Blog 4 Cause

by Lance Ekum on October 29, 2009 · 68 comments

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"Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they're always there." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Blogging For A Cause

Breast cancer has affected countless millions of people – from the women and men who have had this disease, to their family and friends who love them. 

Estimates show that breast cancer is newly diagnosed in approximately 200,000 women each year.  And while the risks are much lower, men are not immune from this disease either.  That's about 550 new cases of breast cancer EVERY DAY.

Much is being done to develop cures and bring awareness this deadly disease. 

The Susan G. Komen foundation is the leading breast cancer movement in the world, working together with people from all reaches of the world, in search of a cure. 

Today, you have the opportunity to help support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. 

Together with my friend, Joanna Sutter, we have teamed up to create an e-book. 

Blog-4-Cause

This is no ordinary e-book.  This is the collective effort of over 150 writers from throughout the world.  Writers uniting together in a race for the cure. 

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Every one of these writers has contributed a favorite article to this e-book, creating a wonderful collection of stories.  Stories of inspiration, personal growth, fitness, food, humor, and more. 

Today, Joanna and I are asking for your help. 

Please visit the Susan G. Komen Blog-4-Cause website to learn how you can support the mission to end breast cancer.  In addition, you'll find information on how to recieve this Blog-4-Cause E-book, our gift to you.  A bonus e-book, from author and life coach Tim Brownson, is included as well.

There is much hope in a future filled with possibility.  Together, we all can make a difference!

With deep gratitude,
Lance and Joanna

Stars Up In The Sky

by Lance Ekum on October 27, 2009 · 56 comments

Night on Earth
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“I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.” ~ Amy Tan

Preface

This morning, a cool and brisk start to the day.  In fact, with the shifting sunlight hours, and darkness staying longer, it seemed like the middle of the night.  Now was the time, though, if I was going to get outside and get a morning jog in.  A quick three miles, down mostly deserted streets. 

The Dawn of Something More

The early morning darkness was made even darker by a heavy fog engulfing the area.  So dark, that I couldn't make out the edge of the road from the grass beside it.  No traffic. An occasional light as I happened by a house here and there.

I approached the top of a small hill.  The road surrounded by woods on both sides…complete darkness. 

Then, light, faint light. 

I looked up. Greeting me, a chorus of stars as I came out of the fog and into a clearing.  Stars, shining bright in the darkened skies.  It all seemed so surreal, so larger than life..coming from complete darkness, into these amazing stars shining their light into my life! 

In the quiet stillness of this morning, out amongst the stars up in the sky, I was drawn into the magificence of our world!  More than that, though, I was drawn into the light from these stars, and the deeper meaning that has for me.

The Star In YOU

Like all those stars up in the sky, lighting up the night, each one of us has that star within. 

YOU.  Yes, you.  You have that star within you.  It's there.  Maybe it hasn't been fully discovered.  Maybe some days a cloud cover comes over, drowning out your light.  Maybe the star within you doesn't seem as bright as someone else's. 

It's there.  Within.

It matters not how bright your star is compared to someone else.  To one, you could be the light that matters.  It matters not that your star within is not fully discovered – it's not for any of us, and will continue to become more present as we continue on the journey through our lives.  And it matters not that you don't shine that same brightness every day.  That's what other stars are there for, to brighten our way when our light alone is not enough. 

It's there.  Listen to your heart, and that light from your star within will shine it's true colors.  Colors that shine the real you!

Believe!  Believe in you, in the light that you have to share! 

YOU are amazing!

Island of Solitude
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"When just starting out on a new journey it's only natural to feel vulnerable. After all, it may seem that you have much to lose. But may I remind you that never again, at any other point in the same journey, will you have so much to gain." ~ Mike Dooley

Planet Sunset
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"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Marie Curie

We live in an amazing world!  Just look around and try to fully grasp all that we are part of.  It's so filled with awe, don't you think?  And let's just look at our natural environment, and forget, for a few minutes, about our man made things.

Look at what nature has given us. 

Today I'm over visiting Kristin Tennant, at Halfway to Normal

Kristin, creator of the Love List project, invited me over to look more deeply at what love means.  This Love List project began in late September, and I was drawn into the concept Kristin had of sharing more freely about those things we love – all of them, big or little. 

Join me over at Halfway to Normal, as I discuss the wonder of love settling like fog.

Kristin's writing style is filled with her heart, shining through.  You can keep up with her by subscribing to her blog or following her on Twitter.

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photo credit: ChrisK4u “Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.” ~ Margaret Laurence   Note:  Special thanks to Belinda Munoz, for the direction to this quote.

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by Lance Ekum

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” ~ Christopher Reeve We’re writing an e-book for the cure. That’s right, WE are writing an e-book. And by “WE” I mean any writer that wants to be part of Blogging For A Cause. Joanna Sutter, who writes the blog Fitness and Spice, and I have teamed up to […]

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by Lance Ekum

photo credit: David Winnie “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin The journey into our deep spiritual side is one that is a personal journey for each of us, and one that continues throughout our time here on earth.  Today I’m […]

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