Saying Good-bye

June 13, 2021

Good morning friends.  I hope you are all doing well as we roll into the middle of the month.  It’s been an extremely busy time for me.  I made the decision to list my home for sale, on an impulse, a little over a month ago.  Little did I realize the “perfect home selling storm” was in progress.  My cozy house sold within 36 hours.  It locked and closed in a 15-day cash offer escrow.  I finished sorting through my belongings, packing up my home and saying my good byes this week.  My past experience has revealed why “good byes” are often difficult.  I tend to attach an end to them, even when it doesn’t necessarily convey that message.  It’s a crazy feeling, with a variety of emotions, as I place nearly everything I own, except some clothing, into a storage container and watch it being taken away.  My mixed emotions center on my ever-evolving life, a hasty decision and second guessing everything.  Now I’m trusting the universe, as I seek the answers for growth and enlightenment.  I know for the important people in my life, it’s never “good bye.”  It’s merely a change in space and “until we meet again.”  The souls that are connected, will forever remain connected. 

Saying “good bye” is never easy when love is involved.  This is especially true when you share a strong bond, connection and your spirits are tightly intertwined.  I have to remind myself that leaving doesn’t necessarily involve the closing of a relationship.  A physical separation may occur, but the emotions, passions, experiences and connection will always remain.  How two individuals decide to pursue the connection will determine its strength and existence into the future.  For now, I live in the present, seeking my own self-improvement and clarity.  It’s taken years of self-discovery, but I realize what past issues trigger my response (or lack of).  I’ll take full advantage of my new experiences to dig deeper into my soul and grow.  I want to be the best possible version of me.  It’s not good bye, just the beginning of a new adventure.        

I recall many family gatherings (both as a kid and adult), with aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.  When you have an abundance of relatives, these events were many times a monthly occurrence.  Italian get togethers are fabulous and fun filled occasions.  They typically center around lots of food, drinks, fun, laughter, conversation and plenty of hand gestures.  When the adults decide it’s time to leave, this typically means another hour or two for everyone to enjoy themselves during the “good byes.”  As an adult, I have grown to appreciate and understand why it’s so difficult to utter those words and walk away.  Over the years; age, experience and wisdom have altered my philosophy on saying good bye.  We may verbally utter the words, “good bye,” but it’s not an intention this is an ending.  I believe there’s a better way of conveying this sentiment.  It could be, “see you soon”, “until our next visit” or something fun and not so finite.  Now I’m the one saying my own version of “until next time.” 

I’ve moved and changed residences multiple times throughout my life.  Saying good bye to my home and friends this time, was definitely filled with more emotion.  My move has the potential to create an extraordinary impact on my future.  It’s interesting how one event can alter the course of your life.  Do we realize what it means at the time, or does this often occur without our knowledge or understanding?  When was the last time you recognized a significant moment or event that changed the course of your life?  Maybe that recognition was made immediately, or it appears later when you have more clarity.  As I reflect on this past month, it becomes clearer when other such events have occurred.  I can recall several such events that have altered my path.  Several circumstances involved job or career changes.  One of the most important events came when my daughter was born.  When she entered the world, her birth and existence radically altered my perspective on life and love.  She changed my way of thinking, my career path and my way of life.  Fatherhood is fabulous!  It also involves a significant learning curve.  Parenting (with a daughter) is a beautiful dance and balance between sharing, teaching, setting guidelines, rules, understanding, emotions, fun and conversation.  Love and support are given totally, without compromise or question.

A radical event altered my path after I turned 40.  I was in the best physical and mental condition of my life.  I had been in law enforcement nearly 14 years.  I was married with a young daughter.  I was assigned to the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit.  I’d been with the team for five years and was well versed with my duties and functions.  I was a sniper, recently selected to travel to a competitive event in North Carolina.  A unexpected accident; resulted in fractured bones, skull and a traumatic brain injury.  Recovery, including physical and mental rehabilitation, took time.  These events changed my career path, perspective on life and my future.  I’ve often considered how my career and life plan could have been very different if I remained on the same course.  It’s easy for me to recognize how this single event altered and impacted my life, both personally and professionally.  I became much more aware of the importance of life, especially my own.  I decided to live a healthy life.  I wanted the opportunity to enjoy my daughter for a very long time. 

My career path changed, as I began to study and prepare for promotional tests and interviews.  When I promoted to Sergeant, and again as a Lieutenant, I believe my impact, insight and knowledge as a supervisor and manager, had a positive effect on people and situations I encountered.  My interactions with officers I worked with, the lives of the people and community I served, benefited from the rewards I received on my new path.  I never envisioned myself as a great leader or humanitarian.  I still don’t believe I was anything more than just being myself.  I wanted to be fair and kind, while at the same time being strong, disciplined and maintaining my integrity.  I know I accomplished those goals.  Even when I said “good bye” to my career, it wasn’t an ending, only a path to a new beginning.

I’ve experienced other compelling events recently, that have empowered me to seek mental or spiritual enlightenment and clarity.  Relationship struggles continue to be my nemesis.  My lack of crucial communication has plagued me for years.  I continue to learn more about myself, while I work at opening my heart and soul.  I may be a work in progress, but I am more alive now than ever.  I’m excited to share my life, experiences, adventures and love.  The current relocation, I’m undertaking, has the ability to alter my life in new and meaningful ways.  I am excited to recognize and pursue the possibilities that await.  Change doesn’t scare me.  I know it can bring amazing new rewards.  I move into this new adventure with my eyes, heart, soul and spirit wide open.  I move forward with no fear.  Trust, hope, faith and love motivate my spirit.   

I’m in control of my internal happiness and positive mindset.  My intention is to seek growth from within and rid my mind of past events that negatively impact personal growth, relationships or love.  I want to open myself to a new and happier path.  I live life in the present, without fear.  I trust the universe and God to control the rest.  Life is an amazing and wonderful adventure (if you allow it).  Don’t let yourself get swept away by the fast paced madness pushing today’s society.  Seek to slow your life, bringing self-care and self-love to yourself first.  This is where happiness and kindness are created from within.  Let these traits be guiding lights in your life.  Empower and energize yourself.  An open heart brings love and passion.  Work hard toward what you want every day. Nothing is achieved or gained without action.  We all possess the same abilities.  Believe in your own self confidence and power.  Then follow your dreams.  They know the way.  “Until we meet again.”

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.

Gratitude and Honor

June 6, 2021

Good morning friends.  Today we honor and celebrate the 77th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion during World War II.  This day commemorates the landing of US and Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy France.  The European Continent had been over run, looted, destroyed and enslaved by Hitler’s Nazi army.  On this day we pay tribute to our heroes.  Many men fell that day, while others fought and fell on the battlefields of Europe.  Since the inception of our great nation, men and women have sacrificed themselves in order to preserve our freedom and way of life.  Last Monday (Memorial Day) we honored our fallen military heroes, who sacrificed themselves, so we can enjoy and live in a free society.  It makes me sad knowing many Americans don’t realize what living in a free country really means.  We (and our nation) owe a debt of gratitude for the actions of so many men and women since our nation was born.  Without their dedication, perseverance and sacrifice, our freedom wouldn’t exist.  Cherish them, honor them and respect their memories by standing up against tyranny, oppression or anything (or anyone) that threatens freedom.  There are many lands across this earth where people live without individual rights or freedom.  They remain enslaved by dictatorial governments that control or manipulate these people’s lives.  All humans deserve to be free. 

On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied forces laid siege to a section of beaches along the French coast.  Many of our soldiers died before setting foot on land that day.  Others sacrificed themselves on the beaches, never leaving the blood-stained sand.  US and Allied losses were horrific, yet our forces never gave up.  They were determined to push Hitler’s troops off the beach that day.  They understood what their mission was and what needed to be accomplished.  They knew the outcome for the world would be bleak if they failed to achieve their goal.  There was no Plan B.  These men were strong, disciplined and determined, to defeat the Nazi defenses.  It was evident it would be deadly encounter.  Americans knew it had to be done at all cost.  Our brave soldiers didn’t hesitate.  During the first 24-hour period, Allied forces suffered nearly 5,000 killed and 10,000 wounded.  German fatalities and casualties were nearly doubled, with approximately 200,000 German soldiers captured.  The fortitude and courage of our soldiers, and that of our military today, maintains our freedom.

I’ve often wondered what my Dad’s thoughts were that June morning.  He was a young soldier landing on Omaha Beach.  I can’t even begin to imagine what emotions ran through his mind and body.  I asked him several times, over the years, about his experiences during the war.  He was reluctant to discuss his service, until later in life when I was older.  I assume as a tenured police officer, he knew I would better understand or comprehend what he experienced during the war.  I always celebrated Veteran’s Day (November 11th) with him.  He would share small stories, but never went into great detail.  He was a typical “Greatest Generation” man.  He was definitely the strong silent type.  I would get out his photo collection from the war.  I’d ask questions centered on various photos, and sometimes get a story or two.  When he passed away, I collected his photos and military service records.  These documents provided a more detailed account about where he’d been and what he may have seen or done.  His trek from the beaches of Normandy, across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany mirrored the “Band of Brothers” advance across the continent.

