The Experiences of Life

by Lance Ekum on · 85 comments

“The big ques­tion is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adven­ture ” ~ Joseph Campbell

How are you choos­ing to live?  More than the work you do, more than the things you have — what are the expe­ri­ences in your life that make you feel fully alive?

The Expe­ri­ences of Life

Life is a series of moments.  Strung together, these moments are the life we are liv­ing.  Many of these moments are sim­ply ordi­nary moments.

Eat­ing din­ner.  Sleep­ing.  Watch­ing a movie.  Clean­ing the house.  Dri­ving to work.  Etc. Etc.

And per­haps these moments feel just that way — “ordi­nary”.  Espe­cially those which we repeat­edly do.

How do we make even these seem­ingly ordi­nary and daily moments come more fully to life?

The Adven­tures That Stim­u­late Our Lives

Step­ping out of the com­fort zone we’re liv­ing in is such a pow­er­ful way to re-energize our senses.  And in ener­giz­ing our senses, even the most basic of daily rou­tines can become new again.

The photo above, is of my wife, Lora — just before she headed out on the track at the Mil­wau­kee Mile to race in a stock car (a very awe­some and cool expe­ri­ence!).  In early June, she com­pleted twelve laps in the Home Depot #20 car — being able to feel the exhil­a­ra­tion of rac­ing, of speed, of cor­ner­ing, of get­ting out­side of the norm.

Note: If you’re hav­ing trou­ble see­ing the short (and slightly humor­ous) video, click here.

Being out­side of the norm, this moment in itself was filled with much excite­ment and with the sense of doing some­thing new.

It’s so much more than that, though. 

This moment is just that — a moment in time of this life we are living. 

…just a moment…

Per­haps, though, that moment is one which some­how changes us.  See, we are not the same per­son we were.  We’ve had this expe­ri­ence (what­ever that is).  And from that expe­ri­ence, if we choose to let it be not just the expe­ri­ence itself, but some­thing more…

…some­thing more…

The expe­ri­ence of being alive, of being in that moment — of feel­ing (really feel­ing) a sense of con­nect­ed­ness to self, to pos­si­bil­ity, to “being”.

What Can Be

Then maybe, just maybe, we can be more fully in the sim­plest of moments in our lives.

Aware of the tex­tures of the foods we eat, the feel­ing the grass between our toes, the watch­ing of the stars and feel­ing like part of some­thing so much bigger.…

This expe­ri­ence of being alive, of not just going through the motions…it is pos­si­ble.  And it does not have to be just one-time flirts with expe­ri­ences.  It is pos­si­ble even in the sim­ple moments of our days.  It is, when we choose to honor the self within and expe­ri­ence the moment. 

Expe­ri­ence the Moment

This is a tough one.  Oh, maybe in those exhil­a­rat­ing moments (like the race car), we are in that moment.  What about all of our moments, though?

It would be a lie for me to say that I’m really (and fully) expe­ri­enc­ing every moment of my days.  And I’m sure it’s that way for you, too. 

We get rushed.  We get dis­tracted.  We zone out.  And many more.  Many more things which keep us from being fully alive to the expe­ri­ence of the moment.

So, this is not some­thing that we’re going to wave a magic wand at, and sud­denly we’ll be so alive in every moment. (hmmm…doesn’t work that way, I guess)

Small steps.  Small steps in the direc­tion of being more fully awak­ened to the moments of your day.

The Chal­lenge

Pick some­thing.  It can be any­thing really — as long as it’s a reg­u­lar part of your life.  Break­fast could be a good one.  Or brush­ing your teeth.  Or dri­ving to work.   Some­thing you do regularly.

Okay — now actively choose to be more aware dur­ing what­ever thing you have chosen. 

Aware of the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes, the feel — really, all that can be in that moment. 

And in this aware­ness, let that feel­ing of being in that expe­ri­ence (as sim­ple as it might seem) awaken you even more fully to the expe­ri­ence of liv­ing this life of yours.

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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Katie June 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Tell your wife, way to go!
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thanks Katie – and Lora likes to GO!!!! (and fast!!) (contrary to what our kids sometimes think!!)

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DorleeM June 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I love this post, Lance!

As always, your posts are so inspirational.

They make you just want to get up and try whatever it is that you are illustrating.

I take my hat off to your wife for trying out racing a car. How wonderful and exhilarating that must have felt!

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Lance June 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Dorlee,
It was a very cool experience – and that was just for me, being there in pit row!!

