Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 42 comments

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"A philosophy of life: I'm an adventurer, looking for treasure.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Special Note:  On Monday, December 13, 2010 – 8 PM ET – I'll be interviewed by Peggy Nolan, discussing "Overcoming Your Fear Factor" – details here.

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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JoyChristin December 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

Hi Lance,
Paulo Coehlo is one of my favorite authors! I read “The Alchemist” in one sitting then gave the book as presents to my friends. This quote speaks to me today because I have opened my boat to a very special couple, who chose to spend the holidays with my children and I…not only will we be surrounded by love, but also we all tend to find the treasure in the magic is indeed very much actively alive:) This is how my little family will start the new year..and I know that love and magic will magnify each moment we are open to it–very exciting!
My theme words for 2011 are simplicity and adventure..perhaps a ‘simple adventure’….:)
Happy Sunday!
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm

May your holidays be filled with magical moments that land as treasure upon your soul…


Katie West December 12, 2010 at 4:54 am

Wow. That so sums up how I want to live and how I live. Leave it to Paul Coelho and you to remind me today. There is no other way except to enjoy this fabulous journey. I spoke to a large corporate group this week and it seemed like the prevailing energy was to be afraid of the experience of wonder. That somehow, by wondering and allowing ourselves to not know where the treasure is, we are lesser of a person. The whole journey is not about the moment of finding the treasure…it is, as he, says the adventure.
Thank you for starting my Sunday out right.



Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm

This journey we’re on…it’s one that is truly ours…and it IS fabulous!!

…the treasure really is the journey…


Julie December 12, 2010 at 6:55 am

And the treasure is within, in that we can create—in the power we have TO create—whatever it is we want. 🙂 Knowing this and seeing it in action, enjoying the fruits, being delighted by this magic—this is the real treasure.
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

…mmm…these words you share today are the thoughts that bounced around in my heart as I first read this quote…that journey within…treasure indeed…


Lynn December 12, 2010 at 7:12 am

I wish I could listen to your interview, Lance – I’ll be in a committee meeting. Perhaps there will be a recording of it?
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I believe the link about will also be a recording once the interview is complete.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} December 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

oh Lance..treasure..isnt that what lies within each and every one of us. Amazing and kind of weird that we keep looking for it outside us..when in all right here. We just need to look deeper…and thats the best kind of adventure…isnt it 🙂
I’ll try to catch you on the radio hear your beautiful wisdom…
Lots of love,


Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Yes…it is most definitely within us!! And that journey…the one to discover THIS treasure…that’s one that is so worth taking…

Love to you,


Jean Burman December 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

So cool Lance… love this quote 🙂

I’ll look forward to hearing your interview on blogtalkradio after the event as I will probably be sleeping [or some other silly such thing over on the other side of the planet] as you go live to air! Bravo… go you!
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

That’s what makes this interesting right – being ALL over the world!! Hey, I know…so we can hear each other live…I should come for a visit (I’m LIKING this idea!!!).


Jean Burman December 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Hahaha… that’s the thing with the internet it makes the world so accessible… except for those pesky time zones that seem to be opposite here in Australia from everywhere else on the planet… [and we’re upside down as well]… which only adds to the problem [grin] But Oprah is setting the world right for us here this week with her visit but who knows what will happen next week when she goes? Either way it’s great that she’s here leading the way for others to follow. It’s a great country and I’d love everyone to see it and look forward to welcoming you Lance… and whoever else wants to venture this way for a visit!
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm

And you know what, Jean…I DO want to visit Australia, to see this amazing place you call home.

It’s even better, though, because YOU are there…so that day, it may just happen (…I would likely be half asleep, though!!)


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord December 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

I, too, am an adventurer, looking for treasure… And Lance, in friends like you and the experiences we share, I find I couldn’t have dreamed of treasure so golden or great.

Thank you… ( * bow * )
Happy Sunday, wonderful friend!
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Isn’t that is what is so amazing and beautiful…when we open our heart and soul to the adventure…the treasure is just so much more that we could even fully fathom!!

…and you, sweet friend, are a treasure in my life…

…Happy Sunday most definitely!


Jody - Fit at 53 December 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

I am a person, looking for an adventure with a treasure as the side effect!!! 🙂 LOVE that quote Lance!

