"Life is like archery. The same principles apply. We have to have a target. We have to have aim. We have to shoot for the target. We have to hit the target.
Even if we don’t hit the target right away, life teaches us our stance, our aim, how to conduct ourselves, when to raise our bow, when to draw and when to retreat.
We have to focus, steady and aim. To go through life without knowing where we’re going is like a bowless archer unable to hit the target. We have to have goals.
We must set our sight on the target, aim and let go. We must follow the arrow as it passes from our mind to the goal, our hand to the target, our heart to our Soul."
Read more in...Men In Tights
"Life is like archery. The same principles apply. We have to have a target. We have to have aim. We have to shoot for the target. We have to hit the target.
held someone close
When was the last time you said...
I forgive you
I love you
I cherish you
I hear you
I honor you
When was the last time you...
thanked God you’re alive
opened your eyes
Read more in...When Was The Last Time
"We curse the heavens and the universe for bringing us here in these conditions. We blame everyone except ourselves for the tangled web we have woven. It’s time to clear your throat, clean your tongue and have a little gratitude for being here in the first place. You are a lottery winner. You have won life. You have won the people in your life. You have won your lifestyle, your job, your intellect, your everything."
Read more in...The 'L' Factor
"Life is full of suffering, but it’s also full of love. For everything that can cause heartache, there is something that can cause joy. For everything that can cause hate, there is something that causes love. Love can become the stronger component if we make a point to channel it daily in everything we do."
Read more in...Offer Compassion
"It’s too much sometimes. The world crashes down on us and crushes our heart. We are pinned under a wheel of hurt; a Catherine Wheel of sorts, laying in excruciating pain with squashed limbs while our living remains are threaded through spokes and pole hoisted into the air for vultures and crows to feast.
We have to cry. It’s therapeutic, cathartic, a release of emotional density, chemicals and hormones that have built up in our brain over time. The chemicals and hormones disappear from our body through the form of tears, soothing our sadness or distress by withdrawing these chemical agents. Crying is a stoppage of emotional erosion that can spill over into spiritual inadequacy."
Read more in...Cry Happy
"When you ask me to name five things I want to be when I grow up, I have to pause because I will never grow up. Growing up means that life is over in a sense, that I can’t do things that I find enjoyable because of time or commitment constraints. So I will rephrase it to five things I am doing or will do in the future to enhance my life and those around me.
Dreams are important and the key to my existence. I am living my dreams. I am living them in my head, my heart, my consciousness and my Soul. In fact, my name for a dream is a “dreamality.” Partly because people think dreams are unattainable and the other part is because if we think dreams are possible, we can dream them into reality."
Read more in...The Possible Dream
"Something happened in that moment. Bells went off, lights blinked, life stood on it's hind legs. We actually made a connection. One of those genuine moments that you never forget. He made eye contact, smiled and was very open and responsive to my greeting. Anytime I make a connection with a Soul, it’s a success. Anytime we stop and acknowledge another person, it’s spreading the love and letting everything good in us merge with everything good in someone else.
I think we have modules of merit, kindness, compassion and humility inside of us to corroborate our spiritual bounty, but they are often short-circuited by desire for wealth, corporeality, greed and extravagance - - and we’ll do anything to get them, including cutting the throat of our fellow man to gain dominion over him."
Read more in...Elevator Etiquette
"Speaking of sunsets. I have never met one that I didn't like. There is a majesty, tenderness and strength to every sunset. If you look at a sunset everyday, your day would always end in beauty.
If you can, try to see as many sunsets as possible. They always leave me with a sense of accomplishment. They radiate such a warmth. Feel the glow of the sunset. Let it's power bring you love. Let it take you to your star."
Read more in...Sunny Side Up
"We are often under construction at various times in our lives, building and rebuilding our stamina, patience, faith, strength, courage and will.
Whatever God has in store for us is always better than we can imagine, but sometimes we have to get out of the way, clear our head, get out of the dust, and let it settle into a new structure - - something to withstand hell and high water.
When the dust settles, we will be transformed and we will embrace the change that has taken place. Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is vital to our growth."
Read more in...Blunder Construction
"Hotels are rest points in between change. People bring baggage from their lives and pack them into small rooms usually no bigger that 400 square feet, condensing their whereabouts and expanding their experiences."
Read more in...Stop, Breathe, Begin Again
"We are always placed in positions that cause us to sink of swim. If we keep moving, we will get to the center of earth -- the center of our being and that’s why we exist."