And that’s it – we CAN do anything!!!

Thanks for the visit – it’s always great having you here!

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Sandra Lee June 19, 2011 at 12:37 am

Lance,

I love this invitation to be fully alive in the present moment! The special exhilarating moments are typically few and far between. I agree fully with the aspiration to make every single moment come alive.

And bravo for your wife!
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Sandra,
No matter what the moments of our life are…they are still uniquely ours. And what is it we are choosing to “be” in those moments, right.

Thanks Sandra – and this one particular moment was a very, very awesome one!!

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Giulietta Nardone June 19, 2011 at 7:38 am

Hey Lance,

Wow that looks like fun! I’d like to do that. You just reminded me of the Lime Rock, Conn. experience near us my husband and I could do.

Love these lines, “Aware of the textures of the foods we eat, the feeling the grass between our toes, the watching of the stars and feeling like part of something so much bigger….”

Life gets lost in the sleepwalking sameness, where we feel safe. I try to get out of there as much as possible. As you point out, each day presents many opportunities to do that. Ones that usually get ignored. Then folks get to the ends of their lives and wish they had lived more fully and dangerously.

I know we enter the world little adventurers – that feeling of aliveness conflicts with the consumer model – it’s really an economic issue. Until we change our economic model to something more healthy, our schools will keep churning out non-adventurers. Graduation speeches crack me up. It’s the first and usually last time, you here that “reach for the stars, you can do it” talk. Why don’t they say that when you get there and reinforce it throughout high school and/or college?

They can’t — it conflicts with having complete control over us. Did I digress here?

Happy Father’s Day! G.
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Giulietta,
There were very limited days for doing this experience here in Milwaukee – and it would have been easy to have let it pass. And the thing is – had it came and went and we weren’t there, life would surely have gone on. Having the opportunity, though, to experience this – as with anything that takes us out of the norm of our days – it creates an opportunity to grow in new ways. And that is so worth it!

I love that term “little adventurers”!!! I’m also reminded of a movie I really love as I read this – “Toy Story” – and how Buzz is all about “reaching for the stars”. And it also reminds me about using our imaginations, and letting ideas come and grow in us…as we DO reach for the stars.

So, I’m thinking you’re onto something with this whole “reach for the stars” message! How can we share this concept with even more people (and not only share the idea, but really develop the belief that it IS possible)?

Giulietta, you always make me think more deeply – and I am so, so grateful for that (and for your presence).

And…thank you!! It has been a wonderful day today!

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Justin June 19, 2011 at 7:39 am

Hey Lance,
Great reminder on being fully present in the moment. We have to keep our lives fresh and get out of our routine in order for it not to become boring.

Finding joy in the simplest things can make this a reality.
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Justin,
Yes – getting out of our routine really helps to keep things fresh in our lives. Couple that with really “being” in our more mundane moments, and life is just filled with so, so much possibility.

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Ewa June 19, 2011 at 7:47 am

It is so much easier to appreciate and be present in those special moments of our lives.
It is difficult to find gratitude for the mundane. Maybe this is why we choose to go through those without awareness, just wishing for them to pass.
I wonder if it is not all about finding meaning in anything we do, even boring, everyday tasks.
I for one, have a lot of trouble with that.
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Ewa,
Yes, those moments that are special have a way of bringing our presence, as well. Now, getting that in the more common daily activities – this really does take diligence on our part. It’s so easy to just go about the daily of our lives, not even really thinking about it (let alone being fully in that moment).

The meaning in the tasks we do – that’s a great way to focus on these moments. And it is, because when we do this, we are for one – more aware of that moment and the “why” behind doing it.

I know what you mean, Ewa – and I’m sure many, many more can fully relate to having trouble with this, also. For me – it’s choosing moments in each day and really focusing on them (a small percentage of my day – but still is step into more fully connecting with me)…

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susan June 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

Hey Lance, this is great!!!! We can make the “mundane” an adventure – it’s all our choice isn’t it? I have to say I love adventure (tho not necessary to drive race cars to find it! ha!) This post sure reminds us all about being present and loving the moment. You’re the greatest example of that! LOVE ya!
hugs
suZen

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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Susan,
Choice. That’s such a key word in all of this. Because we always have that choice – in how we live the moments of our life (even when it might feel like we have no control).

Vroooommmm!!!!

