All You Can Be

There are moments,

where you take a chance and it blows up

it your face, and you feel like an idiot

but you knew if you didn’t do it, you

would always been standing at the precipice

asking God,

“why’d didn’t I jump?”

Not all risks will end pretty

sometimes you jump and you splat,

but if the intention is honest,

and the passion is real

and you’re not out to play games or plug yourself,

then it’s worth it, because you tried

and maybe that girl will say no,

or the casting director won’t give the time of day,

or maybe nobody will understand what you tried to do,

but it’s okay.

You were you.

And that’s all you can be.

6 Seconds

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via Marines Magazine

Recently my brother-in-law, who is a Marine, shared a story with me the other day about two Marines who stopped a car bomber from killing 150 American and Iraqi troops… in six seconds! When we think of acts of heroism, we think them in terms of heartfelt speeches, counting costs, and tactical actions; but no, these two men were provided none of that. They had a few short moments as the car hurdled towards them to react. All the months of arduous training they had previously received had prepared them for this exact moment.

It is an excellent reminder of two things: 1. The huge sacrifice being made daily, both here and abroad, by our brave servicemen and women. 2. The importance of practice and preparation in our own lives. No matter how you’d wish you’d act or react in any particular situation, it is how you do so right now that makes all the difference.  “Practice makes permanent,” as they say. So, if you’d like to rock that next guitar solo, play your scales. If you’d like to like to score that next deal, rehearse your presentation. If you’d like to have just the right words for that questioning seeker-friend of yours, be in the Word daily.

Sooner or later, the opportunity you seek will come. The question is: will you be ready?

The Man* who Wrestles with God

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The man who wrestles with God

loses everything.

The man who wrestles with God

gains everything back.

The man who wrestles with God

is a fool.

The man who wrestles with God

becomes a king.

The man who wrestles with God

knows not what he  is doing.

The man who wrestles with God

learns great wisdom.

The man who wrestles with God

must eventually submit

-humble himself-

to be exalted on High!

Practice Makes Perfection

“Practice makes perfect,”

yes, but what is perfected?

why is it perfected at all?

All those hours of seemingly vain repetitions,

the pain, the frustration

the cursing at the art form

and the Divine

and whatever thing or being you can think of

to blame your inadequacies on.

 

But yet, still, despite all this the best of us press on,

through the dark times

and the periods of fault and failure.

Finally, after all the falling down

and getting back up again,

we reach the top of the mountain

and suddenly everything-

every unsavory experience-

was worth it

for that one, fleeting yet sublime glimpse

of heaven

Fake it Til You Make It?

We all like the world of make believe. As kids we used to play it all the time. Adults do too. Musicians do large venues and struggle to pay bills. Models do huge advertising campaigns and go home to a small artists’ loft they share with three to five other people. This is a good encouragement to support your local artist. It is also a plea for you to not get so down-in-the-mouth at times when you feel you haven’t “made it” like they have.

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We all struggle to get by, to make ends meet, to provide for our families. Sure, there are exceptions, but they are the exception, rather than the rule. So, you may never be as big as you think they are; but, chances are, neither will they, and that’s okay! Just keep doing what you’re doing: taking practical and effective steps each and every day towards your goal and you’ll find yourself looking back in the future in awe of how far you’ve come. Ask any dieter or musician: greatness is not won overnight, but greatness is possible over time. So, takes the steps today to achieve it.

Don’t worry. Don’t compare. Just do you.

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The Global Village, or Bolstering Success through Community

In this Age of Individuality, it is important to understand that we are not alone.

There are hotshots and there are heroes, people lifted up onto podiums for the rest of us to “ooh” and “ahh” at. You may be one of them. Bravo! You may hope to be one of them. Keep going! But, wherever you are at in your journey, know that there are others you can count on in the process.

Brilliant men and women have come before us. They have shared their wisdom with the world. Innovative individuals are blazing new and exciting paths into the future.

Are you willing to reach out to them to better yourself, to help them, to strengthen the community as a whole?