Ever think like this?

Disney author jeff noel
Writing last night at Magic Kingdom, Day 100. Moments later, the woman in green sat on the step behind me (where the camera sat to take this photo.)


Little did i know the self-timer would catch the 86-year old woman (in green) as i was chronicling Day 100 of an impossible one-year writing challenge.

We spoke for 15 minutes and several times i mentioned i must leave to make the short trip home for dinner with my Family.

Even mentioned having an annual pass to add context for why anyone would leave Magic Kingdom at 7pm on a Friday night.

Later last night, the realization that not once did she ask anything about me.

When we age, do we become self-centered? Do we become lonely?

This brief experience is an opportunity to question ourselves and look in the mirror. Are we more like, or unlike, her?

Does it even matter?


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The differences are absurd

Ellie from Disney Pixar Up sitting on chair
Photo: two days ago watching Disney’s UP movie. Ellie and Carl had regrets.


Note Ellie wrote to Carl in the Disney Movie UP
Better late than never, even if you have to go solo.


Can’t and won’t are not the same argument.

Makes more sense when we read them in a sentence:

  1. I can’t love God.
  2. I won’t love God.

The first stems from excuses.

The second comes from selfishness and pride.

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Not in a million years

University of Iowa Track


(photo: University of Iowa Track… most runners are road runners, not track & field runners)

When we pray for others it is good and decent. When we pray for ourselves is that selfish?

Maybe by itself, but as a percentage of daily prayers for the past decade, not in a million years.

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Regret, that we forget, to subject…

Cinderella Castle very early in the morning


(photo: To receive a view like this must take quite an early riser)

Regret, that we forget, to subject…

Ourselves to a higher calling.

One that doesn’t put us at the center.

Like we’ve done most or all of our lives.

Classic notion of it is in the giving we receive.

Run with this and never look back.


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Is this bad?

Young boy on annual Summer trip to Sanibel Island


(photo: eight-years old July 2009… our cottage over his shoulder… standing on the beach)

What if we take a week off from praying and serving others and think only of ourselves.

Is that bad?

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