Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 46 comments

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Creative Commons License photo credit: R.O Mania♥

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

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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Miguel de Luis May 23, 2010 at 1:41 am

Life change is
I shall live that change with others
Be transformed
and transform
enjoy kindness
and be kind
and along the way
create some wonder
and play along
.-= Miguel de Luis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Alternatives to character sheets =-.


SnaggleTooth May 23, 2010 at 2:44 am

Survive it, n excell at it!


Dave (MisterGoodGuy) May 23, 2010 at 2:46 am

This one pulled me up short this morning. The power in these two short lines is amazing.
This morning I plan to walk with the dogs in the sunshine admiring the Bluebells as I go! 🙂
.-= Dave (MisterGoodGuy)´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Mona Lisa is a Fake =-.


miruspeg May 23, 2010 at 3:10 am

Hello Lance, beautiful photo and thought for the day!
It’s my hope that I can remind myself and those around me to more often realise what exquisite shimmering miracles we all are.
Hugs and love
Peggy xxxx
.-= miruspeg´s Last Fabulous Post ..Centre of the Road =-.


Suzie Cheel May 23, 2010 at 3:20 am

Wow , Butterflies keep appearing in my life after getting a message last week asking me is I was seeing butterflies in my life- this is the 3rd instance in the same numbers of days. What I plan to do is to inspire and empower help people to transform and share their message with the world
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Law of Attraction How to Guy:Michael Losier =-.


Jeanne May 23, 2010 at 3:57 am

Celebrate you and surround yourself with people that do.
Thanks Lance so much for all you share
Blessings t you all
Love Jeanne

Love your photographs and quotes
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..SON SHINE =-.


Jules - Big Girl Bombshell May 23, 2010 at 6:32 am

The Sunday thought is perfect! My answer………..LIVE IT!
.-= Jules – Big Girl Bombshell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Slice of Life Saturday =-.


Lynn May 23, 2010 at 6:34 am

Yes – live it and revel in it. Exactly!
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..King Plow, must have gotten a deal and yum =-.


Joy Tanksley May 23, 2010 at 7:09 am

As the amazing Ms. Oliver tells us in another one of her poems (“Wild Geese”), I plan to “let the soft animal of my body love what it loves.” When I do that, all things fall into place.


Farnoosh May 23, 2010 at 7:22 am

Lance, as I go through this yoga workshop by this revered master in the whole world and stay disappointed, I realize that I need to be true to myself and that Anusara yoga, no matter how popular in this area, is not for me and never again will I let the influence of others decide what is the true rhythm of my heart – and in my case, I need to stay true to Ashtanga and Power Yoga and pursue my certifications in that path. I know it’s not a deep response to a deep question but it’s all I have for us right now :)!


Tess The Bold Life May 23, 2010 at 7:36 am

I’m plan on filling my life and others with as much love as I can! One of my favorite all time quotes!


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord May 23, 2010 at 7:39 am

Happy Sunday, Lance!

I plan to do whatever moves me in the moment… and to keep learning and growing in the name of love.


Shannon May 23, 2010 at 8:39 am

Appreciate the gift that it is
and enjoy each moment.
You start my sundays off on such a good note 🙂


JoyChristin May 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

Before I came online this morning I journaled. My entry was a note to myself and to the Universe that “this” is exactly what I want to do with my life, and I listed “this” all out. And asked God and the Universe to hear me and grow the good while helping me to release anything holding me back and to heal the wounds that allow me to have internal barrriers. I had time to read one blog before enjoying this day with my children. Yours was it…Absolutely Divine, Lance. Divine. The photo and the quote. Thank you!
I plan to continue to live my life fully; to embrace each moment as it is; to celebrate Love, Beauty, Joy, Peace; to revel in the place that I currently am; and to Love with my entire being….


Jannie Funster May 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

Ummm, such a sweet quote, with major meaning behind it.


Blog A LOT to share fun and good stuff. (Did you realize I kind of like blogging? A LOT?) 🙂

Take care of plants.
Take care of pets.
Take care of people.
Play a ukulele.
Play, play, play. 🙂

Oh, and yeah — that love thing Tess mentions — totally do as much of that as I can!!



Jay May 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

As my good friend Tom Cochrane once sang: “Life is a highway, I’m gonna ride it all night long.”

I plan to continue living, loving, and enjoying all that life has to offer.


Evita May 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

Hi Lance

Incredible photo – the way that butterfly is held and yet not held to not harm it in any way, is an excellent metaphor for our lives. We should care for them, nurture them and allow them to be all that they can, without smothering our lives or holding onto them too tightly, for that only limits us.

Beautiful words to match the photo!
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Old Journeys End With New Priorities =-.


