Seems to be a whole lotta dying going on lately…or so it seems if you are a rock star or celebrity of some sort. But, according to the world population clock, there have been approximately 156,500 deaths today alone. OK so if our time is limited shouldn’t we stop living the results of other people’s thinking? Don’t fear death, fear a life unlived?  We might want to make a mental note of the fact that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and  has lost something. Oscar Wilde once said, “Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities” …hmmmm that sounds kinda harsh, but I like it. The simple truth is this, we can make any given day more beautiful when kindness touches it.Perhaps the true tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside us while we are alive? Oh, if we could be heroes for just one day, even under all this pressure, pushing down on us. Doesn’t floating around in a tin can sound appealing? Maybe we should all just put on our red shoes and dance…RIP to all the world…PIF.

i bought a van

Who would have thought a car accident would become a blessing? Life lesson #452 always keep your head up, because if it’s always down looking at your phone you won’t be able to see all the blessings around you…maybe we should talk of blessings more than we complain about our problems. Helen Keller said, “the struggle of life was a blessing”..huh? Oscar Wilde even said,“Trials are blessings in disguise.” So let me get this straight…every burden is a blessing? What’s going on here? Are the things that count the most in life, the things that cannot be counted? People come into your life as a blessing or a lesson? Buddha said, “Every experience no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind, the goal is to find it.” Does the blessing equation involve subtraction or addition? Ok maybe we shouldn’t stop at counting our blessings…take it a step further and BE the blessing that people need. Ok, I know we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. Let’s simplify even further…we may not have everything we want, but we are blessed in having everything we need.
P.S. Thank you Bay King Chrysler for BEing the blessing…

if your world falls

I believe the world is one big family…and we all need to help each other. Charles Dickens once said, “No one is useless who lightens the burdens of others.”   Success not measured with what you gain or accomplish for yourself…it’s what you do for others? …hmmmmmmmmm…did we derail that train? Maybe we could start by simply creating happy for others.  Gandhi reminded us how to best find ourselves, “…lose yourself in the service of others.” Ok I’m not that naive…I know that helping someone will not necessarily change the world, but it does change the world for that person. Do we really need a reason to help someone? Isn’t this when kindness walks in? This is not complicated…do what you can, where you are with what you have. Something is wrong…did we forget what we learned in kindergarten? Mother Teresa was never concerned about numbers, just started with one person at a time…always starting with the one nearest to her. Thinking we should keep our eyes wide open…look for the helper-outers…and start a riot. PIF.

Feardom Fighters

Have we gotten this fear thing all confused? Are we really afraid of the dark…or what’s in it? Are we really afraid of heights…or afraid of falling? Marianne Williamson tells us “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Wait what? Are we living our fears or our dreams? Somebody please supersize my opposite of fear…which is what exactly…freedom? It’s been said the cave you fear to entre, holds the treasure you seek…hmmmmmmmm…is fear a product of the thoughts I create? Is fear a choice? F.E.A.R  Forget Everything And Run? or Face Everything And Rise? Can fear and happy cohabitate? Is fear simply stories we tell ourselves? Franklin Roosevelt said in his first inaugural speech, “The only thing we should fear is fear itself.” So do we fear the unknown or what we think we know about the unknown? Is then courage resistance to fear? So like maybe we should take every chance and drop every fear. Maybe fear may be distilled to this: Nothing in life is to be feared…It is to be understood. OK…repeat after me, “I expect nothing…I fear no one…I am free.” Thinking that historic hippie era was on to something…freedom…expression…rebellion. What has fear done to us all? At the end of the day, our greatest fear should not be failure, rather, succeeding in life at things that don’t really matter. Get your freedom on. PIF.


Hide & Seek

What is it that we all need? Are we beginning the realization that this world can be kinda overwhelming? Oprah has said, “What God has intended for you goes far beyond anything you imagined.” Who believes this? Does grace change the rules in the game of life? Fortunately God doesn’t keep score like humans do…hmmmmmmm…does anyone really comprehend the mystery of grace? This is what I do know, it meets us where we are and does not leave use where it found us. Which is more important…ascending or descending the mountain? Is this the gigantic lesson of Life? How we accept winning & losing…good luck…bad luck…darkness…light. Do we think our mistakes tally up? Even the Goethe has something to say about grace, “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. For action has magic and grace in it.” Do we spend an unending focus on our iphones? Perhaps we may want to unravel the mystery of grace. Maybe we should give grace because we ALL so desperately need it. Has the human race all become victims to grace? Every Life ransomed, the broken & worthless restored…everything redeemable? WOW…could this be the answer? Grace? Can we not be the bridge to helping people find HOPE? Mother Theresa reminded us, “We can do no great things, we can only do small things with great Love.” We may want to start holding one another to a standard of grace rather than perfection. Is grace the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul? Is grace undeserved kindness? All I can say is this, in my house we do second chances, we do grace, we do REAL, we do mistakes, we do I’m sorry’s, we do loud really well, we do hugs, we do family, we do prayer, we do faith, and we do LOVE. Look UP. PIF.