Read more in...When It Rains It Floods
"The reason we fight is to learn to stand up. The reason we surrender to learn to sit down. So in essence, life is a series of standing and sitting like in a church revival. We get the workout our soul bodies need without paying a ransom to a gym and the benefits last longer."
Read more in...Stand To Sit
"At bedtime we listen. We listen to the silence as our Soul is fed to the night. We dream, we become stars, we circulate in the ethers like particles of dust.
We don’t have any pretense, no lies, no judgments, no hidden agendas, no worries, no make up covering our faces and scars from the past, no words covering our wounds. We just are who we are - - pure beings before God without fancy dressings of clothing, degrees or superficial earthly knowledge.
We are in a complete state of surrender. Nothing comes between the connection of us and our inner master and nothing can sever the ties between us and our inner selves. It’s peaceful in as much as nothing can disturb the balance or relationship."
Read more in...The Story Of Chaos
"Whatever we program is what we are and whatever we are is what we have programed. We can chart our course to where we want to go. The road is in front of us if we have the drive."
Read more in...Program Happiness
"We are in a position to make our lives better. When we are in conflict and we can’t see our way out, we can widen our view by seeing it through the other person’s eyes. By doing so we rise above it and look at it through a different lens.
When our view is narrow, we have tunnel vision and we don’t see the light around us. Our views may conflict with our will or purpose until we widen them and see the whole picture in CinemaScope."
Read more in...Cinemascope
"We have to be aware of our behavior at all times. Sometimes it can lead to deadly mistakes. We are unfolding at such a rapid rate, if we miss the wisdom, we miss out on the reason for our journey here. We miss out on how to enhance our awareness, how to improve our lives for the better."
Read more in...Falling Down Drunk
"Sometimes I try to trick my brain into thinking it is dormant, but I know it’s not. I know for every reason I say to it, “stop working, turn off, go to sleep now,” it has a thousand other reasons to continue thinking, to stay on full tilt - - whether I like it or not.
So when I think I’m tired of firing salvos into the abyss, my eyes flitter as they follow the curve of the smoke from the artillery shells, watching them ricochet off the falling stars.
My brain doesn’t flinch as it cranks up and starts more verbose evacuation. I am a glutton for punishment as my brain puts me under the gun and instead of screaming, “Stop,” I scream, “More. Always keep learning, growing, and evolving. That’s what mind the gap is to me. Minding the ability to fill the void with life.
Humans have an unlimited capacity to learn. Unlike computers, no human brain has ever said, "Hard drive full." Even if we only use a percentage of our brain at a time, we are still engaging the infinite possibilities that reside in our craniums."
Read more in...Mind The Gap
"Where we physically live affects where we live mentally, emotionally and spiritually. All of our environments are important. They are all places we live. Learning to shift, change and move gives our consciousness the freedom to reshape our world. Your insight can become your outlook."
Read more in...Ya Shoes Ya Lose
"Life is about leadership. Life comes from seeds and seeds come from life. We lead by example. Something inside us sparks the initial thought, which leads to action, fueled by passion and wrought with desire, determination and a willingness to fail.
Most great leaders won’t tell you that they have had plenty of failures on their journeys to greatness. Abraham Lincoln being one of the most famous failures. He has had enough failures to fill an ocean. That’s one reason motivational speakers use him as an example. Failure is a tool to success.
When you look at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. you don’t think, “Oh, what a failure.” You think, “Oh, what a monument.” That’s what leadership is - - monumental thinking - - monumental action - - monumental passion. Monumental movement moves mountains. Monumentality instills purpose.
We are the architects of our own destiny. Purveyors of decree, not once questioning our raison d'etre. We lay the groundwork, build pillars, and construct beams across uncharted blue skies - - eagle-eyeing the azure, indigo and cobalt that leads to the twilight of stars."
Read more in...Monumental Leadership
"We are constantly surrounded by sounds. Traffic -- radios -- televisions -- keyboards -- airplanes -- construction -- office machines -- elevators -- appliances, there is always something that chimes, hums, buzzes or dings.
Not to mention some people never stop talking - - Ever! I must say, I used to find these sounds so annoying, especially car alarms. The cacophony used to bring so much stress to my ears, then I thought, wait a minute, God devised all of these sounds and if God devised them they can’t be that bad.
I changed the way I heard these sounds. The moment I told myself that they weren’t annoying, they became softer, gentler and less stress to my hearing.
