Lighten Up

If you  squint your eyes hard enough just might  see that there are 3 tiny people standing on the edge of the cliff enjoying the view from up high. I am sure they were taking a nice break from work and all the to-do’s that must be done in their lives.

The  heaviness of those things in life can be overwhelming. It is important to keep things light. I have a few thoughts about attitudes towards work stuff, projects, and in general, all the stuff we have to do.

Lighten your load. Prioritize the stuff that’s most important. Those may not be the things are a screaming for attention. Identify the most important things, and break them down into smaller pieces. Make your mountain into smaller hills.

Lighten your grip. There may be stuff you need to let go. There may be tasks or projects in your workplace and home that someone else can do for you or with you. Most likely, they are better and more efficient at it anyways. There are actual tasks and projects that are waiting for someone, who likes that kind of stuff, to do them. You do not have to do it all. If you think you then ask yourself, “Why?” Give yourself the honest answer.

Lighten your mood. Make the most out of your situations. Not everything is enjoyable to do, but find ways to make tasks and projects a pleasant experience. My personal tip: play music… all the time.

The demands of life: home, family, work, business, public and private can rush you like a flood. Lighten it up. It will make a difference.

Oh, and it helps to get out there and play. Go somewhere where you see the massive sky and the people, if there are any, are enjoying the view… just like you.

Check out my visual story of this place you see in the picture, Palos Verdes, California.

Aging Thoughts

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As I get older I ask myself
What matters most?
Is it acceptance or success?
If so, I got nothing to boast.

What did I discover?
Do I still seek more?
Or did I play ignorant
and allow emptiness to take the fore?

I still have time left
to win this battle.
At least that’s what I tell myself
Otherwise, I’d stay rattled.

Isn’t my life rich and full?
I ask myself in the mirror
Do I even care?
More so than ever.

Do What You Love To Do

 Do what you love to do. Don’t leave your day job if you have to feed some faces and pay the bills. You can work your way towards a full-time gig if you stay focused and determined. Your window of opportunity may be closing, but it may not be closed. Your gift will create opportunities for you. If you give it all you got and fail, it is still better than not trying at all. Do not wait for the right moment because that moment may never come. You may have heard these statements before, but an encouraging word never gets old. Today is the perfect day to start or restart.

What is that dream or desire? What are you going to do about it today?

Sunday thoughts that should be everyday thoughts. 

 “None are more unjust in ..their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.” ~Charles Spurgeon.

I heard my pastor preach that pride (and I will throw in the word arrogance too) are like bad breath. Everyone knows you have it except you. I have my moments too and have to remind myself that my poop stinks like everyone else’s. God values everyone the same. We all have a judgment system in our thoughts. That’s how we make decisions. That’s how we navigate through life. How we judge a person’s value is the issue. We are all made in God’s likeness, so when we to arrogantly look down on someone because we are smarter, richer, stronger, or better-off is to put ourselves on a slippery slope. My approach is to humble myself because that is way better than being humiliated.

Thanks for taking the time to read. If you have a Sunday thought that should be an everyday thought chime in in the comments.

Be Content. Don’t Be Complacent. 

 When I think about being content, I look at what I have and focus on that instead of spending my time and energy on what I don’t have. The more I do that, the more I realize how rich I am.

I think complacency is more about not maximizing time and resources. I believe the reason why we can be complacent is because trying to achieve more requires work. It involves the risk of failure. However, all of us have people’s lives attached to us is some way. When we overcome complacency and succeed in the marketplace or at home, somehow those others attached to us benefit from the win.

Be content. Don’t be complacent. And what does this picture of the VW bus have to do with being content? Nothing.  It’s a cool bus and I took a picture of it to share with you.

Eternity Continues After Sunday

It is the day after Sunday. Most of us go right back to the daily grind after the weekend. Some of us have the Monday Blue’s and look towards Wednesday as the hump day because once we get past that day, the following weekend is within our grasp. Yet, I believe you will agree that there is more to living your life from weekend to weekend. Here is the question I believe we all need to ask ourselves, even the day after Easter. 

Eternity continues after Sunday. If you attended a church this past Sunday for Easter, you may have been asked to ponder about your course through eternity. Eternity exists whether you choose to believe it or not. Eternity doesn’t begin when die. Eternity existed before your yesterday. Eternity is today. Shouldn’t you be thinking of your eternity today?

“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.” ~C.S. Lewis

The Flower Fades

The flower fades

as we can see

yesterday in full glory

now traveling to a distant memory.

Vibrant and springing life

once boasting and bold

color has bled away

standing, yet wilting and cold

Life is to be cherished

its span is too small

capture every moment

until eternity calls

Love as much as you can love

live bigger than your mind

give more than you keep

before there is no more time

Because we will all fade

and in the end we will see

that we all had the gift

to pen a beautiful story.

Water Therapy 

This is how I get my water therapy. I hate running unless I am chasing a ball or getting chased by my kids. There is something about getting up early in the morning and quietly putting my board on the car and the routine of getting everything together.
I always anticipate that first wave splashing me in the face as I paddle out for the first time. The cold water washes away the crap cluttered up in my mind. Trimming down the face of a wave is a whole experience that needs its own space for words. It’s beautiful. 

The ocean becomes my playground, prayer closet, and meditation mat all at the same time. It sure is a whole lot cheaper than laying on the couch and talking to a counselor for $100 an hour. What is it for you? Running? Music?

Laughter is Good Medicine


I snapped this street performer as he chased people down to startle them with his toy puppy, stopped to show off his juggling skills, and hammed it up for anyone with an iPhone. Shoppers, co-workers on lunch break, and tourists were laughing and smiling and happy to stop and watch the street performer do his thing.

A proverb in the the Old Testament says that a joyful heart is good medicine. According to WebMD.com the benefits of laughter include increasing blood flow, boosting antibodies, and even helping with sleep.

My approach is that life is too short to be too serious for too long. You need to be able to laugh at yourself and comfortable in your own skin to make others laugh with you or even at you.  Do whatever you need to do get some laughs in. Hang out with friends who like to laugh and watch some episodes of Little Rascals. Do whatever it takes. Get some good medicine of your soul.