The Year I Learned to Write

 What can you do today that you were not capable of a few years ago?


When I think back to where exactly I was 365 days ago, it never ceases to amaze me the jagged artwork that change has woven into the tapestry of my life.  Each seemingly unconnected event has worked to put me exactly where I am supposed to be.

Many philosophies support the idea of a preconceived plan for everyone. I am not sure about that yet, but sometimes it seems like things fall into place in ways that you would never believe. So here are some of the things that I can do today that I was not capable of a few years ago.

Some Favorite Thoughts

Read William George Jordan and Be A Better Person

William George Jordan being the best we can be
You Are Better Than Most

One of my favorite authors is William George Jordan.  The reason for this is that his thoughts on many topics clearly resonate with me on so many levels.  If you are wondering if you are doing the right thing or moving along the right path, pick up a book by W.G. Jordan and you will understand more about it than you may have wanted to.  Here is a short list of topics he has helped clear up for me.

Change is Coming


How I often approach change. It can be scary!
How I often approach change. It can be scary! I need to perfect the art of laughing!

There is nothing more frustrating on the surface than change. It comes along in life whether we want it or not and forces us to do something other than what we have been doing, whether we are ready to stop doing it or not.

Many people if not all people have at least a passing disdain for change and I think there are good reasons for this, yet I think we also all are well aware that change is also good. How to deal with this mystery of inevitable and painful movement from one phase of life to another? That is the inevitable question.

The High Road

What Road Are You Traveling? 

high-roadA thought for today.  When you look at life from the window of your soul, you realize that there is a duality of all people and they are in constant struggle.  There is a continuous choice between paths. One is the high road and the other is the low and they are based on the moral decisions that we make each day.

Moral decisions that are based on the positive energy of caring, love, honesty, understanding etc are made on the high road.

Whereas the moral decisions that are guided by lying, cheating, intolerance, rigidity, hate or judgment are found on the low road.

Three Steps to Inner Peace

How to Find Inner Peace

There are so many ways to improve your outlook on life that it is virtually

inner peace
Everyone Wants To Feel Good Inside

impossible for me to list them all here for you, but in general, there are a few simple tips I can give you that have made my own personal enjoyment of life increase exponentially.

These are not extremely difficult things to do, solving advanced math problems or rocket science is difficult, finding peace should be simple.

It just requires you to honestly look at yourself and the situations that affect how you feel and making the choice to let events enhance your life not harm it.

Hard Forgiveness

Those we think the most of can be the most difficult to forgive, BUT we must forgive to move forward at last.
Those we think the most of are often the most difficult to forgive, BUT we must forgive to move forward at last.

I have found forgiveness one of the most difficult things for me to muster up from the bottom of my soul.  For most people who I carried low expectations, forgiveness comes easier. We are all learning the lessons of life. It is when someone who I expect more from hurts me that I find it extremely difficult to forgive.

Say Yes

Do this to encourage growth.
Do this to encourage growth.

From the time we are young, those figures in our lives responsible for molding our behavior seemed determined to limit us in some way. Many of the limits were common sense, “don’t play in the traffic”, or “don’t jump your bike off that ten-foot ramp, you aren’t Evel Knievel.” These warnings were clearly to keep us safe and maintain our well-being, but there were many warnings that have saddled our existence which did not have the same intent. We were told not to try one thing or another because the pain we might suffer if we failed.  As we started to create our image of ourselves, we were immediately placed within the boundaries of fear.

Forget Your Regrets

What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life? 

4559365435_16203_gallery_xlargeLife is full of moments, each with its own individual fanfare and trumpets, that it is up to you to embrace or at least to notice, the majesty in each and every day.

Some people live their life grasping with a focus completely on the past, hoping to find out their identity yet ending up with a hand that contains nothing but regrets about what the past has provided.

6 Reasons I’m Excited About Life

What gets you excited about life?

We should all be this excited by the prospect each day brings!
We should all be this excited by the prospect each day brings!

by Jonathan Hilton

Every person no matter what they do, has to find things that get him excited about life. They do not have to be complicated or expensive things but there are some that get you going and allow you to feel happy about just living on the face of the Earth. 

I would never presume to speak for anyone but myself but here are the things that I enjoy and make my existence a much more enjoyable experience.

Madness, Fear and Danger


Finding your path is not always this easy.
Finding your path is not always this easy.

Life is a wonderful and funny thing. It is destined to surprise you and lead you to places that you may never have anticipated.  I believe that much of the enjoyment of life comes directly from inside of you and how you perceive the people you meet and the experiences you have.

Sometimes early on in the journey of life, you may find life a confusing jumble of mixed messages and emotions that it seems would take the greatest adventurer or psychic to smooth out and work through.  Nobody ever said that the life would be easy, but in the end, it has the potential to be the most rewarding journey you can have.

Hiding Behind Your Mask

Masks of Life

Masks are used to hide a true identity. What does yours hide?
Masks are used to hide a true identity. What does yours hide?

