2012 Independence Day

Freedom isn’t free and I will not regard it as if it cost others nothing. Thank you to all who have established and secured our freedoms, and to those who continue to, both present and future.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”,

should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

4 USC Sec. 4 01/03/2012 (112-90)



Sec. 4. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery




Thirty-six years on one planet
Thirty-six years in one skin
Thirty-six years completed
Thirty-six years since “begin”

Today standing
With hopeful expectation

A future nearer
A future brighter
A future yet to be penned
On the pages of life

A day of celebration
Of community
Of inspiration

A day of work
A day of rest
A day of family
Of friends
Of business
And pleasure

Bright sun
Cool breezes
Running, moving
Thinking, speaking
A day of a million smiles
Of a million laughs

Thirty-six years on one planet
Thirty-six years in one skin
Thirty-six years completed

Day one of year thirty-seven
This day we are in

Find what drives you to make the next mo

Find what drives you to make the next move then grab it and don’t let go until you can turn around and say “I’m there”. http://ow.ly/a7RBR

A Gift of Words

To my younger sister Taren. A gift of words.

Our ages this year will each be divisible by 9. The last time it was so, you were just entering the largest phase of your life. When it occurred once before that, you were just a child and I was unseasoned, ignorant, and fearful.

I write you on your birthday because I know of the significance of words to you. I am now, more than ever, increasingly keen to words’ grossly underestimated value and largely disrespected power. Sheer, unbounded power. Power to build. Power to shatter. Power to nourish the starving heart. Power to starve the most robust of souls.

Today as you begin the next year of life, I wish you well on your journey. Seek truth, life, and a future you are thrilled with. My encouragement is that you do not settle for what others’ words limit you to. If you hear words that are limiting, turn your ear to words that destroy those limits. If you hear words that are hurtful, turn your ear to words that bring joy. If you hear words that devalue your life, turn to words that build your value. Instantly. Immediately. Consistently.

Seek out sources of words that will help you to grow, that will stretch you to become more than you are, that will succeed in producing fruit in you that others have failed so miserably at. As a young seedling reaches for the light, the heat, the energy, set yourself toward the words that produce light, heat, energy. Do not settle for suppression, depression, or for what “is what it is”. That is not life.

Your days of waiting must end, but only you can end them. Your days of being “less than” must cease, but only you can become more. Your days of being anchored to hurts and scars of the past must be put to rest, but only you can bury them. Take your look back at the things of the past, turn away from them, and set your sight on what you want, looking far beyond what you have. Then resolve in your heart to move with unrelenting focus to far exceed whatever “they” have said you could never be.

Let these words move you from one year to the next in the direction of hope and dream. Let them serve as a spur in your side to drive you to the next step forward. Let them burn in your soul such that you cannot bear to live outside of your passion one more moment. Let them comfort you in knowing that everything you see, feel, and know to be your “reality” is one decision, one action, one desire from being anything you truly want it to be.

Let these words empower you to change your world. Life is far too short, and years pass far too quickly, to live anything less than thrilled to be living.

Your new year has just begun. Find the thrill of living and never allow the words of another to shake you from it again.

Rain Has Left Its Sparkle

There’s a difference in the air today
Like a temperate garden after a gentle morning rain has
Left its sparkle on the fresh blooms of spring.

Life carries a scent of newness
Of wonder
Of awe.

Thank you God for another day
For lungs filled with oxygen
For the hope of today
And for wonder-filled days to come.


What’s a Half Pound Record?

A half pound record is – STILL  A RECORD! and we do have a new one to celebrate tonight in the two hands snatch!  Sure it’s only a half pound, and sure I hit the most recent record a little over five months ago and have been trying to match that ever since, but I’ll take it!

I weighed in at 158.8 lbs this morning, and tonight, half a day later, straight up competition-grade snatched 163 lbs, topping my prior personal record set in June and with much better technique and confidence!

Refueled with some roasted turkey in olive oil, black pepper and salt-free garlic and herb seasoning with copious amounts of organic 50/50 baby spinach and spring mix and now I’m heading off to bed…so I can get to one of my favorite workouts of the week: the Friday 6 AM!  (CrossFit + olympic lifting is a combination that’s hard to beat!)

Read my chronicle of tonight’s PR journey right here: ow.ly/7xowI


Progression of RE


REvisit Vision

–> REinforce “Why”

—-> RE-ignite Passion

——> RE-align Priorities

——–> RE-calibrate Decisions

———-> RE-charge Effectiveness

————> RE-capture “Enjoy the journey”

[REcommended start point: Bonfire Health – Total Life Conditioning]