Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Why Every One of Us Must Fall

To the brothers & sisters of Generation ME,

Fall is here. I can feel it's presence, sense it in our conversations (both spoken and unspoken), and see it in our eyes. We know Fall as a planetary season, but never before have we experienced Fall as a life cycle. However, if you've recently celebrated or are slated to celebrate the Big 50, I say to you my friend... Welcome to Fall.

Fall is here. Just yesterday, our leaves were Summery hues. Overnight, tinges of Autumn un-colored our foliage - a hair here, a forest there. Follicles fall leaving us bald. Tributaries have taken up residence where happy lines once flashed. Mirror, mirror on the wall... who the heck is THIS person and why are they showing up in MY mirror?

Fall is here, our season of transition. Our Spring is but a memory. Our Summer? Yesterday's news. Our Fall is before us. What shall we do, my brother? My sister? What shall we do?

This road trip of life is beckoning us. You gotta admit, the vantage point from the driver's seat is decidedly different at this point. We've passed the invisible road marker that signalled that we are beyond the halfway point. No longer does this road trip appear as an infinite adventure. It now has a destination, even if the remaining mileage is unknown. We may have 40+ years of struggling to balance our checkbook, but on this journey into Fall, life is demanding a full reconciliation. What will you do when, perhaps for the first time ever, your dreams disappear from your horizon and reappear in your rear view mirror? "Is that my... my.... dream back there... on the side of the road?"

Family, our Fall is here. Whether your life-to-date reconciliation didn't balance out or your dreams appear to be fading at warp speed, one thing is certain: we are entering our season of transition. Before you take radical actions or panic, I'm simply asking you to step back, take a deep breath and respect the process. It is necessary. It can be difficult. But, it is definitely in Divine Order. Welcome it.
"To Everything There Is A Season"
Ecclesiastes 3:1

I don't have the answers for what lie ahead. I do believe there are two things we each can do that will benefit us greatly. First, let's agree to open and honest communication. Who knew of those dreams now appearing in your rear view mirror? Who knew? Let's have real dialog, withholding the judgement. Let's keep it real.

Second, the path that we each must travel is cloaked in uncertainty. And yet, the pathway into Fall is well-travelled. We can illuminate our pathway by turning to the greatest, natural resource on earth, our elders. We may have bigger houses, fancier cars, bigger titles, and have out-earned them, but we'll never out-learn them. Seek out their counsel and sit as a child. Speak a little/listen a lot. No cell-phones, no 30 minute time allotments. Theirs is a wisdom acquired from every season. Invest quality time and you'll be rewarded with wisdom that not even Oprah money can't buy.

Happy 50th, Generation Me. May you experience a peace that surpasses all understanding. Love, That Johnson Boy.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I Will Act Now!

"My dreams are worthless,
my plans are dust,
my goals are impossible.
All are of no value unless
they are followed by action."

Og Mandino (Excerpt from The Greatest Salesman in the World)

I will act now.
Never has there been a map, however carefully executed to detail and scale, which carried its owner over even 1 inch of ground. Never has there been a parchment of law, however fair, which prevented one crime. Never has there been a scroll, even such as the one I hold, which earned so much as a penny, or produced a single word of acclamation. Action alone is the tinder which ignites the map, the parchment, this scroll, my dreams, my plans, my goals, into a living force. Action is the food and drink which will nourish my success.

I will act now.
My procrastination which has held me back was born of fear, and now I recognize this secret mined from the depths of all courageous hearts. Now I know that, to conquer fear, I must always act without hesitation, and the flutters in my heart will vanish. Now I know that action reduces the lion of terror to an ant of equanimity.

I will act now.
Only action determines my value in the marketplace, and to multiply my value I will multiply my actions. I will walk where the failure fears to walk. I will work when the failure seeks rest. I will talk when the failure remains silent. I will call on 10 who can buy my goods, while the failure makes grand plans to call on one. I will say it is done before the failure says it is too late.

I will act now.
For now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the evil become good. I am not evil. Tomorrow is the day when the weak become strong. I am not weak. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure.

I will act now.
When the lion is hungry, he eats. When the eagle has thirst, he drinks. Lest they act, both will perish.

I hunger for success. I thirst for happiness and peace of mind. Lest I act, I will perish in a life of failure, misery and sleepless nights. I will command, and I will obey my own command.

I will act now.
Success will not wait. If I delay, she will become betrothed to another and lost to me forever.

This is the time. This is the place. I am the man.

I will act now.

(Excerpt from The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Meditation Experience from That Johnson Boy

Yosemite - The Meditation Experience from Keith Johnson on Vimeo.

Hello Fam,

Here's a wonderful energizer for Hump Day or any day for the matter.  Hope you enjoy!  Sincerely, That Johnson Boy

PS... If the video is jerky, press pause and allow the video to load complete before pressing start again.