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Let The Adventure Begin!

dangerous business stepping out

As you may or may not be aware, I have been existing in absentia from my pages for quite some time.  Call it a “Reflective Vacation”; Call it “Extended Contemplation”; Call it “lazy”….they are all, in some way, correct.  Having wearied of this self imposed exile, ’tis time to, once more, take up the virtual pen and release the mental horde upon this community.

Life is, in and of itself, a rather dull existence.  We sleep, wake, eat, work, eat, home, eat, only to start the routine all over again.  *sigh* How boring is that?  Why even bother?  Just the same old thing every day, day after day……after day……..after day……until we realize that we are dead and have the courtesy to lie down.

Where’s the adventure?  Didn’t the brochure at birth promise us limitless adventure?  Mine also advertised fun filled relaxing holidays in an all inclusive package where I get to sit on the beach all day (baking in the sun, getting all sweaty and sand covered) whilst people whom I have never met bring me drinks of varying colors, textures, and alcohol contents.

Here’s the fact of the matter: If you want an adventure in life, then get off the couch and out of the chair!  Remove yourself from your comfort zone and step outside.  Adventure awaits the Adventurous!

Want an adventure? Go to Walmart at 3:00am wearing a rubber chicken costume.  Or go to the zoo dressed as Tarzan.  Or swim in the ocean with raw meat strapped to you.  How about starting a conversation with someone you don’t know?  Perhaps as you walk through your day make it a point to smile and speak to everyone you meet?  Better yet, do a random act of niceness and do it anonymously with no possible way for anyone to know you are the perpetrator.

Adventures don’t have to include spiders, snakes, and assassins!  Adventures are what you find to be adventurous!

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I’ve Reached The Point

You are hereFor some reason, I found myself in a contemplative mood this afternoon.  The thoughts dinking about my mind were becoming annoying, rather like a dripping spigot with the drops striking a metal basin. 

Reaching the milestone age of One Day After Yesterday is quite the achievement. And to celebrate, I decided to take an inventory, of sorts, of my life thus far.

I am, quite literally, twice the man I was at 16.  More solidly built, sacrificing speed, yet still sturdy.  The hair is a completely different story, being that it vacates the premises with alarming regularity and speed.  But I must admit, grass does have difficulty taking root on an active playground.

My memory is becoming somewhat “iffy” due to my inability to remember due to…..let’s go with “all the wisdom that has taken up residence in my mind.” It sounds better than “I just forgot what I was writing.”

I have reached the point in life where I dread going to the doctor, not so much for the news that I need to exercise more and stop enjoying bacon, but because it is increasingly difficult for me to take seriously this advice having come from a lengthy heritage of bacon enjoyers.

A few things I have learned in my sojourn here….

  • Asparagus will eternally be evil.
  • Nap Time should not be limited to children.
  • Chocolate does cure a multitude of moods.
  • Coffee is a necessity, moreso than pants.
  • It is ALWAYS good form to be polite.
  • What you don’t know might actually kill you, but you won’t know it.
  • We try far too much to achieve far too much without considering the things we must sacrifice.
  • No, you cannot have it all.
  • There is a difference between a “mistake” and an “error.”  A mistake can be fixed with an eraser. An error needs an apology (sincere and immediate).
  • If you strive for perfection, you will live your life in great disappointment.
  • Flowers smell nice for a reason. Slow down and smell them once in a while.
  • True friends are rare gifts. If you want one, BE one.
  • Dance with all your heart.
  • Never forget what it feels like to laugh!
  • Love is a treasured mode of travel, not a momentary destination.
  • You are only allowed one breath at a time. So make every breath count.
  • Every day is building your legacy, make sure it is a legacy worth remembering.

Tomorrow is another milestone on this journey.

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Train Wreck Monday

Train Wrecks Are Optional

Some days feel like you’re a train wreck waiting to happen (or a train already wrecked), and you wonder why on earth you bothered getting out of bed this morning. It’s as if Monday was hovering over you like a cloud of pestilence, just waiting for the right moment to fog you in and make you run face first into the wall of reality.

 

There are three things I’d ask you to think about and consider adding to your daily life:

 

First, breathe deeply! That’s right, breathe in deeply the intoxicant of life.  There is an alternative, but that doesn’t involve being alive.  Face it, you are here for a short time and for a reason. You may or may not realize why you’re here, but you wouldn’t be here if you had not purpose.

 

Second, love madly! Don’t be afraid to love! We seem to be so timid and afraid when it comes to love. We’re afraid of getting our feelings hurt or we’re afraid that they’ll be just like a bad experience we’ve had before.  Consider this, each person is unique…each person loves differently….therefore, each love is completely new!  If you load your baggage on a new cart, you’re still trying to haul old baggage.  Leave the baggage beside the road and start new!  Let go of the baggage!  Let go of the past! Stop being afraid!

 

Third, live fully! Again, we seem to be so afraid to live.  We are routine oriented and that leads us into ruts where we feel “comfortably numb.” Simply going through the motions of the day is not living.  Try something different!  It doesn’t have to be a radical as jumping off a mountain with a parachute, but it can be a simple as eating lunch someplace completely new for you.  Do SOMETHING out of your ordinary today.  “Of all the words of tongue and pen, the saddest are ‘It might have been.‘” Are you simply marking time until you die?  Are you already dead, but don’t have the good graces to lie down? OR are you ready to add a little adventure to your life?  Don’t just exist….LIVE!!!!

 

Go forth and be not a train wreck!  If you do wreck, learn from it and move on!

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Can’t See The Forest For The Trees

You’ve heard the old adage “Can’t see the forest for the trees.”  I’d like to ask a question, (yes,  I do seem to ask a lot of questions, but it’s therapeutic for me to allow the voices in my head to have Q&A time), in trying to see the trees, don’t we have a limited view of the forest?  If you look at only the trees, you won’t see the forest animals or the streams or the sheer intricacy of how they interact…in short, we miss the whole beauty of the forest when we focus on a single tree.

Having said that, let’s take a look at our lives.  We tend to focus on the minutiae and, in so doing, we miss how the beauty of the masterpiece of living.  We focus on a single nut and miss out on the wonders of the entire machine.  We are part of a creation that is incredible, wonderful, beautiful and complex.  We have a part to play in it, albeit a tiny part by relative comparison, but our part is integral to the whole.  We live and we are part!  How incredible is that?

Instead of picking out every negative, look for the positive.  Instead of beating others down, encourage them.  Instead of waiting for life to find you, jump into the deep and explore!  Yeah, I know it may sound hokey…but are you exploring or criticizing?  😉

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