A Gift to Myself

There is no greater gift than to be where you want to be, doing what you want to do, and with whom you want to do it. At this moment it is sitting on the rooftop of Hotel Farnese in Roma, Italy with my daughter who has recently graduated with honors from high school having a simple breakfast and drafting this blog post while she watches her favorite YouTubers. 

I was sharing with my daughter that oftentimes people fail to prioritize experiencing the moment. They simply are not aware that they could or even should be aware of their “now”. There is a healing effect from sincerely beginning self aware. Feeling the realization that you are alive and becoming aware of your breath and heartbeat and sensations of feeling, the air on your skin, and the unique sounds all around you. Becoming aware of your own thoughts so much so that you can actually control them. 

Sobering are the moments that you realize that you “are”, that you exist. 

I also shared with her that you can then slowly expand your awareness outside of yourself and notice all the life and lives around you both animate and inanimate, for all things expire from their current form or way of being. You see, real life is not experienced in the yesterdays or the tomorrows. It is captured in the now. This is where futures are drafted and memories carved. For those very close to me they often hear that I am keen to experience moments and create memories. 

I will be that old cool ass gent sitting someday in a rocking chair (maybe on the Moon or Mars) with grandchildren around laughing and enjoying themselves. And I’ll have this mischievous or even playful grin on my face as I relive, in my mind, some of the very best memories and moments. I’ll watch the birth of my son and hesitantly cut the squishy umbilical cord, hold him in my hands counting fingers and toes and making sure that both of his eyes are looking at me. I’ll relive my daughters first day of school where she joyfully bounced and skipped off to join the other children when I was expecting and even wanting her to throw herself off the ground because she didn’t want to leave us. I’ll remember my dad’s phone call out of the blue sharing how proud he was of my accomplishments and more over the kind of man I had become. I’ll remember the many intimate moments where time screeched to a halt with bursts of motions of love and eye gazes along with intertwined spirits that seemed to defy gravity, space, and time. I’ll remember the love of, and pleasures of those that have transcended into the next life. I’ll remember everything!!! Each and every detail with precision and in full color leaving no detail without distinction. After all, what else can I take with me as I age and hopefully in the beyond. 

It’s all about “Memories and Moments”. This is my gift to myself…
– Johnnie Moore

Live your Love… (part 1)

When I was younger I was determined to live what I love. Yes literally… I mean seriously and for real. Curiously enough after several unexpected, unwanted, and painful experiences in my life, it became obvious to me that I wasn’t exactly living what I love. I was finding a way to love what I was living. I was somehow holding back my “greatness journey” while attempting to acquiesce to pressures driving me to deal with external purposes outside of my own. Life changes and people change too. But I’m not so sure that I believe that I’ve been repurposed. My purpose remains consistent and the evolution to alignment perfection to that purpose is encapsulated into my willingness to obey my truths.  

You see I’ve come to accept that “Truth” is a personal and impartial form of law. It is an expressed reality unchanged, a rule of existence and a foundational element not yet written in the “periodic table”, but bold and italicized in the “eternal table”. It is a force that directs both action and inaction. It constricts one from self indulgence and prompts one to hold close both things and entities that are based in authenticity. It reaches down into your heart and pulls salty tears forward through your mind as emotions and rains them over shivering cheeks. Truth is a spring of glory that increases heartbeats in moments of acceptance that one is loved. It creates the most beautiful smile wrinkles. Among it’s evidences are the provocative instances of realization and an ever reminding occurrence of passion, compassion, relevance and motives. Truth is strong and incontestable, stands alone and requires no assistance. It is immovable, eternal, and can be wielded as a tool or a weapon. 

Living what I love is impossible without awareness and acceptance of my truths. This is a statement of fact and one of the many stepping stones to transcendence. 
Stay tuned more to come… 

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Honey, Carrot, & Stick

It’s true that honey attracts more than vinegar, it’s also true that if the carrot is ineffective a stick will likely deliver results…

Key point is the sweet fragrance of the honey tantalizes the tastebuds and increases desire to be in close proximity. Then should the carrot not incentivize desired outcomes the stick is the fall back. 

Either way achieving the goal is destined. I’m in it to win it! All the way in and all the way to the finish line. Who’s with me?

Thinking…

Life is what you make it. Sometimes you have to find a nice little quaint quiet space, sit down, relax look ahead and just enjoy the moment. These times are fantastic, times when you have the opportunity to sit and reflect and to look inward toward things that matter most to you. Then to be able to also create moment and make memories.

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How to Find Your Passion

Apparently this thing called ‘Passion‘ seems to be a hot topic for most and is, in many cases overused. For me, ‘passion’ is defined as the one thing that enjoys your very best and rewards you the most. It fills you up from the inside out and is seemingly reflexive and serves you as your safe place. It’s the thing that comes easy, but you feel compelled to operate with pride. It is your thirst quencher and your warm soup on a cold day. Passions are oftentimes selfless, delivered as an outward expressions, and formed with action or activity. It is an action that fulfills a deep point of desire that begs your attention and finds its way to identify as a priority in your life.

When excersizing in your passion its likened to  
the ease of flowing down a smooth river,

like awakening comfortably from a great nights sleep,

like your sexiest outfit and a hot date,

like your favorite evening comfort beverage,

like watching a baby completely immersed in unprovoked laughter,

 – ok you got the point.
In order to find your passion you need to be open enough to try new things and to look within for evidence of inner joy and a resounding sense of accomplishment. When you are in your zone, it just feels good. Its comfortable and empowering. I’ve also learned that the people closest to you can in many cases see the signs and if asked can provide confirmation of what you would likely already know. Your passion is already within range. It is sometimes hidden clear view amongst the clustered array of “to-do’s”.

