November 23rd, 2017

If you live long enough you will suffer the loss of those you know and even those you love. Everyone has a different idea of what happens after death but everyone agrees that the loss hurts. Sometimes it’s a small hurt and sometimes it’s a great big, last a lifetime kind of hurt but it’s always a hurt.
Why would I be writing about death and loss on a holiday such as Thanksgiving here in the U.S.? It is because barring some seance or ancient ritual, I can’t communicate with those who have died, only with those who are alive right now. It is this ability to communicate with you right now that I am most grateful for today.

We can text and talk and FaceTime and Skype and write in the sand and take pictures of it. We can hug and laugh and argue and act and play and love together. We can do all these things and more because you and I are alive right now and I thank all the powers that be that we are.

Take this awareness of being alive right now and look around you and think about all the people and pets you know and all whom you love who are alive right now in your life. Give thanks for the opportunity to connect and communicate with them. It is an opportunity that will not last forever.

Sharing this moment in time with you is only possible

because we are alive. I am incredibly Thankful that you are alive and that you are somehow, some way in my life. In a while we will both be gone but right now I am very grateful that you are alive. I will give a great shout of “Thank You!” for your aliveness today. Please look around you and give a shout too!

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 Patrick McBride

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Three words

November 13th, 2017

There are three words that will relieve your stress, increase your strength and starve your ego.  It takes courage to say them. There were times when you were punished for saying them in school. You have been mocked, judged and labeled many times by just uttering these three words.

Yes, the price of relief may be extraordinarily high some days but persevere anyway. Don’t look down at the floor when you say them. Look someone straight in the eye and with the greatest amount of self confidence, say them. 

​​​​​​​They say that the truth will set you free and nowhere is that truer than in the utterance of these three words. It is truth and mindfulness and reality all rolled into one beautiful phrase. 

It doesn’t matter your upbringing or your station in life. In fact the higher you are regarded and the more esteemed you see yourself or are seen by others can make the utterance of these three words almost impossible.

Before you say these powerful words, your mind will start to rebel at the thought. Countless other words will be offered. Lies and subterfuge will seem as viable options. Will you give in? 

No! Not you! You are strong enough to use them. You are courageous enough to stand there and say with all honesty “I don’t know!”. Immediately you will feel the shock and disapproval. You will sense your expertise being downgraded by the second. You will see the looks of disbelief. Your ego will shout to you “Quick, make up something! Tell them you were only kidding!” but you will stand by your statement because it is the truth and you will be free.

​​​​​​​It is our failure to say “I don’t know” that leads us to lies and coverups and the ensuing stress. When we lie we then must make a catalog of our lies and constantly pass all thoughts and communication through that catalog so as not to be caught red handed lying about something.

These three words can alter your life, your relationships and your sense of self. Be honest. Be brave. Be real. Say you don’t know when you don’t know.

Sundrops On Life -Better Thoughts. Better Days.

 Patrick McBride

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