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the beaches of Normandy.  I offered to take my Dad back, but he always declined.  He told me, “I’ve been there.  I don’t need to go back.”   These sections of French coastline are beautiful, peaceful; yet filled with the souls, sadness and horrors of war.  It’s difficult to imagine the carnage that took place that day.  As I sat on Omaha Beach I began to cry.  The emotions and feelings that engulf this sacred and hallowed ground are overwhelming.  Many of the men that died that day never returned home.  They are forever cared for in a beautiful American cemetery at Omaha Beach.  It’s a well-manicured setting overlooking the ocean.  The French countrymen that care for these revered grounds are grateful for this honor.  It rivals the magnificence of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.  Arlington is nestled along the banks of the Potomac River, across from Washington DC.  My Dad joined his comrades there several years ago.  Now they all relax in eternal rest.  I thank him, and all of our soldiers, for ensuring my free and prosperous way of life. 

Without the sacrifices by our military members, during World War II, including all wars, conflicts and battles, before and after; we would not be living in the free society we enjoy every day.  Many people take our way of life for granted or have little idea what the sacrifice for freedom really means.  Some individuals don’t learn, or are taught, about our history in school.  There are teachers / educators that teach their own version of our past with malice or dislike of our country.  There are other individuals, whose ego, greed or negativity cloud their vision of reality.  Consider what living conditions would be like if we lived under a dictatorship, totalitarian rule or communism.  Freedom, as we know and love it, would not exist under these restrictive governments.  The populations that live in these nations are controlled, manipulated and often persecuted.  I don’t ever want to live in land without individual rights or freedom.  I offer my thanks and gratitude to all our military (past and present) and all our law enforcement personnel.  These individuals dedicate their lives to us and to preserve our way of life.  They are my heroes.           

When was the last time you did something courageous or heroic?  This might be a stretch for many individuals to achieve.  The better question may be, “When was the last time you did something thoughtful or kind?”  It doesn’t have to be a huge or planned gesture, just a spontaneous act of kindness.  Maybe you smiled and said hello, opened a door for someone, assisted someone who was struggling, or by offering soothing words to someone in need.  I always enjoy engaging store clerks, cashiers or restaurant servers in conversation.  Many times a friendly smile, simple “hello” or “Thank you” is enough to brighten a person’s day.  It doesn’t matter whether the person reciprocates, thanks you or even acknowledges you.  When you offer help or kindness, you aren’t doing it for gratification, praise or thanks.  If you expect something in return, then I want you to reconsider your motivation.  Your reward is knowing you’ve acted with kindness.  Respect for others begins with self-love.  Ego, greed or self-centered control or manipulation has nothing to do with love or kindness.  Too often, we are caught up in our own little world of drama to show we really care about ourselves, let alone anyone else.  Please don’t let this happen to you.  We all exist on this planet together.  Gratitude, kindness, respect and being thankful begin with each of us.  Spread these amazing gifts daily and they will flourish.       

As you continue with your Sunday, June 6th, take time to thank God for all the men who bravely fought this day, 77 years ago.  Be grateful and thankful for life every day.  Their sacrifices ensured our freedom and way of life.  Every sunrise provides each of us a new opportunity to share our kindness and love with others.  We are a great nation, yet we continue to struggle with our own internal issues.  Don’t be one of those individuals who focus solely on themselves (ego, greed, negativity), rather than the good for all people.  We need more kindness, respect, understanding and love in our world.  Life is a gift.  Please enjoy it wisely.  Gratitude, humility and self-love are the key influences to our individual beginnings.  Live your life with passion and love.  Follow your dreams.  They know the way.

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!

A Celebration of Life

May 30, 2021

Good morning friends.  Tomorrow, Monday, May 31st is Memorial Day.  It never ceases to amaze me how some Americans don’t know what this day represents.  Let’s begin with some clarification.  Armed Forces Day (May 15th) celebrated our military (active duty and reserve) members currently serving.  Veterans Day (November 11th) celebrates all military members no longer serving our nation.  Memorial Day means we honor, remember and pay tribute to our fallen heroes of the armed forces.  Since the inception of this great nation, men and women have sacrificed themselves in order to defend our freedom and preserve our way of life.  The ultimate sacrifice of these individuals, secures the free society we enjoy today.  Cherish, respect, honor and memorialize their memories by standing up against tyranny, injustice and oppression.  The brave men and women that represent our military are our line of defense in a world of disorder and aggression.  It’s sad in today’s modern world, that individuals and countries strive to dominate others.  When force or fear are utilized, it’s critical that our response it strong and powerful.  Please join me in coming together in our celebration of these brave men and women and their heroic actions.  Let’s enjoy, respect and cherish life.  We celebrate this day (and every day) because of them.

Take a moment to consider the scope of duty, honor and loyalty our defenders of freedom provide for this land.  I am humbled and saddened by the lives lost during conflicts since our nation was founded.  Freedom is never free.  Our military, and those that support their actions, provide us with a comfortable way of life.  The defense of this great nation began with its inception during the fight for independence during Revolutionary War.  Our nation continued its fight for freedom during the Civil War.  The war between the states was a brutal and tragic struggle.  The loss of Americans lives, from Northern and Southern states, is staggering and heartbreaking.  Our fight to retain a free way of life continues to this day.  World Wars, conflicts, battles and skirmishes across the globe have been unavoidable to keep us safe.  While we pay tribute to our deceased military members, take a moment to reflect on their courage, valor and dedication.  It takes a special individual, who is willing to protect our great nation.  They know that taking an oath to defend our country, and donning the uniform, can place them in harm’s way.  Their selfless actions assist in making the world a better place so all humans can coexist in peace.   

We must always remain vigilant to individuals or nations who attempt to subvert, control or overthrow our freedom.  Fear is a powerful weapon, often utilized to divide and oppress societies.  What’s your greatest fear?  I’m not referring to being scared of the dark, spiders or creepy crawling things.  Is there something that is so frightening, it can keep you awake at night?  You may know instantly or you may have to search the hidden recesses of your soul to discover what restrains, controls or prevents you from living your best possible life.  Fear is an incredible force, manifested in the mind, that can deter or paralyze a person.  It can be as simple as indecision, or a fierce or fantastic beast terrorizing you.  Often, fear is fabricated from negative thoughts, that manifests itself as something dark and sinister.  For many individuals, fear can be easily overcome or pushed aside.  Others have a difficult time regaining positive thoughts enabling them to move forward.  It may be an invisible fear you perceive, that controls your life and dictates your daily activities or forward progress.  Ridding your life of fear has nothing to do with physical strength or endurance.  It requires an undaunted mental capacity and strong will.  This begins with faith, hope and a belief in good.  Be grateful, happy and know you are capable of more than you realize.  You (and your mind) are your only limitation.  Believe in your power.     

What are you most grateful for in your life?  What’s your greatest strength?  There are so many questions we should be seeking the answers to every day.  How often do you actually take the time to reflect, or even care what the answers may be?  Over the years, my life has become a journey of self-discovery.  I wasted so much of my life on frivolous pursuits.  I attribute some of that to being caught up in the speed of life.  I became consumed by the daily hustle of racing from point A to point B and back again.  I didn’t take the time to slow myself; so I could relax my mind or body.  Many times on vacation, I believed I was slowing my pace or relaxing.  In hind sight, I was still moving at warp speed.  I’d typically spend a week getting my mind or body to comply, relax and detox.  It requires a conscience effort to truly slow yourself (mind and body) to appreciate your surroundings.  Here’s a tip, to accomplish this, find a quiet place to sit.  Select a quiet space that isn’t necessarily prone to interference.  Sit comfortably, close your eyes and begin by slowing your breathing.  Let the thoughts release from your mind.   Initially, this may seem odd or uncomfortable,  Yes, it may take some effort.  Try it once a week; then evaluate how you feel.  In the beginning, getting inside yourself is never easy.  Once you establish the ground work, it becomes a meditative endeavor of solitude and bliss.

I’ve often heard individuals say, “I wish I had more confidence, discipline and strength.”  They speak about these traits like some illusive creature they are unable to capture.  People read books, seek inspirational quotes and wisdom from a variety of exterior sources.  These are great sources of education or motivation.  In reality, we all possess these traits.  They are built within each of us.  The secret to harnessing these beasts is simple.  Open your heart and soul to the endless possibilities of the universe.  As you reside in the present, allow your spirit to visualize your dreams and future.  Believe in yourself.  Don’t allow fear to creep into your mind, create indecision or stop your forward progress.  Love yourself and be happy with you.  Make a plan and work to achieve your desires.  These powers completely within your control.  Don’t listen to outside sources that work to disrupt or influence you with negativity.  You have the ability to shut these fools off by focusing on all the good, in your life and the world.  When you take time to focus on life, we have much to be thankful and grateful for every day.  The next step is up to you.         

As we remember our fallen military heroes, let us also make this a celebration of life.  It’s time we unite to honor all our heroes, as we honor our great nation.  I’m grateful for each new sunrise and the opportunities it brings.  We have a unique and special gift of choice.  I choose to be happy and positive.  I seek new adventures, experiences and love.  It’s a simple and satisfying decision my friends.  Don’t get caught up in drama, ego, hatred or negativity.  Be kind to all people.  You never know when you will expect it in return.  Say a prayer for those who aren’t coming home.  Their sacrifice, service and valor provides our freedom and peaceful way of life.  Without these individuals, life in our nation would be very different.  Stay well, while you work hard to achieve your dreams, visions and desires.  Life is truly a gift.  Live your passion and stay healthy.  Follow your dreams.  They know the way.  

