Books without Spines

Knowledge without experience is a book without a spine. Knowing more than you’ve lived, means you only know what others have experienced. This knowledge is useful for sure, but it’s also unoriginal. Experience means something. Would you want someone to perform surgery on you if they were only well-read on human anatomy and the history of surgical practice?

Know that learning is to shake hands with experience and all its beautiful imperfections. Be a learner and the more you will know about truth beauty.

Eke – Thriving by Surviving

The definition of eke is “managing to support oneself or make a living with difficulty.” For some of us, the addendum to that definition might be: See also, 2019. 

Perhaps it’s what comes with aging, but the years as of late have felt to me to be thriving by surviving. Upon reflection, it feels like the past several years would have to go into the loss column. It also feels that this is a universal feeling; the state of the world seems to be racking up losing seasons.

I will be taking a few weeks off from writing to celebrate my family and connecting with what matters most to me. Although I feel the losses, I equally understand the growth that I am not yet fully appreciating and truly realize that waking up in the morning means the day is already won. I just need to get better at appreciating the simplicity and beauty of that gift.

For anyone that has stumbled upon this blog over the past year and has taken the time to read it, thank you! If at any point you happened to take the extra step to like and/or follow, I am truly humbled and thank you! 

Happy/Merry and see you in 2020!

With gratitude,

-David

Deploy

Deploy is defined as the “movement (troops or equipment) into position for military action.” It is also defined as “bringing something into effective action; utilizing.” We do not need a war to remind us that every day is a deployment for which we may not return. Deploy love, kindness, accountability, responsibility, compassion and empathy every day, and there will be nothing to regret.

Nonpareil Splendor

It may take great time to fully understand that true happiness is not a comparative measure, and in that moment we also fully understand that it’s been in our control the entire time. This achievement is opulence personified. May we live today showing what we know and by doing so increase the wealth of all we encounter through demonstration.

Crestfallen Trees

We all know the old philosophical adage, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Perhaps another thing to ponder here is whether or not the vibrations were felt from afar? What would make the tree sadder, not being heard or not being felt?

When we die, do we want the news of our deaths to be heard or felt? A legacy to be proud of is one where the news of our passing resonates with people. How much noise we make when we fall is irrelevant.