Choose Winning

Some people fight purely to win.

Others fight to destroy.

The ones who fight to win most often do.

The ones who fight to destroy usually end up decimated.

If you ever have to choose between fighting like an animal or winning like a champion, choose winning.

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Follow the Facts

I often write about the economic benefits of crowdinvesting – of which there are many.

Crowds can be great for predicting trends.

However, they rarely have all the answers – even collectively.

Instead of following the crowd, we’re better off following the facts.

This applies to investing as well as in life.

While the crowd may help you ride a wave, facts will enable you to sail the entire ocean.

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The Stoic

Facebook memories reminded me of something I penned on an airplane 3 years ago, nearly to the day:

The THINKER reflects
The POET dreams
The SOUL SEARCHER retraces
The TRAVELER grows
The PIONEER risks
The VISIONARY foresees
The EXPLORER finds
The HUNGRY chase
The WARMHEARTED love
The SPIRITUAL believe
The HOPEFUL pray
The STRONG adapt
The WISE learn
The FREE dance
The CAGED pause
The DESPERATE steal
The GUILTY lie
The LIAR hides
The WEAK retreat
The HOPELESS run
The SKEPTIC doubts
The MISTAKEN regrets
The ANGRY vent
All the while, the WRITER records. – 12/3/15

It just occurred to me that I had left out the STOIC.

So, in case anyone was wondering…

The STOIC simply overcomes.

Now.

Always.

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Nuggets to Grasp

Every day offers nuggets to grasp.

My goal is to seize as many as I can before they slip away.

Yesterday, I grabbed two items that made me cry – one from sadness and one from joy.

I was visiting my Dad who has not been doing very well. As I was walking to his room, I couldn’t help but notice the bed of an elderly woman. It was perfectly made with 3 stuffed animals leaning against the pillow.

The sight of the stuffed animals brought me to tears.

I don’t know what moved me more: the thought of someone yearning for a simpler time or the thought of someone believing that she was living in one.

I wiped away my tears as I headed to my Dad’s room. He’s been smiling less and confusing things more. But, yesterday I cracked a joke which made him laugh. And in his smile, I caught a glimpse of the man I once knew. It made me happy to know that he’s still in there.

I left the same way I arrived – in tears.

Today, I’m just hoping to nab something that makes me laugh. Even a little bit.

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Purpose

“In my failure to find answers,
I sometimes find reason.
In my attempts to understand reason,
I often discover purpose.” – 1/16/97

21 years ago that was enough.

Maybe it still is.

For as much as I may want answers, purpose is all I really need.

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Things that Make You Go Hmmm

Someone posted this picture on social media depicting the making of the world’s first camera.

Yes, this is a photograph – that could only have been taken by a camera – of the very first camera.

Hmmmm. Of course it is – NOT!

Anyone who makes up stories, should first make sure that their tales don’t defy logic.

Or can’t be refuted with evidence.

People are much more astute than some may wish to believe they are.

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Retrospection

Peering out the windshield, I was sure I was driving through a storm.

It wasn’t until I made it to the sunlight and looked back did it become clear that I had merely been cruising through a car wash – in neutral – the entire time.

#Retrospection

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Happiness and Freedom

I recently read that doing what you like is freedom but that liking what you do is happiness.

Sometimes, on this big blue bouncing ball, we find what makes us happy. Sometimes we find what sets us free.

And if we are lucky, we find that they are one in the same.

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Choose Right

Today I was stuck at an intersection, waiting – for what felt like an eternity – for the perfect opportunity to make a left turn.

I seriously could have completed the entire Harry Potter series sitting at that intersection.

Just kidding.

I don’t read fiction.

At least not voluntarily.

But I digress.

With my patience wearing thin, I decided to just make a right hand turn instead.

And, I kept turning right until I finally reached my destination.

Much can be gleaned while driving in circles.

No matter how many times you go around, you still end up in the same place – proving, yet again, that you can never go wrong when you choose right.

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Learning to Tie

It is said that a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Just wait and see what happens once the truth learns how to tie its laces.

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The Best Spot in the Universe

Everyone has a favorite spot in the universe.

For some it is standing on top of a mountain peak breathing in freedom.

Many find their peace simply by watching waves crash onto a shore.

There are those who are made whole just by drawing energy from a crowded Manhattan street.

Others can only feel secure in the comforts of home.

My favorite spot in the entire universe is not in the Rockies.

Nor is it on a white sandy beach.

It’s not in a sleepless city.

It’s not even in my own backyard.

It is nestled in my husband’s arms on a lazy weekend morning.

Because, it is only there where I can feel free, calm, inspired and protected all at once.

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Gratitute

On this day I am reminded of the powers of gratitude.

“It can transform common days into Thanksgivings; turn routine jobs into joy; and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

It can even ensure that lessons become godsends.

#treasureitall

Happy Thanksgiving!

With much gratitude, The Stoic

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Beneath the Survivor Tree

17 years ago, I spent my birthday at ground zero, staring at a hole in the earth filled with rubble, just crying.

After enduring a depressing year, I needed a reminder of how blessed I was and how precious life truly is.

Today, I returned to that spot with my husband and kids – not needing any cues.

In them, I am reminded everyday how fortunate I am and how priceless time is.

Today, I just stood with my family beneath the survivor tree relishing in its resilience, survival and rebirth.

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