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!

The Puzzle of Me

May 23, 2021

Good morning friends.  I hope you are all doing well, staying healthy and happy.  I consider myself a good man.  I can’t say I’ve always thought that, but age, experience and maturity brought clarity.  I began as a shy kid.  I definitely wasn’t “outgoing.”  Mom was strict and controlling.  The latitude my sister and I shared came when our Dad intervened.  When my sister went away to college, that gave me the courage to begin to open myself to the world.  Dad always offered great advice and encouragement.  I enjoyed accompanying him on side jobs; typically, on the weekends.  His wisdom, demeanor and integrity influenced me during my transition from kid, to teen to adult.  When I went away to college, my life immediately changed and expanded.  I had the ability to control my own life.  It was amazing; a bit scary at times, but an awesome feat.  College, career and life provided the confidence and motivation to succeed.  I blossomed into me. 

After college I enjoyed a brief career with the US Forest Service.  Being a firefighter on Hot Shot crew was an amazing and intense adrenaline rush.  It built strength and established additional self-confidence in myself and my abilities.  I learned the real meaning of team work and camaraderie.   My long and stellar career in law enforcement was even more crazy, wild, sad and fulfilling.  I know I made a difference in the lives of people I interacted with along that path.  Kindness, understanding and spending a little extra time to show you care, goes a long way in assisting someone who may be struggling.  The harshness, trauma, and sometimes horrors of the job took their toll on me.  I relied on a strong will, determination, discipline and a high tolerance to pain.  The process of protecting myself, closed me off from the world.  I doubt I fully understood the impact, or my metamorphous, until I experienced EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) after I retired.  I knew my mental suffering and pain were real.  I believed I was coping (as most police officers do).  The grizzly and horrific nightmares were a by-product of the job.  They grew with frequency and intensity as the years passed.  The emotional pain further closed my heart to opening or allowing anyone inside.  These issues plagued my relationships, damaging or severing them completely.  I knew I needed help to find myself again. 

EMDR therapy and counseling, helped me regain the real me.  Gratitude and a positive mental attitude set me on my path for each new day.  I’m in charge of my happiness.  I continue to be a “work in progress,” as many of us are.  Positivity is my ally.  I allow God and the universe to guide me along my journey.  I strive for self-improvement and self-care.  In the past I placed undue burdens upon myself.  I was more concerned about pleasing the people around me, rather than pleasing myself.  I learned it’s better be happy with who I am, than to worry about what others think.  My contentment allows me to open my heart and soul to life and love.  When you truly let go and open yourself to the possibilities, that’s when real self-discovery takes place.

Circumstances of the past no longer manipulate or control how I react, what I think or how I make my decisions.  I remain focused on my attitude, positivity and happiness.  We waste so much of our time on issues beyond your control.  The fear associated with many situations, especially in today’s world, create additional negativity, anxiety and stress.  Move yourself beyond those events.  Rid your mind of fear and the useless negative chatter.  Focus on yourself, including self-care and being happy.  As I continue my healing, I learn more about myself and who I am.  Life is like a puzzle, in some respects.  I often attempted to arrange all pieces so they fit together perfectly, (or so I thought).  The problem is, life isn’t perfect.  There is no perfect path, house, car, relationship or life.  We all have various imperfections and issues from our past that plague our vision of the present.  My issues were deeply embedded in my mind from the control, trauma and pain experienced from childhood through my career.  It wasn’t until I began to free myself, and my mind, that I was able to open my heart, mind and soul to the possibilities.  I’m grateful I met an amazing woman who showed me healing and true love were possible.  Her support and love provided a much needed boost of energy.  I am forever grateful for her love and support.  Her guidance pushed me to reach out and save myself.  Nothing will ever change until you make the decision to get healthy.  

My life puzzle continued with relationships.  I learned that what others say or do often has nothing to do with me.  Their past experiences or fears may influence their responses or decisions.  I don’t have control over any of that.  The best I can do is just be myself.  An amazing relationship requires balance.  Perfection isn’t the goal.  Happiness, understanding, support, trust, adventures and love should be what you strive for daily.   Two individuals share a unique connection, that make them a perfect couple.  I imagine two beautiful dancers moving together in synchronicity as one.  If a miss step is experienced, it isn’t the end of the world.  It’s an opportunity to learn and grow as a couple.  I visualize a fabulous relationship similar to the pairing of two magnificent grapes into an exquisite blend of wine.  One strong and confident, while the other is beautiful and bold.  It may not be the perfect blend for everyone, but perfection isn’t the goal.  Happiness, support, adventures and working together create love and passion.

When two people join together, each share unique experiences of life and love.  They unite to create a joined path for the future.  Each retain their own ideas and goals, while building new goals together.  Sharing their connection is part of the adventure.  Love isn’t about fitting puzzle pieces exactly together on a flat board.  Unlike a puzzle, life is full of contours, ups, downs, twists, turns, emotions, passions and possibilities.  Life doesn’t fit flatly together in any specific way or form.  It can be static, spontaneous and full of incredible experiences.  Life isn’t complicated, humans make it that way.  Sure, it has bumps, bruises, pain, stress and sadness.  It’s also filled with magnificent splendor and creativity.  Instead of carrying your past with you,  leave it behind, where is belongs.  If we keep it in the present it spells trouble.  Those issues have the ability to consume you, eroding your energy, destroying relationships and creating more damage for your future.  Love is about “dancing” through life together, through the hills and valleys, and always sharing the good parts hand in hand.  Be open, share your vision and allow love to flourish throughout life.  It doesn’t matter what path you’re on, as long as you stay connected.  You have to believe in the power of love.

Speaking from experience, there have been times when I’ve created my own disasters and heartbreak.  When you hurt others because your ego, stubbornness or lack of courage, blocks your path, it’s your responsibility to repair the damage and make amends.  It’s never too late to say, “I’m sorry” or “I love you.”  Admitting you’re human and imperfect is a step toward improving yourself.  When you can vocalize your errors and learn from them; that’s where hope, faith and courage are your reward.  We all make mistakes at various times in life.  Knowledge and goodness come when we learn, grow and move past them into the present.  Our soul will heal and we become better humans.  Each sunrise provides boundless opportunities to shine and live a new day in happiness.  The possibilities are endless.  Our only limitations come from fear created in our own mind.

If you want to attain true happiness and love, it’s time to change your mental outlook.  Drop the ego, quite being stubborn, stop closing yourself off and don’t run away.  Life is ours to enjoy.  It happens when we allow ourselves the opportunity.  We typically hold ourselves back, due to indecision or fear.  I no longer allow my attitude and ego get in my way.  Be willing to take a chance and reach for my dreams.  That’s the only way you make them come true.  I’ve lost love in the past.  It hurts, making my heart and soul ache from the pain.  It doesn’t mean I’m finished or never trying again.  It means the exact opposite.  I want that amazing and incredible feeling again.  Life has bumps, disagreements and unexpected occurrences.  The puzzle begins when we interject our past emotions, feelings, perceptions and ego into the mix.  This is where our issues, concerns, angers, fears and desperation are created.  Life is easy if we allow it.  How often do we actually do that?  Instead we become upset, frustrated, angered, stressed and close down our interactions because we chose to, not because the event or situation dictated that course of action.     

I planned what I thought would be a fun and special date last night.  It was an outdoor play at a local historic home.  Needless to say it didn’t even come close to being special.  It felt more like an evening at the haunted mansion with carnival workers.  I was frustrated because I set an expectation of grandeur.  I wanted it to be an incredible evening for a woman who means the  world to me.  I knew it was time to go after the first acts were less than stellar,.  She graciously agreed, as we laughed on our walk out.  The parking lot attendant asked if the show was over, and we laughed more.  She suggested pizza; that and laughter cures all dreadful situations.  The moral of the story; it’s not always the event that brings the most joy.  It’s the bond formed during the difficult times that connects two people.       

Life is filled with incredible, amazing and fabulous experiences and adventures.  Open yourself to the possibilities and allow the universe to guide you.  A relationship filled with love is an incredible and powerful force of energy.  It’s an amazing influence on your life.  If you’ve experienced this emotion, you can understand my thoughts.  This wonderful and blissful state only begins with self-love.  How can you love another if you do not love yourself?  Open your heart, mind and body fully and let the passion embrace your soul.  Feel the vibrant rush of this magical delight whisk you away.  There is nothing that comes close to the empowerment love brings between two people.  The opportunity is a life changing phenomenon.  Once you experience it, you’ll only crave more.  You won’t want to let go.  Stop being a puzzle.  Just be yourself, that’s the best you can do.  Follow your dreams.  They know the way.  Gratitude, Happiness, Kindness and Positivity are my daily choices.  It’s the best me yet! 

I want to wish a very special woman a very Happy Birthday!  She’s a rock star in countless ways!  May your 52nd year be the best and most fabulous year yet, with many more to come!!  I wish you all the love and happiness the universe has to offer!  Thank you for your continued support, friendship and love! Cheers to you!