Love and hugs,
Lance

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Evita June 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hi Lance

Whoa is that the coolest thing ever!!! I have always wanted to try a race car on a track. There is something in me to do something like this too… first off I LOVE driving and I love the thrill of the track and the ability to really push the car’s limits.

I am thrilled for Lora and so cool to learn this about her – I love how these little things surprise us that we would perhaps never think someone else would be into. Thanks for attaching the cute video clip too!

So yes, living life in the moment, living life past the challenges, and accepting each one as a gift of growth!

p.s. taking off to Maine’s coast for a week…. your photos a few years back implanted a Maine bug in me… so look forward to seeing the beauty of that coast :)
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Evita,
It was way super cool!!! (and I wasn’t even in the car!!) And it was so fun to hang out with my kids and listen to their commentary as Lora zoomed around the track (most of that commentary involved the words “go faster”!!!).

Have fun in Maine!! It’s a beautiful place to visit! (and now…I’m missing it!!)

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Tim June 19, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hi Lance:

Excellent post, thank you for sharing. It really hits close to my heart. As I get older, I’m realizing that things are becoming less important and experiences are becoming more important. Thank you for sharing your wife’s very cool moment and I’m sure it meant a lot to her that you were there watching. Great thoughts on a very important subject! Have a great Father’s Day!
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Hi Tim,
I’m completely there with you on the value of experiences over things. It’s what brings me the most meaning – the experiences I have in this life of mine.

And truly – these experiences are moments that in some way change us (even if ever so slightly).

Thanks!! It’s been a GREAT day today!!

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Emergefit June 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

Just once I wish you would tell me to be grumpy, and slam a door!!! Now I have to go out and be positive — yet again!!!! Urgh!!!!!!

Happy Father’s Day brother! :-)
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Roy,
Ha!!!

Have a great one, my friend!!!

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Tess The Bold Life June 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Hi Lance,
How cool is Lora!??! I used to do a mantra during my morning meditation. I’ve recently changed it to setting my intention for the day…I decide to put more joy and love in my daily life. I’ve also adopted the word ‘soften.’ Hubs loves it! Southwest has wi-fi now so this is my first comment the air! LOL
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Tess,
Lora is “way cool”!!! (although our teenage kids don’t always say that!!!)

I love that – setting an intention for the day – what a great way to start each day!

And – woohoo!! Wi-fi on the airplane – very cool!!!

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord June 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Lance, you caught me! I was eating a bowl of cereal and am going to put the laptop away for a few moments and savor what I’m doing. I distract myself easily and naturally, but I know that when I’m more mindful, life really does seem to come ALIVE!
Wait, before I put the laptop away, I need to watch that video of Lora… !

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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Megan,
Ha!! I hope you savored your cereal!!

(…and I distract myself easily, too!) (and often…)

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Chris Edgar June 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Hi Lance — thanks for this — it’s amazing, I think, that when we can learn to enjoy the simple, “mundane” moments of life, joy becomes so easily available and is no longer something that we have to constantly chase after by making more money, taking a Caribbean vacation, dating the “hottest” girl or guy, etc.

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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Chris,
Joy is right there for us, isn’t it. And yet, we rush around or sleep walk past it. So, here’s to really becoming tuned into the moments of our days…as many of them as we can…

…now, about that Caribbean vacation…

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Joe June 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

When you’re having a hard time in life or going through periods of tremendous personal upheaval, it is the quiet and mundane things in your life that you miss the most.

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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Joe,
This is such an excellent point – that we sometimes don’t realize what we have until we don’t have it…

Thank you so, so much for bringing this up – that’s something worth discussing more here in this space ( perhaps a post on that sometime down the road…).

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Delena Silverfox June 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

As funny as it sounds –and as much as I get made fun of for it– I always attribute Adam Sandler’s movie Click for helping me remember to be more in the moment. We can get so caught up on autopilot doing all those things which really require no thought anymore, so life passes us by in teenie increments, which is really all we have anyway, and we’re on autopilot!
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Delena,
Well, just that word “Click” is a great reminder to “click on” our senses! So – I think it makes a whole lot of sense! Thanks so much for sharing what works for you – it has me thinking about this whole concept of turning on my own senses more fully…

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David Stevens June 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hi Lance,
Life is a series of “prescious now” moments, like a movie slowed down to frame by frame. I had a number of them yesterday enjoying my first boat trip on the Brisbane River getting a different perspective of the city (from water instead of land). I’m sure that your wife would have been thrilled with her “ride”, it must be an awesome experience.
Great post Lance. Being aware of our moments & embracing them, I feel makes Life special. Also some or many, of our seemingly ‘ordinary’ moments may be very special moments for others less fortunate.
be good to yourself
David
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

David,
Perspective – that’s such a great word to use here! And it is, because when we shift our perspective (like you on the river or Lora in the race car) – we see things in a new light. And that’s such a great way for us to move forward in our lives (should we choose to do that).

