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"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." -The Little Engine That Could

The most radical act anyone can commit is to be happy.

–Robin Williams, Patch AdamsBuzLaVyCYAAgy1v


While the loss of Robin Williams is tragic, we must remember the innumerable lessons in happiness, cheer, comedy, and laughter that he taught to us, sometimes, as in Dead Poets Society, quite literally.  He played some of the most iconic characters to ever have touched our hearts, like Peter Pan who taught us to never grow up, and Patch Adams, for whom laughter was the best medicine.  Mrs. Doubtfire exemplified that our parents will always be there for us, but even Genie couldn’t bring people back from the dead.

“The most radical act anyone can commit is to be happy.”  And I hope that you delight in stirring glee in someone else’s heart by making them smile, and laugh, and roll their eyes because, in his words,  “you’re only given a little of madness.  You must not lose it.”




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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

— Lao Tzu

May you find strength in the ones who love you. These are the ones who risk heartbreak to show you they care. Love is unconditional. No matter what, they choose to love you.

May you gain courage from each person to whom you give your heart openly. You lay your heart on the line every time you care for them. To love someone is to be the most genuine version of yourself. That vulnerability is unparalleled.

You have fought for love. You have fought for your happiness. Today is a day to celebrate love in its may forms and revel in the joy love can bring.

I hope that today (and every day) you find a moment to realize how much love surrounds you and know you are more loved than you can possibly imagine.

Love and light,


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“Be a fountain not a drain.”

Rex Hudler



Shower those you encounter with enthusiasm, kindness, compassion, empathy, and love.  Submerge your projects in focus and passion.  Drown the obstacles in hard work and persistence.  Be the spring around which people congregate, and provide them with beauty and serenity.


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Genius is eternal patience.



Michelangelo, the world’s best known sculptor, was commissioned to paint well over 5,000 square feet of frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  The project required him to learn the technique of buon fresco, the most difficult type of painting undertaken by only the masters, and challenged him to learn to paint perspective correctly on a curved surface 60 feet above the viewer.  Besides these challenges, it was truly an exercise in patience.

He did it mostly by  himself.  Sure, there were assistants to carry his paints up and down the scaffolds, but most of the brushstrokes were his own.  He painted for four years, bent over backwards and painting over his head.  The master complained that the project forever ruined his vision.  500 years later, all who visit the chapel stand awestruck for a few minutes to soak up the splendor of the work.

You’re going to lose your patience this week.  You’ll sit in traffic or get put on hold for hours.  Your computer is going to freeze, probably before you remember to hit ‘save’, and your boss is going to give a ridiculous and tedious assignment.  Your baked potatoes will take longer to bake than you expect.  The check out line will be too long.  Your kids will need to use the bathroom when it’s time to get on the bus.  But if you can take a deep breath and keep it together, your patience might lead to a stroke of genius.

Have a great week everyone.


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“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”

Arthur Rubinstein

One incredible attribute of the universe, which I have discovered, is the law of attraction.  Your thoughts and feelings tend to materialize into the things, people, situations, and events in your life.  That’s why it’s important for us to find ourselves thinking positively.  Success attracts success, and misery breeds failure.  You attract people like yourself.  When we wake up grateful for the wonderful things in our lives, they tend to stay in our lives.  When we are excited and engaged in our work, work is exciting and engaging.  Love life.  It will love you back.



“True happiness is an acceptance of life as it is given to us, with its diminishment, mystery, uncontrollability, and all.”

— Michael Gellert

Let life do its thing. You’ll be okay. Love life for what it is, for all that it is, just as you would want to be loved for all that you are.

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“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston.

Remind yourself that you can be a beacon of light for anyone at anytime.

So long as we don’t stop being optimists and fight the good fight, good will conquer evil always.

Believe in the good. BE the good.

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

–Steve Jobs

A lot of teachers know from the time they have their first great teacher that they too will make a career of educating and influencing youth.  I grew up around a lot of teachers, and all of the good ones described teaching as a passion, often discovered early on.  Many chose to forgo more lucrative careers in order to do what they loved.

Pastors are another interesting crew.  While some of them grew up in pastors’ homes or become youth ministers because they loved youth group or younglife, many of them are called later in life.  The more clergy I meet, the more I learn stories of ex-engineers and former nurses turned to the cloth.

For some of us, finding what we love is a matter of trial and error.  Many of my young adult friends hated their first jobs, second jobs, and are trying a new career or retraining and going back to school.  This is admirable.

This isn’t the first time you’ve heard “do what you love,” not from us nor from any mentor or counselor, but the reminder never hurts.  Maybe you don’t wake up on the right side of the bed everyday, but with your goals in mind and the big picture in sight you should be passionate about your work.  We can work on your case of the Mondays (or Tuesdays, Wednesdays…Thursdays) together.



“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”

— Jewish Proverb


Happy Birthday to my mom. My Momma, My MeeMaw, Momz, etc.

She is one of the kindest, most compassionate people I have ever known (or that I will ever know).

She is salt of the earth in every sense of the world.

I’m blessed to know her and I’m blessed to have her as a constant source of optimism.

Love you, Momma.


Fear and Love

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

— John Lennon

I’ll keep it short.

Fear or love: which one is it going to be driving YOUR decisions, YOUR mindset, YOUR life?

smile john lennon

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