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Hurt People Hurt People

March 27, 2017

I have struggled most of my life with feeling like I must constantly defend myself from the judgment of others. I never understood why I was the one being assaulted. I never understood. I’m a decent human being. I am electric one-on-one – engaging, lively, connected. I have never had a problem meeting new people. I have never been shy. After a conversation, I would walk away, and reflect on the conversation. Usually, I would immediately recall good points and then I would reflect on the other person’s flaws. Then I would reflect on how the other person must view […]

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Your Fire Can Blaze Again

March 26, 2017

When I was a kid, life was limitless. I could grow up to be anything I wanted. I was limitless. Then I began to hear the chatter from the adults around me… “Life is hard.” “The rich get richer by robbing from the poor.” “You have to struggle to survive.” “You are not smart enough.” “Find a job and be miserable, just like the rest of us.” My adults loved me. They thought they were doing the best they could for me. I accepted what I heard. I adopted those philosophies. I became those adults. They were not my discoveries. I […]

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What Do You See in the Mirror?

March 25, 2017

He said, “look in the mirror. Say I love you.” “I can’t,” I responded. “I’d rather not.” “You can,” he whispered. “Look in the mirror, and say I love you.” “I love you,” I said. “What do you feel?” he asked. “Empty. Alone. Hate. Pain. Suffering,” I responded. “Do you love yourself?” he asked, already knowing the answer. “Not at all,” I responded, feeling unlovable. Feeling like an absolute failure. “Remember this feeling,” he said. “You will look back, and remember this day. Soon, you will look in the mirror and love what you see.” As I continued to look […]

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Hold on to Pain, or Enjoy the Ride?

March 24, 2017

You were created perfectly. You were created to fly. To soar. You were created to live extraordinarily. To thrive. You were built beautifully, with gifts, talents, love. You were created to soar high above and view the world from the heights. With love. Not despair. Obstacles challenged your beautiful existence. Challenges made it difficult to breathe, to cope, to deal, to live. You gasped for air. The perfect journey is never perfect… but it is a journey. We resist resistance. We expect perfection. We look for easy, and it does not exist. So we fight. We fight so hard and […]

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Every Marathon Begins With a Single Step

March 24, 2017

Today, I woke up happy and excited, exactly when the alarm went off. I weighed in at 217.5 lbs (and falling). I tweaked my website, wrote a blog entry, created a new Facebook page, posted a vblog entry, and wrote this article on LinkedIn. I made a protein shake with two servings of fruit. I drank water. I listened to classical music to energize myself. I exercised for the 120th day in a row. I ate an egg scramble with spinach, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and swiss cheese. I drank more water. I fed my spirituality and I meditated. I am […]

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Just Be Grateful. In Fact, Just Be.

March 24, 2017

I am grateful for daylight because I can see, and night time because I can see the stars. – Author Unknown This morning I am grateful for the warmth and comfort that my bed provided, the warm water with which I shower, and the clean clothes with which I dress. Simple comforts in life are easy to overlook. Things that are routine are taken for granted and expected until they are no longer available. Simple discomforts bring about yearning, longing, and desire for more, better, faster. It is very easy to get absorbed in this must-have culture. We live in […]

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What’s Touching the Mat, Your Feet or Your Face?

March 24, 2017

About six months ago, after experiencing many years of stability and success, I separated from my second job in three and a half years. It was certainly a traumatic experience and one that just 5 years ago seemed completely impossible. As a career manufacturing operations senior and executive leader, I’ve built successful team after successful team, and high-quality product after high-quality product. I’ve developed leaders who have developed leaders. I prided myself on being able to improve just about anything in which I come in contact. At networking events, at introduction, I promote myself as building high performing people and high […]

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A New Love

March 23, 2017

We met in abnormal psychology class. She was bold, boisterous, and frankly irritating. I was reserved, quiet, and isolated. She burst into the room alerting everyone that her text had been stolen. No one knew her. No one cared. She made everyone care. She took over the room. She sat in the seat in front of me. I offered if she wanted to use my text. She said thanks. She looked at my shoes in disgust. They were Chuck Taylor All-Stars. She said, “do people even wear those anymore?” I shrank a little. Oil and water. We became gasoline and […]

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The Goal is Checkmate

March 23, 2017

Life is full of challenges. We only control two things… Our mindset. Our response. A reaction is a non-calculated action to a circumstance. It is not thought out. We must not react. Only respond. With control. I like to look at my life as a game of chess. I play the game to win. I need my challenger in order to play. The only way I get better is to experience higher levels of challengers and challenges. I can only control my own mindset (strategy) and response (moves). I take action knowing that my challenger will respond… … and that […]

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