Here’s to embracing the moments that make up the life we are living…

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Suzie Cheel June 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Love it- How are you choosing to live? More than the work you do, more than the things you have – what are the experiences in your life that make you feel fully alive?

Well today i am choosing to listen to that small quiet voice inside more and follow my inner guidance so this will be empowering for me and in turn you and others- I am also embracing the idea that what i do is fun :)
Love
Suzie
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Lance June 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Suzie,
I *love* how you are choosing to “be” today! I just sense that this is something that you hold deeply in your soul – and what a gift that is, to come from that place…

May your day today be filled with moments of connection and fun…

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Melody | Deliberate Receiving June 20, 2011 at 3:19 am

Hi Lance,
First of all, you have a bad a** wife!
Second, thank so much for the reminder to be fully present in the moment. It’s something we all know to do, and we all regularly forget. I’m sipping my morning smoothie as I read and write this, and I’m suddenly so aware of the texture, the taste, and even the morning sounds coming in from outside. And just like that I’m present. Thank you!!! I’m putting up a post it to remind myself to do this more often. :)

Hugs,
Melody
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Lance June 21, 2011 at 5:42 am

Melody,
I *love* it!!

Our senses are such a part of us…and yet, it’s way too easy to ignore them, especially in those things which we repeatedly do. So that’s it!! It’s about being more aware, and just noticing all that’s there in the moment (like your wonderful smoothie). Mmmm…and now I’m thirsty, for some reason!!!

xoxo

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Lynn June 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

That is so cool that Lora did that. I’ll watch the video at home later!

And I’ll take that challenge. Maybe while flossing. :)
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Lance June 21, 2011 at 5:44 am

Lynn,
Thanks!!! It really was cool!!!

And flossing is a great one – something we do (well…*ahem* sometimes, for me, anyway!) and just so easily zone out while we are…

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rob white June 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

What a thrill! I’ve taken F-1 race lessons myself but can attest none of those thrills compares to deeply understanding the wonderous nature of our daily lives. My greatest thrill is experiencing awareness while going for a walk with my parrot, Shakespeare on my shoulder. I love your challenge today Lance, indeed we can find that same ecstasy when doing the dishes.

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Lance June 21, 2011 at 5:47 am

Rob,
It was a thrill!! (and I didn’t even race!) And your F-1 race lessons sound exactly the same – very cool!!

And yet, beyond all of this – we have many more moments of events in our life that are much more regular. Are we aware in these moments? (just like your walks with Shakespeare) When we are – even just so slightly – we more into a deeper appreciation for this thing called life…

Thanks Rob – your words always enlighten…

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Jody - Fit at 53 June 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Lance, first, love the wife adventure – LOVE!

This is such a great post as always!!! One thing I have learned with time & age, those moments we thought as ordinary are from from ordinary… They are some of the most important moments in your life. Do not take anything & especially family for granted!
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Lance June 21, 2011 at 5:49 am

Jody,
It was definitely an adventure!! And Lora rocked it behind the steering wheel!!

Each moment of our life is extraordinary…if we choose to see it that way. And when we do, we connect more fully with what truly matters…

Thanks Jody – love what you have shared…

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Angelia Sims Hardy June 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Woo hoo for LORA! Her face says it all. LOVE that pic!

This post really makes you consider each moment and become more aware. I’ve been contempleting the passing moments quite often lately. It’s nice to slow down and really savor them. They go too , too fast (like Lora! HA).
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Lance June 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

Angelia,
It was such a COOL experience!!

It is so easy to just let the moments of our life slip by. Reminds me of a saying I’ve heard: “the days are slow but the years are fast”. How true that is…

And…contrary to our three kids thoughts on speed, YES, Lora was going fast, too!

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Stacey Shipman June 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Lora is SO COOL. I love that you have video, too. Life is all about experiences and just being in them. Sometimes I even think stopping to take pictures ruins the moment…the memories are best left in my mind and my body. I think adventures like this (or whatever adventure means to you) is what gives us confidence. To believe in ourselves and our abilities. especially with a little support from friends, family and professionals (when needed!)

