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Enter the Darkness.

Enter the Darkness.

Illness doesn’t mean we’re weak.
weakness doesn’t mean we’re doomed.
Obstacles don’t mean we are cursed,
Our silly mind is the label-maker,
and we think the label it prints is the truth!
Bring out the label maker that inspires your best self,
That labels your curses the makers of greatness,
and your darkness…the home of you stars.

For Al.

For Al.

He called me often, needed a hand. He said “please…sometime, call ME for help!” I said I was always more than willing to help. With tireless devotion, he tended to his wife…stricken with MS…and I don’t know which of them suffered more. But never once did he complain, though his face showed the strain. “I can’t help it” he said “I love her so much!” and I was reminded again that LOVE is a verb…

Echoes from the Future.

Echoes from the Future.

The dance of opposites is what makes everything possible.
Dark doesn’t exist without light,
just as computer code needs both zeros and ones.
We come to grasp, hopefully, that how we choose to use
the experiences of our past, shape who we are
but do we ever consider that the future is also calling us
to who we are to become?
Who we are right now…depends on both.

Be the Warrior.

Be the Warrior.

Be the Warrior
not the worrier.
Warriors are forged by the routines they keep
when no one is watching, no one is around.
A Warrior knows that it’s the balance of training
the body, the heart, the mind, and the soul;
practices that differ for every individual,
that forges their spirit.
We are born to find our unique facets, and never make apologies
for keeping them sharp;
and never wait for the applause.

(image Courtesy of RENE RAUSCHENBERGER at Pixabay)

Alone in a Sea of People.

Alone in a Sea of People.

We spend so much time, and waste so much energy analyzing, criticizing, and categorizing each other. When we are forced to be alone, we are left with the true source of our conflict and confusion…ourselves. Take the time to do what you love to do, because it’s how you handle your isolation that determines your fate.

The Virus of Fear.

The Virus of Fear.

If left unchecked, it can spread like fire…leaving us immobilized. But we are not powerless; we only need to see that the root of all dis-ease is fear. Fear only has power when we don’t face it, or can’t see it. Taking the action to face it always changes the outcome… just like Schrödinger’s cat. Advancing in the presence of fear…that’s how warriors are made.

Don’t become an exhibit.

Don’t become an exhibit.

In a TEDx ® talk I saw recently, Dr. Shimi Kang spoke about the one trait that is essential for humans to have, and to develop: Adaptability. Even so, it is arguably Humankind’s biggest weakness. We want things to stay the same. In a reality where change is the only constant, we fight, kicking and screaming, for the opposite. Take a look at anyone you admire. They rose to their level not by being free of struggle, but by being full of adaptability.

The Blame Game.

The Blame Game.

Most of us think that if that person hadn’t said that, then I would feel better. If only those people didn’t act that way, then life would be better. Aversion to conflict is a sickness itself; not that we wish it on anyone, but how we handle it determines if we give our power away…or keep it, and grow.
There will be some that say this is wrong of me to suggest, but I am not taking you’re power…you’re giving it away.

Monkey see, Monkey do.

Monkey see, Monkey do.

It’s easy to spot bad behavior in the actions of others.
We tend to think that this alone gives us
a “moral superiority”, and that, if I treat them the same,
Who cares? They’re just an asshole!
Seeing the limitations of others does not give us a free pass.
We see the problem… we see the asshole.
If you repeat the behavior, we’re a bigger asshole,
because we saw the problem, where the asshole is blind.
Assholes exist for one simple reason: they reveal who we are;
Can we rise to the challenge to be better, especially toward assholes?
Or are we just another domino, passing it on?

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