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Everyday You Are Running For Your Life

In Writing on January 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

No, really. Every step you take is taking you towards something or away from something. Where are you going? What are you running from? Some days I just need to sit back and think about stuff.
As I have mentioned on this blog I am dealing with some health issues that have dramatically changed how I need to get things done. I guess it will also affect how long I have to get things done but I don’t really think I am ready to talk about that. Nope. Not at all.

So, how am I going to get things done? My first instinct is to do what I always do…work. I have been working my ass off. I have accomplished so much since the first of January that I am going to pause and give myself a high five. (slap) It amazes me how many amazing people are putting information on the internet to educate and inspire. It’s crazy. I have learned boatloads on freelancing and article writing and life in general. I promise as soon as I am a bit more stable I am giving back. I will give back a lot. Promise.

Now, let’s chat about Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. He’s ridiculous. He could have given up due to injuries or for financial reasons, but he didn’t, He kept running. In his own words, “For me, I’m focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I’m working on it.” That’s all any of us can so is work on “it”, whatever our “it” is. I may not be the best in the world at anything but I know I can be the best I can be.
I’ll just keep working and putting one foot in front of the other. I will leave some stuff behind and look forward to things in front of me.

“Greatness is a lot of small things done well, stacked up on each other.” –Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis

Here is a link to the lyrics for the song played in the video
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nas/strongwillcontinue.html

Bits of Stories by Me

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

Make Good Art

 

I started this morning thinking about how I could open up the space inside myself where I dream in stories, I decided to start with writing prompts and see if I could get the words to flow. The following bits are what I came up with. I would appreciate any comments unless they are going to make me cry.

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PhotographCourtesy of http://writegear.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/writers-block-7/
The children didn’t understand the power they had unleashed into a world that doesn’t welcome magic. The children didn’t understand how magic can disrupt the balance of life and death, how magic lives in the gray areas between realities and when it is born it seeks out energies to build its power. The children didn’t understand that until the magic is born it is neither good nor evil but it seeks its destiny with its first breath. The children didn’t understand that this magic, born this day in a quiet forest would become evil. The children didn’t understand the power of this magic. But, they will.

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Photograph Courtesy of http://donotfearmegypsie.com/2013/01/30/167/

Their mother in death had given them something that she had never been able to give to them in life, each other. It was words scrawled on a receipt from Klingerman’s that would beckon to each of the little boy’s that hid under the cowl of being unwanted. She could feel life trying to leave her and she gave the only thing in life she had left to give. There were three names, three addresses and the words, “These are my sons”. Huddled under a thin blanket on a freezing sidewalk with the receipt clutched in her frozen hand she was found on a Tuesday afternoon. Now it is Saturday and the little boys who are now men begin to learn each other’s stories on the day they bury their mother.

 

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Photograph Courtesy of http://typho.net/2013/01/30/rene-burri/

The sentinels watched the naked city and bided their time. They knew the secrets of this place and were intent on making them known. They knew that there was a current of fear in the faces of its people. They knew that it was close to the end. The experiment was over. And it had failed.

 

What would be your Space Jam?- Kid President

In Inspiration on January 29, 2013 at 5:46 am

We were made to be awesome.
If you haven’t checked out SoulPancake Rainn Wilson’s endeavor to make the world a better place then you are truly missing out on awesomeness. We all need more awesomeness in our lives.

Me vs The White Coats

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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AND …. I GET PNEUMONIA!!!!!!! That’s right, folks, I’ll be here all week.
But the good news is I was able to sweet talk my way out of a hospital stay. I had to make many promises and sit through a stern lecture and honesty, I may have batted my eyelashes a bit, but I was able to come home. It’s really a shame. I look mighty sexy in a hospital gown.
At least I at home I’m more comfortable.
I’m going to make this short as I have promises to keep.

I’m gonna Ninja this COPD!