Now every time I hear them, I can’t help but to think, that’s just God moving through the universe."
Read more in...Sounds Of God
"Photographs don't represent who we are, they are merely an image of an illusion. Photographs are counterfeits, not the real thing. They’re fakes, phantoms. I am not fake, I am genuine, that’s one reason I don’t like photographs. They’re just not me.
We are not a face. We are not a body. We are a concert of atoms and molecules held together by a chord that ties us all together. We are Soul swimming to freedom greeted by the eternal lifeguard who transports us home to the pinnacle of existence. That’s a much better pedigree than a face on glossy photo paper.
We only occupy this physical space to evolve into a non physical space. Spirituality is the tangible intangible. We can see it in the actions of others. We can feel it in words of love, kindness and thoughtfulness that touch us on the deepest level. All of those things stay with us longer than a photograph. A photograph can only be seen from the outside, spirituality can be seen from everywhere."
Read more in...Snapped At Costco
"Not only do we have to look ahead of the curve, but we have to roll through them with the least amount of damage. By rolling through them, we prepare ourselves for the unexpected, the unseen and the uncharted.
Sometimes, no matter how much we prepare, we can’t rehearse how we’re going to react to certain situations. Our reactions can vary from moment to moment. The second an obstacle gets in our way, we can either stop completely or go around it.
Looking ahead of the curve improves our driving and overall skills to negotiate stress, disappointment, or pain. We have to look ahead of the curve as baggage flies through our rear window. If we keep looking from side to side, or in our rear view mirror with regret, we don’t see the joy that is now and around the corner."
Read more in...Flying With The Gods
"When I wake up with gratitude, my whole day is full of love. It’s like God has given me a bouquet of roses. The birds sing louder, the trees stand taller, the sun shines brighter, the flowers are more fragrant and everything is coming up roses."
Read more in...Coming Up Roses
"Some of us automatically think that if someone says we can’t do it, then we can’t. Negativity is like a tornado that knocks you down flat and continues to drag you downward into a useless pit where you can’t climb out or even move.
Negativity adds another layer of pressure to achievement. Along with everything associated with our goals, the little voice in our head says, 'If so and so says I can’t do it, then they must be right. I should just give up now.'
If it is that easy to give up your goals, then you’re probably not serious enough to pursue them in the first place. Negativity is the resistance -- you are the immovable force. Who will win the battle of wills? "
Read more in...Avoiding Potholes
thank God that you’ve made it
through the day.
If you’ve ever woken up unhappy,
thank God you’ve made it through
If you’ve ever doubted that your
presence is felt here,
thank God that you have thought.
If you’ve ever wondered
why you are here,
thank God for giving you wonder."
"Fear of loss is more powerful than hopes of gain. People will try to manipulate your fears in order to gain from you. People use fear to control instead of love to conquer."
Read more in...Notes From Underground
"Today let the wind carry you to the center of life and connect you to the vitality of your spirit. Stand and face the phantoms, find your power and let the sun electrify every fiber of your being. You are here to be love and to be loved. There is nothing in the world that says you can’t have all the love you need. It is already decreed by the universal life force. Don’t think that you won’t ever find love. Let it find you -- and it will."
Read more in...Electrifying
"What if you woke up this morning and felt like a failure? What if you felt that everything in your life was in vain? That no matter what you do, you fail? You are not alone.
Millions of people feel like that today. They feel like they can’t go on. Like their presence doesn’t matter. We all feel discouraged at various times in our lives. It’s natural. Failure is a part of success. If you don’t fail at some point, you won’t succeed. We are all designed differently. Just like we are meant to succeed in certain aspects, we are equally meant to fail.
Caterpillars are born with the gift of flight, but without wings? They don’t know they can fly until they transform into a butterfly. You are a here to fly. You can succeed beyond your wildest imagination. Create your flight plan and soar to the heights within your Soul. Be an inventor of your own destiny -- a visionary, a deep thinker, a creator, a pilot of your life.
Read more in...You Are A Butterfly
"In those tenuous moments when tears stream down our face and stings our bloodshot eyes and we’re lying on the decimated battlefield with cavernous bullet holes in our Soul, a stirring in our horizon awakens, nudging us towards the effervescent sunrise -- that formidable resolve in our spirit that lifts us from the artillery shell, pinches us and tells us we’re alive.
A spirit of hope and vitality expertly guides us through the contours of the field, fortifying us with the indomitable strength to survive anything.