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!

Following my path

May 16, 2021

Good morning friends.  It’s already the middle of May.  I hope you’re all staying happy and healthy.  I plan to keep this week’s blog short and sweet!  I’ve been in Zion National Park nearly the entire week.  This means very little time to write, and possibly no internet.  Part of my time has been spent exploring the amazing natural beauty of this area.  I truly reveled in its scenic wonder.  Several days were dedicated to a Ragnar trail team relay run.  I’m always excited for the opportunity to get outside, enjoy the beauty of nature and a new 2021 adventure.  Running has been my passion and stress outlet for decades.  I’m grateful my body continues to allow me the opportunity to enjoy the physical aspect of exercise, while basking in the glory and beauty of nature.   Life really is quite incredible!  Enjoy every moment while you continue to work hard to achieve your dreams.  Follow your path with an open heart and guidance from the universe.

The magic, energy and majestic glory of nature never cease to amaze or astound me!  Zion is a creation of staggering beauty.  Our planet is filled with many natural works of wonder.  They are each astounding and stunning in their unique way.  Mountains, deserts, rivers, valleys, oceans and everything in between; make up our incredible planet.  God and the universe worked in unison to mold these feats of splendor for us to enjoy.  How often do you take the time to sit and bask in their energy and magnificence?  I know I don’t do this often enough.  My solution; I’m planning many more trips that deepen my journey to new lands.  Each time I travel, one of my priorities is to get outside, explore and seek new adventures.  I would much rather build my knowledge with experiences; rather than reading or watching a movie that describe it.  The best way to accomplish this, is by getting outside; hiking in nature and seeking wisdom from local individuals who inhabit these lands of enchantment.  This past week in Zion has been incredible, amazing and filled with happiness and joy.     

We live in an ever-changing world.  Events, here and abroad; along with social issues, politics and mindless attitudes, continue to sway beliefs and defy reason.  I often wonder where or how people are educated as to what’s happening in a wide variety of issues.  From some of the displays I’ve witnessed, or seen via the news or social media, it’s interesting how little effort people put into discovering the facts or truth related to events or occurrences.   It’s evident some people are biased due to race, gender, nationality, religion, creed or color.  This is both sad and disheartening.  It’s crazy to think good has become evil and racist mentalities exist in ALL types of people.  There are some individuals that just can’t seem to let that stuff go.  It’s seems they have nothing better to do than push their idiotic agenda and create more division among nationalities.  Why it that?

We all experience struggles, deal with fear and have negativity invade our thoughts.  This continues throughout our life.  Don’t ever think you’re the only person feeling stress, pressure or anxiety from issues or daily occurrences.  The difference between remaining positive or not, is how each of us deal with these situations and find resolution.  One successful solution for me, I never allow these demons room to enter into my mind.  Yes, attempts always occur, but I keep myself aware of when these intrusions happen.  When they do, I immediately repel them and push them out of my thoughts.  You cannot allow negativity in, as once you do, it becomes increasingly difficult to push them out.  When negative thoughts penetrate your brain, don’t allow them space.  Instantly dispel them and regain your positivity.  I keep several memories of my favorite people, places and things available in my thoughts to help keep my mind focused on happiness.  I begin each new day with gratitude and joy.  I meditate, stretch and incorporate yoga postures each and every morning.  I do this ritual with each new sunrise, to set the tone for my day and keep me on the right path.   These activities assist to keep my body, mind and spirit centered for the day.   

I hope you take time to slow the speed of your life, so you can recognize when changes occur.  Don’t allow this time or the opportunities to speed by you.  Ensure you keep your heart and soul open to the possibilities; for growth and to adjust with the new times.  I’m not saying to sway with the prevailing wind or attitudes.  Be a forward thinker, living in the present and planning for the future.  I’ve found it’s best when I maintain an open mind in all aspects of life.  I’d much rather be an independent thinker in my approach to my decision-making process.  Don’t be a follower.  Be a leader, always seeking the truth and facts.  Pay attention to the evidence that supports your conclusions.  Listen to all sides of the story.  The truth is typically found in the middle.  Be your own person, make your own decisions, but stay aware when changes adjust your perspective or life. 

What happened to the me I use to know?  Where did he go?  As time passes, our knowledge, attitudes, outlook, experience and lives change.  I came into this world a different person than who I am today.  As I’ve grown, matured and aged; I’ve gone through a metamorphizes of sorts.  Learning through education and experience has offered new ideas, thoughts and processes.  My intellect developed, to expand my knowledge, skills and expertise.  Wisdom from many years of life has further transformed me.  This evolution continues with each new sunrise.  The majority of individuals travel through life unaware or not concerned with this process.  I was one of those humans for many years.  I was running down the path, often not aware or caring what direction I was heading.  My focus wasn’t always on what served my best interest and it rarely involved passion.  My life centered on egotistical behavior and self-satisfaction.  Luckily that changed with age, wisdom and experience.

I learned the value of life, friendship and love.  It took some time, heart breaks, sadness and lessons learned.  When I was able to be educated by life, it became clearly evident the meaning and purpose of my life.  So many individuals continue to seek direction and purpose.  I wish I could easily assist and point you to the correct path.   The journey is for each of us to seek and discover.  I know there are many who struggle with this expedition of life.  The words of wisdom I can offer are simple.  Begin each day with gratitude.  Don’t compare yourself to others.  It serves no purpose.  We are all humans, but we each are different and unique.  Treat yourself and other with kindness and respect.  Be mindful in your thoughts, words and actions.  Stay focused and positive on your path, while you take time to enjoy your journey.   Being “positive” doesn’t mean I never have a negative thought or become fearful.  For me, it means that when negativity or fear does enter my mind, I don’t allow it to control or manipulate me.  I dismiss them as quickly as they cross my thoughts.  I remain steadfast in my dreams and desires.  Fuel your body, mind and spirit with healthy food and thoughts.  What enters our body can enhance it or hinder your progress.   

I am right where the universe wants me to be.  I continue to follow my path, with happiness and gratitude.  I kept my heart and soul closed off for far too long.  As I allow them to open more each day, the feeling of defeat no longer affects me.  I feel better, living free and happy.  It’s like being awakened or enlightened to new found pleasure.  Discover what is holding you back or defeating you.  Conquer those issues with a positive and powerful mind.  Believe in yourself.  Cast fear aside and live free.  Life, or events, don’t necessarily change or interfere with my path or ability to achieve my goals.  Planet earth continues to spin, rotating around the sun in this vast universe.  Seasons change, plants and animals grow, wither and die as each year passes.  Humans share this process of life and death.  We participate in a multitude of experiences, as we grow and mature.  These processes alter our perception, that ultimately change how we react or interact with life.  We all struggle from time to time.  Don’t allow the difficult time to define you or divert you off your path.  Rid your mind of negativity by quieting your movement.  Focus on your dreams and passion.  Work hard to achieve them daily.  You will reap the benefits in time.  This is all part of this magnificent journey called life.  So many individuals seem to struggle with “finding their purpose.”  I believe when we let go of the daily stresses and ordeals our minds create, this is when we discover our true purpose on this planet.  Simply defined for me, it’s called” happiness.”

Visiting Zion has provided enriched enlightenment and solace.  I remain grateful and thankful for the many gift’s life has bestowed upon me.  I have much to be thankful for, including; family, friends, love and life.  Take the time to recognize what you have, what you’re working to achieve and where you’re going.  Stop whining about what you don’t have; and just be grateful!  Life is happening in the present, so enjoy every precious moment.  There is no time to waste on foolish endeavors.  Follow your dreams.  They know the way.

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!

It’s the simple pleasures

May 9, 2021

Good morning friends.  Let me begin by wishing all the Mom’s a very Happy Mother’s Day!  What a fabulous day to celebrate these wonderful women.  Take the time to thank your mother; whether you spend time with her, call her or say a prayer for her; be grateful for her and all she’s done in your life.  These amazing women are truly incredible humans.  They are the reason we’re here today.  I wish I had the opportunity to share this special day with my Mom.  She has been confined to an Alzheimer’s care facility for nearly five years.  It’s a horrible, debilitating and deadly disease.  The difficult part has been watching her mind and body slowly degrade.  It’s been years since she’s known herself, remembered her past, her family or who I am.  She exists in a world confined by her withering mind and body.  She no longer speaks, walks or can care for herself.   This is no way for a human, or any living creature, to exist.  It’s a sad and heartbreaking situation, for her, and many others suffering from this tragic disease.  I urge you to cherish every moment of life; with your Mother, family and friends.  Life is a special limited time opportunity.  Don’t waste it!  “Thank you Mom, I love you.”

A few nights ago, I was sitting on my living couch relaxing.  The sun was setting as I looked out the sliding door window, to my patio.  I noticed a hummingbird perched on the feeder.  This red goblet of delight hangs from the eves of the roof, just outside above the patio deck.  By no means is it out of the ordinary to see a hummingbird there.  The local crew engage in playful daily feedings from dawn to dusk.  What set this evening apart, from any other, is what occurred over the next 15 to 20 minutes.  This tiny creature of God just sat there.  This is highly unusual behavior for these little flyers.  I watched from the couch for several minutes.  Then I had to get up and walk to the slider to get a closer look.  Typically, if they spot movement coming near them, they tend to fly away.  This didn’t happen.  Instead, this little bird turned to look at me, then continued to sip on the sweet nectar from the feeder and relax.

