“Persistence”

"Persistence" inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas

“Persistence” inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas

This inkling is dedicated to my friend Shannon’s son, Cody, whose persistence of strength and determination during his recovery is truly inspiring!
No matter how dark the clouds may be, the sun persistently rises and ultimately shines!

“The Give In Tree”

"When life seems rough, don't throw in the towel and give into it.  Seize the opportunity to branch out in new directions." - Jason J Nicholas "The Give In Tree" sketch was inspired by Shel Silverstein's classic book, "The Giving Tree".   Inkling sketch courtesy of jasonjnicholas.com

“When life seems rough, don’t throw in the towel and give into it. Seize the opportunity to branch out in new directions.” – Jason J Nicholas
“The Give In Tree” sketch was inspired by Shel Silverstein’s classic book, “The Giving Tree”. Inkling sketch courtesy of jasonjnicholas.com

16: Observe: How to SEE the world in 3 steps.

Sitting on a park bench….yeah I know it’s the beginning of a Jethro Tull song, but this post has nothing to do with that.  (Sorry aqualung fans). 
What a fabulous day for people watching!  Softball game.  People walking, jogging, and biking.  Parents teaching their kids how to ride bikes. Its wonderful just taking a moment to kick back, enjoy, and observe the world.

 

photo courtesy of @istockphoto/skynesher

photo courtesy of @istockphoto/skynesher

This brings us to word number 16 in our journey of 42 Words to a Better You series……..OBSERVE

Observation is something that we often take for granted.  How often do we take the time  in our daily hustle and bustle to actually observe?  My guess is that it isn’t enough. 
 Observing  reminds us that we re not alone in this world.  There are other people, places, colors, smells, things.  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the ME ME ME syndrome.  This blocks out the opportunity for any external stimulation — stimulation that can enhance our life experience making it amazing.
 How can we successfully engage in the  environment around us?  Following are my 3 steps on how to SEE the world.

 

§  Stop.  Simply take a moment to stop and sit down somewhere – anywhere.  The mere act of stopping puts your on life on a momentary pause while life continues around you.

§  Experience.  Experience all that is around you.  Soak in the world.  Use all of your senses.  Focus by using one sense at a time.  What do you see? Hear? Smell? Taste? Touch?  Isolate and engage each sense to its fullest.

§  Encapsulate the feelings inside you based upon your observations.  By associating a feeling with an observation,  it encapsulates the moment  in your soul creating a snapshot of space and time in your mind.

So, what has been my biggest observation sitting here in the park?  Never park your car outside the fence of a softball field…. Somebody may actually hit a home run over the fence only to have your car end up catching the ball.  Egads!

 

What are some of ways you observe the world?

I would love your thoughts.  Post them below to keep the conversation going.

28: Milkshake

Listen up readers who read and carers who care, to the following insight I want to share. The following blurb I’m about to tell varies from zany normal. (And for you sci-fi fans, sorry, it doesn’t involve any wormholes.)

Today’s word in our journey of 42 Words to a Better You is something better it just may make. Today’s word of the day is……..

 

photo courtesy of @istockphoto/inhauscreative

photo courtesy of @istockphoto/inhauscreative

28: Milkshake

It is about time that fleets by like a ZIP! BOOM! And WHIZ!

It’s about just simply being in the moment. And about the moments of being. It’s about the Here, the Now, and the Is.

Being the father of a child and husband of a wife has given me new perspectives and appreciations in life.

Days were something that were once often wasted, like the leftover remains of a turkey basted.

Some days carelessly spent like paying the rent on somebody else’s circus tent. Or energy wasted on trying to straighten trees that were meant to be bent.

Fretting the fret that we all tend to do is like trying to walk wearing backwards shoes. Our bodies and minds pointing and aiming for one reaction, while our mis-pointed shoes cause an unnecessary distraction.

Wanting to move forwards while taking steps back can cause unwanted headaches and our supply of precious energy to lack. (No, this is not a story or moral about being “green”. We’ll leave that one to Kermit for now. That’s his scene.)

