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As the stock market indexes continue to take us on wild roller-coaster rides I wonder. How closely is your sense of personal worth tied to numbers.

What’s your personal worth index?

Is your sense of personal worth confined to digits (bank statements, stock shares, bonds)? Do you define your worth by a profit and loss (P&L) report? If so, what do these numbers do for you? Do these numbers comfort you when your nose drips while suffering another round of sneezes brought on by the latest cold virus? (The cold and flu season is upon us as we speak!) …


Trumping Reality (Fictional Fantasy)

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In a unique marketing move Trump liquidated USA’s national debt of $27 trillion dollars in one bold move! How? Simple! By executive order he restricted access to 2020’s live presidential debates to a pay-per-view format. For $99.95 subscribers have access to live debate feeds. For an additional $50 upgrade subscribers gain access to submit questions to the debate production staff. Who knows! Your question may be asked on live TV!

Within four days of tickets going on sale over 268 million consumers spanning four continents purchased a non-refundable ticket to witness one of the most anticipated presidential debates in modern history. …


Have you noticed how fear sells?

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It sold the electoral college to vote Trump into office. Fear is the primary ingredient in Trump’s campaign to gain another four years of fear mongering.

The Trump administration strikes fear such that we grow increasing worried about our republic becoming a dictatorship. Will COVID-19 usher in socially sanctioned local to global martial law? (Are you sheltering in place right now? How do you feel about doing your part to flatten the curve?)

Was Benjamin Franklin prescient?

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” …


To divide and conquer or unit and evolve?

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Given the plethora of posts extolling the virtues of wearing a face mask to protect both self and others during our journey with COVID-19 I humbly invite you to ponder the art of divide and conquer.

At the moment wearing a mask in western cultures is an act of self-determination. Eastern cultures (given ancient cultural, social and political norms) witness a surge in a social norm — mask wearing.

At what point is a simple action (such as wearing a mask) used to manipulate other actions?


What’s stopping you from waking up? Time? Money? Both?
What’s stopping you from waking up? Time? Money? Both?

As we navigate the tsunamis made by the COVID-19 pandemic one of the waves many face is “what do I do for days (possibly months) cooped up at home!” With boarders, sports, theaters, restaurants, clubs, concerts, spiritual worship centers temporarily closed or limited access (to flatten the spread curve) have you given thought to take time to doing some of the most challenging (yet rewarding) work humans face?

Spanning 40 years of being of service to souls who want to ‘wake-up’ the two most common responses to my question, “Are you ready to get started” are:

1) I really want to get started but I’m just so busy! I don’t have enough time “to do things right.” …


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Explore the differences between data, information, knowledge and wisdom.

When it comes to wisdom, how do we become wise. What steps do we take to grow more healthy, centered, awake and aware? How do we know the difference between someone who is knowledgable and someone who is wise?

Wisdom: a word worth paying attention to!

How do we grow wise? What ingredients do we need to cook-up some wisdom? Consider this wisdom pyramid (much like a food pyramid).

First ingredient (pyramid base): data!

Words, numbers, images, sounds, sights, tastes are all good examples of data. For example, open a dictionary to any page and you’ll find all sorts of words. Words form a small part of our wisdom.


A tangled mess of ropes.
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How does trust help or hurt us?

What happens when I grant trust to someone or something? When someone decides to trust me, what happens to the gift of perspective? Does trust — like love — blind me?

For the next few minutes I ask your permission to shake up your concept of trust similar to how one of my most cherished instructors asked me to explore the feeling of trust (at the ripe old age of 12). Over 45 years ago I recall her sitting me down to say, “Soul, here’s the deal on trust. I trust in the divine. I trust my divine guidance so I trust everyone — always. I seek no trust. I want no trust. Trust is similar to air. Trust is just there.” Her concept of not needing or wanting trust allowed her inner wisdom to support a profound sense of clarity. Her clarity helped me gain and grow a sense of compassionate confidence (confidence sans ego). …


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At what point do you recognize the results of placating a chronic pessimist.

  • When you start feeling drained, annoyed, angry at yet another the world is going to hell in a hand-basket tirade?
  • When you start feeling doubt, guilt, shame or worry when you’re invited to an event hosted by your historically pessimistic family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor (etc.).
  • When you conjure up yet another lie to get out of one more tired debate?

Are you aware of the hazards these sour souls sow? Hazards similar to breathing second-hand smoke?

  • How many people do you associate with who firmly believe their glass is permanently half-empty? …

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