Fight this battle until the death

one boy surrounded by girls youth soccer team
Being out numbered has pros and cons – we need to decide which


Each morning, taking personal time to reflect, pray, read, write, plan. These are all weapons against apathy.

And yes, I’m acutely aware of the degree of difficulty.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. – Buddha

Sharpen our knives, clean our rifles, and check our provisions, while the enemy rests.

Life is meant to be lived on the offensive.

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How solid is your definition of self-control?

self control
Life's real battle is with the man in the mirror

Humans are powerful creatures. But we are also easily bruised. In order to gain a decent level of self control, I’ve had to work hard to let go of old paradigms, hurts, memories.

I define self control not as complete mastery over self, but as a firm conviction that complete mastery is a possibility. Eventually. And it will take a lifetime. And it may be impossible.

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Small Surrenders Make

Peace, the Fruit of Small Surrenders
Peace, the Fruit of Small Surrenders

“Small surrenders make up a stained glass mosaic.” — unknown

As you read this, on this day (Sunday), what comes to mind for you?

There are many possible directions and interpretations.

It reminds me, at first glance, the daily surrender necessary to overcome addiction.

One day at a time.

A small surrender to desire.

And sometimes in one day, there are many small surrenders.

And then tomorrow, begin again.

Repeat until death.



Where’s the humility in posting your name on your blog?

Not sure it has anything to do with humility at this point. It has to do with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Others call it Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

By any name, it’s really about helping and serving others.


How can you help someone if they don’t know who you are and especially if they don’t know that you would like to help? SEO and SEM help get the word out when people use Google, Yahoo, and other search engines.

This site is one of five, as I experiment with a “retirement” project to step up my efforts to Make the World a Better Place before I die.

Mid Life – Rethink. Reprioritize. Recommit.

Lane – Dream Big. Get There. Stay There.

jeff – Do Something Great.

jungle – Daily Reflections On Excellence.

jeff noel.orgSurrender. Self Control. Service.

Ever get to a point in your life where you say, “I’m going to quit dreaming and start doing”?

I have. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