Julie May 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

Live with my whole being, all aspects of my body, mind, and spirit vibrating in tune, “being” as much as I can…all with the goal of being love made visible. It matters not what I’m doing as long as I’m fully being love. In this, all my moments will be simply unbounded joy. And life, life is simply a series of moments, isn’t it. 😉
.-= Julie´s Last Fabulous Post ..Nature Speaks =-.


Jody - Fit at 52 May 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

That pic is amazing! The quote, thought provoking! I have been in a funk of sorts so this really has me thinking. Thx Lance!
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Chemicals & Cancer: Perfumes & Chemicals =-.


Davina May 23, 2010 at 11:51 am

Have a lot of weeks that start with a Sunday morning like this. Peaceful. Content. Well rested. Good reading. Good coffee. Fresh, early morning rain. Beautiful lush green trees outside my window. Am I dreaming? Or am I awake? 🙂 Happy Sunday, Lance.


Lance May 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

What is it I plan to do with this one wild and precious life I have? Wow, those two words – WILD and PRECIOUS really jump out for me. It reminds me that this is the one life I have (that I am aware of) – and I can BE whatever I choose. And that’s such an empowering thought. Today…I choose to live my life filled with a connection to heart and soul. And in that – find the joy that comes from BEing in that place. Some days I’ll succeed, and some days I will falter a bit. In being conscious of this, though, my hope is that I have more days where I’m truly living from that heart-centered place. One that, like the butterfly, gives me wings to FLY…FLY in whatever direction my heart leads me. Much peace to all of you, dear friends, new visitors, and all who pass by this place…


Lance May 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

@Miguel – Miguel, this is really wonderful stuff! “Creating wonder”…now that really sounds GREAT!

@SnaggleTooth – Hi Snaggle! Excelling at life…whatever that means for each of us, right! Awesome!

@Dave – Hey Dave!! There really is much power is this short saying today. And…I really think you’ve hit upon one of life’s beauties…just wandering and taking in whatever happens to come your way. Hope the walk was one filled with many moments of “sunshine”!

@Miruspeg – Peggy! So great to see you!! This photo really is special! We all ARE miracles, yes we ARE!! And, thank YOU for that sweet reminder today! All of us have so much to give! Big hugs and much love right back to you!!

@Suzie – Hi Suzie! What a beautiful message…the butterflies!! It just makes having this photo today even more meaningful to me! And, Suzie…you so definitely do that – you INSPIRE me to live my life beautifully! And I am deeply grateful for that…

@Jeanne – Hi Jeanne! Celebrations of ourselves and those around us add so much to the beauty of life! Many blessing to you, sweet friend!

@Jules – Hi Jules! There is something about that word – LIVE – that has special meaning for me. So, seeing you list that here, it touches upon something deep within me – and a reminder that this life we have…is one to be LIVED. Really LIVED!!! Love it!!


Angelia Sims May 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Here’s the thing….I don’t *plan* a whole lot, but will actively do and seek a whole lot of love, laughter, and living as much, and as long as, I have it in me. With my last breath, I will cherish the life I was given with no regrets.

The butterfly is gorgeous. Happy Sunday Lance!
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Danger High School school zone ahead =-.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now May 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I’m helping earn a living doing what they love to do, so they can change the world.


suzen May 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Hi Lance! Well you picked a butterfly for the photo – and I’m ALL about butterflies since I think I am one! I am – and have been for 63 years now – on a butterfly-like journey thru life, trying everything that holds appeal, have wonderful adventures learning things, spreading love and joy whenever and wherever so that is what I am doing with this one precious life!


Keith May 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Hi Lance,

I plan to live my life expressing and experiencing Love, to encourage everyone I encounter, and to lend a helping hand.


Lance May 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

@Lynn – Hi Lynn! Ahh…I love the idea of “reveling” in life! It speaks “wonder” to me…

@Joy Tanksley – Hi Joy! Ms. Oliver is new to me, and “Wild Geese” sounds wonderful, too! That really speaks to loving who we are…at this moment. And what a great thing to do!

@Farnoosh – Hey Farnoosh!! Actually I DO find this to be a deeper response. It really feels like you are looking not at what matters to others, that it’s really about what feels right to you. And I just find that to be deeply moving. Maybe it only feels like it’s just this one little area. And yet, it’s an area that is deeply important to you – I know that. And that’s what makes all that you’ve said so beautiful…it’s spoken from the heart.

@Tess – Hi Tess. LOVE is it!! I really believe that – and so, seeing this response from you…that’s wonderful!!

