Why are we never satisfied?

#photooftheday #sunset during our trip to River Valley Gorge this past summer. #365daysaphotoaday

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I was reflecting on how beautiful the weather was this past summer. How I wish this darn cold weather and rain would go away. That this Winter just plain ole’ stinks.

Then I remembered that a year ago we were buried under the #snowmageddon. We had 3+ straight days of constant snow. It was during this time last year that we earned the ‘snowiest city’ badge of honor.

I should be simply content that it’s cold and rainy… and I’m not traipsing through mountain-sized snow drifts to get in and out of my car.

If mother nature was listening… I’m sorry for not appreciating the cold rain. Seriously. I’m sorry.

 

It’s Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays…???

Or, “Keep the ‘Christ’ in Christmas”.

*sigh*

There’s just so much hate and negativity out there that it’s starting to infect the holidays. This recent debate (I say recent since I just started seeing these posts maybe in the last few years) talks about how we’re ‘ruining’ Christmas by calling it ‘Xmas’ or we’re not appreciating its significance for what it truly means when we say ‘Happy Holidays’. That we’re offending someone, some thing or somebody.

*sigh*

I’m really not sure of the how, why, who, or what started this whole debate, but it’s a real thing out there. I did some quick ‘Googlin’ and … wow!

I’m not here to debate the pros and cons, who’s right, and who is  wrong. I’m not here to point fingers at the media, retail, government or the advertising agencies. I’m not going to ramble on about holiday hours, holiday work parties, ‘Christmas’ gift-exchanges or diversity tolerance.

I’m simply here to offer my condolences to all the people of the world who have that much angst in their heart, that they need to cast this stone.

Regardless of your religion, regardless of your secular choices, of your ‘up-bringing’, your following, your neighborhood, your skin color, or which side of the sidewalk you walk on. I’m hoping that maybe we can all pause during this time of the year and just enjoy the life we are living.

Enjoy it.

For me, personally. I say Happy Holidays. I say Happy Holidays because there is more than one celebration going on this month. Hanukkah, Kwanza as well as a handful of other significant events are celebrated during just the month of December, let alone November or January. And I’m sure there are many more than I’ve missed.

I work with colleagues from different walks of life who don’t recognize any of the aforementioned Holidays. I work with colleagues who do.

My point is this. I remember during my childhood years in elementary and middle school reading and learning about this place being the ‘Great American Melting Pot’. Yet every single day we find new ways to separate and divide ourselves further and further. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not immune or ignorant to the fact that our world has become a much danger place since my childhood)

Different is not wrong. It’s just different.

From my home to yours, Happy Holidays everyone. May you and yours find peace, joy and happiness.

(as if I could pass up the opportunity to share some School House Rocks!)

My Father my Hero

Happy Father’s Day Dad

 

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Happy Father’s Day Dad. This was an old post as well as a copy of an email I sent my father for Father’s Day years ago now. I feel inclined to share it every year, since it speaks volumes about how lucky I was and am to have this man as my Father.

THINGS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME:

  • How to pull his finger
  • How to appreciate everything I have or own
  • How to look something up in a dictionary
  • How to box
  • How to hit a baseball.. By practicing with a ping-pong ball.
  • How to fish
  • How to hunt…. And how not to scratch my cornea on a tree twig
  • How not to slide down the windshield of a car!
  • How to do backwards math
  • How to stick up for myself
  • How to have self-reliance
  • To be accountable for my actions
  • How NOT to play with a Rubik’s race.
  • How to moon your family on Christmas morning
  • To reap what I sow
  • How drinking alcohol is not all it’s cracked up to be… especially the morning after.
  • How to be independent
  • How to trust and be trust worthy
  • Learn the difference between what is good and what is right.
  • How to be humble.
  • How to never take anything or anyone for granted
  • What it means to be a friend
  • How to install a water heater
  • How to treat others
  • How to be yourself, not someone else
  • The difference between arrogance and courage.
  • How to never give up, and never quit
  • How to kill a raccoon in your attic with a compound bow.
  • How to feel safe
  • How to install a garbage disposal
  • How to change the oil in my car
  • How to install a car radio
  • How to properly install a new light switch
  • How to understand and appreciate your family lineage
  • How to appreciate where you came from

My father taught me that we all get one chance to make our mark on this world, and if there is anything worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

I am the man I am today because my father cared enough to teach me how to BE a man.