This beautiful little gem sat, sipped, looked at me and continued to observe the surroundings from this perch.  After five minutes or so, I reached for a cell phone to record the visit.  Over the next ten minutes, or so, I took pictures and recorded a video to document this interesting phenomena.  I watch and talked to this little creature.  Then it dawned on me on how special and amazing life can be.  How often do we take the time to slow our lives down to actually enjoy the world around us?  I’ve had the pleasure to observe these tiny creatures on numerous occasions, but never really relishing in their glory.  There is so much life happening on our planet every second of the day.  Next time you’re out in nature, or you observe life in action; take the opportunity to stop and enjoy the show.  Don’t be like many people (humans), who are often too busy, or engrossed in their own little world, to witness these amazing feats.  Nature is truly incredible.  We just need to open our eyes and senses to the world around us to enjoy it.

Hummingbirds are considered magical and spiritual creatures.  When their continued presence is directed at you, it’s believed to be a visit from angels or spirits.  They vibrate at a higher frequency than any other creature; creating energy, harmony and peace.  Whether you believe in the symbolism these incredible tiny beings represent or not, I hope you respect their beauty, agility and significance on earth.  There are so many things we miss because we aren’t looking.  Slow yourself and allow your mind, body and spirit the opportunity to bask in the energy the universe provides.  I’ve enjoyed many encounters with these majestic beings.  I’m thankful I had the presence of mind to recognize them as happy and insightful contacts.  Each has stayed with me and reminds me to stay present in life.  I remain grateful and blessed each day.  We can learn many life lessons from other creatures. 

During my decades on this earth, it’s become apparent to me that life is about the simple pleasures.  It doesn’t matter how big my house is, if I drive a fancy car or wear the latest fashions.  Greed, ego or selfish behavior have no place in my world.  Life is about humility, kindness, respect and integrity.  I begin my days with gratitude, positivity and happiness.  I fill my hours with good thoughts and wonderful people.   You don’t have to agree with what I say or do, it’s just my opinion.  What I hope; is that you seek the truth, educate yourself with knowledge and make intelligent decisions based on facts.  Stay positive, happy and healthy my friends.  Show kindness and love to all beings on this planet.  Our lives move at an incredible pace and we often speed past fantastic scenarios occurring all around us.  Get outside, breathe and enjoy nature.  Life is happening all around us.  There is an entire universe filled with activity and wonder.  Often times it only requires us to open our eyes, look out our window and recognize the world of beauty set before us.  The activity begins at sunrise, continuing 24/7 daily; with plants, trees, flowers and all of God’s creatures, full of life and living.  Take time to notice this magnificent and magical world.  Seek solitude in nature.  Quiet your mind and body so you can rejuvenate.  Peace and mindfulness allow answers to our questions to become clear.  Stay grateful and kind to all humans, animals and living creatures.  Cherish these simple pleasures of life.

Today is a special day, so make your Mom; or any Mother you know, feel the love and gratitude they deserve.  Tell your Mom you love her, give her flowers or take her out for some fun.  If you haven’t spoken to her for a long time, (or if you just saw her yesterday), use today as the catalyst to say, “Thank you, I love you Mom.”  Without our Mom’s, none of us would be here.  It’s such a simple gesture to tell someone, “I love you.”  It’s even more grand when you can show them by your action and deeds.  Don’t miss the opportunity.  Remember, life is short.  Be grateful and thankful for what you have and continue to work hard for what you want.  Enjoy a Happy Mother’s Day, filled with love and happiness.  “It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.”  Follow your dreams.  They know the way.

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!

Healthy Love

May 2, 2021

Good morning friends.  It’s crazy thinking we’re already at the first Sunday of May.  Time keeps marching forward, with no slowing down.  I hope you are all doing well, while staying happy and healthy.  Be sure you take plenty of “you time” to relax, de-stress and breathe.  Self-care and self-love are an important ingredient to maintain your personal health and wellness.  Living a healthy lifestyle requires each of us to care for our physical body, while we nurture a positive mental outlook and ensure a grateful spirit.  Loving ourselves is a necessity to set us on the right path, to enable each of us to share our love with others.  If you don’t respect and appreciate the love you have for your own being, how can you expect to share love with another human or living creature?  Loving yourself is the first step on your journey to share love with others. 

This coming week is my Dad’s birthday.  He would have been 99.  It’s difficult to believe he’s been gone over seven years.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him or speak to him.  I know he’s here, watching over me and our family.  He was always that kind of man; that ensured we were safe and happy.  His love for us and my love for him are stronger than ever.  Love of this intensity never falters or fades.  It is truly a love eternal.    

Love is an incredible and fabulous feeling.  It’s an intense, deep, pleasurable, intimate, amazing sensation, and so much more than words can describe!  Buddha beautifully answered the question, “what’s the difference between, I like you and I love you.”  He said, “When you like a flower, you just pluck it.  When you love a flower, you water it daily.  One who understands this, understands life.”   My life experience has shown me, when I “water” my soul daily, I am more grateful for life and appreciate love.

Have you ever taken the time to just sit and contemplate what “love” means to you?  When I returned home, after being on the road for two weeks, I did just that.  I reflected on the people I spent time with, saw, interacted, overheard or engaged in conversation.  My interactions with family and friends were filled with bountiful amounts of love entwined with all of our encounters.  My other contacts and situations (in airports, airplanes, hotels, restaurants, etc.), were with strangers, or simply overheard dialogue.  What I concluded; “love has a variety of meanings, interruptions and definitions for everyone.”  We each visualize and experience love through our own eyes.  How we perceive it is based on our past experience, how we think and how we’ve shared these feelings.  They’re all valid to each of us, typically based on the past events, lessons learned or beliefs.  I believe, like with most topics and life issues, it’s always important to take time to reflect on the present.  We can learn valuable information from our past; then we must leave the past behind.  No one should carry all that excess baggage with them.  It just wears us down and causes more harm than good.  Live life in the here and now, while we continue to seek knowledge, insight and maturity with each new day.  Knowledge provides the power that energizes us to grow into our future.

People all over the world use the word “love” to describe feelings for a variety of persons, places, objects and things.  They express a love of food, animals, cars, flowers, music, etc.  You name it and I’m sure someone somewhere says, “I love it.”  I have no doubt for some, they may actually “like” an object or thing more than love it.  We do tend to over use this tender and caring word; often taking it to excessive extremes.  The word love and emotion it represents, for me, is the love we have and share with other humans.  I’m sure we all share a love of our family and friends.  This feeling is typically developed from an early age.  As we grow and mature, our emotions, attachments and connections develop and blossom.  We learn the importance of these relationships and the love of others and ourselves.

I sometimes fear the true meaning of love has been lost or pushed aside.  When you express your love for another human, it shouldn’t be based on a physical looks or sexual attraction.  Let’s face it, there are people in our world who are less scrupulous, egotistical and self-absorbed attitudes that only see things that benefit themselves.  They tend to live life, sucking the energy and good out of everything around them.  I doubt these individuals love themselves, yet only anyone else.  These people use “love” as a catch phrase, rather than a feeling or emotion.  Love is so much more than a word to be used for objects, things or self-centered behavior.  For all the romantics and amazing people out there; healthy, honest and trusting relationships develop over time. These wonderful connections blossom into friendships, close knit bonds and love.    

When two people meet, to create a relationship, they may experience an instant connection, or it may take time to develop.  They spend time together to establish and build a friendship, that might stay in that form or develop into more.  Individuals connect physically, mentally and spiritually, to form a bond that joins them together as one.  Love can be developed slow or fast, while the union of two individuals can remain both complex or simple.  If you’ve experienced an amazing love, you know it’s an extraordinary and intricate connection of two humans.  Saying those three incredible words, “I love you,” have the ability to spark many emotions.  When you speak this to another person, be sure you feel it and convey your emotions.  Telling someone you love them over and over is nice, but showing them your true feelings is even better.  Show them with displays of kindness, good actions and deeds.  Reflect your love in everything you do daily, using passion, gratitude, integrity and empathy to show your love.  All relationships require effort by both parties to ensure they last and grow.  Love, like beautiful flowers, only grow and develop when nurtured with care.  “Water” your love daily.   

When I sat in silent meditation, thinking about love, this verse came me.  My thoughts and experience with love, invigorates my soul, brightens my heart and energizes my spirit.  Don’t fear love.  Open yourself to the emotions and passion.  I hope you relate to some of my words.  You may experience a sense of how love invades my mind and body, and fills my soul with joy. 

Loves Emotion

“Maybe you never met that person that makes your blood boil, like you do to me.

Whenever I’m with you, my body shivers with chills that make me feel free.

My mind is consumed with sensations of fear and joy.

You make my temperature rise and my heart pound in deep in my chest with joy.

Every time you’re close, I want to hold you forever and never you let go.

When I hear your voice, my heart skips a beat.