Awesome experience.

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Lance June 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

Stacey,
Lora rocked it out there on the track!!

And that’s so true – adventures (however we define that in our life) help to give us confidence in ourselves and in our possibilities. And from that, there’s this extra added potential to step out there and live a bit more, from knowing what we have done…

Thanks Stacey – really appreciate your thoughts on this!

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Jennifer Richardson June 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

absolutely love this….speaks to my
heartiest places
and stirs up pretty significant joy!!!
Thanks and look forward to
swimming around here some more:)
-Jennifer

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Lance June 21, 2011 at 6:12 am

Hi Jennifer,
It’s great having you here – thanks for joining in the conversation!

And that’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it – when we can stir up the joy within. So, so glad to hear this (thank you!), and wishing much more of the same as you swim around here…

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Audra Krell June 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

When I first saw the picture, I thought it was your wife, then I said, “no, that is a professional race car driver”! Turns out it is her, she is obviously getting professional at living the dream. You two are very blessed to be a part of each others amazing adventure! Blessings to you both!
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Lance June 21, 2011 at 6:15 am

Audra,
Lora sure does look professional, doesn’t she!! It was a very awesome experience – and we had fun just being there in pit row, and watching it all!

….life is a wonderful adventure…

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Darren Sproat June 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I haven’t left a lot of comments but I had to on this one. I am so jealous, Lance… what an incredible opportunity, story, experience. My wife took a dive out of an airplane just a few short years ago and it is something that defines a moment in her life. As I say, there’s no better way to live than to create a memory in every moment that can be cherished for a lifetime. Amazing…
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Lance June 21, 2011 at 7:10 am

Darren,
This was a very cool experience for Lora…and for my kids and I just watching – such a great experience too!

And both Lora and I went skydiving a few years ago – also one of those moments that had a big impact. I remember being on the edge, ready to step out of that plane (okay – if that wasn’t one of the most difficult thing I did…). And had I not taken that step, I would have missed out on something so, so freeing, so spectacular, so awesome. So – very, very awesome – what your wife did!

Here’s to really and truly living our lives…

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Andrew Olson June 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Wow! I think Joey Logano should be scared for his job :) That’s such a cool experience, I would love to do that someday.

Such a good message behind this post. It’s easy to be present in the unusual experience, but being able to find presence and contentment and joy in the ‘ordinary’ has so much power.
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Lance June 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

Andrew,
It’s great to “meet” you!

Ha!! I *love* it!! The Home Depot #20 driver…yes, he SHOULD be scared!!

And that’s it…while being “in the moment” in something like this is very possible, it’s those other more ordinary moments that can have an even deeper impact on our being…

Thanks for joining the conversation here!

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Susie @ Wise At Work June 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Hi Lance.

Oh my, you have an adventurous spirit in your household. Good on Lora! And what a wonderful role model for the kids (and neighborhood).

Although some of us live a more stayed life than driving a fast car, I really appreciate your reminder of awakening the moment. Whether it be the distant sound a small plane, the sensation of the shower, the palpable tenderness in a conversation, or the taste of fresh collards, each moment truly is a gift when we are awake at the wheel.

Many thanks.
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Lance June 21, 2011 at 7:22 am

Susie,
Yep…Lora is a great role model! (although we DON’T let her drive like that through the neighborhood!!!)

And that’s it – it is really the how we are experiencing each of the moments f our days. Because the moments that make up our life – so, so many of them are seemingly ordinary moments (although, maybe we should really view each moment as extraordinary…). And being really in these moments, there is so much power to really live….

Thanks Susie, it’s great having you here!

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Debbie @ Happy Maker June 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Wonderful, thank you for sharing this with us Lance. We do forget to enjoy the moment. When it comes to brushing our teeth we should stop and enjoy it. What if we where in a country that they can’t brush there teeth like we can. Enjoy the moment and appreciate with gratitude.
Thank you for the wonderful reminder. Life is wonderful when we enjoy our moments.
Blessing,
Debbie

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Lance June 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

Debbie,
That’s such a great point – it becomes easy to take for granted some of these things that are part of our daily life. And yet, without them (like toothpaste!) life could definitely be much more challenging.

