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It took a bit of time to understand why this quote appealed to me.  But I think that I’m beginning to understand.

Show me someone whose going to tell me how to live my life, how to do it right, how to succeed, and I find myself turning away.  To me, these are the people seeking glory.  They want followers and a spotlight.  They wilt when no one is watching.

Instead, I’ve always paid attention to those who are in the middle of doing.  I had my own step stool at my grandparent’s.  I pulled it up to the kitchen counter so that I could work at the double sink alongside my grandmother.  I also had a child-sized broom to clean up after Bumpa finished drilling all the holes in a new cribbage board.  I actually still have the board – half a log on a pedestal.

Bumpa didn’t tell me how amazing it was to work with your hands.  Instead he made things for my grandmother.  She didn’t tell me how important it was to gather around the table and eat together.  Instead, she who hated fish, made tuna salad for her grandkids because we loved it.

They didn’t do these things to inspire me, but clearly they did.


There is so much noise in society today.  People telling you to buy.  Music and sound bites.  It can be hard to keep track of the small voice of God and the inner voice that urges us on.  That’s why, at least for me, quiet it vital.  Spend some time listening today.


Use your mental powers for good!  I’m not saying that everything you experience is “in your head,” but we do have an incredible ability to shift things towards the positive as well as the negative.  Sadly, I sometimes think I do more negative shifting. Fortunately, God sends me little nudges and a wide variety of chances to go positive.  That said, there are things that are just bad and sad such as the bombing in Manchester.  At those times, I have to remember to get out of my head and pray.



Like so many people, there’s nothing I like more than seeing a great movie on a big screen in a theater. At one point, I used to go every single week, partly because I had a writing gig as a movie reviewer, but mainly because I love to watch stories come to life. Along with the popcorn, I’ve found some crunchy nuggets of wisdom in dialogue from films I’ve seen – sometimes even universal truths.

When you want some inspiration:

Carpe diem. Seize the day! Make your lives extraordinary.

When troubles come knocking at your door:

I want to be alone.

You talkin to me?

Go ahead. Make my day.

When you want to keep it all in perspective:

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

Just keep swimming.

When you need to stand up to challenges:

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

I’ll be back.

I’m mad as heck and I’m not going to take this anymore!

When things get hectic and hairy:

Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.

When you want to make changes in your life:

If you build it, they will come.

I am the Captain now.

When you need a reminder that you never walk alone:

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

You had me at hello.

May the Force be with you.

If you think nobody sees what you’re going through, never forget that you’ve got a silent partner – always available on spiritual speed-dial (AKA prayer.) May your life always be blessed and your popcorn always be fresh as you create the story of your own life. Here’s looking at you, kid!

Credits, in Order of Appearance:
Dead Poets’ Society
Grand Hotel
Taxi Driver
Sudden Impact
Forrest Gump
Finding Nemo
Dirty Dancing
The Terminator
The Wizard of Oz
All About Eve
Field of Dreams
Captain Phillips
Jerry Maguire
Star Wars


Have a Mary Little Christmas

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