Sunday, February 5, 2017

Shelter from the Storm

A huge thank you to Dan R., you provided the fuel for this idea and this post.

There is a strange kind of madness in the air. I find it suffocating. But the positive is that it is forcing me to dig deeper and take action to guard against getting sucked in. I find myself having a higher degree of willingness to take actions that ensure protection from the madness. This includes a reduction exercise, reduce the time I'm digesting news and looking at social media.

So staying with the plan, focus on positive stuff, people and initiatives, that is the goal of Embark. The theme song for this project is Bob Dylan's 'Shelter from the Storm.'

'Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

And if I pass this way again, you can rest assured
I'll always do my best for her, on that I give my word
In a world of steel eyed death and men who are fighting to be warm
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

The STORM defined - The idea is that many of us are getting our asses kicked by one thing or another. Addictions, work stress, school stress, financial stress, illness, broken relationships, the list is huge. These are the STORMS.

There are people and organizations who are doing incredible things. Thank goodness these resources are available! They provide hope and a solution. Sometimes it can be hard to ask for help.

How it works - On the main page I will list resources. I will also add a link to the song...freaking great song!! If you are getting your ass kicked, check out some of the resources I list. Help and hope may be there.


Bill Murray 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Refreshing Stories Part3

Somebody left the tv on, while getting ready for the day I heard it in the background. I wasn't even trying to pay attention, My head was filing through the plans for the day, the mental 'to do' list.

Listening with a 1/3 of an ear the news was making it's way in. As I mentioned a few weeks ago and was reminded of's so freaking negative. Messages of fear and's crap!!!

So today I want to spread some positive into the noisy world where 'content creation' and 'fear of missing out' permeate and dominate.

Today is more of a RESOURCE rather than a refreshing story. I think they could be linked.

For anyone who has a loved one suffering from the horrors of drug and/or alcohol addiction, check out NAR-ANON.

This is a good starting place and a great resource for help and hope. I'll be sharing more resources
moving forward.

Enjoy the day!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

Hello my fellow traveling companions. A new year and a fresh start. My wife said it best regarding 2016 for us, 'see ya, don't let the door hit you on the way out'. It was a challenging year for sure. I'm grateful though, we learned a lot, we became stronger, I grew in my faith and I realize that I'm stronger and more capable than I realized. Always easier looking back after challenging times to see the good...but I'll say this, that was a tough one!

I wanted to pick up where I ended the year. I started sharing 'Refreshing Stories'. It was my attempt to share positive information at a time when it seems like so much negative crap is pouring in. The doomsday folks are spreading the fear, the news and media sources continue to generate fear based negative content. This disjointed world and the tragedies are valid but we need some positive to balance things and keep perspective.

I'll be busy writing and speaking about my favorite four topics; relationships, improving communication, making organizations more cohesive and revenue through client retention! This is going to be a good year!! Keeping the cork in the Dewar's White Label the battle with resistance will rage on.

I'll keep the positive stories coming...feel free to share and/or comment if you want to join in with the conversation and positive movement.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Refreshing Stories Part 2

The story is the same, the news is still dripping with fear and negativity. It 's unhealthy to soak this up. Stop! Go outside and take a walk, get some fresh air. When you come back in check out the site below....more good people doing good things. I love it!

Brave Choices. The mission, to bring awareness and education about the deadly consequences of heroin.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Refreshing Stories Part 1

The news is horrible! Consuming that information for even 5 minutes will bring darkness and fear into your heart. What a way to start the day. So much negative!

So here's the thought, lets share and consume information about people and groups who are doing positive things. Powerful positive things!!

I'll keep it simple, check out this group. They are touching and changing lives. Look at what they are doing to fight local hunger.

As the Beatles said, I do 'Get by with a little help from my friends',

Check out the link, soak up some positive stuff!!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thank You!!

Just a simple thank you, for the friendships and opportunities -

Kathy Selker
Stephanie Jaffe
Greg McGrath
Sheryl Schultz
Lawain McNeil
Jack Howard

and the biggest thank you to my wife Lisa!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Inspired Me... A Great Debate on Goals

I hope everyone is having a good week.

good debate with Leo and Tim

and cool quote...

"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"
 J. R. R. Tolkien