October 24, 2021
Good morning my friends. I hope you’re enjoying every moment of life. It’s a precious gift not to be wasted. We are blessed with many opportunities for happiness and success as each new day blossoms. Staying happy, positive and grateful are my choices every morning. It doesn’t mean the world or my life is perfect. Nothing is perfect, including me. I deal with negativity, stress and anxiety, like most people. What sets me apart from others, is my attitude. I know when I maintain a positive attitude my world changes. My life improves, as do the people around me. When I change my thoughts and mind, I can change the world. It really is that simple. It’s your choice every day to be happy or not. Why would you want to be anything but happy? It doesn’t make any sense to be miserable or negative. The best thing you can do this very instant, is to make a new decision. Decide each and every morning, when you wake up, to make the new day the best day ever. Utilize this mindset with every sunrise and your life will begin to change. I know it will happen, because it did for me. Positivity and personal happiness are incredible forces. Happiness can’t be bought and isn’t an object or thing to grasp. It’s an amazing feeling within you, that you alone control. I enjoy being happy, but also believe love is the most powerful energy you can experience. True love forever connects you with another person with a magnificent and magical bond. It’s one of those emotions you have to experience to understand. Even if you try to ignore or walk away from it, you can’t. It’s not something you can shut off or run away from. The love you feel and experience is eternal. Keeping love in my heart is an incredibly satisfying feeling! Try it, I guarantee you’ll love it!
As I sit on the eve of another trip around the sun, I ponder what my life has meant for me. Each passing year isn’t just another number added to my grand total. At this point in time, the number doesn’t carry much significance, but the importance of what I accomplish is. I may have increased in the numbers game, but my mind still functions much in the same manner; just with some added experience. I don’t linger on age. I only focus on what I want to accomplish with my time left in this body on this planet. There are a few physical aspects, associated with age, that affect how my body moves or operates. I may be a bit slower to function or not have the physical strength I once had; but I can still run, jump and have fun. I may not run as fast or jump as high, but I definitely do know how to have fun! I enjoy living life, being adventurous, exploring cultures and experiencing all the exciting aspects of my world! There is so much more I want to say, write, do and share. It’s crazy when I think it’s been nearly two years since I began writing this blog. Each time I think, “What else can I say or write,” a new idea pops into my mind. I am so thankful to have the ability to share my thoughts with all of you.
I never, in my wildest of dreams, imagined I’d be doing this. The seed may have been planted years ago, while I was in high school. I wouldn’t consider myself a good student back then (until college). I didn’t enjoy homework, reading or sitting in a classroom all day. I did, however, enjoy a creative writing course I took during my senior year of high school. It was a liberating experience, with freedom to be open and innovative. I don’t even remember what I wrote about. What I do remember, is my instructor telling me to follow my dreams. He said, “Don’t be afraid to be who you want to be. You’re a good writer. Creativity and imagination are exciting dreams. Have fun and enjoy it.” It’s funny how that simple statement remained with me. I doubt, at the time, I had the self-confidence to believe I was creative or anything else. It took many years for me to build that self-esteem in myself and my abilities. Once it began to gain traction, anything seemed possible; because it was. College, work with the US Forest Service and my career with the LAPD, provided me with many physical and intellectual benefits. In 2010, while attending the FBI National Academy, as part of my daily curriculum, I attended another writing course. The class focused on writing clear, concise and well managed material. This class, and a stress management course (and my two instructors), were my catalyst to pursue writing. It took the better part of my life (and lots of work and digging deep into myself) to become the man I am today. My enlightenment and growth wasn’t always easy. The love and support of family and friends, including one amazing women, contributed to my transformation. I am forever grateful, for them and all I have. The universe works in mysterious ways when you open yourself to the possibilities.
The more I relax in life, the less stress I feel. This allows me to be anything I want to be (and nothing I don’t want to become). Life experience, yoga and meditation have played a role in getting me to this point. Exercise, spending time in nature and living a healthy life help maintain my balance. I enjoy being me. I’ve always been confident with my career, work, projects and critical incidents. My confidence struggles centered around romantic relationships. Today, I work and strive to be the best possible version on myself every day. Nothing positive is achieved without effort. As I continue to age and grow, it’s amazing how much I learn; as that wisdom becomes clearer each day. Knowledge and experience are incredible and amazing sources of power. I wish I could have had the foresight to save a relationship or two along the way. As much as those difficult times hurt (for both of us), I know I have grown from each experience. I am passionate about love and forming that amazing bond between two people. It’s an incredible feeling that is nearly indescribable. The love I have, will forever be in my heart. I know I will have that connection and bond again one day again soon. In the meantime, I’m happy with who I am and how my transformation has occurred over the years.
Change is inevitable. Ensuring the alterations that occur are positive, takes work and effort. My changes won’t be the same as yours (and vice versa). We each need to put in our own work to improve ourselves and our individual situation. Make the effort every day, put in the work and I know a positive outcome is on the horizon. It may not always be easy, but it’s definitely worth your effort. Positive change all beings with happiness. It never ceases to amaze me how so many people struggle with personal happiness. It’s treated like an elusive creature or goal achieved with success, money or some magical object or process. Our society has created its own definition and ways to gain happiness. They tell you, if you buy a certain car or product, look a particular way or do specific things, you’ll be happy. Happiness has been hijacked by a society that gages what you have to how you feel. As with many things, society has transformed it into a money making scheme. Believe me, the more you have won’t bring you happiness.
2021 brought many changes for me. Most of them have been easy to adjust too. Others have been more challenging, or not my first choice. I’ve done my best to accept them as they’ve occurred. Life continues to flow no matter what. We all live on the same planet, experience struggles, deal with demons and negativity. How you navigate the changes and overcome the issues of life, is what’s most important. Maintaining good health (physically, mentally and spiritually) and seeking balance in your daily life, creates inner peace. Don’t be afraid to be happy. It doesn’t cost anything, nothing to buy, no gimmicks, special diets or pills to take. It’s free and yours for the taking. Don’t wait. Life is short. Make the decision to start right now!
As I prepare to add another year to my grand total, I remain grateful and happy to be here enjoying life. I cherish each new day, as a blessing from God. I am thankful for family, friends and the people I love the most. You know who you are. My love is and will forever be first and foremost in my heart. For me, it’s always been you. I loved you yesterday. I love you today. I’ll love you tomorrow. It’s that simple. Be yourself and be happy. Cheers to another trip around the sun. Follow your dreams. They know the way.
ps…Happy Birthday Adee, Margaret, Kristine, Sue, Kim, Deb, Mike and Glen. Enjoy life!
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!