Centennial Edition: Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 41 comments

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Some days my vision blurred.
Fall down.
Am lost.
Out in this great big world.

And still.
A guiding hand to offer help..
A voice from distance far.
A human spirit so close to me.

Footprints we do impart.
A journey down this path.
A jungle, this life can seem.
Much clearer, when you're with me.

Like a sunrise in the morning,
Lighting up a brand new day.

Your light it brightly shines,

Connecting you, your soul, to me, to mine.

And there is peace.
And there is love.
And there is unity.

As I pause and reflect back over the past one hundred weeks, what I am most inspired by are the deep and caring conversations that have developed around a single thought each week.  Each one of you has been a gift.  You, who have read these words and let them touch your soul.  You, who have shared deep and meaningful comments.  You, who have shared very personal stories, both publicly and privately.  Every one of you, being here, is a gift.  A gift to me, and a gift to each other.  And the parting thought that I keep coming back to is that we are here, together, on this earth.   All of you make this life journey more meaningful for me, and for each other.  With deep gratitude, I thank you for the gifts you have so beautifully been.

Together…we are one.

Peace, love and unity.

~ Lance Ekum (April 2010)

Note:  A special thank you to Natalie Merchant and the Perkins School for the Blind for the beautiful music.

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Chania Girl April 18, 2010 at 1:51 am

100 Sundays is an amazing feat! Congratulations, Lance, on this milestone!

Thank you for the ways that you touch our lives every week. I know that I look forward to all your posts, but the one I most look forward to is the Sunday Thought for the Day.

You are a treasure in this world and are encouraging many, many, many people every day. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone followed this example. One person might not be able to light up the world, but each> person lighting up their corner of it … and passing the light along would have the world lit up in a moment ( … more or less 🙂 ).

So many blessings to you today, Lance.
.-= Chania Girl´s Last Fabulous Post ..Looking for Zen in all the Wrong Places =-.


Joy April 18, 2010 at 2:10 am

How beautiful. Absolutely. & it’s one of my favorite songs. “For everything you’ve done, you know I’m bound… to thank you for it:)”
*You* are Light, pure and true. You share your heart in this space, and that touches each reader in some way. The energy you share certainly makes a difference; on great days it magnifies my own, on hard days it reminds me of all that I believe in and hold dear. Thank you for the beautiful reflection I see when I look into the mirror your space here provides.
Much peace….


Suzie Cheel April 18, 2010 at 2:36 am

Congrats Lance for both 100 Sunday thoughts and your vison and dedication to inspiring the blog world
You are a shining light 🙂

I love the song- such a reflection of you too.

Thank you for your gifts
with love
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Monday Inspiration =-.


Darren Sproat April 18, 2010 at 2:59 am

This is absolutely beautiful, Lance. I want to echo what others are saying and thinking and that is “What a wonderful gift you are to all of us.” I came across your blog just over a year ago and quickly realized that you and the blog community you are building is a wonderful source of inspiration to me. You and your community are engaging and inspirational… thank you, Lance.
Peace and blessings to you and yours,
.-= Darren Sproat´s Last Fabulous Post ..Take The Mulligan =-.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} April 18, 2010 at 3:16 am

Oh Lance,
You have no idea what this Sunday thought means to me. Its the one thing i look forward to reading every sunday ..and it stays with me all week..and in someway will stay with me all my life. I must thank you for enriching my life with your gentle wisdom.
I just know, Lance will have me FEEL as soon as I land on his blog. Your thoughts touch the right chords of the heart and enlighten the soul.
Thank you for being part of my happy sunday experience always.
I am honored to be part of this TOGETHERNESS!
Much love,


Richard | RichardShelmerdine.com April 18, 2010 at 4:38 am

This is really beautiful and I thank you for it. I’m kind of new around here but I’m enjoying what I’m seeing so far. Keep up the love guys!


Trish @IamSucceeding April 18, 2010 at 4:43 am

This was just simply stunning! Touching! Made me smile with tear filled eyes. I LOVE your Thoughts of the day…they truly enlighten me…thank you. I hope your day is just as enlightened =)
.-= Trish @IamSucceeding´s Last Fabulous Post ..Slimmin’ Sam (Featured Fave) =-.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} April 18, 2010 at 4:59 am

p.s. A big big congrats on 100 Thoughtful Sundays…..I dont know when i started reading your sunday column…but its been a year 🙂 A year full of lance’s thoughtfulness. How so very wonderful 🙂


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work April 18, 2010 at 5:23 am

Lance you are loved. You are a connector of hope and authentic expression. Thanks for all you do and for the courage you constantly show to be you. Uplifter is the word that comes to mind, when I think of you.
.-= Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s Last Fabulous Post ..When Doubt Is Good =-.