He taught me how to become a man and he still teaches me every time I see him or talk to him on how to be a better man.

Everything that is good in me, is a direct result from the man who calls himself my father.

Chance favors the prepared mind, and my father never wanted me to be ill prepared.

Thanks dad for being you.

I am proud to say you are my father, and I brag about being your son.

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Who Are You?

Best Pre Workout Speech of All-Time By Mark Bell “Who Are You?” CLEAN VERSION – YouTube.

I parallel a lot of contrasting things in my life. The drive I have to succeed as a Nurse Practitioner is seeded and found in the very same spot that drives me to succeed physically in CrossFit and now as a Weightlifter. That courage, that gumption, moxie, willingness to suffer, perseverance to take another step is all the same. Whether in academic, professional or physical pursuits, the will to keep moving forward is the same.

I am a firm believer in the idea that our genuine character is revealed during our darkest hours. How do you perform, how do you act, react and navigate your way through hell?

How well do you dance in the rain?

Who are you when no one else is around? What energy moves you from point A to point B on your journey? Who are you? Really. Who are you really?

This ‘pre-workout’ speech by Mark Bell is so simplistic but amazingly cathartic. I’ve been a fan of his for quite some time and follow him from a distance. While I may not have any interest in the sport of Power Lifting, I am interested in learning from those who have something to teach. Success comes in many forms, and I’m wanting and willing to learn where, when and from whomever I can.

It’s time for a Gut Check

 

Obesity… I have a theory…

I’m wondering….

2014-01-02 07.49.48Do you think our excessive sweet tooth might be a problem? The above picture is NOT coffee… it’s a cup of sugar.

Am I wrong?

Music. Imitation or original?

Florida State University AcaBelles Rock Lorde’s ‘Royals’ A Cappella (VIDEO).

I tend to like this version better than the original artist. But, that’s just me.

What I believe

believe1. It takes a village to raise a child

2. Hate begets more severe hate, but love somehow does not

3. people kill people, not guns

4. people kill people, not cars

5. people kill people, not planes

6. we have a responsibility to suck it up and survive, not passively walk through life like a victim

7. we are our own worst enemy

8. advice always sounds great when you’re dishing it out.

9. complaining always sounds so horrible when it’s not coming from your own mouth

10. nobody communicates anymore, they just scream empty statements

11. if 1 out of every 100 people would truly pay it forward, the world would be a safer place

12. learning can be very difficult, especially when most of us are tone deaf

13. Occam’s razor can be applied to anything and everything life throws at you

14. there is a reason we have one mouth and two ears: listen twice as much as you speak – some still haven’t figured that one out

15. we’ve begun to hate each other so much that it’s now a catch phrase (haters)

16. i refuse to believe that today’s children need/require/should be treated with psychotropic medications. what happened?

17. the world is at our fingertips, yet we have lost the ability to connect to our neighbors without a device

18. health is not passive. It’s your fault you are in the condition you are in. you are not a victim.

19. happiness is not a situational result.

20. what you say is ultimately more important than what you do. physical injuries can heal, emotional ones sometimes do not.

21. excuses are not promises, but promises have some how become excuses?

22. nothing can replace good ole’ fashion hard work. Earn it.

23.freedom is not free. The only time most of us remember this is during state and national holiday recognition.

24. if experience is your only education, you might be missing something.

25. we should spend more time disconnected than connected. Go offline.