Posts Tagged: TRUTH

Jul 12

Truth or Consequences


Guten tag… in case you are wondering it’s German for Good Day.

Don’t ask why I started the blog with a German greeting.  I’m not sure what hit me.

I just had this wild hair to say something in German.  Maybe my lederhosen are riding up a bit too tight or something.

Ewww… that’s not a pretty thought.  And no, I’m not German.

I think I had better stick to the task and type my blog.

If you have been reading my blog at all you know that I love a good quote.

You don’t have to necessarily agree with the quote but if it’s really good it should take your head to a different level of thinking and force you to consider the various meanings and applications for life.

I find the most intriguing quotes are those that tend to be short and simple.

The other day I ran across a quote from Gloria Steinem.  I don’t mean to insult any feminists out there but I have never really cared for Gloria.

The fact that I don’t care for her tells me that this is a good quote.

If a person is a genuine seeker of truth it doesn’t matter where truth comes from as long as it pierces the veil of status quo and moves us to a better place.

Gloria’s quote is short, saucy and holds a lot of truth… about truth.

I really believe both parts of her quote.  The truth will set you free and that it will also piss you off.

Wow… how true.  The truth really can be painful.

It’s my opinion that most people don’t really want the truth.  They want to hear things that match their thinking.  Sad, and so narrow.

But to grow and become better we need the truth.

Truth isn’t pleasant but it has the power to transform.  The person who is open is forever changed when they hear and take in truth, regardless of how painful.

I heard someone say that people are not growing because they never hear the truth presented in such a way as to invite discovery.
“I never gave anyone hell.  I told the truth and they thought it was hell.”
– Harry Truman (33rd President of the United States)

Truth is generally presented in one of two extremes.

Sometimes people are not straightforward enough.  It is lost amid a wash of verbal timidity.  The power of truth is diluted with hints and innuendoes.

Then you have the other extreme.  Truth is callously jammed down someones throat

What’s really sad is that the greatest Truth of all is lost because some people feel it is their call to beat another person to death verbally, all in the name of Jesus.

I don’t know about you but I want Truth.  I invite people to be direct and honest with their input… don’t hint… tell me what I need to hear.

But on the other hand, it’s hard to be open if I am getting beat over the head.

Writing this challenges me to examine how I present truth.

Humm… something to think about.

See you Monday.

Jun 12

Where angels fear to trod!


Howdy… good to have you visit.

Well, as you know I have been have stepped into the middle of a topic where “angels fear to trod”.

I have been talking about the purpose for and in our lives.  This whole series of blogs was launched when I posed the question, what makes a person fulfilled and happy?

In the last blog I talked about the importance of purpose and promised that I would talk about gives my life purpose.

To talk about purpose in my life requires that I talk a little about my Faith.

Don’t worry… I’m not going to get all preachy or write with churchy God talk.

Side Note: Those of you who have hung out with me for a while knows that I talk very little about God.  That is not the purpose of this blog.


But my faith is the essence of who I am so if I am talking about purpose in my life then it must be part of the discussion.

I have found that people who are intellectually honest want to hear people’s story.

If you were sharing the purpose of your life I would be interested in your story regardless if our beliefs matched or not.

I would want to hear your story but I don’t want or need you jamming what you believe down my throat.  You can be assured I will never do that to you.

You may find this interesting but I get my example of not forcing you to believe the way I do from Jesus… yep Jesus.

He never ever forced anyone to believe him.  He spoke clearly and directly about who He was but never forced people to believe or accept.

That’s why free will is so incredibly important as it relates to the Christian faith.

If there were no free will then God would not be who he said he is.  If God is love then he must love us enough to give us the choice to love him back.

God does pursue us… because he loves us.  But He never forces us.

Unfortunately many Christians (albeit genuine) have tried to force their beliefs on the nearest breathing target.  How sad and unfortunate.

God gets the black eye for the stupidity of people who do things in the name of Jesus.

I ran across this picture that unfortunately makes my point.



My purpose isn’t to make atheists wrong.  Wow, what a pitiful life if that’s your purpose.

My purpose is simply living a life for Christ.  Why?

Because He is real; because He is who he said he was; because He’s relevant to every aspect of my life; and because He is worthy of my love and life.

