Yoda’s Thoughts on Christmas

img_3293“You must unlearn what you have learned.” ~Yoda

Wise words from Pop Yoda. Just like most things, we are heavily influenced by media and the pressure is on to make all the Christmas the best one ever for your family. You have to ask yourself a couple of questions to keep a clear head and a clean heart about this holiday. If getting all the decorations and presents are going to put me in debt, then is it worth it? If all this running around is going to temporarily make me a maniac, then is it worth all the trouble? If this is what you learned to accept to be acceptable, then it’s a good time to start unlearning what you learned.

A Scoop In The Right Direction 

  Yup. Doctor’s orders. Yes, I like to eat all things bad with my main weaknesses being French fries with anything. That and desserts of all shapes and sizes. Alas, it is time to change my ways  I will not wait for January 1 to come to make for a New Year’s Resolution that won’t stick. 

As much as I would like to eat a Ron Swanson breakfast this morning I wanted to start my day right with the right fuel for my body. This is a bowl of oatmeal, topped with pumpkin flax granola, and chia seed. Ok, I added a little brown sugar as my addiction to to sweets runs deep. 

I think I am like a lot of folks. I need healthy breakfast or lunch ideas that don’t take a lot of prep time. If you are willing to share, I would appreciate whatever ideas you want to send my way. 

Aging Well

imageI got to meet John a few years ago and was immediately inspired. John was born on 2-2-30 as his wetsuit proudly states. Most folks born around 1930 walk around this break watching the surfers. John is one of the surfers.

What makes this more amazing to me is that he didn’t pick up a surfboard until he was well beyond 70. I was inspired as much today as I was back then to not only hope I age well, but working on aging well. What is your approach to aging well? Have you even thought about it?

Check out my visual essay on Steller.

Read Work Out Wednesday


Ok. I should actually work out instead of taking pictures of friends working out. I did a series of faceless fitness shots a couple of summers ago. I posted it on Steller https://steller.co/s/4sUxV4wXHWe
Please check it out.

Working Out

My co-workers are trying to get me to work out with them on lunch break, so I joined in yesterday…. to take pics. At least I worked out my thumb.

Take a break

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Many of us are always going, going, going. Appointments, meetings, deadlines, chores, projects, dates, events, games, practice, etc. The once a year vacation or occasional weekend getaway is not enough. Each day, take a few minutes to take time for yourself. Most of you know this already, so take it as a friendly reminder. Find a quiet place to pray. You know, I’ll always say pray, but you should listen more than you talk. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I found this little spot in the warehouse at work. Once you find your spot, you can:

  • reflect and meditate (meditate does not mean worry… bad idea)
  • read
  • write in a journal

Ok, some of you journal on your phone, but no texting, no FaceBooking, and no tweeting every minute, telling your followers what you are meditating about. Please don’t. The point is to take a break for yourself. Get some thoughtful perspective. Start with 5 minutes a day and go from there.