We can pick ourselves up. We can put ourselves back together. We can go out there again and fight. Fight for our right to be alive. Our right to be feel pain. Our right to feel. Pain is food for the Soul. We need it to grow, to get fortified, not nullified. Pain leads to rebirth and a revivification of our spiritual prowess."
Read more in... Shaken Not Stirred
"He who is constantly ridiculed for speaking his mind is labeled a troublemaker, for being an independent thinker and going against the grain. An independent thinker can also be labeled a know-it-all, odd man out, someone who rocks the boat, makes waves, or rattles cages. Labels that don’t do a free thinker any justice. Labels that were created by the sheep consciousness. Attention all troublemakers, the sheep have inherited the earth -- it’s time to take it back."
Read more in...Are You A Troublemaker
"I have always maintained that technology makes us lazy. In my mind, the remote control started what has been the demise of our desire or ability to actually get up from our comfortable positions, walk to the TV and change the channel.
We are so used to the remote doing our leg work with such swift precision that we would not know what to do if it were ever disabled. Yes we would -- pound it on our thighs until it works again or utters it’s last breath and causes us to get up and change the batteries -- or use the spare remote strapped to our ankle."
Read more in...Train Of Thought
"Connection is something I speak of often because I see human connections deteriorating. Life can make some of us, angry, hard and uncaring, but that’s just not a way to live. We have to let go of those experiences that harden our hearts. Get back to the pureness of living. Hang around people who are positive influences. Get rid of negativity. Stop listening to it. Stop repeating it. Stop adding to it. Throw it out with the bath water."
Read more in...Nature Of Soul
"The war of independence is a war we all fight. We are constantly fighting to become free. Free of our vices, habits and anything that keeps us from feeling our true spirit. Some of us live with certain liberties that others don’t.
One day we will be free from the weight of this world and released from this mortal coil, but in the interim, we still have to strive for peace within ourselves. A peace that no matter where we are in our lives, will take hold of us. A peace that is resolute in our Souls. A peace and knowingness that will always reside inside of us."
Read more in...Freedom
that we fail to see what’s inside us.
The world is our mirror.
When we find faults in others,
those are the same faults in us.
When we see good in others,
we see the good in us.
To recognize something,
we must know it ourselves.
When we see the best in others,
we are at our best.
When we appreciate beauty,
we appreciate our beauty.
When we love,
we are loved
and when we feel love,
our possibilities are endless.
Reflect the love in your heart
and watch how it changes
the people around you."
Read more in...Inside Job
"As my brain sharpens my utensils, preparing my incisors to gnaw, my Soul is negotiating the karmic curves at breakneck speed. It’s not just knowing something as much as it is just knowing.
The real knowledge is what your Soul collects and recollects. Don’t let the real knowledge in you die. Don’t go down without a fight for your right to know why you are on this planet. One day my brain will rest in peace, but my Soul will always be wide awake in consciousness."
Read more in...Brainwaves
"Love is the sum of all existence. We are here to celebrate its glory and to uphold its honor. We create a visual landscape of thoughts, feelings, expressions and memories and draw from them in moments of love. Don't think of life as being bleak. Each moment we die a little and each moment, we are reborn."
"I think that’s the key; finding our threshold for happiness. We all know our threshold for pain, so why not reverse our thinking and go for happiness? I have a number of things that make me happy and I make sure I do one, some, most or all of them on a daily basis. I think that’s the secret to life. We have to find out what and who we are suited for. What jobs, people, lifestyle, etc. and what makes the happiest fit. We can’t stop until we find something. And everyone has their something. We don’t need a green thumb to cultivate our garden. If we don’t cultivate our own garden, we won’t see or appreciate our spiritual growth."
Read more in...My Inner Green Thumb
"When you behave in a less than desirable way, or in a way where you take advantage of others or treat them egregiously, there are consequences. When you have no self-respect, no one with self-respect will respect you.
When you find yourself in a pickle, no amount of money, lawyers, power or fame will set you free. No amount. Money is meaningless to God. Lawyers are not above the law of God. When you’re in over your head, a lawyer may be able to rescue you temporarily, but a lawyer can't teach you how to swim. You eventually have to save yourself -- swim for it -- and the force greater than you will assist you. You want your life back? Swim for it."
Read more in...The Sledgehammer Of God
"Though life is not like a box of chocolate, it is like a screenplay. We have series of events where we feel we are up against the wall and we have to find our resolve. We have to rely on our ingenuity to propel us through the situation unscathed. If we develop a strong resolve, we are satisfied knowing that we did the best we could. Like in a film, a strong resolution leaves us feeling satiated.
