Treasure Chest of Life

What We Value

valuables 1It is revealing how the things we attach value to change over the years.  Some things that once meant everything to us, now mean absolutely nothing, and conversely, some things we didn’t value at all, come to mean everything in our lives as you grow and your values change.  I believe that understanding the things that are valuable or important to us is a huge part of growing and finding what makes you a happy, productive human being enjoying life on this planet. Let’s see what things I am putting into my treasure chest of life. 

My Curriculum

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

564232_438576869504774_929540821_nPresented with the opportunity to teach anything I wanted, and assuming that anyone wanted to learn, there is no doubt that I would try to teach a few of the things I have learned from life that I think are important.

 There were many important things that I never really considered early on in life, which has proven to be invaluable and nearly vital knowledge today.

 These lessons may not be mind blowing but I think they are important for you to be all that you want to be in life.  Whether you think they have a place in your life or not is up to you.

Choices Define Life

“At some point in our life, every one must decide if they are a creator or a critic, a lover or a hater, a giver or a taker.” ~ Unknown

the choices are all yours
Choose wisely

Life is a short ride, and the decisions we make each day determine if that ride is a thrilling experience that makes you hold your breath or if it is a calm walk through the park.

The choices we make every day will determine the tone, happiness and satisfaction we get out of life. Choose well.

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.

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.

Crossroad Choices

I Went Down to the Crossroads

We all face many crossroads in life, but making decisions never gets easier.
We all face many crossroads in life, but making decisions never gets easier.

I have been mulling over a lot of choices lately. Which way I should be going, what move will take me down the road that I am supposed to move down to find success, happiness, love, or destiny?

Life has a way of putting you into positions of choice. Some are minor and we make them without much fanfare and move on with our day. Then there are others that seem to be huge, decisions that will affect the path of your life forever.

Challenges and Choices

challenges-make-life-interestingThe 50 Experience #1-

Age is just a number, however, there are some numbers that are much more intimidating and thought provoking than others and turning 50 is one of these. To me, as this milestone approaches, I have conflicting feelings, I assume all people are the same.  I have fears and insecurities about life, just as I did when I was turning 40, 30, 20 or even 10.  Hopefully, I have developed tools and learned lessons that have helped me navigate turning 50 in a positive manner and embrace the experience. Of course, reflection is one of the tools that I use often to understand the value of an experience and to take that lesson into living my life every day.  Challenges and choices are the first essay in a series about this experience.

Good Morning

morning hopeNow as we move on in the super gratitude project I am going to say that Day 9 is upon us. Today I am expressing my gratitude for the opportunity that each day brings and the fact that I am looking for it.

Focus on What you Have

So many times in life, it is easy to focus on the things that we are lacking. Fame, money, a brand new black supercharged Ford Mustang.  All of these things can make our life seem like it isn’t what it should be.  Yet the facts are indisputable and can’t be changed, in the dawn of each new day exists the infinite possibility of accomplishment.

Making a Choice

decitcionsEvery day we are responsible for making a choice.  We make choices about how we feel about everything and everybody.   When you are lacking money, what choice do you have? When you are lacking love, what choice do you have? When you are lacking praise and recognition for your greatness, what choice do you have? That is what I want to write about. In all things we have a choice, it is given to us when we are born and our choices dictate the experience of our lives.  We just seem to forget that how we feel about anything and anyone is dependent on making a choice.

The Choice Is Yours

The-Choice-Is-Yours_Theme_Pastor-Steve-McCartt-Family-Worship-Center-Florence_Web-930x523In every moment we have a power to create all our experiences in life and they are created by our exercising the power of choice. In all things there are choices to make and the results of these choices will lead to the nature of your experience.  It applies to everything and everybody our choices define our lives.

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.

The Time Is Right for Right

When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 25

when_is_it_time_to_stop_calculating_risk_and_rewards_and_judt_do_what_you_know_is_rightIt seems that everybody in the world operates on a risk and reward model on which they base their actions on the chance of being rewarded or punished for the outcome of their actions.

Yet I say that the time is always right to act regardless of the risk or reward and this is why.

I Do Not Like Mean People

Why Mean People Are MeanI don't like Mean People

One of the things I like the least in life are mean people.  Mean people exist and thrive on crapping on the attitude, accomplishments,  interests or well being of someone else, with the sole purpose of making themselves feel more powerful or to increase their own self-esteem.  In a word these people are toxic and need to be avoided at all costs. They can leave you feeling worn out, tired, depleted and negative about everything but most importantly about yourself. It seems that they spend all day thinking about how to be mean to people.

The Forty one Year Fight

Mike Martin and I have been friends for forty one years.  There are not many people in the

41 year fight
Even though Mike is always wrong, he still argues with me all the time. He is so stubborn.

world outside of your family that you have known your entire life, and still call them your friend. I am fortunate to have had a friend for most of my life, who is cantankerous, stubborn and is often not right about anything! He would tell you the same thing about me.  We work together right now and that leads to many conflicts about virtually every subject.  When I started this new Picture Project I was in between two of these conflicts, so it only made sense that the first picture should be a symbol of the fights we have on most days.  These “fights” are more philosophical battles, where we do not agree on much of anything.  But when the chips are down, I know I can count on him and he on me.