I enjoy every word you say, whether it’s cold or with heat.

You enlighten my soul and fill my spirit with hope.

Each time our eyes connect, and you smile the way you do,

I melt a little more and feel your love too.

I can tell by the way you touch me, hug me and kiss me too,

Love surrounds us, just me and you.

Love isn’t always easy and it hurts at times,

because we’re both stubborn and foolish,

as we let our past and fears cloud our present as it entwines.

It doesn’t help us in our pursuit of happiness and the divine.

For now, I’m content to be your friend and enjoy your grace with time.

I want you to be the happiest you’ve ever been, with or without me in your place again.

I hope you feel what I feel when I see you too.

It’s crazy, amazing and a bit scary, but it’s our puzzle to do.

It’s loves great emotion and part of the universe’s master plan,

 to join two people together, uniting them as one.

Love is an incredible and consuming feeling of bliss.

It can drive you crazy, but always makes you want to hug and kiss.

You don’t need to say, “I love you” but I love it when you do.

We will forever be joined and bonded, whatever we do.”

We are living in days filled with division, anxiety and fear.  Populations and governments around the world are at odds.  These are difficult days, and it’s not easy to get people to agree.  It becomes increasingly difficult to place your trust in the “so called experts” when they aren’t even sure of the correct answer.  The one heart felt emotion we should all agree on, is that love is an amazing, eternal and encompassing energy.  We need to share and believe in its power! 

Love means opening your heart and soul to the possibilities of life.  We often hesitate when presented with opportunities, for fear of failure or hurt.  Failure is a misconception and the hurt we feel is because of how we process life events.  The real loss is never taking a chance to pursue happiness or love.  I admit, it’s difficult to place my heart in the hands of another.  When I allow myself to fully open my soul, this is when I reap the rewards of love.  I strive to be the best possible me, with gratitude and kindness.  Love is worth it, every time and in every place.  Don’t be scared, you may just win and be the happiest you’ve been.  Always hold these feeling close in your heart.  Take them with you wherever you go and never be fearful to let them show.  Love is worth the effort, because there’s nothing more amazing on this earth.  You deserve every wonderful moment the universe has to offer.  Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, they know the way.  Let the universe guide you to happiness.  It’s the best way to live.  Stay healthy, happy and positive my friends, allow love to find you. 

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!

I miss your smile

April 25, 2021

Good morning friends.  I hope you are all doing well and enjoying life.  Happy final Sunday of the month.  My daughter and I were talking about how this year is flying by so quickly.  Unbelievably, our conversation was on April 1st, which seemed like just the other day.  Now we’re already nearing the end of the month.  It would be nice to slow time down a bit.  I know that isn’t possible, so the next best thing is to slow myself.  It’s easy to get tangled in societies fast-paced life style.  The endless speed at which life flows has the ability to drag us through each day.  It’s up to each of us to make a conscience effort to slow ourselves down.  Take time to relax your mind and body.  The rewards and energizing benefits are amazing.  Be mindful; relax your breathing, control your thoughts and be aware of what you say.  Find joy and comfort in a friendly smile.  These can be incredible sources of happiness and bliss.  A smile can speak a thousand words in a single heartbeat.  Think about the endless possibilities the next time you pass someone and smile.  When you make eye contact with someone, and they smile, this is one of the best sensations you can experience.  Hopefully we’ll return to smiles without restrictions soon.

A smile is truly an incredible creation.  During my travels, it’s definitely evident how much I miss your smile.  Each time I see your bright and beautiful smile, it sends chills of joy through my soul.  I can instantly visualize your emotions by your facial expression.  When you flash your cute smirk across the room, I know when it’s filled with love.  Your eyes twinkle with joy, that I know are meant just for me.  I know when you’re happy, sad, fearful, determined or passionate.  The radiant glow of your smile commands the immediate attention of all.  Seeing you smile is one of the many beautiful experiences of life.  I find it very interesting how smiles have the ability to convey so many emotions, changing in fractions of seconds, to fit reactions or situations.  Smiles are an instant magnificent message for each of us to share.       

It’s sad we’re not yet free to experience these simple pleasures of life.  I was waiting for a flight this past week, when a mother and daughter walked past.  I wasn’t wearing a mask and I smiled politely as they walked by.  I could hear the woman tell her daughter after they passed, “I smiled back, but with this mask he didn’t know.”  I look forward to the day when smiles are visible and free.   Hopefully our world will once again be able to smile and travel freely.  I have been fortunate to visit some incredible destinations to this point in life.  I plan to visit many more before I’m no longer physically able.  I pray our world realizes it doesn’t need to impose bans or restrictions; based on masks, vaccination cards or illness fears.  I understand why this is a “Hot” topic for many.  There are a variety of opinions on all sides.  These are my thoughts.

The virus arrived over a year ago when our country was being divided by politics.  I find it interesting how the pandemic was utilized as a political tool to further divide, “us versus them.”  We don’t need a 24/7 blitz of coverage to keep us informed of an illness.  On the contrary, the scope and coordinated effort of this total and encompassing campaign is required when it’s a propaganda machine.  This brand of intense constant information is meant to manipulate, control and alter your rational thinking and decision-making process.  That process has been successful, especially when you recognize how it has altered the behavior of many individuals.  This agenda continues to be pushed today; with masks, “social distancing” and the virus injection.  The campaign has always utilized division and fear.  The virus isn’t my first concern, but it has generated fear among many people.  It’s interesting how individuals, politicians, the media and big business continue to push this shot as the savior of humanity.  The entire scenario is quite fascinating, since officials have never explained (or revealed) how, where or why this virus began.  The controversy and conflicting information surrounding this entire situation is quite baffling.   

How can I place faith in a “vaccination” that was conceived, developed, produced, “tested” and rolled out in less than a year?  The flu vaccination has been around for decades.  It’s only 50% effective and has side effects.  Consider how all manufactured drugs typically require years of evaluation, testing and approval, prior to distribution for “safe” use.  All these drugs, or medicines, have side effects; nor are they always 100% effective.  The newly developed coronavirus shot will most certainly have side effects beyond what they know or understand. How safe is it; really?  Has anyone considered or even care what the potential side effects could be in the coming years?  I understand all the information, hype, propaganda and manipulation that has occurred to bolster our confidence.  The question, is this injection truly necessary for everyone, or anyone?  There are many people who have “pre-existing conditions.”  Medical experts say these individuals appear to be more vulnerable to the virus.  For the billions who are not “at risk”, why should we be required to be injected with this serum?  If you think the vaccine is in your best interest, that’s fine.  I have no objection, so please get the shot. That’s your choice and decision.  Please don’t insist I need the shot because of your fear or indoctrination.  This is my decision to make, not yours or the government.

The pandemic ensuing craziness and media hype have created a new and divided age.  Wearing masks and “social distancing” have created a new stigma.  Watching people over the last year, including and up to the present, has been educational.  I see lone individuals wearing a mask while driving in their car or outside walking alone.  When I go for a walk or run, people cross the street so they won’t have to pass by me.  People refuse to ride in elevators with others, visit family or friends or socialize.  Conversely, I’ve been in large crowds of people in grocery stores, markets, home improvement or big box stores; where I assume they must think it’s “safe.”  I’ve flown on multiple airline flights packed full of passengers.  We suffered through the hypocrisy of “imposed restrictions.”  Churches, houses of worship, restaurants and small businesses were closed by the government.  The absurdity of the restrictions concerning the virus, masks and social distancing; simply astounds me.  People across our nation are not against being safe.  The idiocracy is when numerous individuals, agencies or politicians spout information to bolster their own agenda.  Chaos and lies flow between political parties and politicians.  It’s sad what their personal vendettas created for our nation.    

Events across America, created increased fear, anxiety, hostility, as well as critical social and economic issues.  Many of these situations are beyond our control.  Some events are influenced by politics, idiotic leadership, anti-American groups, news or social media.  These occurrences have the ability to occur when leaders are weak, unwilling or unable to properly deal with issues as they arise.  Some situations or circumstances can weigh heavily on a person; causing your mental, physical or spiritual strength to decay.  This is when we each need to step back from the chaos and ask ourselves what it right and wrong.  Educate yourself using reliable and honest sources.  Make intelligent decisions based on facts, not fear.  Be responsible for your well-being and self-care.  Show respect for all people and don’t be driven by the manipulation or fear of a political agenda.  

The ill handled (or controlled) pandemic caused death and economic destruction.  I ensure health precautions, deemed important to me and others, are followed.  I know how to maintain my own safety and good health.  I eat healthy foods, while limiting or eliminating processed sugar and foods.  My lifestyle includes exercise, drinking plenty of water, enjoying sunshine and the outdoors, while getting the proper amount of rest.  It isn’t difficult or boring.  It’s simply healthier.  Life is about balance.  Use it properly and enjoy it.  I stay informed and educated, without fear, knowing the death rate is less than 1%.  Death is sad and tragic, no matter when or how it occurs.  Living in fear is paralyzing and unnecessary.  It’s devastating watching people lives and businesses ruined (physically and economically), by closures, restrictions and misinformation.  We are bombarded with fear daily.  Do not to allow it to control your life.  Take the time to educate yourself.  Seek sources of truth; not social media.  Knowledge is freedom.   When you know and understand the truth, you free yourself from the fear.  Some political leaders are among the most prolific offenders of truth.  Some news stations and social media outlets spread this fear and misinformation.  My career in law enforcement taught me to evaluate situations logically, using facts and evidence to support my conclusions.  Don’t confuse false information or political rhetoric for facts.  Do your research and seek the truth.  There are credible journalists and news sources that report with honesty and integrity; seek them out. 