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2013 at 10:42 am

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013. Today is the day a day when we need to take a few moments and think about the impact these horrific times had on us as human beings. We need to remember that masses were convinced that an group of individuals were worthy of torture and death because of their religion, skin color or birthright. We need to remember that children were sent to death. Their innocence ripped away from them. We need to remember the screams. The tears. The graves.
If we don’t remember another fanatic will come along and remind us.
For more information on International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013 Visit:
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From a Freelancing Zombie with Bronchitis

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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On another note since I did spend the week on lock down I accomplished quite a bit. Besides the usual school work and client obligations I was able to forage around and bring in a couple of promising clients. I certainly kept myself busy. I also ate brownies. Probably more than I should have

I wrote a wonderful blog posting for one of my clients that I will repost here once he has it up on his site. It is about the USS Indianapolis which sank in 1945. It is considered one of the largest sea disasters in history and the largest shark attack ever. Very sad but interesting story. My great uncle was a survivor of the sinking.

Busy. Busy. Busy. I can’t even express how glad I am that my freelance business is coming together. I made the right decision.

The picture I attached to this post is a strange piece of Zombie art I drew quite awhile ago. He kind of reminds me of how I feel on days like this. Zombified.

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Amazing Stuff. Passing it On.

Last Day to Sign Up For World Book Night!!!!!!!!!

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

What a wonderful idea. An night set aside to give the gift or reading. Wow.
Here is a link so that you can sign up. Today is the LAST day!

http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

8 Examples of Why Failure is an Amazing Thing

In Uncategorized on January 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

I watched a video this morning of economics professor Larry Smith At TEDxUW 2011. He was giving a talk on “Why You Need to Fail to Have a Great Career”. This made me start to think about my own situation and how this could be applied in my life. As some of you may know I have COPD and it has now progressed to the point that it interferes with my daily life. Boy, did I feel like a failure. I failed my family. I failed myself. Sitting in the hospital hooked up to an IV and tethered to an oxygen line for the first couple of days all I could think was “WTF”. That was one of my low points in life. In the middle of the night after the nurse had come and woke me out of a somewhat sound sleep to take my vitals, I realized I was being an idiot. The problem was not how was I going to deal with this situation it was how am I going to take this situation and pull something positive out of it. As the sun came up I called my daughter and asked her to bring me a notebook and a pencil. I started to make lists.

The lists to someone else may seem a bit odd. They started with what was going on with my health. Once I had that down on paper I had a clear black and white picture of where I stood with my current health situation. Then I made another list. This one was about what my immediate concerns were at that time. First on the list was how will I keep money coming into the house. That led me to the next list. What was I going to do about it? I am in school for graphic design and I had previously sold freelance work before I moved to this area. I decided to re-energize my freelance business. I made lists that stated what steps I needed to take to get the business ready to go, such as redesigning my website, putting together a marketing plan and more. I made lists about where I would find clients. I made lists of lists. Within 24 hours I had redirected my thinking and knew that this FAILURE was actually exactly what I needed to get my ass in gear and do what I love. I have gained several new clients and I expanded into the content writing field and that is going very well.

Now I am making another list.

8 Examples of Why Failure is an Amazing Thing

1)     When You’re Looking for X Sometimes You Find Y

Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up by Johan Leher A great article on what can happen when scientists make “mistakes”.

2)      Michael Jordan’ Nike Commercial on Failure

3)      Will Smith on Conquering Failure. Very inspiring.

4)  I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living that I now enjoy. – Tony Robbins

5)      In his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting of the 800 pieces he created.

6)      Abraham Lincoln lost the 1858 election for Illinois State Senator. But the Lincoln-Douglas debates were so impressive he went on the run for the President of the Untied States and won.

7)     Then there is Alexander Fleming’s miraculous invention of the drug Penicillin.

8)      Here is a quote from someone who faced failures but kept enduring. Jesus said this to his disciples after they left a particularly difficult village and they were traveling to the next.

If any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them. Mark  Ch.6:11

COPD. It sucks.

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

COPD Infographic
I am not able to concentrate today. I am in the midst of another bout of bronchitis. I think this is the eighth time I have had bronchitis this past year. You can also add in one bout of pneumonia and a couple of exacerbations of asthma. Let me tell you COPD is not for wimps. I was thrilled to see 2012 hit the road. I am hoping that with the help of my pulmonologist that we can get things to level out a bit this year.
Today I will take it easy and tomorrow I hope to feel a bit better and make up for lost ground. I do thank God for my wonderful family. I don’t even like to think of what I would do without their love and support.
Here is one of the best links to information on COPD that I have been able to find:
Guide to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Infographic courtesy of : http://www.multivu.com/assets/59039/documents/59039-copd-infographic-original.pdf

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