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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

Dreams For Our World

by Lance Ekum on August 28, 2008 · 34 comments

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

So, I started thinking the other day, after reading by Monica, from Healthy Green Moms, about what kind of dreams I have for making our world a better place.  She wrote an article at 5 Minutes for Going Green about Living Your Green Dream.

I have a dream about a world where many of our different modes of transportation can coexist better together.  Where there are easy ways to cross busy highways.  Where bikes have space to drive.  Where people are excited about alternative modes of transportation.  Where mass transportation is readily available, and people want to use it.

We all have dreams.  Are any of yours about making our world a better place?  Please share them here.  And think about ways we can make our dreams become a reality.  A dream put into action is a powerful thing!

What Are We Missing?

by Lance Ekum on August 25, 2008 · 41 comments

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“We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.” ~ Gloria Gaither

On my way to and from work, I travel through a small village near us.  Just last week, I noticed, for the first time, that there is an historical marker just as you come into town.  I just noticed this, after living here and driving by this exact spot for the last ten years.

Ten years, and I never once noticed this.  Sure, I saw the buildings.  And I noticed the stream.  But I never noticed the signs indicating that this was an area of historical significance.  Ten years.  Driven by on a regular basis.  Why had I never noticed it?

We get caught up in what we’re doing, and don’t notice that which is around us.  Sometimes this is a landmark along the way to work.  But other times, it’s things like the relationships we have in our lives.  Things maybe we’ve been taking for granted.  Maybe it’s a shelter you walk by and never think about what goes on in there.  Maybe it’s a neighbor you’ve never really talked to, and just don’t think about in your daily busy-ness of life.

In the journey of life we’re on, let’s not lose sight of all the rainbows out there.  Some are out for us to see all the time, if we’ll just open our eyes, our minds, and our hearts to see them.

So, my challenge to you:  Make it a point this week to notice something that’s always been there.  Find something that you’ve been missing.  It’s out there, you just have to look for it.  Maybe this means looking at things differently.  Maybe it means slowing down and really looking around.  Maybe it means venturing out of your comfort zone.  Whatever it means for you, do it.  Find something new and be refreshed at discovering a rainbow that’s always been there.

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

Sometimes You Just Have to Take That Leap

by Lance Ekum

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Skydiving – A Story of That First Step In Faith A daring adventure, this was.  Let me tell you the story.  My wife would be celebrating her birthday.  What to get […]

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Keeping Fit While Traveling: Guest Post

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: late night movie Note: This is a guest post from Zen to Fitness.  Zen to Fitness has a passion for fitness and living a simple life – along with reading, writing, and travel.  About six months ago, he began eating an improved diet of whole foods, while also adding more exercise – and […]

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Olympic Strength – It’s In All of Us

by Lance Ekum

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid” ~ Audre Lorde The Olympics.  Athletes who have taken the love of their respective sport to their highest level. Power.  Dedication.  Commitment.  Resolve.  Words that describe these […]

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Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: James Jordan “Only as high as I reach can I grow, Only as far as I seek can I go, Only as deep as I look can I see, Only as much as I dream can I be.” ~ Karen Ravn

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Maintenance, Do You Do It?

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: Sveden “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, […]

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5K Race Report – Hills Edition

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: Pandiyan “The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” ~ Robert Frost 5K Race Report Race:  Saturday morning, 8:30 AM.  Local state park.  Small event. Saturday morning started with beautiful weather for running.  Temperatures […]

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