I mentioned in the last blog that purpose was important because we needed something bigger than ourselves.

Living a life of faith based on a relationship with Christ is wonderful in that it makes my life bigger, more meaningful, and utterly amazing.

He gives my life purpose.

Once again, I am not trying to make you believe the way I believe.  But my story of purpose is that of knowing and following Christ.

You may be reading this blog for the same reason I read blogs or books… I want to learn, stretch my thinking and explore the world of thought and ideas.

If there is a God (which I personally have no question there is), and if a person is genuinely seeking and pursuing truth, then naturally they will open hearts and minds to things they don’t understand.

For whatever reason our paths have crossed via this blog.  I do not believe it to be an accident.

Hopefully I have stirred your thinking.  If so… terrific.

On Monday I am going to talk about the second thing that makes our lives fulfilled and happy.

See you then.

Apr 12

Staying Afloat


Hi, welcome back.

At the end of the last blog entry I made a fairly bold statement.  I said that in today’s entry I will talk about a constant that if taken to heart will fundamentally transform your life.

Yikes!  I’ve got a lot to live up to.  But I will give it a shot.


Side Note: If you didn’t read the last entry I suggest that you take some time and scroll down the page and take a look.  I think you will get more out today’s entry if you do.

Don’t worry, you won’t go to hell if you don’t but it’s just a suggestion.


As you know I have started talking about three Universal constants that impact our lives.  The first constant, change, has been our focus.


Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

- Arthur Schopenhauer


I’m sure Arthur is a smart guy… but he’s wrong.  I think that if he removed the word “alone” from his statement he will be closer to the truth.

Today we will talk about a constant that sounds totally contradictory to Change.  The second constant is Changelessness.

Yes, things are constantly in motion, but… there are some things that NEVER change.  They are changeless.

There are Universal laws and principles that are constant.  And thank goodness they are.  We would not survive the constant change without the constant changelessness.

You can come up with your own list but there are laws of physics, math, science, etc.

All the changing that occurs still has to take into consideration or accommodate the things that never change.

Although aviation has changed dramatically and continues to change, the engineers still have to deal with the Laws of Physics.

You’re probably sitting there quickly scanning this blog and wondering, what’s the big whoop-de-do about this B.G.O. (Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious).

And to top it off you’re wondering how this meets the lofty standard I placed on this when I mentioned that if we really grasp this it will transform our life.

Fair question… just keep your head open and keep reading.  There are a couple of insights that I believe will elevate the constant of changelessness.

As mentioned, there are obviously the physical laws of nature.  Although these laws are abstract they are manifested in very tangible and measureable terms.

But we need to understand that there are other changeless laws that are just as real but not easily measured and quantified.

These are the changeless laws of relationships, heart and spirit.  They are just as real as the physical laws and must be a part of our consideration as we encounter and deal with change.

Allow me to give you a perfect example.  I mentioned that there are changeless laws of relationships.  The reality is, you cannot have a meaningful deep relationship with anyone without TRUST.

Trust is just as real to the law of relationships as gravity is to the law of physics.  It is a constant.

I do not have a list of all the laws of relationships, heart and spirit.  It is for us to discover.  I am sure you have discovered some on your own.  Share them if you would like.

Here are a couple from different people.


Truth, though it has many disadvantages, is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it.
- Phyllis Bottome



Eternal principles that govern happiness apply equally to all.
- Russell M. Nelson


I have one extremely important closing point.  I alluded to it earlier.

We talked about the turmoil and challenge we face as we navigate the teeming sea of change in which we live.

The way we successfully deal with the rough seas of change… is with changelessness.

These changeless principles are not anchors that keep us from changing but serve as ballast that keeps us upright and afloat.

That’s why it’s so important to know and understand the changeless principles of life.

Whew… this is a lot to take in and absorb.

But the next entry will tackle the greatest constant of all.

See you Thursday.

Mar 12

Would you rather be a Genius or Smart?





Einstein was smarter than he looked.

I am not saying this to be funny or cute.  And no, I am not making fun… not at all.

There is definitely something deeper to my statement that has relevance to our lives.

