One of the benefits of having a bit of OCD is my daily workouts aren't options, they're what I do. A downfall of this mentality, though, is it can sometimes get in the way of important stuff, like, you know, connecting with people! Ridiculous as it may sound, on Saturday Lisa's daughter, Tiffany, invited us … Continue reading Finding Santosha (WOWness) in All Situations
10 years later, I still sometimes get really frustrated I can't drive. Or agitated the lack of peripheral vision preventing that, imagine missing 50% of your field of vision, also leads to knocking over and breaking things, hitting my head on walls as I turn, or painfully smacking a knee or toes on hard objects … Continue reading The Path to Awesomeness in Life is ALLSOMENESS
The name for the yoga practice I crafted for August is "Where the Streets Have No Name". Partially because we'll be doing some creative things, but mostly because lately I've been finding an extra yummy part of life's menu exists in the section that's "Beyond Words". For instance, not only do words fail to capture … Continue reading Where the Streets Have No Name
As embarrassing as it is to admit it, there have been plenty of times when I was so caught up in the hustle and bustle of DOING life, I completely missed that my wife was hitting on me. And even worse, I occasionally even got irritated Lisa was "interrupting" my dinner making, bill paying, blog … Continue reading The Preciousness of Pauses in Life
I can't smell. At all! Wouldn't that be weird? The craziest part is, after my surreal and nearly fatal hiking accident in 2008, it took more than a year to realize I couldn't smell anymore. THAT, is how POWERFUL our brains are! I expected to smell the coffee aromas at Starbucks, the fresh spring smells … Continue reading Our Brain is like a Superhero(villain)’s Weapon, Let’s Use It for Good!
I once said "the music in heaven will be all Dave Matthews Band, all the time" ... at church ... to hundreds of people. I mention that to express how much I LOVE the band. Dave's music moves me so deeply I have a tattoo of his lyrics that speak a poignant Truth: "Could I have … Continue reading Could I(You) Have Been Anyone Other Than Me(You)?
If scars were championships, I’d have Michael Jordan and Tom Brady beat! I’ve got the trach dent, a crooked eye, a bunch of marks from tubes to drain infected lungs, multiple stomach tube scars, a wrist with scaffolding, and all sorts of “interesting” stories on my face. And those are just my PHYSICAL scars! I … Continue reading “Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time
Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you don't know how to act? One of the blessings of marrying Lisa was gaining three adult "kids" and seven grandchildren. The weird part, though, is having only been in their lives for a few years, we don't have a dad or granddad type of relationship, … Continue reading You Have Permission
I wonder if you can relate with this? When I was younger I was told, and believed, while we’re supposed to spread love and kindness, we’re inherently broken and bad. Grace meant against “His” better judgment, God turned a blind eye to my faults and reluctantly decided to love me anyway. We truly become our … Continue reading Love Doesn’t Ask You to Change, It Changes You
The Beloved One sees you fully, loving every bit of your being. The Blissful One adores you always, regarding you with infinite fondness. The Blessed One delights deeply, in YOU, living your daily, "mundane" life. The Beautiful One celebrates you extravagantly, roaring approval because you ARE a champion. The Bountiful One hugs you fiercely, for … Continue reading The Beloved One (A Poem to You)