Sometimes it rains.
And sometimes the sky just smiles upon us.
Thanks to my friend, Cindy, for posting this beautiful picture on Facebook. We waste so much time wondering what’s over the rainbow, we often forget to appreciate what’s under it.
This photo is a wonderful reminder of all that lies beneath.
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Thoughts race by so fast that it is often difficult to catch one – let alone them all.
And even when you do grab hold of one, the real challenge is in finding a way to express it.
That is why most ideas go undocumented and end up forever lost.
But, every once in a while, you find just the right words to articulate a fleeting thought and then memorialize it on paper.
Now that is a great fu*king day.
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Outgrowing is a side effect of aging.
The older we get, the more items we outgrow.
We outgrow our clothes.
We outgrow our toys.
We outgrow our tastes.
We outgrow our ideas.
We outgrow our beliefs.
Sometimes we even outgrow people.
But no matter how big we get or how many years pass, we can never outgrow our inner truth.
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“The point of life is comfortable shoes. If you’re not wearin’ comfortable shoes, life is just chaos. I mean the greatest accomplishments in history have been made by men wearin’ accommodating shoes.” – Cliff Clavin
I would argue that the greatest accomplishments in history were made by those who simply kept moving.
When life tried enticing them with distractions, they kept moving.
When they were convinced they couldn’t take another step, they kept moving.
When they felt the urge to turn back, they kept moving.
But to Cliff’s point, it’s a lot harder to keep moving when you are not wearing comfortable shoes.
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“Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.” – George Elliot
If something is both a beginning and an ending then nothing really begins and nothing really ends.
Instead, everything just flows.
Just like thoughts.
Thoughts don’t begin. They never end. They simply flow.
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“Strong people stand up for themselves. Stronger people stand up for others.” – Author Unknown
I never had a problem standing up for others. Standing up for myself, on the other hand, has always been a challenge.
I guess I’m not strong. Rather, I am stronger.
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Yesterday, in searching for “inspiring 4th of July quotes”, I came across the following quote by Louis D. Brandeis:
“We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
Because I have written extensively about wealth disparity, I was intrigued.
So I read more about Brandeis.
I learned that Brandeis devoted much of his time to public causes and shunned many of the luxuries that his success afforded him.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson nominated Brandeis to become a member of the Supreme Court. His nomination was bitterly contested primarily because he was considered by many legislators to be “dangerous”.
They deemed him dangerous because he was incorruptible and not for sale.
Politicians confuse integrity for danger. Imagine that.
On June 1, 1916, the dangerous Louis D. Brandeis was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 47 to 22, and went on to become one of the most famous and influential figures ever to serve on the high court.
His opinions were, according to legal scholars, some of the “greatest defenses” of freedom of speech and the right to privacy ever written by a member of the Supreme Court.
Do society a favor – be dangerous and vote dangerously.
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Happy Birthday to a nation of the free because of the brave.
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Yesterday, after crossing a critical halfway mark, I wrote about how easy it is to start something, but how challenging it is to finish it.
I struggle with this on a daily basis as I find myself constantly enthused by new ideas.
Ideas are a dime a dozen. But seeing those ideas to fruition? That is hard. Really hard. This is because execution requires surmounting lots of obstacles. Swarms of them. Including nonstop distractions that present themselves as enticing ideas.
As I stated in yesterday’s blog post, “many initiate, only some perpetuate, but very few ever effectuate.”
Imagination is all that is needed for initiation.
Perpetuation, on the other hand, takes commitment and focus.
But effectuation demands fortitude – some may even say, stoicism.
As I endeavor to master all three, I am reminded that I, myself, am merely a work in progress.
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On January 1, 2018 I vowed to blog every single day for the entire year. At the time, I had grossly underestimated what an undertaking it would be.
But, every single time I contemplated quitting, I ended up publishing a new post.
Today, at 183 blog posts down, I officially crossed the halfway milestone.
While I should probably feel some grain of pride, I do not.
It takes nothing to start something and everything to complete it.
That is why many initiate, some perpetuate and very few ever effectuate.
It’s all about bringing it over the finish line.
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“Those crazy nights I do remember in my youth.” – Journey
And just like that I am in bunk 15, on nine-sies in an intense jacks competition, listening to Journey Escape through a boombox.
“Gunter Glieben Glotchen Globen.” – Def Leppard
And just like that I am in junior high, crushing on XXXXXXXXX. Oh, like I’m really going to type his name.
Nostalgia is a nice place to visit. But I stand by yesterday’s post – the best time to look back is to see how far you’ve come.
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