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The Greatest Gift


Life is truly like winning the lottery.  So, why then, aren’t more people Happy?

The answer lies in a complex word called “Perspective”.  Each of us enjoys life to the degree we perceive it to be.

“It’s about the Attitude we carry, the Optimism in our Heart and the Outlook in our vision.”

We are indeed, as Happy as we empower ourselves to be.  Collectively, Life reflects our Soul.

Think well, Act well, Visualize well, Live well, Be well.

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The Pursuit of Perfection in Perspective


Aaron-Rodgers-Super-Bowl-Sports-Poster-PrintYou’ve heard it all before; Sacrifice, persistence, practice, focus and commitment.  In all walks of life, the pursuit of perfection is a common journey, whether it be in professional sports, careers or any other venture.  Additionally, the dedication required to pursue perfection is not a sometime thing, it is many times a lifetime endeavor.

Examples in professional sports includes winning the Super Bowl in the NFL (National Football League), pitching a perfect game in MLB (Major League Baseball), winning a Gold Medal in the Olympics, bowling a perfect game of 300, winning the Boston Marathon, and on and on and on.Olympic_Gold_Medal

In the business world, it includes being the most profitable, creating that “New Thing” product (like the iPad or iPhone), Google Search Engine, a successful or perfect merger or acquisition, become the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of a notable company, being honored with a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, a Nobel Peace Prize, or becoming President of the United States.

Steve_JobsIndeed, the pursuit of perfection requires steadfast dedication, fervent preparation, unwavering commitment and mostly, hard work and focus.  As human beings, the pursuit of perfection itself has almost reached “cult” status as we hear and read story after story after story of some individual or team accomplishing the seemingly impossible.

So then, let’s turn to Faith.  As Christians, we are already painfully aware of our imperfections as human beings.  We also acknowledge the existence of only ONE flawless, perfect Supreme or Divine Being; God.  To the point, considering the larger picture of our existence in the universe, which pursuit of perfection is (or should be) more important?  Is it sports or business, a hobby or perhaps our spiritual well-being that is manifested by our human and physical life?New_Year_Resolutions

I offer that if people dedicated as much energy, focus and attention to their spiritual lives and faith as they (we) do to sports, jobs/careers and hobbies/personal interests, that the world would a more peaceful place and provide an even better opportunity to live, grow, share and experience Love and Joy.

But, we have to first ask ourselves and as an understatement, be honest with ourselves; what are the priorities in our lives?  Are they respectively, God/Faith, Family, Country and Career?  Or, could it be that we sometimes have these items in a different order?  The obvious answer, of course, is that many times we do; because we are in fact, imperfect beings.  Let us not, however, use this fact as a crutch or excuse to prevent or deny ourselves from making changes (Real Changes)  in our lives that will enable each of us to live more disciplined lives and ultimately, become closer to God.

GodRinging in a New Year is always an apropos time to consider, evaluate and establish these types of changes or commitments.  They are truly meaningless, however, if we do not fully engage our complete selves and commit to making them happen.  And, most importantly, to regularly and frequently assess our progress in reaching or striving to achieve each one.

I contend that caring and nurturing for our spiritual being or self is hands-down not only the most critical or essential aspect of our entire existence as human beings, it without doubt is also the most challenging.

Let us pray to find the unwavering courage, commitment and faith to do just that in 2013, and forward.   God bless us all.

Reality Check – Writing Your Own Obituary


I’ve shared my thoughts about Self-Awareness, Faith, God, the concept of “Being” and Free Will.  All somewhat abstract, yet oh so real concepts that define, frame and help us comprehend who we are and what we’re about.  One exercise I learned as a high-school student, however, stands out above others in not only communicating to others who we are, but in viewing ourselves through the eyes of others that intimately know us as well as those that do not.

That exercise is writing your own obituary.  It may seem morbid at first blush, until you consider what an obituary really is at its core and what it concisely frames for others to see.  An obituary is a recounting of someone’s life, the choices they made, the people they associated with, the obstacles they faced and overcame, the items they deemed highest priority, the circumstances they met, the legacy they leave behind and the manner in which they left this reality.  It is your biography in condensed form.

In truth, an obituary is so much more than a paragraph in the local newspaper.  It is a testimony and story that summarizes and distills the being of a single child of God and communicates how a person prioritized their life and what they emphasized as important.  In many ways, it reveals the character and personality of an individual and encapsulates the essence of their being.

Ironically and unfortunately for each of us, it is precisely these bits of information, insight and compassion that would be much better served if they were known by others and in some cases, by us, before we die and leave the world to speak no more.

So, what better way to look at ourselves, our lives, our decisions and priorities than to compose and conduct that symphony of life with our very hands.  What is produced as the outcome of the exercise will undoubtedly be an uncanny perception of our being that may or may not reflect who we really think we are.

In essence, it is that Ebenezer Scrooge moment of clarity and introspection, hopefully absent of remorse and abundant with just what value or quality we added to the world by our presence.  At best, it will present an argument for personal change in certain areas of our lives that need better alignment with our spirit and soul.  Most importantly, it provides that opportunity, that luxury of time for us to recognize and implement that change.

Take the time to recognize who you really are.  You may just get the surprise of your life!

Is today the day before Saturday or the day after Thursday?


Yes, I’m talking about the “P” word.  You know, the one that goes hand in hand with attitude.  You guessed it!  I’m referring to Perspective.

How we look at the world is as unique as we are from each other.  How we interpret what we see, hear, feel touch and taste every moment in our lives is different than another person placed in an identical situation.  The reason is that our pasts our different and we subsequently have conditioned our brains to think differently.  This reality is both a blessing and a curse; obviously based on how we choose to view it.

Below is what I call a great mind-expander in that it provokes thought.  It is entitled “The Pink Bat”.  Please watch it and then internalize it to see how you can personally grow as a result.

Now, how do you answer the question in the Headline above?  Is today Friday or the day after Thursday or the day before Saturday?  Be well.

 

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