Critically your passion is and always will also be seeking you and will flash its presence from time to time pleading for your recognition and attention. It shows itself as the thing that you want to do first or save for last. Even the effort required when it comes to your passion, rewards you and seldom would you not want to share its sucesses.

Finding your passion can be simple or as complicated as you want to make it. In the end, my perspective is that you simply need to claim that which you already know. Even if it is somewhat broad in nature… Allow your passion to develop. In the meantime do the stuff that you love and the things that make you smile.

While waiting for my daughters Optometrist to finish some updates in his computer I asked him about this topic and he shared his story with me on how he found his passion. It was a very interesting story indeed… However in the end he simply said “You gotta be damn lucky”! Now I certainly believe that there is some element of luck involved, however by far the ability to feel your joyful place while pursuing life and then to make the tough decision…

Making the tough decision to walk away from people, places, and things that are in direct conflict with allowing you to pursue your passion is paramount. Draw the line in the sand and make it clear to all that your passion is you and you are your passion. Yes, its this kind of candor, determination, and discipline that will allow you to find your place in your greatness. You can be your beam of light in a dark place carrying yourself through things impossible. Then you can find balance where work is play and play is play. There will be joy in all that you do. Keep in mind though that there will always be a need to fend off tormentors, detractors, and distractors. But, if you remain focused peace and fulfillment will serve you the very best dishes and feed your soul.

I hope your enjoyed and welcome all comments…

(I asked for topics a few weeks back so that I can get back on track with my blog and this topic was one given by Jessy Guevara. Thanks for the topic Jessy!)

Serenity 

I found a place in existence that rests between here and there. 

It’s a subtle place dusted and painted with grey, orange, and blue. 

Its a place that is ever present, 

But can only be seen at a distance, clearly visibly but yet intangible. 

It pleases me and provides release and reflection. 

It holds my souls eye captive and my imagination hostage. 

I’m transformed by its willingness to invade my appreciation. 

I can feel its serenity as a continuous stream of peace and tranquility. 

It touches me from afar in the most intimate of ways. 

Its strength immerses itself into the depths of my heart and mind, 

And I graciously and willingly grant permission.
This place ever so gracefully changes before my eyes,

As a continuous stream of wonder serenity and joy.

I willingly yield my worries to it and hasten to deliver my stress at its alter.

I dare not look away! 

Being captivated and captured over and over by both the detail, abstract, and cadence,

Its searches my soul making and planting eternal promises that delight me.

This place screams at me with its soft voice shoving my will into places of joy.

I am enticed by its depth and kind offering of all things good.

Now suspended and entranced, hope and desire fills all vacant places in my soul.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Join me when you can, I’ll be here for a while… 

Sports Spirit Lifted

So normally I do not post about professional sports on this blog but on this rare occasion I will… I am a suffering Dolphin fan and have been since the beginning of time itself. Yes, all the way back from the Big Bang or Creation (which ever you choose to believe). And as a suffering fan each and every year we seem to get excited about a the prospects of our team only to be disappointed once the season starts. Well this year is no different. I still find myself on the edge of my seat each game, praying and trying to will a Fins victory. 

I was asked today why I don’t just pick another team? I looked at this person as I have in the past in amazement that they would even consider this an option at all. I’m actually shocked that is even in the deck of cards as an option to be played. Like many suffering DolFans we simply cannot fathom the thought of jumping ship. Now yes, there are a rare few that don’t have green and orange coursing through their veins, but they aren’t real fans anyway (sell outs). Today I wore my colors because I screamed at the TV on Sunday and the Fins heard me. After a complete shut out for 3 quarters, the Fins found a way to pull off two TD’s in the final five minutes of the final quarter to take the lead and win. Yay Fins!!!

Now there is no deep meaning that I plan to extract or some novel phylisophical revelation ready to drop and shatter your concept of reality. No, there is only that I, a suffering DolFan is feeling pretty good our comeback win and a 5 game winning streak. So there, I said it!
Lets go Dolphins!!!

Getting it ready…

I am sooooo looking forward to getting out on the Big Blue… so a good clean up in preparation for dragging baits tomorrow is well underway… 

It’s all about the Salt Lyle Baby!!!

Shout out to The LeadFoot and Lady Diana… we’ve gotta plan to meat at the sandbar!

Mr. Powel, are we gonna do this or what?

“Sweet-Manaetuh Pies”

So yesterday afternoon I walked BabyGirl through making homemade from scratch Sweet Potato Pies (Sweet-Manaetuh Pies as I call them)… 

This is the way my Grandma Nita showed me years ago. I’ve now passed this down to both my children. There isn’t an exact recipie though so don’t even ask…


Oh my Oh my, soooooo good! 

Lil Bro Video – Phillipines

What a time, what a time!!!

Life is full of adventures that are intended and unintended. For me and this dude (Ritesh), we are both determined to live a purposes life full of intention. And yes, along the way we will also make the best of and enjoy the unintended adventures as well. 

MEMORIES AND MOMENTS!!

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Philippine Adventure

I have to admit that this has been a. Truly full trip to the Phillipines. Today I am on yet another great adventure. And where do we start??? 

“Jillibee” of course!!


And the next stop of course would be Starbucks. Yep, it’s a minimum mandatory stop. Don’t judge me!!