Our lives move at an incredible pace in the 21st century.  Respect, honesty, integrity and communication are integral values, for all humans.  Some individuals seem to have forgotten the importance of these valuable characteristics.  Have we become so entitled or arrogant to believe we are better than others?  America is a great nation with a diverse population.  In some respects, there are individuals in our country who have forgotten or tossed away these important ideals.  We, the people, need to hold our elected leaders accountable for their decisions.  Politicians should be enacting laws or making decisions based on what we want.  Their actions should reflect what’s best for our nation, while addressing and rectifying critical social and economic issues of today.

We need to re-open America and the world to smiles.  My travels, at home and across our nation, are revealing more beautiful and precious smiles each day.  Smiles are such an amazing form of comfort and communication.  They share a universal language of friendship.  A flight attendant recently told me, “we use our eyes to smile now.”  Let’s all do our part to communicate our passion, desire, strength and solidarity to each other, our nation and the world.  We are all humans, coexisting on a rock floating in this vast universe.  Be grateful for the life and the amazing opportunities we possess.  Place your faith in knowledge, not in fear.  Smile more and share your happiness with others.  Life is a precious gift and limited time offer.  Be happy and make it count!  Get out of the house, love your life and share your smile.  Follow your dreams, they know the way.

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!

Healthy Medicine

April 18, 2021

Good morning friends.  Happy Sunday!  I hope you are doing well, staying happy and healthy. I continue on my journey away from home.  As I wait for flights or connections, I often hear travelers discussing their medications, or keeping them in carry-on bags.  Whenever you’re traveling, it’s always best to keep those items safely with you.  This started me thinking about how many people across our planet (especially in the USA) take a variety medication.  I’m curious how many of these drugs are actually required to maintain life.  I’m not completely convinced all these “prescribed” drugs are always necessary.  Let me preface today with, “Don’t stop taking medication if you need it for survival.”  I realize medication has a specific function.  I wonder how many individuals blindly take meds because a doctor said they needed it.  I suggest doing your own research and seek out every possible source of truth and knowledge.  Know what it is, what it does and how it works before saying “Yes.”  Self-education is your source of power.  Be sure to make wise and informed decisions.     

There are nearly 2,000 manufacturing facilities throughout the world creating pharmaceutical drugs that supply medications to the USA.  Many of our drugs come from China, India and a host of other nations.  There are over 20,000 various drugs and medications manufactured worldwide.  Advertisements for drug products saturate every aspect of media.  Television, social media and print ads reference drugs as if they are a cure all to any aliment or physical issue.  Marketing campaigns for medications are produced with movie flare or a biographical history.  The pharmaceutical industry is a trillion-dollar worldwide business.  At the end of 2019, the total global pharmaceutical market was valued at approximately 1.25 trillion dollars. The industry significantly increased from 2001, when it was valued at about 390 billion dollars.  That’s an incredible gain in just 20 years.  I have no doubt those profits have increased considerably.

Since the pandemic began last year, I’ve seen an increase in advertising for all types of drugs and medications.  There are pills, injections, creams or liquids that help with nearly any illnesses, disease, ailment or issue.  Drugs are advertised to help your depression pills keep you from getting depressed.  It’s literally quite crazy how these produces are pushed on us.  Listening to incessant advertisements, both frightens and sickens me.  Hearing the potential side effects of many drugs is scary and sad.  The effects caused by these drugs can be ghastly.  I realize some of these creations have life-sustaining or saving possibilities, but at what cost to physical health?  The added monetary cost is quite outrageous.  I know people want to live as long as possible, but is all this really necessary.  Is this the best way to pursue that life?  My personal experience has shown me how some treatments simple mask the symptoms, rather than treating the root cause of the problem.  Ads create an illusion of health; if you have an ache or pain, take this to make you feel better, younger, healthier.  Wouldn’t determining the source of the issue offer a better cure.

I contracted an upper respiratory virus at the end of October 2019.  I’d been traveling abroad for two months prior, visiting several foreign countries, across several continents.  My journey ended with several days in New York City and nearly a week in Washington DC, before flying home.  The virus hit me like a “ton of bricks” when I walked in my house.  I had difficulty breathing, coughing non-stop and I was exhausted.  If I laid in bed, it felt like I was suffocating myself.  When I attempted to sleep, it was seated upright on the couch.  In typical guy fashion, I’d been in agony for several days, before calling for the doctor’s office for an appointment.  After a brief examination, the doctor confirmed it was a severe upper respiratory virus.  He said, “There’s not much I can do for the virus.  I’ll give you cough syrup to knock you out and pills to help you sleep.  We’ll let it run its course.”  He immediately wrote a prescription for the syrup and pills.  What really caught me off guard was his emphatic plea to prescribe high blood pressure medication.  My blood pressure has always been consistent and within normal ranges.  During this visit it was slightly elevated.  I found it odd and astounding how he wanted to instantly push these pills onto me.  I’m not a medical professional, but it’s easy to recognize when we’ve gone a bit overboard with drugs.  I declined the prescription and advised him I would work my own magic with diet, exercise and rest.  The virus was kicking my rear, I wasn’t happy with my trip to the doctor, so I believed the elevated BP may have been a side effect.  It definitely wasn’t a newly formed chronic condition.  The cough syrup did nothing (which was supposed to knock me out). I didn’t bother fill the sleeping pill prescription.  This wasn’t the first time I had prescription meds given or suggested, when really not necessary.  

I’ve been in this body, on this planet, for many years.  I’ve twice completed EMT (emergency medical technician) certification; once as firefighter with the US Forest Service and again while assigned to LAPD SWAT.  I have many years of knowledge and understanding of how my body works; along with the medical training and experience.  I’ve read medical journals, listened to stories, talked to individuals and experienced healing without synthetic medicine.  I realize there are some illnesses or medical conditions that may require specific treatments.  Let me reiterate, “I’m Not suggesting anyone should stop taking their medication.”  I am asking you to educate yourself before you decide.  Knowledge is power.  It provides you the understanding and enlightenment needed for many things.  Do your own research.  Seek other sources of knowledge and expertise.  Know everything you can about what is it, why it’s being given, how it works, the research and potential side effects or risks associated with use.  Check to see where these drugs are being manufactured.  Just be safe and use common sense.  My Mom has been taking prescribed medication for many years.  She was taking eight or ten different pills, for a variety of issues.  About a year prior to her being placed in an Alzheimer’s facility, I asked her if she knew why she needed so many pills.  Her only response was, “Because I have to take them.  The doctor said to take them.”    

This brings to mind stories of individuals using natural remedies to heal themselves.  These experiences are real and documented.  It’s possible using a balanced combination of healthy eating, exercise, rest, hydration, air and sunshine, to work wonders for your body, mind and spirit.  It doesn’t happen overnight, but it beats being on medication for the remainder of your life.  These methods are carefully crafted and planned.  There are holistic and functional medical practices that take a unique approach to medicine.  These individuals seek the root cause of the issue or ailment.  It’s not about treating symptoms, it’s about finding the cause.  They use natural substances from nature, rather than chemically engineered drugs, to treat patients.  Maybe this approach isn’t for everyone.  I know the sources are available and can be of great value.  I’ve utilized these services, methods of treatment and they work. 

When I completed my yoga teacher training certification in Bali, it was an incredibly spiritual and healing experience.  The month-long training; included instruction six days a week, from dawn to dark.  It was fabulous; including the hard work, dedication, discipline, concentration and effort.  There were some days that included struggle and emotional release.  What I did not expect, was the humor.  Our primary instructor was born and raised in India.  He lived and breathed yoga from childhood.  If our class felt down or tired, we would dance, tell jokes and hugs were a must.  What an incredible cure to energize and fill your spirit with happiness.  His knowledge of the practice, the body, mind, spirit, and how each of the seven the chakras intertwined with the mechanics of movement, was extraordinary.  He possessed an incredible ability to recognize what you were experiencing in any particular posture.  He knew if you felt pain, where it was located, what caused it and how to correct it.  To assess ourselves, requires intuition and knowledge of our body.  This can be accomplished if you slow down and listen.  Our fast-paced lives, leaves us little time to listen to what our body is saying.  We each possess the ability to listen and understand what our body, mind and spirit are saying.  We just need to slow down and listen. 

There’s an old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.”  I first heard this when I was a kid.  The phrase is still in practice today.  I want to take this a step further and add, hugs and love.  For me,

“Laughter creates excitement, joy and fun!”  During this fantastic experience, you expel old air from your lungs, while inhaling fresh oxygen.  You work your muscles, clear your brain and release endorphins.  These naturally released chemicals assist in reducing stress and pain.  They can be experienced during exercise, dance, music, eating dark chocolate and sex.  When we share laughter we’re no longer fearful or divided.  Laughter brakes the confines and constraints of this world.  It frees us to open our hearts and souls to the enjoyment we deserve.  Too often we remain shuttered and closed off to everything and everyone around us.  Hugs generate hope, comfort and gratitude.  They are greetings of joy and happiness.  When we share hugs, we embrace each other in compassion and love.  Love brings strength, courage and faithfulness to a relationship, union or connection.  Love is the most incredible expression humans share.  Love is a unique and special gift.  It bonds humans in an incredible and magnificent way.