Here’s to seeing the beauty in all the moments of our days…

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Calli @ Wedding Favors June 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Hi Lance,

Your wifey’s so cool! :) Those are the things that actually make me feel alive – being in some adventure. I’m craving for one these days. I think I have to try what you said so that I won’t feel disappointed that I’m stuck at work.

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Lance June 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

Hi Calli,
It was such a cool experience!!! (and I was only an observer!)

There’s something about adventure, and how it heightens our senses (it sure does for me). Even when we’re not off on some big adventure, though, it still IS possible to really be in our moments…when we focus on being aware (easier said than done!!).

Wishing you many moments of deeper connection…

And…it’s great to “meet” you!

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Evelyn Lim June 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

You said, “It would be a lie for me to say that I’m really (and fully) experiencing every moment of my days. And I’m sure it’s that way for you, too. ” I like that. It’s the truth. It’s sometimes not easy because there can be conflicting demands. However, each moment is a choice. I try my best to make a conscious choice on how I spend my time.

You’ve certainly got an amazing wife! The adventure sure sounds rather cool!!

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Lance June 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

Hi Evelyn,
Yes, each moment IS a choice. And it’s really very easy to let moments just slip by…

So, even if we can take a few of our moments each day and be more consciously aware of them…what a great step that is into being “in” our lives…

And – thank YOU!!! Lora is amazing…and fast!!!

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Joyce at I Take Off The Mask June 23, 2011 at 1:36 am

Hello Lance, thanks for reminding us that we are never the same with every experience we have. We do change with the things that happen to us, especially when we’re fully aware of the experience of the moment. Life is this very moment we experience! We’re so blessed to be able to appreciate it and to share it with those we love the most. ;)

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Lance June 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

Hi Joyce,
So, so great seeing you here today!!

…and it really comes down to the choices we are making in the moments that are our life… When we choose to be more fully aware of each moment, these moments (as simple or complex as they are) become more meaningful and connected to us.

Thanks so much for the visit!

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Jill @ Ochre House June 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

I admire her! You’re one lucky guy to have a wife who can drive faster than most men I know lol! Thanks for the inspirational message Lance. Life is indeed a series of an adventure and every little thing we go through each day is part of whole journey. Such a nice message :)

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Lance June 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

Hi Jill,
Thanks…I admire Lora too!!

This really was a very cool experience – and I was only watching!

Adventures…big/small/in between…each moment of our life is really some sort of adventure (especially if we view it that way, life’s moments become more filled with meaning).

Thanks for visiting…and it’s great to “meet” you!

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Steven June 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

Adding diversity even to “ordinary” activities can really add a lot of spice to your life when done right. Simple experiments – like trying a new dish/food every now and then, or exploring a little beyond your music/movies tastes can be incredibly rewarding. It always leaves me with a new-found appreciation for life.

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Lance June 24, 2011 at 6:27 am

Steven,
Yes!! Just adding some diversity to our daily activities can be so enlightening. And it can be as simple or as grand as we choose – all of these experiences shape who we are and how we view life…

Thanks!!

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Keith June 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

Lance,

WOW! Watch Lora go! Hopefully seh doesn’t drive that fast around town! LOL
What a great example of seizing the moment and being present in it! Isn’t so easy to adopt a “life of anticipation”. A life where we think only of what is to come, instead of what IS. Great lesson here Lance and delivered with such a good spirit. :-)

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Lance June 24, 2011 at 6:30 am

Keith,
Ha!!! No…she’s a little better behaved on the neighborhood streets!!!

And – I love that – being with “what is” instead of only thinking about what “is to come”. While there is something to anticipating that which we see coming, there’s something also very special about being in the moments that are our life…

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Shivam Garg June 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hi Lance,
What a great experience would it have been for your wife. I salute her for doing this. And i really agree to you that small steps taken in the direction you want to go take you a long way.

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Lance June 24, 2011 at 6:32 am

Shivam,
Thanks!! It was definitely a very great experience!

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Jk Allen June 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hey Lance – How are you sir!

“Experience” has been a live in me this week (hence my post yesterday)!

What a cool experience your wife got to take part in. I’m sure it changed her life in some aspect.

I consider myself to be a student of life. I rarely get board because I’m a researcher (of many things) and I love doing stuff and learning the lesson from it. Everything has a lesson, even things that go bad. Keeping this in mind allows me to live within my perspective. Allows me, for the most part, to be in a great mood and happy.

Great reminder Lance- thank you so much!

