to the end of the year and the thought of doing the same damn things over and over in 2015.

I know that if I really dislike something "I’m doing" that "I’m the only person who can do something about it." The problem is I hate the fact that I know what I should be doing, yet, lack the fortitude to make the changes necessary to excel and move to where I "want to be" in my mind.

I guess we all suffer from these delusions to some degree? Maybe it is the Ultimate Irony of Humanity that on one hand we want to stay where we are – comfortable. Yet on the other hand we fear that being comfortable will lead to our eventual demise.

Which brings me to the end of this year and the prospects of making some more NYR’s that I know I will start with the best of intentions, yet somehow fall off the wagon and end up being another failed set of expectations!!! 😉 when I don’t keep those resolutions or don’t live up to them.

You know what, screw it. I’m not going to make any NYRs. I’m going to simply just keep my goals in mind and EVERYDAY do something to achieve them. Just like the aliens told Dr. Arroway in Contact "little steps" will get you there just fine. You may not get there in the time-frame you have in mind, but you will eventually get there!

Here’s to a great 2015 with no NYR’s… just a continual improvement at reaching whatever goals we have in our lives and a desire to enjoy the comforts we’ve achieved, yet the desire to not rest on our laurels.

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Owning Your Failures

No one likes to fail. It’s a result we are trained to avoid. It feels like we are tested all the time from an early age and someone, it seems, is there scoring our results.

Seth Godin, marketing guru, wrote in his blog recently:

"You’re Right, We Were Wrong"

by Seth Godin

This is the most difficult sentence for companies that stumble in doing effective customer service.

By effective, I mean customer service that pays for itself, that is a rational expense on the way to building a loyal brand following and generating positive word of mouth.

When someone in your organization says, "You’re right, we were wrong," they’re not saying that you’re always wrong, or that you were completely wrong, or even that, in a court of law with a sympathetic jury, you would lose. It certainly doesn’t mean you didn’t try.

No, all you’re saying is that you made a promise or set an expectation and then failed to live up to it.

Owning that and saying it out loud does two things: it respects the customer and it allows you to make more promises in the future.

If it helps, you can remind yourself that this is investment in your ability to make a promise tomorrow.

This reminded me of a meeting I was in recently at work where I was trying to get a project completed in a short time-frame. I confidently suggest we could complete the project in a month. After some input from the attendees I sat and thought to myself, "you know, they are right, there’s too much red tape to get through and too many people to get buyoff from." I spoke up and said "I’ve thought about this and your right, I’m wrong. It’s not going to happen as fast as I’d hope." The whole meeting took a different tone from then on. People started to talk about how we could get it done faster than they thought, yet not as fast as I wanted. By owning my failed opinion, it gave people permission to look for solutions because they knew even if they came up with bad suggestion, it would be ok because failure of thought wasn’t going to be belittled.

As I go through what they call the "mid-life crisis" over the past few years, I try to take life’s lessons and find a spiritual connection.

For many people in the world they look at God and fear His judgment. I guess from one perspective we are living a test of life and if we pass the test on to heaven, if we fail, on to hell.

I don’t look at judgment day that way.

By owning my failures I am taking ownership of me. At the end of your life, you can either be remembered for your failures or remembered for your successes. I think by owning your failures you will move beyond them and people will see you for what you did right in this world.

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Who do you believe? Is it ever too late?

There is so much information out there in the world. So many people telling you this, telling you that, saying they have the answers because they’ve researched the questions, found data and come to a conclusion.

The problem is that many questions spawn other questions and data is an enigma that give different answers for different questioners.

The world is full of people who tell you what you can’t do. They tell you you’re too old, not enough experience, not smart enough.

The world is full of people who tell themselves that it, whatever their dream is, can’t be done! They accept as truth that they are too old, they accept that they don’t have the experience needed, they accept that they are not smart enough to achieve their dream.

Who should you believe?

I say this today, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Don’t listen to the naysayers. LISTEN TO YOURSELF!!!

How many examples do you need of people who beat "the odds"? How many testimonials do you need to hear from people who have clinched their fist in the air and said "I will be somebody! I will see my dreams come true!" And then they went out and did what they dreamed!

Here’s one more testimonial if that is what you need. There’s data and statistics that show that It is Never Too Late!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tSCdNmd4BM

Go, now, watch this video and listen to this fellow and then listen to yourself – It is never too late to do what you dream!

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Sometimes we get lost…

in the daily routines of life
in the desire to make something of our lives
doing what we love to do
doing what we loath to do
in times of trouble
in the depths of fear and uncertainty
with joy of what we’ve accomplished
with who we’ve become
with what we can do

Sometimes we forget to step away from ourselves and examine ourselves as we examine a painting on the wall of a fine art gallery. You see, the Father is the painter and each of us are His greatest work.

I believe that when this life is done, we will stand with Him in that great gallery of humanity and gaze upon the paintings of our lives and just stand there awestruck by what He HAS done!

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