Dedication is follow through.
Dedication is going to the beat of your own drummer.
Dedication is not letting anything or anyone stop you from following your dreams.
Dedication is showing up.
Dedication is working hard at what you love to do.
Dedication is doing what you set out to do, regardless of the weather.
Dedication is starting at Point A, and getting to Point B.
Dedication is defying the obstacles.

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Michael Donnor, Mercurial Mirror, 2014 from the series
Notes on a Paper Universe

Cutting out Soda

no coke, coke, coca cola, dietSo two months have passed since I drank a soda. You’re probably wondering, why? On a trip up to Maine to see our dear friends, their oldest son Milo (who also inspired this other blog post) said that he recently was told a story that if you put a tooth in a glass of Coke, it would eventually dissolve into nothing. He won’t drink it, and he has been focusing more on brushing his teeth. Now, this myth could be true, but I’m pretty certain that there are other things that we ingest that are probably more harmful to us.

Anyways, as someone who would go out to eat 4-5 times a week and always get a soda with my meal, I decided to switch to water. I actually feel pretty great. No soda, more running, and I haven’t changed any other things in my diet yet and I’ve lost a few pounds. Trying to stay Fit Over 40 is tough, so I must try a little harder each day to be healthy.

Thanks again Milo.

How High Can You Climb

Sometimes climbing up the proverbial corporate ladder isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just when you think you are on your way to the top, you feel a short tug at the leash that binds you.

Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back from your dreams, goals or aspirations. If you want to explore––then explore. Look up to the sky and visualize yourself standing at the summit. It’s within reach if you want it, but you might have to go at it alone.

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Photograph by Bradford Washburn, Alaska, ca: 1940’s

The Human Condition

The human condition. What is that all about anyways? As I sat today in a church attending a funeral, the priest started to discuss “The Human Condition”. He went on and on, and I must say, quite philosophical. I actually was attentive and listened, although at times he mumbled so bad that I thought he was speaking a foreign language.

As wikipedia explains it: The human condition is principally studied through the set of disciplines and sub-fields that make up the humanities. The study of history, philosophy, literature, and the arts all help us to understand the nature of the human condition and the broader cultural and social arrangements that make up human lives.

In essence, the human condition is our experiences. It is free from race, color, gender, nationality, and religious beliefs. Each of us will have varying conditions during our lifetime––both the good and the bad. Learn to live each day to the fullest. I hope that your “conditions” or your personal experiences are all momentous and positive.

Thank you Auntie Barbara for pulling your car over to pick up my shoes, as I used to throw them out the car window when I was a little kid.

Rene Magritte, La Condition Humaine, 1933, The Human Condition, painting

Rene Magritte, La Condition Humaine, 1933

Listen to Your Ideas

If some grand idea bubbles up to the surface don’t dismiss it. Ruminate on the idea for a bit, and make sure that it is sound. If you have to play it over and over in your head until you can work out the minute details, do so. Sketch or type out the idea so that you can look at it to make sure what you envision still makes sense on paper.

Once you’re convinced that you have the greatest idea on earth, pitch it to someone that will help you confirm it. Continue to find more validators so that your idea grows into its own thing.

Your thoughts and ideas are just two things that make you unique. Share your uniqueness with others, but only when the time is right.

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Glen Scheffer, Carousel Music, 2007

Paradise can be deceiving

Paradise can be deceiving. Sometimes what you see on the other side of the fence (as in this picture) might look idyllic for some, but in actuality it’s just a mural on the façade of a building.

Sometimes paradise is right in front of you staring you in the face. Reach for the stars and dream, but remember, you don’t always have to go to exotic locations to be in paradise––pure happiness and paradise can be right where you are.

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