April 23, 2023
Good morning my friends. I hope you are doing well and enjoying life. The minutes, hours and days keep on ticking away. Life can be messy, imperfect, complicated and hampered with conflict. Let’s face facts, there is no escaping strife. We all struggle from time to time. The journey on this planet isn’t always easy. The rewards of life are revealed when you have the strength, courage and fortitude to continue moving forward into each new day. Getting up (even after I’ve been knocked down), advancing and never giving up have always been my strengths. If I can offer advice, a helping hand, or just pull you up; I’ll do my best to assist. I’m excited and grateful to have discovered my path to happiness. I don’t rely on others (or possessions). The decisions and actions I make are mine and mine alone. We are each responsible for ourselves; including thoughts, speech and actions. If you aren’t happy, it’s your own fault; and not due to anyone or anything. My attitude, perception and thoughts are mine to maintain. I can’t guarantee perfection, because it just doesn’t exist. I promise I’ll do my best to be happy and positive. Making my own mental and physical health a priority is a key factor to improving life. I begin each day with prayers of thanks and gratitude. I look forward to the future, while enjoying the present. I enjoy talking and writing about exercise, health, adventure, travel, life or love. These topics are so much more exciting and fun than discussing nonsense. I am passionate about living my life to its fullest. Happiness and positivity are the key ingredients to my success. Life is filled with challenges, changes and there are no guarantees how things will work out. You never know when the universe may throw in a little life altering experience, or two, to shack up your path. Our journey here on earth, begins at birth. We don’t know when our time on this planet will end, but we are guaranteed that it will. My plan is to take advantage of every precise moment; filling my time with happiness and love. I am grateful for the opportunity to share some of my time with you.
We all know (or we should), there are no guarantees how life will transpire, or what will happen, as we progress through each day. There are only two certainties for humans on this planet: birth and death; with the latter occurring at any time. This piece of knowledge does not give any one individual more rights or privileges. Unfortunately, there are people in this world who believe they can act with reckless disregard for others. Society (and God) have set standards (rules, laws or whatever you wish to call these regulations), as a code of conduct for all people to follow or obey. Evil does its best to push us into the darkness. Don’t succumb to the negativity or malevolent behavior. Live with faith, hope and integrity. Death will be the final outcome, but that knowledge provides me the courage to live a life filled with kindness and bliss. I know the loss of someone special is never easy to understand. The passing of a loved one (expected or not) takes time for us to process and resolve. Grief isn’t something to rush or neglect. Both my parents developed incurable diseases later in their lives. I did my best to remain positive and hopefully a cure would be discovered to remove the affliction. I knew without a miracle, each would ultimately be taken from this earth. As difficult as each of their situations were, I tried to look at each new day as a gift of life with each of them. Cures or miracles didn’t occur, but I enjoyed each day with them as much as possible. I feel very fortunate to have shared many amazing years with each of them.
There are no guarantees in life. There are no assurances or promises; in health, prosperity, friendships, careers or relationships. My remedy is, “hard work pays off.” Failure doesn’t exist. My ups and downs in life have taught me valuable lessons that come with each experience. I’ve gained knowledge that has hopefully created a better me. It’s taken me a little time to get here, but my journey to self-discovery and growth has proven indispensable to my personal development. I’ve made some mistakes during my life, especially in relationships. No matter how many times, or how slow my progress has been, I’m still moving forward. I am never defeated and will always continue doing my best to improve myself. Nothing in life is ever gained without getting up, taking that first step and putting in the effort. Dedication, endurance and fortitude are great ingredients to success. My confidence, to keep moving forward, is where the magic of life happens. My plan or dream may not turn out just as I envision it, but often times it’s just as good or even better. Don’t ever give up! A recent relationship loss felt like the absolute worst possible outcome. Nothing hurts more than when your favorite person (and greatest love) become a life lesson. The best I can do is be there (present) every day and give all of myself; heart, mind and soul. I have learned so much about myself; especially over the last eight years. I continue to be a work in progress; happy to have been enlightened along my journey. Finding love and happiness is like “icing on the cake.” I’m thankful to be living Gods plan.
I don’t need trophies, ribbons, medals, awards or certificates to document my achievements. I have many hanging on a wall in a room (that I rarely enter or entertain). People may be impressed when they visit and see the memorabilia. None of these items define me or my life. They are a reminder of my career and past. I placed them there (mostly for my daughter); not to impress, but to remind her that her father lived with dedication, duty, honor, integrity and purpose. My intention is so she can remember what her Dad accomplished during his career and life. I’m not afraid she (or anyone else) would forget or wouldn’t care. I know; what I did during my career, or in the past, is of little consequence in the present. My daughter is my greatest treasure and joy. I want her to be strong and resilient; knowing that I love her and am very proud of her accomplishments. What I do today, and each succeeding day; the kindness and love I share; will be remembered by those who matter. She will remember these days far better than years past. I remain hopeful and positive that love will find me again and open my heart and soul to the possibilities. With or without guarantees, I know it’s never too late to dream new dreams or seek new adventures. God and the universe will always guide me along the journey of life. Follow your dreams. They know the way.
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The puzzle of life is always changing. Change can lead to amazing opportunities. Together, 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!