He looked every bit like a scientist.  But the exceptional thing about Einstein is that he was able to translate his amazing intellect (you notice I didn’t say genius) into very practical, real life insights.

This may sound odd but there is a big difference between genius and raw intellect or brainpower.


Andy Warhol is the only genius I’ve ever known with an I.Q. of 60.
- Gore Vidal


I think we have automatically and mistakenly associated genius with the gift of raw intellect.  This is logical of course because for years those with a high IQ (140+) were referred to as being genius.

I contend that genius is much more prevalent than we think.  In fact, the number people who are genius is greater than those gifted people who possess raw intellect measured by a high IQ.


Side Note: Psychology is now using the term gifted instead of genius.

  • 85 to 114 – Average intelligence
  • 115 to 129 – Above average; bright
  • 130 to 144 – Moderately gifted
  • 145 to 159 – Highly gifted
  • 160 to 179 – Exceptionally gifted
  • 180 and up – Profoundly gifted


You may be sitting there saying, “Okay, this is interesting information but… so what?   What does all of this genius – gifted stuff have to do with me?”

Hold on… here’s the quote that stirred this blog today.


Everyone is a genius.  But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

- Albert Einstein


Yep… Einstein was much smarter than he looked.  An insight like this demonstrates that he had much more going for him than just being smart.

The quote makes me wonder how many people have been relegated to the fringes because they may not be considered gifted intellectually.

The sobering question is, what amazing genius are we missing out on because people don’t think they have anything to offer?

I shared this poem over a year ago but I think it really fits.

The Average Child

- by Mike Buscemi

I don’t cause teachers trouble;
My grades have been okay.
I listen in my classes.
I’m in school every day.

My teachers think I’m average;
My parents think so too.
I wish I didn’t know that, though;
There’s lots I’d like to do.

I’d like to build a rocket;
I read a book on how.
Or start a stamp collection…
But no use trying now.

’Cause, since I found I’m average,
I’m smart enough you see
To know there’s nothing special
I should expect of me.

I’m part of that majority,
That hump part of the bell,
Who spends his life unnoticed
In an average kind of hell.


Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
- Madame de Stael



Find your genius… we need it.  Our world is less without it.

See you Thursday.

Feb 12

A Person of Action


Howdy, welcome back.

Just so you know, the picture above really doesn’t have a lot to do with today’s topic.  I thought it was an interesting picture… and who knows… maybe this blog is a sign for someone.  Maybe you?

After I wrote about the perils of indecision in the last posting I figured I had better give equal time to the dangers at the other end of the decision continuum…  Decisions made too quickly.

If you read the last entry you know my bias.  I believe that a person is better served in life if they make decisions quickly.

That is to say, make thoughtful decisions without unnecessary delay.  The unnecessary delay is the deadly trap of the indecisive person.

Now there are a lot of people who take making quick decisions to the extreme.  They knee-jerk their way through life creating a lot of unnecessary destruction along the way.



They react to the whim of the moment and make a snap decision.  Unfortunately some of the snap decisions are correct and it validates the delusion that their decision making process is correct.


Side Note: The same can be said about those that are indecisive.  They hold off on making a decision and something turns our right.  This, in their mind, justifies their indecisiveness.

Remember, “We look for evidence to validate our beliefs.”


Here’s the key.  We should act with thoughtful diligence… not react.

There’s a big difference between Act vs. React.

In their purest form these two terms are very distinct.

Act is a controlled, measured response to something that happens, a stimulus.

React is an uncontrolled response to the stimulus.

But, like all things that involve people, few things are completely pure in their meaning.  People tend to work in shades of gray.

Some people split hairs by saying that they just make quick decisions and are fully in control - as they grab for something totally out of their butt.

And many people can make quality decisions in an instant because they have a handle on the situation.

Act does not mean slow.

The bottom line is this.  Anyone reading this blog entry has enough life experience to know where they tend to fall on the IndecisionDecision continuum.

You know if you usually drag your feet in making a decision or if you tend to be too hasty in your decisions.

Either end of the continuum is a destructive place.  There are consequences for being too slow or too fast.

The sobering reality is this.  The consequences of these styles of decision making are not limited to just the individual.  There is usually collateral damage.

So with all this blather about decision making, I have two questions.

