Battle Lines

Growing up, I remember believing that gangs— even the most dangerous looking ones— all settled their differences with a dance battle (the way it happened in movies like BREAKIN’).  No weapons needed.  Just cardboard and a boom box.  Nobody got hurt, but somebody would get “served.”  That was the worst thing that could happen.

BREAKIN-RIVALSThinking about it now… it still makes more sense.

Farewell, Travel Companions

Occasionally, I have a difficult time parting with certain things. That’s why these sneakers have been with me for more than 10 years.
get-attachment-1.aspxThey’ve been my travel companions to many places. Together, we walked around London, Belgium, and Holland. We had adventures in Japan and India. We explored the Nevada desert, parts of Arizona and Texas. We took spur-of-the-moment road trips to “Destination: Anywhere” and ended up in Vermont and on Cape Cod. We even went skydiving in Mexico. There were local adventures to be had, too…with the neighborhood dogs, who escaped their leashes, that we sometimes had to outrun.

I sometimes referred to them as my “lucky sneakers,” because no matter where I wore them, we always made it back home safe. And, no matter where I’ve lived over the years, I always kept these sneakers by the front door. That way, they were ready to GO whenever the time came. The sneakers and I had our final adventure together just the other morning when we got caught in a flash flood at 5 a.m. and had to travel some distance on foot to get home. They survived— though worn out and soaked with smell of sewer water. Today I knew it was time to finally let them go. 

Recently, I found a quote that said: some times we have to let go of what we have in order to make room for something better to take its place. If that’s true for the BIG stuff, it must be true for sneakers, too.

Farewell, “Lucky Sneakers”…you will be remembered.

Sometimes you gotta…

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“Here’s to the crazy ones…”

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The Way Of Bruce

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else.  It will spread into your work and into your life.  There are no limits.  There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” —Bruce Lee

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Change The Tape

Sometimes thoughts (especially the negative, anxiety-inducing, catastrophic ones) repeat themselves like a tape that keeps playing the same song — over and over again inside your mind.  Like:
What if (insert your worst case scenario) happens?  What if I’m not ‘this or that’ enough? What if my plans fall apart? What will I do if there really is a zombie apocalypse?!?!?!    
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Know when it’s time to ‘change the tape’ and switch to a different song that’s better for you to listen to.  Like:
I am expecting (insert your best case scenario) to happen.  I am more than enough.  If my plans do not work, then I’ll make new plans.  I will survive the zombie apocalypse!  
Need to ‘change the tape’ playing in your mind?  Try it today.

 

(This pic is for everyone who actually remembers cassette tapes.)