Jeanne April 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

Thank you Lance.

A most beautiful posting



Lynn April 18, 2010 at 6:40 am

I always look forward to your positive posts, Lance, and look forward to many many more.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Its share, stroller traffic and props =-.


Jannie Funster April 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

A jungle, this life can seem
But Lance makes it more like a dream

His good thought for every week
A haven for kind souls to speak.

A jungle of like-minded hearts
A hundred weeks — a very good start!

With love from me and Blue Bunny too!

.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Texas Miracle Roses (a blog post in only 343 words — and 5 photos!) =-.


Jody - Fit at 52 April 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

Lance, you are a gift! I am so glad I found you! Loved this post!

.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Starfish Story =-.


Farnoosh ~ Prolific Living April 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

Lance, this would make such a great opening or closing for a yoga class. We always try to add on a positive note that stays with us, and my teachers should take note (Well, someday I hope to take and this is definitely noted). Thank you! Happy Sunday and hope it’s finally warmed up in your corner of the world….


Joy Tanksley April 18, 2010 at 9:43 am

Oh, thank YOU. Lance, I am in the midst of some really intense, exciting, and totally scary life decisions right now. Your post today inspired me and helped calm my chaotic thoughts. Much, much love to you. And congratulations.


Caity April 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

Wow, 100 Sundays? That is so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing these Sunday Thoughts with us. Even though I haven’t been around long enough to see 100, I have definitely seen quite a few of them and have been following you for many months. I have been truly touched and have learned a lot and grown a lot from what you had to post for us. I just thought you should know.

What a beautiful video today. I love that song. It was so inspiring to watch them all sing it. I think this week I need to remember that even though I may feel lost, there are people that are all around me offering me help and I need to allow them to help me. So often I try to walk the path of life alone for whatever reason or another but it’s always better when you have someone with you to make you stronger.
.-= Caity´s Last Fabulous Post ..Go Yankees =-.


Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker April 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

Lance, you are the beautiful sunshine on my Sunday mornings, the smile that lights my face so many times because of your wonderful uplifting articles like this one. You brighten the day of so many of us. Thank you for being the light that you are. I appreciate your support.
.-= Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s Last Fabulous Post ..Belief Systems And Incest =-.


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills April 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

Lance, you touch my heart brother. Such is your gift, to cut through the static of life and reach hearts all over the planet with your kindness and sincerity. Thank you for all that you give.
.-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s Last Fabulous Post ..How Our Relationships Reveal Our Beliefs =-.


Akemi -Real Life Spirituality April 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

Happy 100th Sunday! I love this series. Keep up the great work.
.-= Akemi -Real Life Spirituality´s Last Fabulous Post ..Review: Happy For No Reason By Marci Shimoff =-.


Cheryl Paris April 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

Hiya Lance,

Congratulations on 100 weeks and 100 Sun – thought for the day. This is beautiful.

.-= Cheryl Paris´s Last Fabulous Post ..How To Avoid Relationships that Sap Your Soul =-.


Lori April 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Whoo hoo! One hundred weeks — what an accomplishment to post such loving and wonderful photos and words Sunday each week.

To me, this says it all:
“Every one of you, being here, is a gift. A gift to me, and a gift to each other. “
When I come here on Sundays, I feel I’m with a lovely tribe of people and the warm fuzzies just keep on rolling.
Thanks, Lance, and congrats again.
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..What She Said =-.


Nadia - Happy Lotus April 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Hi Lance,

Congratulations on the 100 weeks! WOO HOO! That is awesome.

And amen for all of us being united. How I wish more people would recognize the fact that we are all brothers and sisters who are in search of the same things. However, I have faith, that in due time, more and more people will be rooted in love than in fear.

And here’s to another 100 weeks!


suzen April 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Hi Lance – AWESOME! And so have the other 99 been! Keep shining!


Robin Easton April 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm

All I can say is that I sit here crying. I love you and thank you from my heart. You are beautiful! Always beautiful. Love, Robin
.-= Robin Easton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Are Your Maps Holding You Back? =-.


Kimberley April 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm

You are very inspiring Lance. Thank you.
.-= Kimberley´s Last Fabulous Post ..My Week Challenge Update #5 and Week #16 Goals =-.