Where do you tend to fall on the continuum?  Honestly.

What’s your decision about decisions?

Your response to the second question will tell you a lot about the first.

See you Thursday.

Dec 11

Deceive or Receive?


Welcome back… that is… assuming you’ve been here before. 

Nice picture huh?  I know it’s weird but believe it or not… it applies to the topic.

Over the last few entries I have been unpacking a remarkable “Ah Ha” that I experienced a few weeks back.

Last time we talked about the struggle of getting things from the head to the heart and ended with a statement and a question. 

I said, “Some people believe it, but do they receive it?”

Yes, I realize this may be a bit confusing but let me take it apart and attempt to put it back together.

First, I feel the need to define the word “receive”.

I checked the dictionary and as you would expect there were several definitions.  The initial definition was pretty good for my purposes and others fell short. 

The definitions that didn’t fit, primarily dealt with examples like receiving a letter, instructions, etc.  It focused more on the offering of something than the actual receiving.

The one that did fit pretty well was – “To take into ones possession.”  But it is still missing the real point I am trying to take.

My definition is talking about receiving something intangible like a thought, idea or insight vs. something tangible like a gift or letter. 

The type of “Receive” I am talking about is when someone takes in something (an insight as an example) an makes it a part of them.

Lots of people hear things, are told things, are taught things, believe facts and it just passes through.  But when you hear something and you take it in and it becomes a part of you… that is receiving.

A Sobering Question

Why is it easier for most people to receive (take in) an insult and find it more difficult to receive (take in) a compliment? 

We hear compliments… maybe believe it to some degree… but we don’t actually receive it (take in to our being). 

Where as, we perceive something as a slight or insult and we humans tend to immediately believe it and take it in.

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.
- Epictetus


It’s sad but true.  Unfortunately it seems our natural default is to believe and receive negative messages much more readily than the positive.

Think about it.  What are you personally more likely to believe and take in (receive)? 

Why is that? 

Personally (now I am going to sound really religious – don’t let it scare you), I believe that because the world is fallen, the evil one will do anything to keep us from the fullness of what a loving father wants for his children.

Now back to what started this series of blog entries.

A loving mother can see her daughter as perfect (even with imperfections).  If she, an earthly mother can do so, then God our father does even more.

I have known and believed this truth on one level, but found it difficult to receive (take in to the core of my being) it to the full. 

I’m not there totally but my oh my, what a joy to know that God loves us in spite of our imperfections.

I hope you see you again on Monday.


Oct 11

A Lesson in the Leaves


Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day.

It was one of those crisp fall days where the sun was bright and the sky a piercing blue.  It was the type of day you want to sit back, relax and soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

But NO!

Typically it goes something like this.

You stand outside with your head raised toward the blue heavens drinking in the beauty.   Your face tingles with that unique combination that only comes in the Spring and Fall – the simultaneous sense of warmth from the sun and crisp coolness of the air.

This ritual continues as your eyes float across the horizon absorbing the beauty.   But eventually, the eyes begin to settle and drift down to the reality of the moment… LEAVES.  Lots and lots of leaves.

The problem with a day like I described is that all is well as long as you look up and around… not down.

Frankly, I wasn’t in the mood to do the leaves.  But I’m glad I did.  I had one of those special life insights that serendipitously capture you… but only if you are open to be captured by the moment.

My plan, I’m embarrassed to say, was to do just enough.  My rationale was that more leaves would fall so why put forth the effort.

So I dutifully gathered my tools and began raking the areas where the leaves were most obvious to the passers by.  This worked pretty well and I was pleased that it was looking pretty good without much effort.

But I made a fatal error (or in reality a blessing in disguise).  At the edge of the easy open areas were some plants and bushes.  I thought that I would quickly extract a few of the leaves from around the edges.

Side Note: No, I haven’t gotten to the special life insight yet.  Patience, patience, I’m still workin on the leaves.  I’ll get to it shortly.


Well, I found that raking around the bushes is similar to touch-up painting.  You do a little touch-up and the surroundings looks so crappy you end up painting the entire room.

After I saw how good it looked I kind of wanted to kick some leaves back under the bush, but I knew that wasn’t an option.