So I sit here in this unyielding library chair rolling with it while I transcribe notes that were fired up in darkness. I pause to peruse my mental dictation, hoping not to produce verbigeration in trying to make sense of this technology conundrum.
Ah, the keyboard doth bring me solace in a blogtastical harmony. I’m not reliant on locked and loaded fiber optics hyperactively converting light to electricity and firing through the wires to assemble clear voices, ambient resonance and crisp HD spitting images in millions of colors and sizes. While it’s true, one’s sighs fits all, I am resigned to sit here as long as it takes to splash these words onto this screen with a song in my heart.
Read more in...Going The Distance
"Bloggers are the voice of new generation -- Generation Be. We are a group of a selected few who take communication to the next level.
We are in the trenches. We are people watchers. We inform people -- implore them to explore their minds and listen to the world around them. For the most part I think this fellowship is flourishing and we are keeping the home fires burning.
We are new and improved guerilla filmmakers armed with passion. Shooting millions of millimeters of raw footage -- unscripted -- unedited -- in real -- reel time.
Our eyes record in high definition, our ears in THX surround sound -- freeze framing life in rhythmic nuances and riveting emotion pictures, trying to fit it all onto our IMAX screens just to premiere the split seconds and connect at high speed."
Read more in...Soul Food
"Technology aside, I think we are in the middle of a communication crisis. It seems to be very difficult for people to make contact and those fortunate ones who make contact can’t seem to keep it. They lack the skills to maintain a conversation and they are left to utter Morse code between ellipsis points.
It has got to be something more than an electronic breakdown in the brain. Is it such a stretch to say something inspiring? Profound? Funny? Heartfelt? Real?
I think people have stopped having enthusiasm for life. They have stopped enjoying the moment. They have been put to sleep by a life less than perfect. A life that they are not willing to work. Rain has fallen on their dreams and they have abandoned them in puddles on the side of the road. Let’s go deep for once. Break the surface. Wake the silence. Spark the darkness. Get to the root. Open up to people. Release your inner prophet."
Read more in...The 3 C's
"You can see it in their eyes. The vacancy. Dispiritedness. Deadly silence speaking volumes. People mouthing the words of loneliness. Walking through the shadow of their lives. Souls that are AWOL, pulled along like hollow husks on an invisible track connected to nowhere and nobody.
Even in a supermarket when we are shopping, do we bother to speak to people -- people in the flesh, not on the other end of that little electronic mishap that’s responsible for reducing people to a decibel controlled by a translucent volume button -- or even worse -- a God awful ringtone.
That’s the whole problem in a nutshell. We are adept at cell phoning, text-messaging and I-M-ing our BFF, but not E-Moting or honing our antiquated communciation skills -- the ones before the technolgy revolution short-circuited our evolution.
We are a world of bumper car drivers who are resigned to jolt others but not feel them. We don’t want to get out of our cars for fear of being left behind. By bumping into each other, we push each other away, instead of embracing each other and holding them close.
I am convinced that there are millions of Souls in the universe trying to connect. Trying to intermingle their energies into each other to get that unspeakable communion of Soul and connect with a supreme force."
Read more in...Heat Wanted
"Some people walk around with the pain of a thousand lifetimes from spiritual wars long before this lifetime. They can’t seem to dislodge the shrapnel from their Soul. They spiral into the black hole depression. A darkness so black that they don’t see any other color. A billowy smoke that chokes the life out of them. A hole so abysmal that they can’t climb out. An unfathomable weight on their consciousness.
When we try to hang on to them for comfort, they cause distress. Pain is God telling us to opens our hands and let go. It’s in the letting go that we reclaim our lives and reignite the fire in our Soul. Embracing the pain liberates your very essence and fills you with the satisfaction that you are evolving at a personalized rate of speed for your consciousness under the watchful eye of the universe."
Read more in...The Tenterhooks Of Soul
"We watch the assault of humanity with our eagle eyes and recoil at the rancid human destruction, while we choke on the fumes and hold back the tears, crashing into each other like unwilling crash test dummies.
Often times, it is just too much to ingest. All that negative energy. Floating around, looking for something or someone to attach itself to. That energy has to go somewhere, but it doesn’t have to lodge itself into our Soul and deconstruct our Spirit."
Read more in...Crash Test Dummies