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Lance June 24, 2011 at 6:35 am

Hey Jk,
As you know so well…experiences really are such a big part of LIVING this life of ours! (and your Disney trip just sounds so, so amazing!)

And when we see that – that there’s something we can take away from all the moments of our life – from the small and simple to the big and grand moments – life just becomes so much more wonderful…

Thanks for being here…and even more, for consciously choosing to LIVE your life!

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Den@mobile app developers June 27, 2011 at 3:24 am

What is our life? Just a moment between past and future… So, live it up!

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Lance June 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

…life IS to be lived!!

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Naomi Estment June 27, 2011 at 3:54 am

Ah, Lance, another fantastic post – and very close to my heart this one. It’s lovely to see a pic of your gorgeous wife about to hit the track! Dave will fully approve, with his 10 years of pro superbike racing, not to mention all the other adventures. Living in the moment and taking risks is a way of life for him. So much so that people have often asked how I cope, but exactly as you say: it’s a Gift! Nothing can be more precious than actually Living and never taking a second for granted. Thanks for shining, Lance – you’re a star :-D

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Lance June 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Hi Naomi,
Okay…just from the pictures I’ve seen, I would say that Dave is definitely an adventurous guy!!! And hey…you, out there in the African wild lands…I’d say you live the adventure, too!!

Here’s to living…really living…this life we have….

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Andrea (Sacred Suds) June 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm

It is amazing how quickly life can zoom by without us even noticing it. I love this post, Lance. It reminds me to slow down, to savor, to *experience* life. I did a sensory exploration a couple of years ago where each day I would focus on one sense and journal about what I experienced. It was an amazing experience in awareness and presence, in actually paying attention and registering the stimulus signals my senses were picking up. I love how you tied the senses into this post – they really do help us stay present if we just pay attention to them. Beautifully written!

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Lance June 28, 2011 at 7:30 am

Andrea,
We (two of my kids and I) were looking at family pictures (and videos) from a few years back – wow, how time DOES fly! It seemed like only yesterday they were that little – and today, they are teenagers…

And I just kept thinking – what wonderful memories (did I fully appreciate that, in those moments, though??).

Your sensory exploration sounds so, so fascinating – and it also reminds me of a leadership workshop I attended a couple of years ago (complete with yoga mats and boxes of Kleenex). We did one particular breathing exercise (this workshop was so, so different than anything I’ve attended before…and so, so meaningful for me) and afterward, as we ate our lunch – I could not get over how fully I noticed the tastes and textures of that meal (it was such an amazing experience).

So, thank YOU for sharing about this sensory experience you had – it brings up such wonderful memories for me…

Lance
xoxo

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Jean Burman July 3, 2011 at 6:49 am

Lance… I’m only just catching up here now after a couple of extraordinary weeks… doing something totally exhilerating for me [an intensive subject at University] 8 incredible days jam packed with 13 weeks worth of curriculum. It was intense [to say the least!] And I got to savour every moment because there simply wasn’t one to spare!

Loved this post. Tell Lora I think she’s incredible. I love racing too… [no seriously] I used to race my little Austin Healy Sprite in lap dashes and hill climbs and was lucky enough a couple of times to take out the ladies hillclimb championship. Life is nothing unless we are extending ourselves and making it happen.

Another great post Lance… thank you! :-)

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Lance July 5, 2011 at 6:48 am

Jean!!!
How COOL!!! <– Y-O-U, out there in your Austin Healy, racing!!! I’ve got this great big smile right now, as I think of you, zooming around the corners!!

Okay – and then there’s the your more very recent experience at University – more COOL-ness!!! And I just really sense how you have soaked in the beauty and joy of these 8 days.

And – I’ll pass on your thoughts to Lora!!! (which, I know she will LOVE!!!)

Woohoooooo!!!!!
Lance
xoxo

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Nick W July 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Lance, this is exactly the mindset that I’m still missing. All work and no play has made Nick a dull boy…ha. Seriously though, I think we can all use your great advice – really appreciate the small moments and the simple things in life. Live in the moment, right?
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Jeffrey July 25, 2011 at 3:26 am

There is a saying “Experience is the best Teacher”. there’s so much things to learn in
our experiences, savor every minute of your life. It’s also nice to look back those
experiences that teaches us in grow and mature.. I enjoy reading your blog, very nice!
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Sheila December 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I guess once you overcome the fear of failure, everything becomes an opportunity :) that’s what is stopping most people from achieving more – being afraid to change what currently work into something that might work better.
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