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“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

–Oscar Wilde

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The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

–Satchel Paige

Leave a path for others to follow. Be a compassionate trailblazer– one who works to make the world better than when they arrived. What good is a path to us once we’ve made it? Familiarity has its perks, but those who are lost need that hope; that glimpse of a way to make it through.

Leave behind a dedication to compassion and love. There’s no better legacy than that.

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“If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.”

Mia Hamm

Many young people I know, just out of college, hate what they do. Life’s too short to spend it hating your profession. Those who found new occupations that they enjoy should be commended, and those stuck at their job need encouragement and support until they find a job they can do with passion and conviction. If you belong to the ladder set, why wait?


“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”

— Isak Denisen

Even if the road has a few rough patches, don’t ever forget to savor the view.


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“Do or do not. There is no try.”

Yoda, Star Wars

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“If the rain’s comin’ down right now baby, go outside and dance.”

–Eli Young Band, Go Outside and Dance

I remember when I was in grade school, I used to hate when it rained during summer vacation.  I figured, if when snow inhibited my ability to go to school those days had to be made up, then I should get some bonus vacation days when rain inhibited my ability to enjoy vacation.  It was flawless deduction.  After all, if I couldn’t spend the day at the pool, and I was trapped inside with nothing to do but read, how was that any different than being in school?  At least in school I could raise some cane with my classmates.

But that’s the point of this weeks MMM: rain inhibited my ability to enjoy vacation only because I let it.  A familiar, yet unattributed, inspirational blog quote is “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it is about learning to dance in the rain.”  I chose the lyrics over the quote, because the lyrics are instructive in how we should approach a storm.  The lyrics don’t say that we have to learn how to go out and dance in the midst of a storm, it instructs us to get our butts out there and dance.  Why is that important?

How many of us are good dancers?  And for those of us not raising our hands, how many of us are willing to go learn?  Yea, me either.  It’s not that I don’t like to dance, it’s just that I’m not good at it. Oh, I’ve got rhythm.  Heck, I can play  two against three! It’s just some lack of coordination, flexibility, and balance mixed with my dorky personality that make a total fool when I dance (unlike Gene Kelly in that clip).  On top of that, if I were to go outside in the rain and dance I’d be soakin’ wet, dripping, slipping, and a mess in general.  So am I telling you not to go dance in the rain unless you’re a good dancer who happens to have a change of clothes on hand?  Of course not.

There’s something liberating about dancing freely, even without music, and something almost rebellious about doing it in the rain.  It’s a strange juxtaposition of completely against our instincts yet primal and natural.  It feels fantastic to shirk expectations and norms and jump around like a kid in the rain.  Suddenly, the very cause of everyone else’s misery is your therapeutic medium, and you were able to embrace it simply by changing your attitude for it.  Your ruined day of summer vacation just turned into the best day of summer.    Forget learning how to dance in the rain; if the rains comin’ down right now, get out there and dance!  (Maybe just wipe your feet off before you come back inside…)

Post Script

Maybe you see a storm on the horizon, or you are in the middle of monsoon season.  Let us know about it, and we’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.  Maybe we can even be your encouragement to get out there and dance, your cyber precipitation dance partners, if you will.

Post Post Scriptum 

The photo on today’s post is taken from the show, The O.C.  I chose this picture, rather than all of the stock photos of people dancing in the rain, mostly because it gave me a chance to share this humorous line with you.  Cohen is hanging upside down from a rope, because he fell off the roof during a rainstorm in an attempt to fix his satellite dish.  He is dressed in a spiderman mask to protect his face from the elements.  Summer has just rushed from the airport, where she was about to embark on a trip with her new boyfriend, to confess her undying love for Cohen, who she discovers in the vulnerable state.  After recreating the iconic upside-down-in-the-rain-spiderman-kiss, the couple returns to their characteristic banter with the following lines:

Seth: Spiderman is really the only protective headgear I own.

Summer: Well, it’s too bad you weren’t wearing protective headgear when you were dropped on your head as a child.

Seth: Oh, zing!


Mountain Top

Source of Inspiration

Top of the mountain
One more fear has gone away
The climb was worth it

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“Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count.”

— Albert Einstein

Don’t fill up on unhappy, meaningless moments. Give your space a purpose. Fill it with things that “count.” Only you can determine what matters to you. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You will be far happier if you can say you held on to what mattered most to you. At the end of it all, only you can take tally of all the moments you made “count.”

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“A head full of fears has no place for dreams.”

Saw this and wanted to share it.

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