Little Leaps of Faith

How do you generally move through each day?

by J.D. Hilton Day 60

leapI should stop being astonished. there should be a moment where I finally get it that all of the things that happen in life do happen for a reason and all I need is patience to see what that is.

The problem with me and I think many people is that we spend way too much time planning and plotting to prove how smart we are and not enough time enjoying what is happening in our lives right at this very moment.

How Great I Am

How Great I am Muhammad Ali
How Great I am!

by Jonathan Hilton

There are many motivating things that I have come across over that past two years, and one of the most motivating people of the last half of the 20th century has been Muhammad Ali, championship boxer.

Not because he was a great boxer, but because he transcended boxing and provided inspiration that can be applied to every day life.

It doesn’t really matter what your goals are or what you really want to accomplish, if you believe in yourself like Ali did, you will have an excellent chance of achieving your goals.  I publish his affirmations with a sense of pride, because I know “How Great I Am.”

Tranquil Dreams Visits Life of Jonathan

by Jonathan Hilton

A Great Visit

This world of blogging is a strange world indeed. You read blogs, leave comments and begin to feel like you actually know the people you are talking with.  Yesterday I had the great

Kim (left) of Tranquil Dreams visited the Life of Jonathan the other day. It was awesome.
Kim (left) of Tranquil Dreams visited the Life of Jonathan the other day. It was awesome.

fortune of actually meeting one of my blog friends in person and to make them an actual friend.

The Influx

By Jonathan Hilton

Day 68

In life there aren’t many experiences which bring large numbers of positive people into your life at once.  Each person making a lasting impact on you, whether it is big or small.  If you are a reader of this blog, then you have noticed my absence recently.

The great crew from camp after an unexpected dip in the lake. It cost me a phone but it was well worth it.
The great crew from camp after an unexpected dip in the lake. It cost me a phone but it was well worth it.

I had great intentions of being able to keep writing while working the hours that this great experience requires for the short-term.  Unfortunately life has gotten in the way, and my intermittent contributions will have to do until the middle of August.

Forgive Me Please

Forgiveness For You
Forgive And Move On

Forgiveness Your Greatest Weapon

by Jonathan Hilton Day 66

Perhaps the greatest power you have as a human being living on this Earth, is the power to forgive.  No matter what has been done to you, said about you, or taken from you, that loss anger and/or problem will be a part of you until you fully and completely forgive the person that you perceive responsible for whatever misfortune you encountered and release it from you.

Seeking Yourself

It’s Tough To Find Quiet Today

Seek Moments of Solitude
No Man is an Island

by Jonathan Hilton Day 65

As our society has evolved to produce more and more entertainment for people to enjoy, the moments available for actual individual, creative thought have become few and far between.

I know that personally, there were times where I was entertained during every moment of my free time.  It was common to turn the television on  immediately when I got home to add noise to a quiet house, to having music playing all night long to, “help me sleep”, it was a non-stop bombardment of my senses that was actually distracting me from engaging in any original thought at all.

Teach Your Children

Advice That All Kids Ignore

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Nobody ever listens

by J.D. Hilton  Day 64

When I was teaching high school, after about ten years or so, I thought that I was a pretty intelligent person.

I had seen a lot of kids come and go and continually I saw them make the same mistakes with their lives.   I wanted to tell all of the new students that were coming my way how to avoid all of the pitfalls that ensnared so many of their predecessors, but it seemed that  if you try to tell any kid anything, they have a severe case of selective hearing.

Outside The Box

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

By JD Hilton Day 57

My initial response is no, but when I look back, there have been many

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
The Screaming Man Definitely did.

situations that I have seen that I initially dismissed as insanity to my own perspective but can see that the situation really was creativity was occurring.

The most creative people create from a place that does not fit into the norms and expectations of  people in society.  It comes down to your own judgments of what is insanity and what is creativity.

The End of The World

If you knew the world was ending tomorrow, who would you make sure you visited today?

end of the world
The Mayans thought it was going to happen in 2012, yet here we are!

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 54

Knowing the world would end tomorrow would make me want to see a lot of people today, for a number of reasons, but I think that this question is good motivation to look at how we value people and how we let relationships drift away into indifference for a multitude of reasons.

Why Fear Mistakes

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 53

As we move through life, there are a few things that become clear are going to be a mistakes-quotes3permanent part of our existence.  No matter how things are going they are going to change. We have a finite time to exist, accomplish and live, and we are going to make mistakes.