Evelyn Lim April 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm

A celebration it is for sure! Congratulations for making it to the 100th mark. Your commitment and intent is clear. You are already a beacon of light to the world. Thanks for being who you are!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..5 Lessons From How To Train Your Dragon =-.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now April 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm

It’s us that should be thanking you. To share your talents with us is a gift. Every time I come to your blog I am inspired to feel more deeply, love more deeply and connect with others more deeply.

100 weeks is just the start. I look forward to the next 100.


Tim April 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Hi Lance:

First off…happy 100! You’ve been a great supporter to me and a lot of us here in the blogosphere…thank you as well for your support, your positive energy and your good heart. You’ve been an example of someone sending out a constant stream of good karma. Second…wow, what an awesome version of that song!! I’m blown away, thanks for sharing and best wishes for more!
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Improv Resources =-.


Wilma Ham April 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Amen! Love Wilma


Shannon April 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Yay for 100! That is fantastic! Several times today I thought I needed to get on the computer to see what inspiring message you had waiting…beautiful!


Mindful Mimi April 19, 2010 at 2:34 am

Happy Sunday Thought birthday!
I love coming back for it each Sunday and you have inspired me many times.
Thank you dear friend.
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.


Barbara Swafford April 19, 2010 at 3:08 am

Happy 100 Sundays!

Your beautiful words remind me of what Marianne Williamson says, “…We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

YOU, my friend, are truly a shining blessing.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Blogging – Have A Plan? Or Fly By The Seat Of Your Pants? =-.


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord April 19, 2010 at 6:25 am

Lance, it’s no secret that you’ve touched my life deeply with your beautiful words since I started reading your blog a year ago. Your kindness is reflected in everything you do; your compassionate heart sings God’s love to strangers and friends, alike. You — being who you are on this earth — forever change the landscape in a spectacular, breathtaking, and inspirational way.
You truly are kind and generous, and I want to thank YOU, as well.
Having said that, I will graciously accept your gratitude, which feels like the freshest spring air.
Much love, my dear friend!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Letting Go (A Poem) =-.


scheng1 April 19, 2010 at 6:32 am

Love the last part about love, unity and peace. Hope that those who are affected by the recent natural disasters can remember that life is still beautiful, despite the natural disasters and many irritations in life.
.-= scheng1´s Last Fabulous Post ..Business strategies: Deceiving the heaven to cross the sea =-.


Erin S. April 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

This is so cool! Thanks.


Mama Zen April 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Thank YOU, Lance!
.-= Mama Zen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Review: The Life O’Reilly =-.


Brenda (betaphi) April 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Lance, what you’ve done with your blog proves that if we look for the inspirational in life we will find it. You are so inspired and inspiring. This video really touched my heart because I was considered legally blind for twenty years. Four surgeries turned my vision from -1100 to -350. I love peeping through the layers of the jungle and finding your big grin looking back at me here. Much love and gratitude to you.


Lance April 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I am touched by your sweet and kind words. As I read through these all again tonight, I am reminded of what truly matters in life. And that is the beautiful connection with others.. I very much feel a deep sense of peace, love, and unity. That is each of you, writing from deep within. You each hold a very special place in my heart. I am humbled and honored by everything you have each said, and know that as I read your words (now and in the future), they sustain me, they lift me up, and they guide me in living my life.



Angelia Sims April 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm


Thank YOU. Thank you, for your incredible words of kindness, for filling hearts and souls with Sunday thoughts each week, for always responding so dearly and heartfelt.

Meeting your blog has encouraged my life greatly! Meeting your beautiful, dear, astoundingly awesome family in person? A blessed gift I will cherish forever. Thank you for the hospitality. I will hold it close in my heart. You will always be my inspirer to swing from vine to vine of the life jungle with bellowing war whoops of joy.

Thank YOU for being you and being my friend. 🙂
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wordful Wednesday =-.


J.D. Meier April 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I like the “footprints.” It’s a great metaphor for the traces of our impact and legacies.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Those Moments When You are Most Alive =-.


Hilary April 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

Hi Lance .. beautiful, bountiful, blessed – thank you many times .. glorious that the blind can sing and soar their glorious voices, so we can see their words ..

Congratulations on your centennial .. amazing record .. and your header changes .. jungly, to snowy topped, to nice and simple .. and all the people you bring across to visit us .. let alone all the laughs along the way ..

Long may it last – Hilary
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Pevensey Castle, Normans Bay, smuggling and family remembrances … Part 1 =-.


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