Soul Food Friday: Life on the Edge

Happy Soul Food Friday!

I am with full and unqualified FAITH intending these things to come true this year and sending them by special envoy to be seeded, nurtured, energized and released into the Universe:

  1. Health, Healing and lots of Pure Loving Energy for my whole family and myself and for your whole family and yourself
  2. Positive Self Esteem, Acceptance of Unconditional Love, and a year of Rich Educational Success for my children and all children
  3. Genuine Encounter Moments and a Rich Satisfying Intimacy for my wife and I, and for you and your partner/significant other
  4. Career Stability and Advancement leading to Abundant Wealth and Prosperity for all the breadwinners in our family and yours
  5. Deep Meaning, Value and Fulfillment in ALL our a-vocational passions
  6. Continued Success in Living, Loving, Life-long Learning and Leaving a Legacy for my loved ones, for myself, and for YOU.

We are grateful for making this come true.
We are grateful for making this come true.
We are grateful for making this come true!

And it is done…

Today marks my 53rd trip “trucking’” around the Sun.
Looking back, “What a long, strange trip it’s been”
Looking forward, “Here comes the sun”

Reflecting now, “Crossroads”…

Sometimes it has felt like life on the edge as I try to reach escape velocity
Other times it has been in the wilderness of human values where I have found my center of gravity
It’s always been interesting and mostly filled with love, spirit and energy. These are the soul fuel have sparked ignition on both inner and outer journeys

Enjoy some samplers of these themes and tribulations but be forewarned…

“We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence.” –Andre Maurois


Nasruddin became prime minister to the king. Once while he wandered through the palace, he saw a royal falcon. Now Nasruddin had never seen this kind of a pigeon before. So he got out a pair of scissors and trimmed the claws, the wings and the beak of the falcon. “Now you look like a decent bird,” he said. “Your keeper had evidently been neglecting you.

Moral: Don’t buy into the notion that, “You’re different so there’s something wrong with you!”

Be Yourself. There is only ONE You!
The Journey Continues…

Taking ‘bout my Generation:
They say you either pass it forward, or pass it back
Experience this extreme Father/Son communication
Watch the non-verbal handoff at the 2 minute mark and the final note as the world says goodbye to Maestro Bebo Valdes one of the greats
Great musicians are Great listeners!

A little Yang Spirit…

It can be tough out there
“Business is a combination of war and sport”, said Andre Maurois, and as a martial artist, I have appreciated this notion…
Expect to battle heatedly but fight fairly.
Focus on excellence not success because success is about how you measure up to others whereas, excellence is how you compare to yourself!
Be your own yardstick
Look your friends in the eye and know you didn’t let them down.
Can you live in that moment?
How Great Can You Be?

Life on the Edge
Aggravated or Acrophobic-
It is lonely at the top but it is scary as hell on the edge!
You better hang on to something before you look at these pics…
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On Perspective:
Sometimes you need a Long View
On the one hand, from 30,000 feet, all water looks drinkable
On the other hand, without perspective you wouldn’t have this incredible viewpoint!
Click here!

Speaking of perspective…

A little Yin Spirit
The Earth’s Prayer is something I wrote in 2009 after an inspirational trip to Europe.
It is scary to share it, but here goes…
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Up Close and Personal:
That which is most personal is most universal
This deck captures a world view and the diversity of human spirit
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It takes Energy to Grow!
This deck inspired by the Happy Planet Index is dedicated to mobilizing a global movement towards Your health, happiness and well being
Click here!

Crackpot Friends:
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her shoulders.
One of the pots had a crack in it:  the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.  After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”
The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’  ‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’
‘For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding…  Just accept each person as they are and look for the good in them.
SO, to all of my cracked-pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Thanks to ALL of you that have contributed to the quality of my life!



“There are two educations: the one that teaches how to make a living

and the other that teaches how to live”

—Anthony DeMello

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