@Megan – Happy Sunday Megan!! That word MOMENT…it’s so easy to say. To say we’ll be IN THE MOMENT. And our life is filled with these – every second of every day. And it can be easy, even when we’re intentional (I KNOW!!) to still let moments slip away. And Megan, I know your heart is filled with so much good – and as I read this…I know….I know that you do this so well. I’ve felt that very deeply in our conversations, and it’s moving to experience that – from the other side. You are a gift. A gift most definitely wrapped in love…

@Shannon – Hi Shannon! LOVE and LAUGHTER – two things I very much connect with! It’s great, always, to have you here! Keep laughing…and keep loving…sweet friend!

@JoyChristin – Hi Joy! You know…it’s a joy to read this that you’ve shared from your morning today. And to see the connection – between this and what you did – Divine, indeed! And how wonderful that you’ve taken the time to write this all down – what a great way to really be intentional about your life. Joy, you shine “living fully”! And in that….life has so much to offer you… Much love to you, dear friend.


results not typical girl May 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

The photo made me think of my daughter and how blessed I am guide her transformation. Thanks. 🙂
.-= results not typical girl´s Last Fabulous Post much blog would a good blog blog… =-.


Lance May 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

@Jannie – Hi Jannie!! Hey, guess what? I had an inkling you were blog loving writing reading kind of gal! (and I was able to use the word INKLING! How cool is that!!) So, three big things I take from this – CARE and PLAY and LOVE. What a wonderful trifecta! (another cool word!) Jannie, keep shining your AWESOME out into this world!

@Jay – Hi Jay! Keep on ridin’ down that highway…it’s an awesome one! (just like YOU!)

@Evita – Hi Evita! The picture of the butterfly…it feels like he’s cradled, to me. Held close, yet allowed to fly, to grow, to explore new territory…to leave the safety of the cradle…when he’s ready. And I find life to very much be that way – if we are cradled in love…and at the same time allowed to fly – when we expand our wings and really take off – we do that with love always with us…and that’s pretty wonderful!

@Julie – Hi Julie! To BE. That’s what I take from this – to really BE what your soul speaks. And what really touches me – this idea of it not mattering what you are doing, as long as you are fully BEING love. Julie, these words are so deeply moving for me. Life is a series of moments…each each day…each hour. And you just shine LOVE so much in all of that…and it is beautiful!

@Jody – Hi Jody!! And the thing is, this really has me thinking, too. That’s what I loved about it – the questioning that came with it. I hope the funk heads on out, soon…

@Davina – Hi Davina! What a wonderful way to start the day – in a state of dream-like awakeness! Happy Sunday to you!!


Wilma Ham May 24, 2010 at 12:42 am

My life is about being love in Action, and have a great love filled Sunday everybody, xox Wilma


Vincent Nguyen May 24, 2010 at 1:35 am

“Accepting passivity & negativity only leads you on a life of mediocrity and boredom, wake up and L.I.V.E.!”
L= Live to (L)ove
I= Live to (I)nspire
V=Live for (V)ariety
E=Live to (E)ngage
.-= Vincent Nguyen´s Last Fabulous Post ..The importance of a warm "HUG": Poem: Why We Hug =-.


Colleen May 24, 2010 at 7:50 am

Just finished watching “Leap Year” with my husband. In the movie the old (older that me) couple gave good advice to the young couple. “Kiss like it’s your first kiss, and your last kiss.” I think I’ll try and live my day today like it’s my last day! 🙂
.-= Colleen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Tri Cities Washington Cold Winter Nights Makes For Abundant Springtime Babies =-.


Hilary May 24, 2010 at 8:53 am

Hi Lance .. just wonder at life and what it can hold .. the unknown ahead .. happy times .. while doing what I can today – remembering to remember this is your life ..

Sometimes the words just get us .. love the quote .. thanks so much – Hilary
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Silent Pianist Speaks … =-.


Lance May 24, 2010 at 10:14 am

@Angelia – Hi Angelia!! And maybe that’s it…perhaps it’s not about all the planning we do, anyway. Maybe it really is about living from our heart – loving, laughing, and somehow leaving the world a little better in the process. Angelia, you DO that!! And it’s beautiful to see! Happy, happy Monday!

@Karl – Hey Karl! And what’s so GREAT about this – you’re making the world a better place…by helping others to realize their potential! What a wonderful gift to the world!!

@Suzen – Hi Suzen!! So…dear butterfly-friend!! I love that! You ARE the butterfly! Keep spreading your wings, and touching all with the LOVE you give so freely! It’s a beautiful gift, Suzen! Big hugs to YOU!

@Keith – Hi Keith!! LOVE. It’s a common theme I’m feeling here today. And that is so AWESOME!! Love is such a special thing…and something I believe that all of us hold on dearly to. Keep on being LOVE, Keith – what a beautiful gift!

