April 25, 2017
Keep It Moving
Disappointments should be treated like a pit-stop. Pull over, re-fuel, change your tires, clean the windshield, re-focus, get back on the track and do your best to succeed.
April 9, 2017
You'll stop following, envying, begrudging and even hating those who have more, once you stop settling for less. You'll be infinitely happier and feel considerably more empowered. This truth is not limited to money and material things, but includes all areas of life.
April 9, 2017
A Balanced and Simple Life Is The Best Life
Volume, debt, complexity, obligation, stress and anxiety are as common as blades of grass, and unfortunately, the life that most unwittingly create and exist or languish in. There is another way, however, have balance and keep things simple.
Faith, family, friends, fitness, finances and fun. The six F's applied as a balanced daily priority first lifestyle practice will remove you from a mundane, common and insecure feeling existence, to that of the satisfying, fulfilling and extraordinary.
April 9, 2017
Never stop working on being the best version of yourself
Don't disrespect and limit yourself by settling for only being a follower of things and others, hero and celebrity worshipper, spectator and fan. You too can shine. Be your own star by being all that you can be.
Good things, relationships, successes, etc., aren't reserved for select others. No one is better or more deserving than you. Good things are available for the making and taking. If you believe, you can achieve and receive.
Investing in yourself daily--spiritually, mentally, physically and socially, will give you the best quality of existence.
March 29, 2017
A good friend who I first acquainted as a college track and field teammate sent me the following post with a side note expressing gratitude for our lifetime friendship. It touched me, as it's sage, and I felt compelled to share it for others to consider its wisdom.
Now, the post:
"Many years ago, a newlywed young man was sitting on a couch on a hot, humid day, sipping juice during a visit to his father. As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son. Never forget your friends he advised. They will become more important as you get older. Regardless of how much you love your family, spouse and children, you will always need friends. Remember to spend time with, do activities with them, call them.
What strange advice thought the young man. I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life. Yet he obeyed his father, kept in touch with his friends and annually increased their number.
Over the years he became aware that his father knew what he was talking about. In as much as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends were the bulwarks of his life.
After 50 years of life, here is what he learned:
Time passes. Life goes on. The distance separates. Children grow up. Children cease to be children and become independent. And to the parents it breaks the heart, but the children are separated from the parents. Jobs come and go. Illusions, desires, attraction and sex weaken. People do not do what they should do. The heart breaks. The parents die. Colleagues forget the favors. The races are over. But, true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles they are.
A true and real friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, barring you, intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or blessing your life.
When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead. We did not know how much we would need from each other.
Love your parents, take care of your children, but keep a group of good friends."
March 17, 2017
Time is precious and important, so don't waste it. It can never be regained nor is it promised to anyone. Don't worry counting your time. Instead, be vigilant in making your time count.
March 2, 2017
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so open your eyes, mind, heart and behold. Beauty is everywhere! It's in people, nature, moments, experiences, memories, gestures, places, sights, sounds, taste, smells and so much more. The great thing is that there's an never ending abundance of beauty.
March 2, 2017
Words are powerful. They are best utilized uplifting others.
March 2, 2017
Paradise is not a destination. It is a state of mind.
March 2, 2017
Take it easy
Everyday, throughout the day, look for, participate in and enjoy the lighter and brighter side of whatever you do and encounter.p>
February 25, 2017
Inspiration is all around us
Just like sunshine, inspiration is all around us, so step outside of your self-imposed limitations and confinements, raise your arms and let it soak in.
February 25, 2017
Embrace the light
Though there's much in this world that is fallen, is falling and feels dark, you still can choose to seek and embrace the light.
February 25, 2017
Don't create excuses - Create opportunities
It's your life. Don't allow anyone or anything, including yourself, to limit or stop you from being everything you truly want to be.
February 23, 2017
That Which Is Best In Life
Loving - Consistently, without conditions, treating others as you'd like to be treated
Giving - Being of help and support to others
Living - Seeking, finding, embracing and appreciating life, daily
Expressing Oneself Honesty - Not lying to oneself or others in that which one says and does
January 26, 2017
January 25, 2017
You are blessed
If you're alive, you love and you are loved, you are in fact very blessed! The rest, however, is up to you!
