America: No Longer What It Was

America:  No Longer What It Was

In today’s society we’ve debated every ounce of what America was, is, and should be going into the future.  Difference of religion.  Difference of politics.  Difference in taxation.  No 1 person has the right answer to these complex issues, but if we keep an eye on our founding documentations and the reasons why they were written we will find the answers we look for.

Listen to the passion and conviction in our founding documents.

We don’t find people like this in our society anymore.  The willingness to stand up against what is wrong and fight.  Even against all odds.  American’s now a days are too easily swain from 1 social injustice to the next without pausing to see the big picture.

Over half the population is not satisfied with our current political environment and feel the government no longer works for them but the other way around.  and we still allow ourselves to be taken advantage of by the people we elect to office.  Read the constitution all the way through.  Here’s a link for a pocket copy.  Make your voice heard.  If you’re not satisfied make your voice heard.  Write, call, visit your elected officials.  Voting is just around the corner.  Make a change.


People: Different yet Equal

People:  Different yet Equal

All men are created equal.

Let that sink in.


We as American’s say these words, yet few of us believe them.

When we stop thinking about each other as a certain ethnicity and realize just how similar we really are we will learn how precious life is.  We can see all the colors of the rainbow and see them all as beautiful, yet we look at each other as different because of what we look like.

I recently discovered a website where you can blend photo’s of multiple people and see what they would look like.  The good people at The Chive compiled a group of “average” persons from different parts of the world by using this website.

As you look through all the photo’s notice how similar they are.   Look into their eyes.  You will see someone you know in each one.

Life is beautiful.  People are unique.

Lets fight against preconceived notions about a person and allow them to open up to you.  Learn to love people.  When you meet someone new forget what you know about “that type of person” and accept them as the person they are.  Meet everyone on the level.

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Be Unapologetic

Be Unapologetic

Have you ever watched someone with amazing talent do what they do best?  It doesn’t matter if they are cooking food, painting, playing the piano, or using tools to build a wood trinket.  I’m always amazed at people who have found what they are good at and watching them be genuinely happy while they’re doing it.  The passion and intensity in their eyes and the calm that comes over them while they’re at their craft is aw inspiring.  These people have found what makes them happy.  Their God given talent.

Everyone has something that makes them happy.  Give the most abrasive person in your neighborhood a reason to share their passion without consequence with you and watch them lighten up.  You never know, the bearded biker man down the road you’re afraid to make eye contact with just might have a passion for helping kids learn to read.  The old lady who yells at people for walking on her grass just might enjoy knitting blankets for cancer patients.  I use these two examples because I know Mr. Biker and Mrs. Getoffmygrass.  While helping others they smile.  You can see into their soul, and it’s beautiful.

Find the one thing that makes you happier than anything else, and do it.  Do it often.  Do it proudly.  If dancing like a complete fool barefoot in your front yard makes you happy, then do it.  Who cares what the neighbors think.  If its baking cupcakes, make a ton of them and share with the world (wouldn’t hurt to send me some by the way).  If its blogging, get to it.  Write your heart out.  Stop caring what others think, do what makes you happy and don’t stop.

With all the anger and resentment in society today you need to be the light.  Be the torch for the world to see.  Be happy, be you, be unapologetic.

Healing from a Bitter Wound

Tim is a mentor of mine and one of the best men I know. Give him a read.

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When criticised there are three elixirs to pour over the wound.

