Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.
Pay attention to the relationships you cultivate in life, and do not miss the chance to tell those you love how very much you love them. Seek out real meaning in your life, build from your passions, and stand up for what you truly believe in and support.
I think a lot of self-importance is a product of fear. And living an un-self-examined fear based life, tends to lead to narcissism and self-importance.
Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.
WINNER OF THE DAILY GRATITUDE CONTEST It is virtually impossible to judge gratitude. Gratitude is gratitude. What works for one might not work for the other. How does one place a value not that. But this was a contest – So – I think it has to be a tie between Lynda Thompson who took cold showers and learned about deprivation as a young girl and is grateful on a daily basis for her health. Hard to argue with… Read More
We were back on the road last week. We spent three days in Nashville at The Southern Writers Conference. Which I will blog about next week. And then we went to Miami to read at Books and Books in Coral Gables. For those of you who are unable to attend any of our appearances due to geography or any other reasons, this should give you an inside look from beginning to end. We were lucky because my friend Stephen Duncan… Read More
My wife and I were talking the other day about how things have changed for us, and how I have changed since I’ve been in recovery. I would like to say that it’s all good, but it would be more accurate to say things are…a whole lot better. And isn’t that what we look for – progress, not perfection, as the slogan goes? It’s taken me a while to realize that recovery is much more than cessation of use.… Read More
Many years ago I wrote and recorded a song about inspiration. It’s celebrates a woman who is the source of the singers’ strength, passion, and ideas. “Here comes inspiration … walking through the door.. Bringing back a thousand dreams I thought I’d lost for sure … Monday Momma sure looks good to me.” It’s portrays the muse as a person. A healing companion that’s the energy behind his ability to create. I think there was a lot of “what… Read More
When it comes to gratitude the big things can come more easily. Like mammogram day, OK, I know I lost some of the guys and younger folk on that one. But every woman knows the gratitude when you get that “Everything is OK” message. It’s easy to be grateful when things are going our way. I was thinking about that a lot last week; how we roll along being grateful while life is moving in the way we want… Read More
Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.― Johnny Depp We were in Oxford, Mississippi last week and we were not there for the football game. It was the last stop of the first two weeks of our multi-week book tour. I’ve never met a bookstore didn’t like, but there are a dozen or so on the planet that stand out above the rest. Square Books in Oxford, MS is such a place. It’s not just the fearless and… Read More
So right now we are in Oxford Mississippi. We have been up since four am when we left for the airport. Now people who have been following us for some time will know I make a big deal about the difference between an explanation and an excuse. I could do the really lazy thing and just toss up an affirmation. But, I feel like I need to catch everyone up and to welcome our new followers. Not to mention that I… Read More
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.― Francis Bacon We are ending week one of the first leg of the Gratitude and Trust Book Tour. Since we left LA on Wednesday we have had an easier pace. We luckily had one thing cancelled on Friday night or we would have been rush, rush rushing and if the planes had not been on time. we might not have made it up here to Vancouver. As Paul always says NO… Read More
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. ― Anita Desai We only did two full days of press and events in LA but for some reason it feels like a week. All of it fun. All of it energizing and life affirming. We pretty much go from early morning until night. And LA being LA a bunch of that time is spent in transit. Day two started with KTLA Water Cooler Buzz. It’s the the number one morning… Read More
The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave. ~ TAVIS SMILEY So today was the official start of the Gratitude and Trust Book Tour. Like I said the other day, for those of you new to this site, the next month or so will be a bit unorthodox for us. We are on the road and we want to take you with us. One of the great parts of writing a… Read More