Embracing strength has a price

Disney keynote speaker Jeff Noel
The bullseye is when we do what we know to be the foundational basics. Focus and discipline are useless as theories, for example.

We distrust common sense because if it is really as valuable as people say, everyone would be applying it. Humans are weak, and we use distraction, medication, and entertainment to forget how weak we are.

In reality, we are strong beyond belief, but once we embrace that strength, we must forego constant pleasure; this is a perceived loss. In reality, foregoing constant pleasure is transformed into enjoying constant gratitude and peace – which becomes constant spiritual pleasure; which is in reality endless richness.

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You’re only as emotionally strong as this

honeymoon bicycle trip
Married 1983. Honeymoon bicycle trip 1984, ferry-hopping the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound. Cheryl is eating lunch from the back of the ferry.
Honeymoon bicycle trip
Honeymoon bicycle trip, staring at the Pacific Ocean from a Washington State island.

You’re only as strong as your willingness to surrender.

Often, the things we can’t control and the things we can look the same. Be careful, be focused, and be discilined.

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Colonoscopy # 10

Gastroenterologist's office
Yesterday, bi-annual Gastroenterologist visit.


Having a strong, peaceful spirit makes life easier (but not easy) to deal with.

Our 15 year old has had nine colonoscopies in nine years.

After yesterday’s bi-annual Gastroenterologist visit, we are scheduling number 10 before the end of the year.

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Strength can be invisible

Window seat on Delta Airlines


Ear plug made out of gum


(photos: Strength can be invisible, like quietly putting chewing gum in your ear)

Love Delta Airlines? Yes!!

Love the unusually loud and high pitched sound inflight from MSP to PDX for three hours yesterday? No.

Tried many things, unsuccessfully.

Then the lightbulb moment.

Chewing gum.

Had to chew a second round for the other ear.

No one knew.

The ease in which bad mouthing the airline could have spewed forth was staggering.

But it didn’t. Not even for a second.

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