@Results Not Typical Girl – The gift we can give our kids…being a guide in their transformation through life! What a wonderful thing! Your daughter is lucky to have YOU!!!

@Wilma – Hi Wilma!! Two words really touch me here – BE and LOVE!! I think that all touches upon the core of who you are. Wilma, you are such a shining beacon of love – and when that is truly about BEING in that moment – and letting LOVE be the emotion, the verb, the way – what a truly amazing place to be at! Much love to YOU!

@Vincent – Hi Vincent!! What a GREAT acronym for LIVE!! Keep on really LIVING this, Vincent…the world is better with people like you, being this!

@Colleen – Hi Colleen!! Ahhh….the thought of that…the first and the last kiss. I am reminded of the newness of life, along with the beautiful connection with another soul. Such a caring and awakening thought! Thank you so much for sharing this – it is so touching…

@Hilary – Hi Hilary!! This is our life!! Indeed it is. And – just think about that. Our ONE life (that wee know of). How do we really want our days to be filled? When we CAN look at the world around us with wonder – what a beautiful thing! I’m reminded of young children – and how they are absorbed by the newness of life and all around them. If we can all keep that childlike wonder…wow!! Love your thoughts here today Hilary!


Erin Prais-Hintz May 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

One wild and precious life!
So true!
There is only so much to be done, but by doing the best that I can for the good of the most people I feel that I will be honoring my precious life. Thank you for that reminder today, Lance!
Enjoy the day!
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..My Inspiration Wears Pigtails =-.


Diane Fit to the Finish May 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I love this thought! My answer is to Embrace Every Moment.
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..Subway Gift Card Giveaway! =-.


Michelle@EatingJourney May 25, 2010 at 3:21 am

Realise that I have a choice EVERY SINGLE day to make my life what I want it. That I can sit back and be a victim to things or choose to overcome them. Also, that I am the ONLY one that can truly validate my soul. Without my own validation, NOTHING outside of it will ever give me what I am yearning for.

Oh, and eat ice cream.


Lance May 25, 2010 at 5:28 am

@Erin – Hi Erin!! So…we can’t do everything. We can find those things that really matter to us, and put our heart into them, right! And when we honor the people, as well, that cross our path – what a beautiful life that is!! Erin, you so wonderfully shine all of this! It is so good to know you!

@Diane – Hi Diane!! Those moments…yes, if we can fully embrace ALL of them – the big and the little ones….we really are just that much more connected to a deeper and richer life experience. Awesome!!

@Michelle – Hi Mish!! Choice! You know…that’s something I think about quite a bit – the choices that we (I) have. We always have a choice – even if it’s just in our attitude. Mish, you have been a beacon of what is possible when you choose from your heart! It’s so wonderful to see!


J.D. Meier May 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Boy, talk about laying your budget right out on the table — one precious life.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Why We Make Bad Decisions – Errors in Odds and Errors in Value =-.


Caroline May 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Beautiful and thought provoking! What to do with this one wild life??? Hmmm…

I think I will:
take more risks
not give up on myself
push my limits
dance more
live by following my heart

Thank you Lance…I needed this reminder today 😉
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Living a bold life =-.


Jan May 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Lance, this is one of my fave quotes and I can never be reminded of it too often. Thank you. May we all fly free – and creatively so!


Lance May 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm

@J.D. Meier – “One precious life”….that sure says a lot, doesn’t it…

@Caroline – Hi Caroline! What an amazing list! I love it – it really speaks to living and growing! It’s so great having you here today…

@Jan – Hi Jan!! Like that butterfly…flying free…when we all do this – we live in harmony with what our hearts speak…


Barbara Swafford May 27, 2010 at 3:25 am

Hi Lance,

As usual, awesome photo. Awesome quote.

Me? I’m going to make the most of it. 🙂
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Are Blogs Dying? =-.


Jannie Funster May 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

whoops, almost posted my comment for your next post on this one…

so over to the correct post goes I now…

.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..ME / CFS Phoenix Rising Video =-.


Mindful Mimi May 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

Good question!!! I don’t plan that much (just a tiny bit 🙂 but try to live it: my passion (creativity), every day to improve my life and that of others.
Thanks again for inspiring me (a little later than Sunday).
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them. =-.


Lance May 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm

@Barbara – Hi Barbara!! “Making the most of it”….sounds pretty awesome to me!! Great to see you today!

@Jannie – Hey Jannie!! I LOVE having you wherever YOU show up!!! xoxo

@Mimi – Hi Miranda!! You SHINE creativity, sweet friend!! I see that very much in you…keep letting that out for the world to experience…it’s beautiful!


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