Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 45 comments

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"It is not length of life, but depth of life." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Yum Yucky January 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

oh my dear Lance. You’ve challenged me once more to deeper thinking. And what comes to mind first and foremost is my family life….
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

…the depth in family life….so, so good.


Emergefit January 23, 2011 at 3:23 am

Done. Look forward to what’s next….


Jean Burman January 23, 2011 at 3:25 am

The depth… yes… definitely the depth! Lovely image as well Lance. Can’t wait to see the changes you have coming up for us soon in the new expanded Sunday Thoughts! Hope all is good with you?
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Yes, all is well…thank you for asking! Working on that depth myself…

Hope you are well, and sending my love your way….


Dave January 23, 2011 at 3:56 am

I’m looking forward to seeing the changes you have planned. Exciting times!! 🙂
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

…it’s all coming very soon!!


Marty January 23, 2011 at 4:17 am

Now you sound like my kinda person! I sense we come from the same train of thought. I reserving a space in my brains hard drive to store what you have to share.
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Suzie Cheel January 23, 2011 at 6:11 am

So true Lance, Today that is so meaningful as I am reading the Architecture of abundance and feeling I need to spend more time in silence, journaling etc, that’s when one expands into that depth
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Ohh….I so agree. Moments of silence, especially, are what add much depth for me. It is in those moments that life does add meaning. And from that meaning…depth…


Shamelle@EnhanceLife January 23, 2011 at 7:14 am

This is a great quote referring to the fact that your life may be long, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you lived a life that was meaningful and fulfilled your purpose.
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

…and we never know how long that life of ours will be. What we can do, though, is add depth by touching upon that which speaks from our soul…

Great to have you here today!


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} January 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

I so totally love the simplicity and depth of this thought today 🙂
Thank you for sharing dear lance!
by the by…i sent you a Super Important email…..hope you got it??
So Much Love,


Lance January 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I’m working on catching up this week…and I’m sure I DO have something from you…

Much, much love…


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} January 24, 2011 at 3:34 am

I know Lance…catching up seems to be the theme of my week too 🙂 Let me know if you haven’t received it..will resend.
Lots of love~


Keith January 23, 2011 at 8:32 am


This quote exemplifies the fact that many words aren’t necessary to impart great truth and meaning. I remind myself of this particulat truth daily. HOW I live my life matters more than how long I live it.

Bless you, my friend, for sharing this today.


Jody - Fit at 53 January 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

That saying along with the picture brought a million thoughts to my mind. I really loved that pic! Thx for starting my day off even better. I just got back from a great run with a beautiful sunrise here in southern CA!
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Happy California running!!! (I could go for that warmth about now!!)


Evita January 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

Beautiful Lance! Reminds me of the idea that it is never about quantity, but quality.

Happy Sunday and happy new beautiful winter week 🙂


Lance January 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Happy Sunday to you, too, Evita!!

The quality of our lives…is what truly matters….


Angelia January 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

This is soooo true and wonderful Lance. Love the colors and texture of this beautiful photo. I, for one, am glad it’s the depth that matters. Too many times I wasted the length, before I discovered the depth.
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

…keep shining your depth….it’s beautiful.


Jannie Funster January 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Deep is the life that lives.
Deep is the love that gives.

Deep is a smile, an ear that bends.
Deep is the bond between friends.

Deep eh? 🙂

Lovely photo, so sweet.

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Jean Burman January 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Jannie… I love that poem! It’s just so true. [Sorry Lance for butting in here… but I just had to say ;-)] Thanks for posting that Jannie 🙂
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I love this poem too!! (and feel free to butt in anytime!!)


Lance January 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Deep and beautiful!!

And you, sweet friend, shine always!!



Dr. J January 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I really like Emerson! He wrote so many wonderful messages with such style.


Laurie January 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

This quote really hit my heart. We lost my mother in law on Tuesday, just three short weeks after we moved to a new house and moved her in with us. While she was 83 and did have a lot of years, they were tough years but she never lost her spirit and beautiful spark. I will miss Jane.


Lance January 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about Jane. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Joe, and with all of Jane’s family.

Much love and peace to you,


Sibyl - alternaview January 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Lance: I really love that quote. It points us right in the direction we should be. The reality is that if we are only looking at the surface of life, it really can be overwhelming and pass right by. Once we can understand a little more about ourselves and who we really are, we really can appreciate all that life has to offer. Thanks for this Sunday thought. I really liked it.


Lance January 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

So, so good to have you here today.

Yes, it is just so much more than what’s on the surface. And the thing is, are we getting beneath that surface? When we do, when dig a bit deeper – there is an added richness to our lives…


Lynn January 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

So true – Emerson was a wise man. As are you, Lance.
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Lance January 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm

And you are one very sweet and caring woman!!


JoyChristin January 24, 2011 at 1:44 am

Gosh, Evita stole my comment..:) My 2011 theme is embrace simplicity. This month I find that simple for me is clearing space and allowing only the most cure, fresh, enriching quality into this space.
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J.D. Meier January 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

How ironic … yesterday, I wrote a simple one-liner note:
“Live your life with depth.”

Emerson said it best, and he always has a way with words.
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Tess The Bold Life January 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

If one can be too intense because of too much depth that would be me. My plan is to live with depth and laughter! Love the photo and quote. Have a great week!
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Little Lessons Under the Big Sky January 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Lance, I have always loved this quote. So happy to be able to comment. I want you to know I am an ever-faithful reader, even when your comments are closed.

Thanks for continuing to bring me inspiration and thoughts to ponder…….
Hope your New Year is bringing much joy and peace into your world!

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Delena Silverfox@Coupon Codes January 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Quality, not quantity. I love it. It’s amazing sometimes, when you look back on the time that just flew by, and you wonder where YEARS went, with so little to show for it. So much time, and it didn’t count for much. And yet, you can have a fantastic weekend filled with great memories, special moments, and connect with people and let them touch your life, and you wonder that it was “only” two short days.

Definitely depth.
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Lauren January 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Dear Lance,

Great thought. I’ve always been one to prod and poke at the depths. And I hope I have a long life in which to do it! 😉

It’s always good to come see what yummy stuff you’re up to.

Big hugs,
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Mariam January 27, 2011 at 3:09 am

It’s a very inspirational quote. And what does the depth of life means to you? For me, it means that do not go where the path may lead but instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.
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Laura August 22, 2011 at 1:12 am

I love Sundays and sometimes it makes me so emotional and I really don’t know why…
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Thomas August 23, 2011 at 3:20 am

Sundays are one of the best days we can have because it can make the day very rewarding and relaxing…
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Helen Chris August 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

Finished! You made me a inspiring sunday! Take your time to relax..
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Alexis August 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

Sunday is always the best day for me and my family. We all go to church and have fun after…
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Violita October 19, 2011 at 7:46 am

A depth thought.Sunday is my offering day to God.My family always go to church and having lunch at my auntie’s house.Thank you for reminding me.God bless you.


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