If mistakes are an inevitable part of life, and important I think it is important to start to question why we are so afraid of them.  In fact people lie and mislead every day to avoid being associated with a mistake.

Truth Is

Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first? 

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The truth fears no test

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 51

There is a part of me that will argue that you have to challenge everything before you can accept it as a truth; otherwise you are susceptible to believe anything that someone tells you.

Yet there is another thought  I have that sometimes you can just know that something is true without investigating it at all.

My contention is that most often you should challenge a truth, because even the wisest people don’t know when to accept something as it is.

What Price Would You Pay?

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
10 years for fame or beauty

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 51

There is no way I would forfeit one day of my life to become extremely attractive or famous because I simply think that both things are subjective and are they really worth it?

Now there are some things that I might seriously consider this proposition but for being attractive or famous I don’t think it would be worth it.

Being Attractive is definitely not worth it

I Am Me, I Have No Choice

what makes me me
What makes me, me?

Why Are You, You?

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 48

Today when I think about myself, I do not feel all that much different from the person I was at younger moments of my life.  Yet I know that when I look in the mirror, that person has seen some things. I have to wonder what exactly makes me me?

I think that it is kind of mind boggling to think that of all of the billions and billions of people that have ever existed in the history of the earth, that there has never before been anyone who is exactly like me.

Meat Loaf, Messing with a Generation

Things I Learned Listening to Meat Loaf

meat loaf
Many valuable life lessons have been taught by this sage

by Jonathan Hilton Day 47

It was awhile ago that I was driving down the road with my best friend of forty years,  when the song “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”  by Meat Loaf came on the radio.

We laughed and said how stupid the song was, but then almost without our conscious choice, we were singing along loudly and we both knew all of the words to that song. Two dudes in their mid-forties who obviously had too much time on their hands as adolescents.

Pushing Your Buttons

Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

pushing elevator buttons
Don’t look at the lights

by Jonathan Hilton Day #44

I am sure there are plenty of different philosophies to answering this question, and I believe the type of person you are will determine your behavior when it comes to elevator button pushing. The differences in this area are not meant to create divisions but to define who we are as people.

Personally when I have the occasion to use an elevator, which surprisingly doesn’t happen very often.  I am transformed into a ten year old boy fascinated with this form of

What I Like About You

What is the most desirable trait another person can possess?

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 43

What_I_Like_About_You_title_cardI think it is impossible to pick one trait another person can possess. There are many factors that contribute to a personality and allow you to get to know someone in a real and genuine way.

 To narrow the multitude of traits to one would be much too difficult to do in the short time I have to write this so I am going to give five traits I think are desirable in others.  I could probably come up with twenty without working too hard but the list of five will have to do.

Worst Question Yet

 Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 40

37When I read this question I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. My answer is neither  but not because I have anything against genius or even anything against a simpleton, (whatever that means).

 I assume the question is designed to make you feel like genius comes with worry and if you are a simpler person you will experience joy. I reject the question as biased and borderline offensive.  Here are my thoughts.

Dream A Little Dream

What does ‘The American Dream’ mean to you?

by Jonathan Hilton

dream-quotesDreaming is one of the powers of the human mind. There are all sorts of dreams, day dreams which distract from doing our work, and then sweet dreams which occur at night to portray worlds, people and situations we may never see any other place.

There are nightmares that bring our deepest, darkest fears to our experience.  The American Dream is a phrase that has symbolized many things to many people. To me it means that anything is possible if a person is free they can do anything they set out to do.

The Price of Love

If you could experience true love for only a week of your life would it be worth it?

by Jonathan Hilton Day 36

love worth livingSometimes life seems to be full of things that are dichotomous to experience. Both bitter and sweet to the senses and often times we have to make a decision if they are worth it or not.

 Love is one of these experience in life. There are so many positive things to it but in the end you have to wonder is it really worth it?  Wouldn’t the time be better spent developing a talent or learning to fly a kite or something?

Nothing Left To Lose

If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

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You Can Do It Now!

by Jonathan Hilton

Day 35

There are two ways to go with this answer, you can say if something hasn’t happened yet then it is not ever going to happen and you could lose the few strands of hope you have left for accomplishing the task.

Or the other answer can be that the time must be ripe for whatever it is that you have brewing, and dream of achieving, and the only thing you have to lose is more time passing before you achieve whatever it is you want to accomplish.