There is always a light. . .


. . . if you can find the tunnel.


I have so often said that life can change in just one minute so mind the minutes in your life. We really have no insight into our futures, and our pasts are far enough behind us that they are now memories, so we are supposed live in the moment.


To actually live in the moment, however, we need to understand what the moment means; is it simply sixty seconds of life, or is the big picture contained in these sixty seconds? Is the moment more like a day or a week? Is it what affects only your life, or does the moment affect us globally? Close your eyes for just a minute if you can, then think of the seconds ticking by—count them if you’d like, in your head. I bet you can’t keep your eyes closed for exactly a minute. We have no solid concept of time, so how can we live in such a short piece of it, how do we live for the moment?


“Live FOR a minute” would be a better way of saying this, I think. Take that one minute to breathe, to focus, and to look for the proverbial tunnel, the one that shares with you a light at the end—a light of hope, for a moment, a way to see past a minuscule glitch in your life. The tunnel is your journey, the light is your life, for that instant. Then, live for the moments that follow. Each moment that passes a memory is created.


I have lived for many moments, and I will continue to live for many more. I will create many new memories with each one that passes. My journey takes me through lots of adventures and I have discovered many tunnels. I have found that the world always seems brighter when you reach that light at the end of those tunnels.


I believe we need to see life for the wonderful moments that are in it and I believe in us as human beings; I believe that there is hope for the human race, despite the pages created on social media that refute this. I have seen people take a moment to reach out to others, I have seen moments of kindness and support and I have seen moments of sadness and despair replaced by moments of hope. I have seen what a moment filled with a smile can do.


Live your life with no regrets, make sure your efforts are true

Believe in what a moment could hold because it’s held for you.







If opportunity knocks. . .


. . . will you hear it?


Society today is so fast paced and “hurry-up” oriented that I fear many people miss opportunities simply by never hearing the knock at their door. And I am certain that even if they do hear the knock, they don’t always recognize the opportunity.  Opportunity can be a chance occurrence, a happenstance that changes the life of some fortunate soul. But sometimes (and I speak from experience), waiting for that chance, waiting for that knock on the door is just not enough — sometimes we have to build our own door and make sure it opens for us.


When I sat down to write this post, I couldn’t help thinking that this would be an easy topic to write about , but I was mistaken. Although the opportunity was there, the words were not. In my original draft, I actually went into a bit of a rant about how young people these days ignore opportunities and are only glued to their technology. This rant was due mainly to my old-school thoughts and upbringing. I couldn’t help but hear my Dad over my shoulder saying, “Son, if you keep those things in your ears [earbuds], you’re going to miss the sound of opportunity.” I don’t know if this is true anymore. Young people these days seem able to multitask with a greater degree of efficiency and are honing different types of skills through technology—skills I never knew existed. I am grateful I had an opportunity to reflect for a moment and write about a concept we all may see differently.


Regardless of what skills you possess,  never take what you can do for granted. Even if you’re working in a job you don’t particularly like at the moment, it could be a doorway to something different. Whatever you find yourself doing right now, today, could very well be your opportunity to excel at something. Why not? Can you step back and look at it from a different perspective? Can you tweak what you are doing just a little to facilitate new opportunities? Is there an opportunity for change in your life right at this very moment?


When you wake each morning, remember that it is a brand new day. Yesterday is a memory and tomorrow will get here in time, so take this opportunity to do something new today, for you. Change the way you do things, take a different route to work, wear a smile all day, be happy being you. Notice your surroundings. If you are outside then breathe, feel the sun on your face, live, and make your life worthwhile. I hope that you all are granted that one-game changing opportunity at the most rewarding time possible.


Don’t waste your time by being halfhearted, make the choice to grow,

Enjoy each day as it comes to you, and be proud of what you know.






You will find balance living in today. . .


. . .between yesterdays memories and tomorrows dreams.


As the New Year dawns, do you have expectations, plans, goals, or are you one that lives comfortably day-to-day? There really is no right or wrong way to live, I believe as long as you can look back and smile at your accomplishments, and your failures, then you have lived comfortably for yourself. I have lived a monumental year, I have met wonderful new people, I have had adventures on my motorcycle and in the camper, I have written 55 blogs, 300 status updates, shared laughter and smiles with friends, and yes, I have published my first book.


I look back on 2012 with more than just a smile; I look back with appreciation for everything I have experienced. My biggest thrill was seeing what a dream looks like in reality, actually holding on to something that I never imagined could happen, and then having it accepted and supported by others.  I look forward to the New Year and hope I can keep the energy flowing in such a positive way. I am having so much fun sharing with you my experiences, and my feathers of life. I hope to inspire, motivate and impress on as many people as I can, the importance of believing in you.


In this last year we have had 366 chances to live for today, how many of those days can you actually remember? Do you have new memories stored away? And have you attached a smile to any of them? Have you learned any lessons, or failed any challenges?  Did you give yourself credit for trying, or pat your own back because you made it through? For the New Year that approaches are you making resolutions, are they obtainable and realistic, are you thinking positively? Will you dream of what might be and reach for a star or two? You will have 365 chances to live for the day this year, and I wish for all of you the best in each and every one of them.


With heart felt appreciation I send a shout out to Michelle for being at my side, to Jordy for listening and helping me create, to all of You for reading my words, and to my book family, Rachel, Carrie, Beth, and Greg for encouraging me. It’s going to be a wonderful year as our adventure continues.


I have seen the smile from within my heart, it reflects from each of you,

I look forward to the coming year, because each day is new.


Thank you to each of my wonderful friends that support me like you do

Thank you all for believing, and for being the best at being you.