These simple declarations of humanity bring bliss to the mind, body and spirit.  What better way to begin self-healing.  These are gifts from nature, that bring us closer together as humans.  We share them in common with all people.  They are unique and amazing gifts, that should be experienced daily.  We were placed on this earth to live, not to be controlled or manipulated.  Educate yourself before placing trust in drugs that are fabricated and created by people.  I prefer to place my trust in God, the Universe and the healing abilities of nature.  There are many natural remedies available, rather than reaching for the medicine cabinet.  Live your life in gratitude, respect and courage.  Laugh often, hug tightly and love with all your heart and soul.  Life is a gift.  Enjoy it in good health.  It’s your decision.  

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!

Healthy Travel

April 11, 2021

Good morning friends.  I hope you are all do well; staying happy and healthy.  It’s a fabulous day to be alive.  I love to travel, and being restricted (as we have been over the last year), has not been fun or healthy.  I’ve been able to escape a few times during the lock down, which was fabulous.  I’m on the road again, visiting my favorite people!  It’s an exhilarating feeling.  It’s been months since my last visit, so I’m enjoying our time together.  I’m excited to be out and about, loving life!  I feel alive when I’m able to travel and create new experiences!  There are so many amazing and spectacular places to visit, here in America and across our planet!  Italy, Spain, Australia, France and New Zealand are at the top of my destinations to revisit.  Alaska, Japan, Belgium, the South Pacific, and many others remain on my bucket list.  There are still many National Parks, here at home, I want to explore as well.  I’m looking forward to the world and civilization re-opening soon.   

Since I’m on the road, I’ll keep this brief and to the point.  How do you stay healthy while traveling?  I don’t characterize myself as a workout or fitness fanatic.  Let’s say I am far less of an exercise fanatic now, than I was while working in law enforcement.  I do enjoy living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining my personal well-being and conditioning.  I know from experience that building a healthy way of life can be challenging.  It takes work, effort, dedication and discipline.  I don’t want to hear you say, “I don’t have enough time” or “I can’t do that.”  Those are convenient excuses.  When you decide to reach for the stars and live your dreams, it begins with a positive mental attitude.  Tell yourself, “I can achieve anything I desire”, because it’s true.  You just have to believe in yourself.  The first order of business is to set goals, say “I can” and step forward into action.  Your dreams and passions are possible and attainable.  Get out of your own way, change your attitude and starting working for what you want.  Always remember good health isn’t just physical fitness.  Be sure to take great self-care of your entire body, mind and spirit.  This will lead you to happiness and inner peace.  The possibilities are limitless.

What is it you wish to achieve?  Do you want better health, fitness, weight loss, conditioning, strength training or endurance?  Any of these are great starting points.  Building and maintaining a training program is easier accomplished at home.  Set your desires and goals into action by following a regular routine.  When you create good practices, they will become habits with desired results.  Habits, like making your bed every morning, brushing your teeth or basic hygiene are good examples.  These patterns have a way to rewire and challenge your brain.  The actions can become automatic, engrained into your daily life.  If you need to adjust along the way, that’s okay.  Just keep moving forward; taking small steps and building from there.  Adjust your schedule to what works best for you.  I enjoy exercising in the morning.  It’s always works well for me.  I’ve adjusted many times to accommodate work schedule changes or life events, but I always remain true to my fitness plan.  Morning workouts continue to fit my life style.  My body and brain feel the benefits immediately.  They know when I finish a workout or miss it.  Beginning my morning with fitness, sets the tone for my entire day.  My body is strong and my mind clear, preparing me for whatever lays ahead.  It provides an energetic and vibrant boost; physically, mentally and spiritually.

When I hit the road and travel, fitness becomes more of a challenge; although not impossible.  Being away from home, whether it’s for business or vacationing pleasure, can create a few difficulties.  If I visit with family or friends, my time becomes further limited.  I’m always excited for the adventure, but I don’t lose sight of my health.  This is where some travelers may either give in or stray from the process.  We tend to tell ourselves, “I’m on vacation.  I deserve a break.  I can get back to fitness when I get home.”  This may have some truth, especially for Americans who work hard, don’t take many breaks or follow healthy life patterns.  These individuals may need a vacation, but more than that, they need better health.  This can be achieved through an easy fitness program (exercise and healthier foods). 

Let me outline two important topics for healthy living while traveling; food and exercise.  It doesn’t matter what your travel plans include, health remains an important and integral part of life.  Don’t look for an excuse to avoid it.  For me, fitness and my health are a constant endeavor.  I love to eat and enjoy amazing food.  When I’m visiting a new place, I enjoy sampling the local dishes.  There are amazing foods across the USA and the world.  I may indulge a bit more freely, because let’s face it, life it meant to be enjoyed and experienced.  This, however, doesn’t mean I go crazy and eat everything and anything in sight.  I’ve learned that it’s okay to say, “No thank you.”  It’s more important to know, before it happens, when your tummy is full.  It’s always good when you can push yourself away from the table before overindulging.

At home I enjoy fun foods or treats every so often.  Ice cream is my kryptonite.  I don’t deprive myself of foods that bring joy.  I don’t eat these treats all the time.  If I’m sampling every gelato shop in Rome, I’m walking and not riding.  When done in moderation, eating decadent or fatty foods become more of a treat.  I enjoy them much more, making them even more delicious and fun.  There are many foods I rarely eat, because I value my health.  Stay away from processed foods, limit sugar intake and watch out for those fried treats.  I intend on living for a very long time.  Many countries around the world have healthy food options; some are even better that what we have here in the US.  When I travel across our nation, healthy food choices can be greatly reduced depending where I’m visiting.  I do the best I can to keep it healthy.  Maintaining a healthy balance of food, fun and exercise is always important.  Like with many things in life, make good choices.

Don’t listen to people who tell you it’s difficult or impossible to exercise while on vacation or away from home.  The only impossibility is what your mind tells you.  We often tell ourselves, “I don’t have time to do that.”  “I don’t have workout equipment.”  “I can’t do that.”  This, my friends, is an evasion (a trick fabricated in your mind).  It’s an easy excuse to avoid something your mind is saying “no.”  Procrastination and fear are the killers of dreams, passions and goals.  Do not allow your mind to control or prevent you from acting.  Tell yourself, “I can!” and you will.   If you haven’t established an exercise route at home, it will obviously be more difficult to maintain while away.  Build those good habits now, while in safe and comfortable surroundings.  The next time you travel, it will be much easier to set aside time to exercise.  You will literally crave it, because if go without that movement, your body will miss it and demand it.

Even before I leave on my adventure, I consider where and when exercise time will fit.  A full gym is not required to get a good workout on the road.  I’ve discovered it’s relatively easy to maintain my fitness, even in exotic or faraway lands.  When I travel, in the USA or abroad, many hotels have fitness or a workout room.   Some may have arrangements with local gyms.  I have found this to true, here at home and abroad.  Walking, running or hiking can easily be accomplished, at no cost.  Cities have bike rental shops, if you’re into cycling. There is no shortage of spin, yoga and fitness studios scattered across the planet too.  As a backup plan, I typically carry a couple of workout necessities with me whenever I travel.  I bring three stretchy bands, of various lengths and strength.  These rubber/synthetic bands are light weight and roll tightly into a small size for packing.  They are convenient, durable and allow a variety of exercises, either in your room or outside in nature.   I plan according to my destination; bringing running, hiking or swimming accessories.  It’s always fun getting outdoors, whether you’re walking, running, hiking, biking or swimming.  It’s a fabulous way to see the sights and share in the beauty up close and personal.  I’ve enjoyed many incredible adventures, in beautiful nations across the global, while reaping the simultaneous benefits of exercise.      

When you book your next adventure, set a goal to exercise and eat healthier while away.  Check for hotels with fitness rooms, nearby gyms, walking, running or hiking trails.  Pools, oceans and lakes are great for swimming.  There are so many options for exercise and fitness.  Fit it in wherever and whenever you can.  Seek healthier food options, while enjoying the fabulous cuisine and delicacies of the region.  Just open yourself to the possibilities.   Fitness is much like life.  You can hide from it, push it aside, speed by it or deny we are part of the process, but it’s always there.  It’s best when you face your fears, whether in life or health.  Treat your body with respect and love.  Your body will thank you; while hopefully increasing your longevity.  I hope to be on this earth as long as possible.  I have much in my life to enjoy and be grateful for every day.  If you stop and look, you’ll discover the many important people around you that make life worth living.  Be sure to get outside, explore new places, talk to new people, sample new foods, take time to relax and enjoy life.  The simple pleasures really are what make life fabulous, fun and exciting!  Get some exercise, sunshine and breathe.  Living your life in good health is a choice.  Choose wisely.  Cheers!

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!