Then the point of decision… continue or stop – do it half-assed or do it right.  I knew that if I did do it right it meant that I needed to do around the sides and back of the house.

The day was nice and I was kind of in a rhythm so I decided to go for it (And the crowd goes wild!).

The Life Insight (finally… I thought he would never get to it)

After I made the decision and well into the project I noticed that I was feeling pretty good about myself.  It was a nice feeling.

Then it hit me… there is a big difference between making yourself feel good and feeling good about yourself.

Side Note: I can see and hear you now.  People reading the last sentence fell into one of three groups, each with a different grunt.  It was either a, Huh? Duh! or Humm….


Now this insight wasn’t totally new news to me.  Like most meaningful insights they have a way of poking around the edges of awareness for a long time but something happens to crystallize a different or deeper dimension.

Think about it.  Natural human default is making the body feel good… sit and take it easy… it can wait… have another helping of potatoes… don’t strain yourself… buy it now.

If you look at the things in life where you feel the best about yourself, it always means that somewhere along the line you had to do things that didn’t make you feel good in the moment.

The cost for feeling good about yourself is not making yourself feel good.

I hope the blog elicited a Humm of consideration and not a huh? or a duh!

Ciao… see you Thursday.

Oct 11

Your point is…?


Hi there, welcome back… bubble boy.

In case you’re wondering about this bubble boy nonsense you need to take a quick look at the last blog entry.  It will get you up to speed on all of this bubble stuff.

I may not know much, but I do know that you typically don’t want any sharp objects around bubbles or balloons.

You notice I said typically.  When it comes to fun stuff you don’t want anything to pop your bubble.  We have to guard and protect those things.

We tend to shy away from the sharp piercing things in life because, simply put, they hurt when you bump into them.  They destroy plans or upset your little world.

But there are times when sharp objects around your bubble may be the greatest gift you can ever receive.

Bubbles in reality are pretty fragile.  It doesn’t take much to poke a hole in our protective cover.

But here’s the scary part.  After years of protecting our fragile bubble something sinister begins to take place.

The bubble, without warning, gradually hardens and thickens.  What was once a delightful, colorful, bouncy bubble has slowly transformed into an opaque shell that entraps.

Where once a pin prick could shatter the confines of the bubble, it’s now mocked by its inability to cause enough discomfort or distraction for consideration.

What was once a nice comfortable place to protect ourselves has now become a narrow box that leaves us no room to grow or move.

I don’t know about you, but I have had my share of things that have trapped me over the years and I can tell you from experience… a simple pin prick is much more attractive and tolerable than the sledgehammer required to get someone out of their shell.

Some of you may be saying that you like your shell and you have no desire to get out of your familiar, predictable, tiny, narrow, box.

OK, suit yourself… but fair warning.  Life has a way of taking a sledgehammer to our world.  This is not life’s way of punishing us but releasing us.

Hopefully this blog is a little pin prick for some of you and pops your thin bouncy bubble.

For others, I hope this little speck of dust of a blog turns out to be a tiny seed.

Don’t giggle at the notion of a dust particle seed.  You never can tell what happens when those pesky seeds get inside.

See you Thursday.

Sep 11

It ROCKS or It’s rocks?


Hi, thanks for visiting.

Well, I am doing something I thought I would never do again… I am going to use another quote from Charlie Sheen.

I know, I know…. I have no excuse.

What scares me is that I have crossed the line a few times the past couple of months.  I used a quote from Tony Robbins… and now Charlie Sheen… twice.

Now to all of you Tony Robbins fans, don’t get your shorts in a wad because I am cracking on him.

Well… maybe you should… because I just don’t like him, and I still think he’s creepy.  But I do have to give him credit for a good quote.

Side Note: If you want to know what his quote was… go back a few blogs and search for it.  I’m not going to pamper your lazy… rear (I really wanted to say ass but thought I should be kind to my blog friends) by providing it for you.

If you are new, just ignore my weirdness.  It grows on you after a while.


Now Charlie Sheen on the other hand is quite a different matter.  I am sure some of you are bothered that I am even giving him any attention.

I totally understand.  There is absolutely no question that he is the poster child for attention freaks and yes, here I am talking about him.

