Skipping Chapters

February 29, 2012


There are a great number of books available at the library. Some books best quality is the dust jacket the covers it. Many others can be summarized in a few words. Still others you can skip multiple chapters and have a good understanding of the book.

Out of all the books in the world, only a small percentage of books exist that you pick up and cannot put it down. Smaller still is the percentage of books that you crave to read over again and share with friends.

As it is with books, so it is with people. There are billions of people in the world and some people best quality is their cover on the outside – whether that is their looks, body, clothes, house or car. However, these outer appearances are the only real quality they possess. They are empty, shallow, and superficial. Spending any time with these people will prove to be a waste of effort, time and money.

A great deal of other people can easily be summarized or categorized by a few words that accurately depict the characteristics of an individual – what you read in the summary is exactly what you get and don’t expect anything more. Spending time with them is exactly how you anticipated – nothing more or less. If you know how the story ends, why waste time with this one?

Yet others you can observe from a safe distance and know everything about him/her – kind of like skipping chapters in a book. You could not talk to them for months or years and not have missed anything. There is nothing there to discover.

There are limited amounts of people that can captivate my attention and keep it.  Yet only one that I cannot put down and I crave to read over and share with family and friends.

I am still looking for that book to read. I am through with fancy covers and skipping chapters.

"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."
Oscar Wilde

Upward Moments

January 23, 2012

Have you ever seen Disney's/Pixar animated movie Up?

I love it... two kids that grow up together, fall in love with one another and grow old together.  It's adorable.  They have an "adventure/vacation" fund, but life happens and and they use the money time and again to fix things, repair things, to keep life moving.  But through it all, they grow stronger and closer together - and never lose their burning desire to be with one another.  It's every hopeless romantic's fairy tale come true... that is until the wife passes with a terminal illness and his life dies with her's.  They were never able to go on those "adventures or vacations" that they tried to save for because life issues kept arising, but she left him a memory/scrap book and at the end of it she wrote a note to him that said her best adventure in life was having him to share it with.

I love that!  Even now, just thinking about that film, water fills my eyes.  I want that kind of bond and connection.

Life isn't about having stuff or going places.. life is about having a bond, a relationship with someone you can confide everything in and they you - so you can grow together and learn from each other and life.  The adventure isn't in a place, the adventure is in the moments you share with that special someone - that one who completes you like no other can.

Maya Angelou once said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

It's not the places.  It's not the words.  It isn't even what you did - or what you bought someone - but the moments you share, that is the real adventure in life.

The Next Level

January 20, 2012

Have you ever begun playing a video game, there is a part that you just cannot seem to pass, and it frustrates the hell out of you?

When faced with these sorts of challenges, we either give up or keep trying.

I've given up on a video game once and later I was talking to a friend who had mastered that same game tell me how awesome each additional level was AFTER you passed some initial hurdles.  It made me wish that I did not give up on it, so I took it back out and worked on it until I was able to level up and master the game.

Life is similar.

Sometimes in life, we face challenges that, at the time, seem to be too much for us to tackle and we want to give up.  However, there are so many exciting levels to this game of life just waiting for you.  While you might be going through a lot of hurdles this moment, and do not see an end in sight, hang in there because the next level is right around the corner.  Just keep fighting the good fight and doing what is right - even when no one else is looking.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!  You can pull through this and the next level gets better, I guarantee it!

Level Up!

Three Things

January 6, 2012

It's Friday so I thought I would just post something fun and random (and all these things are very true about me).

If you'd like, you should re-post it on your blog, G+ or Facebook (with your answers of course!).  Enjoy!

Three things that scare me
1 Acrylic Nails
2 Clowns
3 Poisonous Animals and Arachnids

Three people who make me laugh
1 James Thurber, Satirist/Author
2 Megan Mullally as Karen Walker
3 The Three Stooges

Three things I love
1 Outdoors
2 LEGOs (Dude, they are so much cooler now than when I was kid)
3 Web Design

Three things I hate
1 Drama (and I'm not talking about movies or television mini-series)
2 Politics
3 Taxes

Three things I don't understand
1 Bermuda Triangle (what makes everything disappear?)
2 Cold Fusion (not the Adobe program)
3 Quantum Physics

Three things on my desk
1 Binders
2 Cell Phone
3 Wallet

Three things I'm doing right now
1 Organizing my 'digital life'
2 Planning my next month
3 Working on a website

Three things I want to do before I die
1 Create something larger than me
2 Make an impact for good
3 Sky Dive!

Three things I can do
1 Budget - It's amazing how far I can stretch a dollar!
2 Cook - Um, not to toot my own horn, but I've been told I'm really good.
3 Plan - I can do this really well, but sometimes it's bad because when I plan things and they don't turn out the way I envisioned.. I sometimes throw a tantrum - which is something I am fully aware of and I am working on...

Three things I can't do
1 Have babies (imagine that)
2 Sell a product or service that I don't fully support and own myself (I am a horrible sales person unless I really believe in the product being sold. If I believe in it - you will have a million customers, because I will rant and rave about you night and day. However, if I don't really believe in your product or service, I can't say good things about something I know isn't good.)

3 Work for someone or something I don't believe in (at least not for long)