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The Other Side

Lord, please grant me the wisdom to know the difference

Homeless people near Universal Studios
A block away from the gym, on yesterday’s bike ride there.

 

Homeless people near Universal Studios
Rode past and then circled back to capture the moment.

 

Homeless people near Universal Studios
Can you imagine? No judging.

 

Life can be overwhelming.

No secret there.

Today, may we all be able to discern what we can do and what we are powerless to do.

And may any glimpse of wisdom help us find solace in an Earthly world that will always have stormy weather.

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Dear Son

True North is the opposite of hell

Disney Dream Castle Art on Midship staircase wall
Disney Dream Castle Art on Midship staircase wall.

 

The serenity prayer.

It’s your decision-making compass.

True North is what’s in your control.

South, the opposite direction, is what you can’t, and never will be able to, control.

 

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Unanswered Questions?

Starting to sense i need to let go

Nursing home resident
i take solace in trying my best.

 

Starting to sense i need to let go.

i asked the 90-year old, like i always do when we visit, “Are you afraid?”

Carrying a sense of obligation to help him articulate that he’s ok with his situation, even as it deteriorates.

Maybe i’ve tried long enough and hard enough.

Maybe next visit i don’t even mention it or concern myself with it.

It’s worth a try.

 

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Stumble Upon

We talked about controllable and uncontrollables

Disney 25 year service award
This was my 25th Disney anniversary recognition by my leader, Tom Madden, in 2009.

 

Larry and i hadn’t communicated for 30 years. As we spent five hours catching up, he responded to a section of our conversation where i had made significant changes in my life (2008-2009), particularly starting a business and the plan to retire from Disney at 55 (i was 49 at the time i made the plan).

Larry said something i had never considered. He said:

You took control of your life.

i had never considered that notion. In fact, it seemed quite the opposite. So i shared with him that perhaps in relinquishing control, i gained control.

It wasn’t until i surrendered everything to God that i was able to “take control” of my life.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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Prayers Please

Let’s do a crazy one

Family Holiday photo

 

(photo: Typical Family Christmas photos are taken, and then the photographer says, “Let’s do a crazy one.”)

The serenity prayer would be a great way to start 2015.

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