I get the feeling that Charlie Sheen is the Hollywood equivalent of a NASCAR race.  Everyone is sitting on the sidelines watching and waiting for the inevitable crash.

Unfortunately… he will crash.  It won’t be a pretty sight.

We have no control over the Charlie Sheens of the world.

The sad reality is, we all have Charlie Sheens in our lives.  We care about them but no amount of talking, helping or support will do any good.  They are blinded.

Hopefully when they crash some sanity will be restored.  Then maybe they will be open to the help.

Maybe a better question is, are you a Charlie Sheen?  But then again, usually Charlie’s don’t know they are Charlie’s.

Anyway, I don’t think the Charlie Sheens of the world would be caught dead reading a blog about life.

Now that I think about it, I bet I seem creepy to him.  Humm?

OK, back to the quote.  The quote that jump started my mind a whirling is something that is so foreign to my way of thinking.

“People say you have to work on your resentments. Yeah, no, I’m gonna hang onto them and they’re gonna fuel my attack.”
- Charlie Sheen



Sorry, but this type of thinking is so foreign to me.  I am sure that it is more common than I would like to believe, but it is still so foreign to me.

The really interesting thing to me is, Charlie Sheen prides himself on being his own person and unwilling to be controlled.

Strangely, his quote proves himself wrong.  You see, hanging on to resentments for him, or anyone for that matter, places the power in someone else’s hands.  In essence, the other person is controlling you.

Hanging on to stuff like that is a sack of rocks that takes its toll.

I like myself too much to put that much effort into something that drags me down.

I must say… Charlie is interesting, sad but interesting.

See you Monday.

Sep 11

Weird or Wise?


Hi there.  Good to see you again.

Have you ever noticed that some people are just plain weird?

As you know, I like variety.  I have written several blogs on the gift of variety in every aspect of our lives to enjoy.  This variety has been given to us completely for our pleasure.

There is variety… and then there is weird.

First let me say that I am not saying you’re weird.  Of course you’re not weird because you’re reading my blog.

As I said, anyone who reads my blog is not weird… they may need a little more excitement in their life… but not weird.

Humm… but then again… I’m not the one reading an obscure blog about a metaphorical journey.  You’re reading it… I just happen to be the one writing.

Side Note: I really have a unique way of building blog readership huh?  Here I am poking at people who read my blog.  Hopefully everyone has thick skin.


OK, back to weird.  Did you know there are some people, for example, that have a fetish about feet.  Yep… feet… that’s weird.

I saw a TV show about people who are compelled to eat strange things like dirt or toilet paper (unused of course).  That’s weird.

I will probably get criticized for making a judgment about what’s weird or not.

What makes me the determiner of what’s weird or not?  My going to church regularly may be seen as weird to someone else (not as weird as eating dirt, but possibly weird none-the-less).

What one defines as weird can be a fun topic to verbally spar on.  And yes, weird is in the eye of the beholder.

But what about right and wrong, or Truth?  Who determines that?

I don’t know about you, but that is above my pay grade.  I can handle weird… but Truth… Right and wrong?  No.

This is where things get real dicey.  If there is no central point of Truth then anyone can determine what is right or wrong.  A society can determine what is good and bad, right and wrong, and create rules and laws accordingly.

Some might say that I am saying this because I believe in God and I am trying to impose my God on the world.

That is a logical thought or argument.  But frankly, a very strong case can be built for why atheists (or anyone) would want a society based on the belief of a God.

I say this, because if a society determines right and wrong, then it could decide that it is a good thing to imprison people who don’t believe in God as much as imprison those who do believe in God.

Without something beyond the individual, there is nothing to supersede people’s feelings or opinions.

But regardless of societal standards, the trends always start with individual decisions.

Maybe on a personal level there is something for us to explore.  If not careful, we as individuals can easily get caught up in the “everything’s relative” thinking today and begin to compromise foundational beliefs and standards.

There is something seductive about the argument that, if everyone else is doing it then it must be okay.

Or when one is faced with a questionable business opportunity and they begin to think, if I don’t take advantage of this situation someone else will do it.

One easily sees the need for Truth beyond us as individuals.  If setting standards were left up to us as humans, we would be in a heap of trouble.

Talk with you on Thursday.