March 30th, 2015

If you ever had children or have ever been around children, you probably know the excruciating pain of stepping on a Lego building block with your bare feet. The pain is so immediate and so intense that I believe the Geneva Convention has outlawed it as a form of interrogation.

If you are anything like me, your pain probably morphed into anger rather quickly. Thoughts of destroying every Lego ever made, putting the offending child in the town’s pillory and nuking the playroom came easily to mind.

You call out loud for the child to appear so that they may be witness to the terrible pain that has taken over your entire foot and when they show up…

They are so sorry and so upset about your distress and they ask how they can help and they rush over to see the hurt. All of a sudden you realize that they hurt too. Your pain is their pain and now you forget your pain and tell them that it’s okay and they need to pick up their toys.

​ What happened? Did your pain suddenly disappear? No, truth is that it still hurts like the dickens but your pain took a back seat to their pain. Why? Because you love. That’s right, every pain in this world is lessened by love. There are no regrets where love was the guiding force. Love trumps every other emotion. Love is the power that helps a tiny Mom lift a heavy car off a loved one. Love is the force that powers people through the most trying times. Love is your birthright. Love is ALWAYS available as a choice.

Alway remember to love regardless of circumstances. Always remember to love yourself. Always remember to shuffle your feet when you walk through the playroom.

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March 23rd, 2015

How do you fill yourself? I don’t mean filling an empty belly or filling your mouth with whipped cream from a pressurized container. I mean How Do You Fill Yourself Up When You Feel Empty??

​ Your heart beats to a rhythm. Your inhalation and exhalation is a rhythm. One of the best ways to fill yourself up is to embrace music. There are an infinite number of sounds. Find one (or more!) that takes you to a higher level and feast on it.

Everything from a blade of grass to the paper cut on your finger healing is a miracle. Look up and down and around and appreciate all that you see. Fill yourself with the awe of the energy inherent in all of it.

One of the emptiest feelings is not feeling loved. You can’t make anyone love you but you can love anybody. Once you start loving the flow starts and the love you give becomes the love you feel.

When we pray we connect with the source of all things. What better place than the source for refilling? The quickest refill is when we pray with a giant Thank You instead of a laundry list of our problems.

A world of beauty, kindness and love is all around you. Search for it. Drink it in. Feast on it. Fill yourself at every opportunity. Look for the good. It’s very filling.

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March 9th, 2015

Imagine a wonderful piece of chocolate. Imagine the pleasure of smelling it, touching it, feeling the slight melt on your fingers and finally tasting it.

Now imagine that same piece of chocolate with cow manure on it. Criminal! Horrid! Repulsive!

Every moment of our brief life is like that perfect piece of chocolate. It is a blessing, a gift, a bit of perfection BUT the moment we add drama we cover that moment with cow manure.

No matter what is going on in our life we color it with our drama. Is a rainy day dreary or nasty or ugly? No, it’s just precipitation. Is a runny nose and sneezing the worst way to spend the day? No, it’s just your body’s response to allergens. Is someone’s foul mood an indictment what’s wrong with the world? No, it’s just one person dealing poorly with their life.

Can we please start focusing on being strong? Can we please start lighting candles instead of cursing the darkness? Can we please begin to realize that what is going on inside of us is a heck of a lot more important than what’s going on outside of us? Can we please wake up to the fact that what’s going on inside of us is under our full and complete control?

No matter what it is, what you are going through does not have a requirement that you be serious or upset or angry. You and you alone choose your state of mind at all times under all conditions. There is no person or circumstance that can ever override your choice. Yes, you are that strong.

Another piece of chocolate is coming. Are you going to enjoy it or…?

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March 2nd, 2015

The record for deadlifting a tremendous amount of weight is 461 kg (1,016 lb) by Benedikt Magnusson set at 2014’s Europe’s Strongest Man competition in England. Magnusson trained every day for many years to accomplish this amazing feat. In 2012, in Glen Allen, Virginia, 22-year-old Lauren Kornacki rescued her father, Alec Kornacki, after the jack used to prop up his BMW slipped, pinning him under it. Lauren lifted the car, weighing over 3,500 pounds, off her father and saved his life. How is this possible?

Let’s talk about strength for a moment. Is it possible to be strong? Absolutely. What does it take? A few years, a good set of genes, proper rest, nutrition and exercise and you will undoubtedly be strong. But how do you get strong in a moment? No one can condense years of training into a moment BUT everyone can love more than they ever had in just one moment.

​ Love is the miracle worker. Love holds to no laws of physics, no rules, regulations or reason. We think of love as this gentle force that cradles a child and while it is that it is also so much more.

Love is your rejuvenator. Love is your source for unlimited strength. Love is your gift, your blessing. It is the greatest gift that you have been given. Stop looking for love. Stop chasing love. Start being love. Start tapping into this miracle energy. Start filling yourself with love. Kick out worry and frustration and agitation. Move in love. Live love. Lots of it!

Lauren Kornacki didn’t lift a BMW off her father because she had big muscles. She did it because she had a big heart filled with love.

Do you want to feel stronger than you ever have been? Love as much and as often as you can and then love some more. Find reasons to love, any reason any time. Focus on love. Eat, breathe and think love. Love is your gift. Open it!

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