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how much you have, you have spent a significant part of your life creating and wearing masks in your life.  These are masks that are as real as you would see each Halloween, but they are often quite permanent.

These masks come in all varieties, shapes, and sizes and in many cases serve you quite well. They help to project the image that you want. But still inside of us, there is a real person who is being suffocated by the masks we choose to wear.

Do Soulmates Exist?

do soulmates existOne of the topics that has seemed to pop up continually over the past month is whether or not I believe that there is a soulmate out there for everyone.  At first impulse I often think, “No Way!” But then I did a little thinking…….

What is a Soul Mate?

soulmate3This definition needs to be established first, and according to the internet, here is the definition:

Soul Mate- a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.

The Day Before Life Ended

You never see the real painful things coming.
You never see the real painful things coming.

In every person’s life, there are days that you remember because of their long term effect on your existence.  I am no different.  There are days in the year that serve to remind me of those moments. When my life changed so dramatically that it could never possibly be the same again.  What had been my life was over and what was coming next was totally unknown and unpredictable.  The pieces of my life were shattered beyond repair and no matter how they my life will never be the samewere put back together they would never be the same again.

Looking Up

This is a phone. It used to be in your home and if you weren't there, nobody could get in touch with you. Scary to most people today.
This is a phone. It used to be in your home and if you weren’t there, nobody could get in touch with you. Scary to most people today.

There are few things more invasive in all of our lives today than the electronic tethers and ties that are continually connecting us to the world whether we are really in need of connection or not .   I have recently started to take notice of all the time I spend checking social media and keeping my phone handy just in case……someone calls, texts or messages me on Facebook.  What I have realized is that this type of attention is not doing me any good and the electronic tentacles of the world are as strongly attached to me as they are to any young person. I am old enough to remember what life was like before we had this technology.  Your phone was at home and when you left people didn’t have to talk with you until you got to work or wherever you were going.  You could go play a round of golf, or go for a walk without any way to communicate with the outside world. I survived just fine and so did the world.   Now if you can’t answer a text message fast enough people feel slighted and upset with you. There is a viral video about breaking the electronic

Don’t Forget About Love

Coffee Talk is this good for thought
Coffee Talk is this good for thought

One of the great experiences I have been able to have  is to be able to write  a lot os great things at my favorite coffee shop, and one of the perks (no pun intended) has been to become friends with the people who work so hard to keep my coffee hot and flowing as I worked my way through many different writing projects. These people don’t know it but their conversations with me provide a lot of writing topics.  One of the most common

Young people love to be in Love.
Young people love to be in Love.

themes that they discuss is love.

Each Bridge: Cross It or Burn It?

Cross it or burn it? We make these decisions often in life.
Cross it or burn it? We make these decisions often in life.

Living life provides a great classroom for learning. It would be much easier if we had a manual at the beginning that told us what to do, clearly and without question.  Each situation would be so easy to deal with as we navigated our way along our path of life. If we could only tell which bridges were safe to cross, and which ones we should burn and never cross.

Your Choices Always Matter

Everything  Matters

All Choices Matter
Your Choices Matter

I have found this one fact pervasive throughout my life, EVERYTHING we do matters when it comes to our happiness and enjoyment of life.

Every decision that you make throughout every day of you life is a contributor to the essence of  your existence.  Each decision you make to support someone or to knock someone down will be reflected in your own experience.

I mean there are clues everywhere, and you might be able to figure it out, but it would have been so much easier if someone had just sat me down and told me the way things worked.  That is hat this post is for,  if it informs one person, then it is worth it.

Seize Your Day

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Carpe Diem Jonathan Hilton
Today is the day

By Jonathan Hilton

I have felt most passionate and alive right now, there is nothing that could top this moment in time until tomorrow!

There are many people who will look far into the distant past for this answer or maybe dream of a day in the future that might be better or more perfect but to me right here and right now is the place where I feel most passionate and alive.

Looking at Your Beliefs

limiting beliefs
What beliefs are limiting you today?

Have you noticed that the beliefs that you cling to and carry around inside determine what your experience in life is going to be?

Over  the past 10 years, I started to look at my core beliefs and have found that my programming had left me with a raft of limiting beliefs that were determining just what the outcomes of many of my experiences were going to be.

I have been carrying around a lot of things that are silly, self-defeating, demeaning and just plain wrong.  It was under these conditions that I determined to see if I couldn’t change them a bit, because as I saw it until they were different nothing was going to change.

Live Your Life

What is the difference between living and existing?


When you look back on your life are you going to remember the times you decided to not try and stretch yourself and accepted what life has given you?

Or will you think back onto the moments where you gave it your best effort and either exceeded beyond all expectation or failed miserably?

  Either way, you were fully engaged in the process of finding what you were made of.  I believe that much of the difference between living and just existing stems from this search to measure ourselves.