Can’t wait to read about this interview of you & overcoming fear! I will not be available at that time unfortunately.. but I hope you write about it!
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm

That’s it!! The treasure is all just part of the adventure…not just some end treasure at where this journey is taking us…

Hmmm….maybe I will write about this interview…I hadn’t thought about that!


Yum Yucky December 12, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hi Lance! The picture you chose is fantastic. I love the serenity of a quiet beach for deep thinking.
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm


The quiet, the water, the deeper thinking that comes…

Good, good stuff…


Broderick December 12, 2010 at 11:57 am

I’m starting to take on that role more and more Lance. I’m finding it to be much lighter and easier to find the treasure when you become the courageous adventurer.
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Lance December 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Good for you – that’s so great to read!!!

And, as you go forth, may you continue to seek the adventures that speak from your heart…


Natalia December 13, 2010 at 6:32 am

So many treasures so little time! I like finding treasures that I wasn’t looking for! 🙂
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Lance December 13, 2010 at 6:54 am

Those treasures that just appear in our lives…way, way awesome!!!

Have a SUPER Monday!


Keith December 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm


Awesome quote!! Just reading it fills me with that sense of adventure. Like I want to go actively seek out an adventure…..and I think I just might do exactly that!!

On my journey thus far, I have found many treasures, of which I count you as one.

Thank you as always my friend!


Lance December 14, 2010 at 10:53 am

Savor this journey to the treasure….the treasure within…and all that comes from that…

And you too, my friend, are a treasure…


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now December 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

When we stop trying to make life into something and start seeing the amazing treasure that is all around us, we know that we are in our perfect place. I think it’s about opening to our imaginations and embracing the infinite beauty in each moment.
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Lance December 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

Infinite beauty. What wonderful words to pair together!!

…and something I see in you…and all you bring on this journey of your life…


Eliza December 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Marc introduced me to Paulo Coelho. We are both determined that we will walk the Santiago pilgrimage. To hike the entire way takes about 1 month, but we will do. Interestingly, it is something that spiritually draws both of us.
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Lance December 14, 2010 at 10:55 am

Mmmm….that sounds like such an amazing experience…and one that will take you more deeply into your core. I believe. I believe in you and Marc, and the journey the two of you are on…


Peggy Nolan December 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm

That’s exactly it…I’m an adventurer looking for treasure! Love Paulo! I subscribe to his blog and his facebook posts. Always something interesting and thought provoking from him!

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Lance December 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

Adventure. Such a deeply meaningful word to me…in many realms.

May your journeys lead to adventures that continue to touch your heart…


J.D. Meier December 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Hell yeah! Now that’s an empowering metaphor!
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Lance December 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

It SURE IS empowering!!!!


Little Lessons Under the Big Sky December 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Love this, Lance.

I think that the funny thing about finding treasures is sometimes they are disguised as junk….then you tear away all the layers of dirt and WALLAH! There is the treasure. So much like life, we have to uncover the treasure…’s more than just finding it!

Here’s to finding adventure during the hunt:)
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Lance December 15, 2010 at 5:01 am

I love this that you have shared!! Treasure amongst what might seem like “junk”…so, so true. And when we uncover that buried treasure…what an amazing adventure that can be!

Jen, thank you for this, and for all that you give!

Love always,


FatFighterTV December 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I have definitely found a lot of treasures in my life’s adventures – mainly love and friendship. 🙂
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Lance December 15, 2010 at 5:02 am

Mmmmm….love and friendship…the BEST treasure there is!! And know that YOU are a treasure to me…your friendship, your being here, you…


Andrew @ Blogging Guide December 15, 2010 at 6:00 am

I like that thought. Sometimes the treasure that you’re looking for is just around you. You don’t really have to look hard to find it.


Lance December 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm

It’s like that treasure is right there…and how if we just stop…we’ll see the beauty of it all!!

Great to have you here today!


Dr. J December 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

Wish I was standing on that beach, Lance!!

Fear never rests. We can push it back, hold it off, stamp it down, but it has a patience and persistence that will find the cracks and explore them.

Best of luck to all of us in what I feel is the greatest battle of our lives.


Lance December 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Dr. J,
That beach DOES look sweet!!

…finding that treasure…the deep and meaningful treasure – that’s such a great path to travel…


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