If you want a great life, create one! The responsibility is yours alone. It's not Gods, your parents or the governments. Your successes and failures ride on your choices, ambitions, desires, self image, work-ethic, courage and character. You will ultimately, like it or not, reap what you sow, and in every area of your life.
If you have excuses, blame, rationalization, prejudice or feelings of entitlement, yours is stinking thinking, a losing mentality and lesser way of existence.
Instead of perpetually lamenting politics, injustices, sexism, racism, classism and every other type of ism, which yes, are real, alive, toxic, wrong, cowardly, immoral, evil and shameful, don't allow them to define, embody, limit or consume you, nor allow them to be obstacles in your life. There are millions, including myself, who choose to love, pursue their dreams, don't accept setbacks as permanent, be happy, be positive, be hopeful and optimistic and live fully and thrive regardless and sometimes in spite of. Control that which you can and trust God with the rest.
If you are honest with yourself and others, you plan your work and work your plans and you take full responsibility and accountability for yourself, your actions and your successes and failures, you'll learn, grow, develop wisdom, accomplish much, be respected and will likely enjoy a full, interesting, contributing and worthwhile life.
December 13, 2016
Life isn't about waiting for it's storms to pass. It's about learning to and insisting on dancing while in their midst.
November 24, 2016
I don't believe in, or need a man-made designated day to profess or symbolically express gratitude. I'm grateful all day and everyday!
Upon waking, throughout the day and as I lay in bed before falling to sleep, I detail to God what and who I am thankful for. I will, however, as on every thanksgiving day, hit the gym, watch football, feast heartily upon some of this day's traditional foods and enjoy the company of good people.
However you spend your day, I hope it's pleasant in every way.
November 6, 2016
This, and no particular party or politician, will make and keep this world great
Keep God first, love your fellow human as yourself, never hate, give generously, live simply, forgive quickly and always be kind.
September 12, 2016
The Power of Positive Thinking
Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results.
A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.
July 17, 2016
Do to others as you'd have them do to you.
May 14, 2016
One Thing That Every Human Has In Common
None of us will leave this life without going through some sort of hardship.
Whether the result of poor choices, misfortune, health, loss, relationships, financial, victimization, professional, self-image, etc., it's not if, but when one will be so challenged.
Connection can sustain and help you during hardship. This is truly relevant and important. Let trusted others know what you're going through. You'll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how much some people care.
I am eternally grateful to those who have loved and/or cared enough to gesture when I have bared the weight of hardship. It further inspires me to do the same.
March 22, 2016
"I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God"
March 6, 2016
Most have pursued and/or experienced nonreciprocal relationships of one nature or another, and most have also been unaware of, lesser aware of, indifferent to, or have more lowly prioritized others who have shown interest in, caring about, or gestured friendship to them.
What I've learned, is that there often is a big difference between those that one may want in their life vs. those that are good for and truly needed in our life. I've also learned the wisdom and importance of investing in those who, whether or not I initially recognized it, care about and have invested in me. These well-intending, demonstrative, caring souls generally turn out to be absolute God-sends, who positively add to my feelings of love, optimism, content, happiness and relationship. I make certain, sometimes perhaps ad nauseam, that they clearly know that they are appreciated by and important to me.
February 1, 2016
You are infinitely more powerful than you realize.
Your acknowledgement, smile, thank you, compliment, encouragement and TIME given to others, not only can make their moment, hour or day, but in many instances, it can deeply positively affect, and even change their life.
You are powerful. Know this and choose to use your power to uplift others. In turn, you too will genuinely feel good inside.
May 13, 2015
Regardless of what I'm going through, I try to remain conscious of the importance of being grateful. God loves me and I am blessed in mamny ways, and life no matter how challenging or aweful, real or perceived, could always be worse.
May 5, 2015
Be A Blessing To Others
My deepest feelings of satisfaction have always come from helping others. Always ask yourself, how can I be a blessing to others today, and then act upon it, today, and everyday.