give it away

It’s been said we have 3 choices: Give in, Give up or give it all you’ve got. Picasso reminded us to find our ‘gift’ and give it away …hmmmmmmm…seems to be a whole lotta singing about ‘giving it away’ …Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Strait, Glass Tiger…OK so C.S Lewis says that nothing you haven’t given away will ever be yours…wait…what? This is sounding a lot like, ‘If you love something….hmmmmmmmmm…exactly who is responsible for giving me my happy? Should everyone fill out the ballot for a free give-away? Is anything ever free? Goethe hath said something profound, “What I possess seems something far away…” Let’s all meet at Starbucks and ponder that one. Ok time to simplify…all we really need to know is this: Kindness is free…give it away. PIF.


what’s your frequency?

Do we emit vibrational attitude? Life a symphony of expression? Buddha seems to think that our whole existence is contingent on having no fear…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….I feel my next post coming on. Shouldn’t we invest more in the positive energy business? Is there such a business? Why are we not raising our vibration in a metaphysical sense? If life is energy than are we not one large physics class with poor attendance? Why don’t we all just tune into the frequency of love instead of self? Is the law of attraction a vibrational match? Ok so i’m thinking i just don’t have the energy for meaningless banter, uninspiring meetings and unnecessary conversations with some serious Luscious Jacksonenergy suckers.’  In the long run are we ever going to get more than we give? Is our reality beyond our sensory capabilities? More importantly, are we in sensory overload? For the Love of humanity, unplug your computer. So, let me believe in something ‘too good to be true,’  if we think positive and BE positive…positive things will happen(?). I sure hope so because my entire energy field is betting on it. OK this energy thing sure is becoming rather mysterious, maybe we should leave it in Star Wars as the force seems to always be with them. As for you and I, let’s keep it Shakespearean simple,”This above all: to thine own self be true.” PIF.

i am tired

Doesn’t our willingness to wait reveal the value of what we are waiting for? The question needs to be asked, ‘How long must someone wait in order for it to be called waiting?’ Don’t we miss chances when we wait too long? Everyone is just waiting, waiting for Spring to show up, waiting for wind to fly a kite, waiting in line to buy groceries, waiting for a meeting to end, waiting for a text…just waiting around. If we wait until we’re ready…doesn’t that mean we’ll be waiting our whole lives? This waiting thing is not sounding so good. Maybe we should put a stop to waiting for Friday to roll around, stop waiting for…like…Life to happen and just live in the moment…hmmmmmmmm…could that be the winning answer to putting us all out of our ‘waiting’ misery? I mean, if you’re waiting for a sign…this is it. Listen very carefully, STOP WAITING for things to happen…GO out and make them happen. PIF.

Voices carry?

Do voices carry when we connect our diaphragm with our breath? Confucius say: words are the voice…of the heart. Is our voice than, the organ of the soul? Be a voice, or an echo? Ghandi said, “The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience….the voice without words…may I suggest, listen to that one.  Shouldn’t our voice matter? Time for some Dalai Lama, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others…and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Maybe we don’t understand the importance of our voice until we don’t have one. Do our lives begin to end when we become silent on the things that matter? Martin Luther King sure thought so. Why has neutrality become pop culture? Where have all the gutsy people gone?  Does anyone sense an impending revolution? OK let’s get on the same page about when not to speak…if your voice doesn’t make people smile, be silent. PIF.

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The Happy-ness Equation?

Is happy as elusive as we make it? The good news is this; we’ve caught the butterfly or have we? If we are all creatures of comparisons then doesn’t that make us prisoners of implicit expectations? Doesn’t sound so happy now does it. Using our hooty-falooty smarty pants research, we think happy is an equation. Apparently this happiness equation looks at expectations, rewards and past outcomes…oh no…this is not looking happy. I don’t know about you but whenever I have expectations I’m always…ummmmm…let down, and let’s just say I’m not rendered happy. Rewards? Who gets rewards? I can’t even remember the last time I was rewarded…I think my canine is the only one that gets rewards on a regular basis. Something doesn’t feel so happy. Is that why our canines are always so happy to see us? Perhaps we could learn some critical research from our 4-legged best friend. OK where should we look for happy sans the equation? According to the dalai lama, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Wait what?! Doesn’t perspective blow this equation out of the water? Is happy-ness an inside job? Isn’t that what Love is? Caring for anothers happy more than our own? Maybe we should keep it stoopid simple: practice generosity and giving without expecting anything in return. PIF standard #1.