  1. You can pour the water of resentment over the wound but only after you consider John Roebling.  The man who was the mind behind the infamous Brooklyn Bridge was imagining the same structure that would span the Ohio River connecting Northern Kentucky to Cincinnati.  When dreaming of what could become, his foot was caught between a passing ferry and the dock.  After losing a couple of toes, water therapy (pouring water over a wound) was used in order to fend off gangrene.  He died of tetanus 10 days later.
  2. You can also administer the witchhazel of revenge.  You may contend with your rage for a few rounds but even the stoutest of fighting men see through swollen staggering the inability to quench the fires if indignancy.  The drunken stupor will lighten the load in the evening, but sorrows will be…

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Farmers Market: Where the Foodie comes out

There’s food, then there’s the farmer’s market.  If you’re as much of a foodie as I am you should appreciate the ability to inspect the food before you buy and speak with the person who grew it.  When you walk in you can still smell the richness of the soil.  I love the beautiful colors and the conversations between booth’s.  It’s magic.  Here’s a few finds from my latest trip

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Festivals: Marshal County Indiana’s Blueberry Fest

Festivals: Marshal County Indiana’s Blueberry Fest

The start of fall is unofficially here and summer is not quite over, but I’m looking forward to the change.  Labor day marks a very special time for us.  Kids return to school, the nights are cool, and the air become crisp.  We celebrate this day every year by attending the Marshal County Blueberry Fest in Plymouth Indiana.  Plymouth is a small town in north central Indiana, population 10,000.  A real close knit community where everyone is Sir or Ma’am and you get to know your neighbors.  On any given Friday night you can find something going on at the local high school.  For 1 special weekend though the town gets turned upside down.  This small town increases its population from 10,000 to over 100,000 for 4 days with the largest amount coming in on Sunday for an antique car show, fireworks, and hot air balloon glow.  The smells of the festival fills the air.  You can find anything you want, from a new car to alligator tacos but no one passes up the blueberry donuts.  The firework show is one for the record books.  People come from hundreds of miles around just to watch.  It has been said if you don’t like this show you don’t like fireworks.  I guess it’s that simple.  Watch video from Fireworks.  FireworksIMAG1623

Let Your Kids Fall

Let Your Kids Fall

From time to time you’ll pick up a nugget of truth that forever will revolutionize how you think about every situation.  Something that on the outside seems very simple, but the more you contemplate its meaning the deeper it becomes.  My latest nugget was “A baby cries because even the slightest discomfort is literally the most intense pain it has felt its entire life”.

On the outside this seems like a no brainer.  The baby is only 2 weeks old.  It hasn’t lived through much yet.  Only after a few days I started really applying this concept to life as a whole.

Want to know why the person at work complains so much?  It’s because they’ve never experienced true displeasure.  Want to know why that person breaks down in tears when confronted about something?  It’s because they’ve never felt real emotional pain.  People can only react to the level in which they’ve been tested.  The old saying a sword is only a sword after it’s been in the fire and beaten by the makers maul is the honest truth.  The more real life we experience and the more we try our emotional reactions the better we can cope with stress, loss, and pain.  This is why the military trains soldiers under very harsh and trying conditions.  To adjust their minds to working in subprime environments.

It was after this revolution I decided to no longer shelter my kids from life.  All too often I witness parents sheltering their kids from pain or grief.  Little things like giving in when they’re throwing a tantrum at the store for candy to small lies like the goldfish swam away instead of letting them feel grief on a small-scale.

Sheltering our children from the pain of life seems like a loving thing to do, but what happens when they’re on their own?  Without you?  Without anyone?  What happens when they get their first car, lock themselves out, and have to walk in the rain back home for a spare set?  Are they going to be able to cope with being wet, cold, and having to walk a few miles, or are they going to break down into a sobbing pile of pity and wait for someone to come rescue them?

I stopped coddling my kids.  It was a hard decision to make.  When they break a toy, lose a game, or stub their toe I make sure they know I love them, and if the situation requires real aid and assistance that I will be the first to be there.  I don’t coddle them and make it all better though.  Protect them, but let them fall.  The next time a similar situation occurs they will have developed the skill set required to handle everything life throws at them.

This seems cold and harsh, but it’s necessary.  I love my children unconditionally and work very hard to give them everything they need.  Money wont buy everything though.  Teaching them how to navigate life with confidence is key.

I employ you to do the same.  Just realize it will be harder on you than on them.

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