Confusion. Conundrums. Twisted and Snarled. All while we can be enjoying our world.

Simply taking a breath and letting the mixed communication go, will open up a new path, a new sort of positive flow. A flow of clarity. A sort of knowing. An innate sense of being and going where you are going.

Over the course of recent time, I am learning to focus on the now, the current moments that are truly mine. The precious moments in life that are to be savored like a fine glass of wine.

(Or for those who don’t consume alcohol try this one for take….the precious moments in life that are to be savored like the most ‘scrumdiddylumptious’ milkshake. Or for those of you who may be lactose intolerant…that’s ok, there’s no rank, simply insert your own delicious beverage into the following blank. _________.)

Experience the joy that comes from a simple laugh. Or the sweet smell of a rain that just gave the landscape a well-deserved bath.

Truly see the magic that is right before you. Right here. See it before the ‘abracadabra’ makes it disappear.

I know the saying, “Stop and smell the roses,” is so cliché. So, how about then we “stop and tip the valet”. In this case, the valet parking your car is none other than you. You are the one behind the wheel and in control. It is simply You.

I would love to hear your comments. Feel free to leave them below. Also be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss out on the fun.

40: Core- Journey to the Center of You

Welcome back to the 42 Words to a Better You countdown.

Ever find yourself in need of making a decision that could compromise your personal integrity and self worth?
I know I have.  Today’s word can help keep you on the right path.  Today’s word is “CORE”.

 

40. Core No.  I’m not talking about apples here, although I could go for a nice slice of apple pie right now.  I am talking about the Journey to the Center of You and your personal value system.   Core values serve as the anchors within your being, grounding and guiding you in times of decision making. Here is a brief list of some of my core values.

  • Honesty
  • Reliability
  • Compassion
  • Ingenuity

One of my core values is reliability.  When I make a commitment, I carry it out.  Recently, I found myself overwhelmed with tasks that I committed to.  Saying “no” is hard for me to do.  But, that will be a post for another day.  Instead of making a rash decision that most certainly would have had negative implications, I referred to my core value of “reliability”, stayed up late a few nights, and completed the tasks, which in turn, have led to some great opportunities.

What are some of your core values? Make a list of your top 5 core values and review them daily to see if you are living up to who you want to be.  For some ideas, here is a list of Zappos Core Values. 

I invite you to share some of your core values in the comments below.  Be sure to subscribe to my blog and tell your friends.

42 Words To A Better You

Douglas Adams is an author who has inspired my creative writing and love for his zany sci-fi.  In his book, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, he poses that  “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.”

Well, I recently have had the privilege of entering my 42nd year in the world.  What better way to launch my first  post into this galactic blog universe than by providing a list of 42 words of encouragement, enlightenment, entertainment and enterprise (no sci-fi pun intended.)  I came up with the list of 42 words as I was brainstorming on my morning commute one day.  Sadly, the commute was not exactly 42 minutes long.  LOL.  I will be adding words to this list over the next 42 days.  Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you can get the latest updates.  Also, I encourage you to participate by commenting on my blog.  Just scroll down to the bottom of the post to the comments section.

For interesting facts associated with 42, check out the following Douglas Adams article.    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/42-the-answer-to-life-the-universe-and-everything-2205734.html

 

In the spirit of a space launch, let the word countdown begin………

 

  • 41.  Moment:  Be in the moment.  So much of our time is wasted dwelling of past situations that we cannot change or worrying about future events yet to occur.  Being focused on the “now” allows for the ultimate engagement of all of your senses in the current moment.  For more information on being in the moment, check out the following link http://www.eckharttolle.com/books/now/
  • 42.  Curiosity:  Be curious.  Instead of taking things for granted, adopt a sense of wonder as to how and why certain things function or exist.  Why is the sky  blue?  How does a clock keep time?  Why do we park in driveways and drive on parkways?