Beauty of Light
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"What you do for yourself – any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself – will affect how you experience your world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the world. What you do for yourself you're doing for others, and what you do for others, you're doing for yourself." ~ Pema Chödrön

The Miracle

by Lance Ekum on October 26, 2010 · 77 comments

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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. " ~ Albert Einstein

The Miracle


You are amazing. 

You are filled with so much possibility.

You are a human soul, given this beautiful vessel…your body, your soul, your being…for this time here on earth.


This moment.


The miracle.

"Human beings do not live forever, Reuven. We live less than the time it takes to blink an eye, if we measure our lives against eternity. So it may be asked what value is there to a human life. There is so much pain in the world. What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye?

I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life.

It is hard work to fill one's life with meaning. That I do not think you understand yet. A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here."

 ~ Chaim Potok

The miracle…is YOU.

You possess unlimited potential.  Today, at this very moment, in this place you are within…you.  You are so amazing!

That we are here, experiencing this human life we are living…that is a miracle.  To have this life we have here on earth, to have been born into the human-ness of our being…what an amazing thing!


Believe in the miracle.

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The miracle.

The miracle is you.

It's easy to get bogged down in the daily of our lives, and not fully see this miracle that we are.  Good friend and fellow blogger, Katie Tallo, has created an e-book – the 7-Week Life Cleanse – which is all about helping you to become more focused on that potential that is within you.   This e-book is a wonderful resource for guiding you toward more fully connecting with the amazing being that you are.

Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on October 24, 2010

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"And when he came to the place where the wild things are, they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws—till Max said “BE STILL!” and tamed them with a magic trick of staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once, and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all and made him king of all wild things."

~ “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

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"There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them." ~ Andre Gide

The Story

In September, I had the opportunity to spend several days in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado.  The scenery from my quaint bed and breakfast was magnificent!  Still…it is one thing to stop and view our amazing earth, and another altogether in becoming one with that earth.

The Devil's Backbone Open Space – a hiking/biking area was just outside the door of this little B&B.  The owner shared with me that this is all accessible near the back of their property.  On a trip I'm on all by myself, I wander out through the back yard and locate a trail that is part of the Devil's Backbone hiking area.  Perfect!  I just have to walk through some long prairie grass (and a partial trail) to get there.  Off I go, on a beautiful autumn evening in Colorado. 

I walk about fifty feet, and stop.  Stop, to check out a sound I hear just to my left.  The prairie grass is sparse but long, so I bend over to get a better look. 

What is that rattling sound, anyway?

I bend over a little further to see what's there.  (this would be a great place for you to really question my brilliance…)

Rattlesnake.  Less than two feet from me (mostly from my face, because I've bent over to get a better look)

Or, perhaps I should say:  "Rattlesnake!!!!"

Are there some things that just scare you, for no particular reason at all?

I probably did exactly what you shouldn't do.  In a moment of panic, alone in this wilderness…

I ran.

I ran as fast as I could (see, I knew that marathon training would pay off!!), watching my feet, and where they stepped, the whole way back to the driveway at the back of the B&B.

The Fears We Have

Have I ever had a negative experience with a snake before?  No. 

So, while this was a very real fear, in that moment  – it's not really that different from the perceived fears we have, also. (the monsters we think are out there)

In the case of the snake, my thinking was "I don't want to get bit!" and "Why is he doing that?". (I am obviously not a snake expert…)

In the case of our perceived fears, it's:

"I'll look like a fool."

"What happens if I fall on my face?" (literally or figuratively)

"It's such a crazy idea."

"I'm not good enough to do this."

…or any of the other fear statements we might make to ourselves. 

I have.

Have you? 

And have you let fear stand in the way of trying something?  Or perhaps, have you started something, and reverted back at the first sign of fear?  (much like seeing that snake was for me)

The Second Part of the Story

"You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?" ~ Dr. Seuss

Having seen this snake (or – call it a monster), I was unsure about going back out and exploring this magnificent country right outside my back door (or – call it your bliss).  Every step I took, I took with care, unsure of what might be lurking in the weeds. 

A couple of days later, I ventured back into The Devils Backbone Open Space.  I chose a different path this time, one that was fully a path.  Still, starting out down that path, that fear was there (I knew what I had encountered just two days earlier).  I was uneasy, uncomfortable, unsure.  Still, I kept moving forward.

Forward…and toward amazing scenery that I was now within!

Back to Daily Life

How about you?  Are there things you are perhaps missing out on…fear holding you back from taking those steps into the direction of your dreams?

Or maybe you've been trekking down that path toward your bliss, only to be setback by having some fear come up (what are the monsters that hold you back?).

Wherever you are on this path of your life, whatever you are facing today…believe in the possibility of YOU!

YOU…are AMAZING!!  Believe that always…

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

~ Dr. Seuss

Your mountain IS out there…for each of you!!   When you move beyond those fears, with courage, toward your bliss – you shine your amazing light out into the world.  What a gift that is!!

Shine YOU…YOU in all your technicolor beauty…out into the world!

Final note:  The first question my kids asked me upon hearing this story:  "Dad, did you get a picture?"  I'm sure you can guess the answer…

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