What Are You Thankful For?

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This Thursday when you sit around your table with family and friends, what will you be thankful for?

If your family is anything like mine, Thanksgiving prayers will generally consist of being grateful for food, health and shelter.

While there are many blessings in life to be thankful for this holiday season, I feel the most gratitude for the ability to breathe, to move and think. This allows me to experience life’s beautiful opportunities. Some may see my life and ask, “What’s to be cheerful about, everything you do is dependent on being tethered to an oxygen chord. To that I retort, “There are no problems in life, only challenges.”

On the days I feel my difficulties are insurmountable, I remind myself that things could be worse. If I compare myself with Hulk Hogan, I’m a wimp. If I compare myself with Popeye’s girlfriend Olive Oyl, I’m the strongest man alive! It all comes down to perspective and controlling your mindset in order to achieve personal goals.

Mind over matter.

When I was in the hospital with a collapsed lung and hooked to a ventilator, it was uncertain if I would ever breathe on my own again. After weeks of fluctuating recovery, I was weened off the breathing tube as my lungs became stronger! My mentality was summed up by my favorite Sir Ben Kingsley quote: “Where there’s a WILL, there’s a WAY…..and there’s ALWAYS a will.”

It’s been over 20 years and while I am not fully independent of breathing assistance, I AM breathing independently!
I guess the moral of the story is that if you have the ability to think, move and breath, ANYTHING is possible! That is something we can all be thankful for.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

 

 

 

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What is YOUR motivation??

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If you’re anything like me, you begin with the best of intentions in accomplishing a goal…but somehow end up frustrated, quitting from lack of progress. What Happened?!?! It’s not like I don’t put forth a solid effort. Take writing a blog, for example: I allot time for focused writing, organize blog notes by topic and entry and set up a work space with a wide open, inspiring view of nature.

Still, even on the most organized days, random thoughts sometimes break my concentration, causing me to loose attention and train of thought. I think some people have the misconception that being distracted is the same as not being motivated.

Speaking from experience, I have been excited at achieving goals (such as becoming physically fit, writing a book or building a business) but when it comes down to putting in the time and effort, I get “distracted.” Having overcome life-and-death struggles, I know beating the odds isn’t just a matter of mental toughness but also mental fortitude.

Bill Russell, 13-time NBA champion and thought to be the best player in history, is quoted as saying,

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”

Motivation is necessary to keep getting up but discipline is needed to put in the effort once standing. That combination builds resiliency, an attribute important to accomplishing any goal. To put it into simple mathematical terms:

Motivation + Action = Mental Toughness

As Rocky Balboa said,

“It’s not how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can GET hit and keep getting up.”

After all, attaining goals is not just about how well you overcome obstacles but also how much you can keep going in the face of those challenges. Motivation, Discipline, Resilience, Mental Fortitude: It all comes down to Action.

Below is an easy to follow instructional video that will guide you though steps to become more productive.

Before you watch it, take the initiative of sharing the love: Click the “Like” button, post a comment and re-post. 

~ Breathe Easy ~

Living In The Moment

For years, while everyone had the hip Smart phones and I-Phones while I was stuck with the non-internet-connected flip phone. When I first received the Sprint flip phone, I felt hip and stylish, as if it were a hi-tech Star Trek Communicator! However, years passed and technology improved while I kept the same phone. While I felt out of touch at the time, in hind sight it was a blessing. I wasn’t faced with the temptations of Facebook/twitter/email bombarding me with alerts 24/7.

Because of my aversion to impersonal communication, my phone was used solely for phone calls.  Sometimes I would use the phone in place of a watch for time management or to get out of a stagnant conversation…”it’s getting late, I gotta go….” but never in place of it.

I recently watched a video that profoundly put technology’s importance into perspective. Please watch before continuing the post.

I’m confounded to understand why people act like those in the video, furiously trying to stay connected to people but loosing true connection to life. They are missing out on the EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN THE MOMENT.

I’m not condemning innovation. On the contrary, technology is wonderful if used to improve passionate actions.

I recently bought an I-phone with all the bells and whistles…..and have become what I so reviled: Someone who substitutes online life for REAL life. I’ve been checking and updating my Facebook/twitter/blog/ more often….not urgent and can do from home. Texting and apps are a waste of time and distract you from the joy of living. Why? As we see with the male hiker, he talks on the phone while climbing to the top and coming back down the mountain. Taking away the fact that it’s extremely rude to others, there is nothing overtly wrong with that. The male hiker won’t likely get hurt or loose his way and he’ll get in his daily exercise while supposedly having a meaningful conversation.

But what is his missing? Exactly! What?? He doesn’t know what he’s missing. Perhaps a furry animal running about. Perhaps a rare flower under a bush. Perhaps the beauty of the glimmering sun as it sets across the city. Perhaps it’s simply clearing his mind and taking in a deep breath of fresh air.

“But we need to stay in communication!!”

Communication is essential to community but sometimes it is a distraction. Being alone is just as important as being with others, for it is in those moments when you are fully open to new, profound ideas and inspiration. When you are alone with your thoughts and feelings, there is no hiding from honesty within yourself.

For more on Knowing Yourself, check out my post: https://breathethislife.wordpress.com/2013/…/12/who-are-you/

— Breathe This Life —

In Response To A Climate Change Denier….

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Let’s leave our world in a better place….for our children’s future.

There seems to be a lot of emotion in the debate over climate change. As someone with breathing challenges, I am passionate in my belief that clean air is a world-wide necessity. I try to choose my beliefs in the same way I make decisions: a combination of facts, experience, ideals and reason. In my oppinon, working towards a clean air environment has many upsides and few down sides. It all comes down to “do we want to make a lot of money in the short term and let humanity die out or make less money now and allow humanity to survive longer?” Money or Life. Seems like a tough choice huh?

So I have been watching a lot of news and youtube videos of pundants discussing climate change. I respect that everyone is entitled to their oppinion and realize that every oppinion has a bit of validity to it. However, I recently read an article where one so-called “expert” spoke so passionatly against the possibility of climate-change that my brain almost exploded. It made me wonder, “Do those who balk in the face of overwhelming facts do so out of strong moral character or idealogical political reasons?” What is the difference? Questioning for the purposes of finding the truth is one thing. Skewing facts to fit a pre-concieved perspective is totally different. It’s the difference between being true to yourself or true to an agenda.

So, before people fruitlessly argue about climate change, it is important that we come to some baselilne agreements. Seeing eye to eye on these four principles allows our perspectives to be alligned and maximizes the chances of finding successful action to counteract global warming/polution/lack of resources.

These Are Four Guiding Principles

I am confident that we will not only find a way to compromise but will take successful action for humanity to prosper. Let’s agree:

1: That we actually want to come to an agreement and not just bullshit for political reasons.

2: On the definition of important terms such as “global warming,” “climate change,” “scientific concensus,” “opinion vs. fact.”

3: The differences between “man made problems” and “natural climate cycles.”

4. Regardless of our responsibility, do we want to make the effort to give our kids a world worth living in???

Once we agree on these basic ideas, challenges to our climate will be easier to overcome.

We are a resourceful species.

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