2011

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Am I being the best I can be? Am I growing like I want to or need to? These are a couple of the questions on my mind tonight. I want to be the best person I can be, really work on growing, and this year is the perfect time to do it. I am excited for the new possibilities in my life, for the opportunity for real, if painful, growth. I want to live up to my true potential, as a son of God, as a flawed but trying human being.

I want this to be the year I dig into the thoughts and patterns that hold me back, and change things that may be dysfunctional in my life. I want to grow musically, spiritually, mentally, physically. I want to grow my business and see it succeed, and learn what I need to to run it. I want to overcome bad habits, unhealthy or dysfunctional thought patterns, and learn to overcome toxic shame and guilt. I want to be a good friend, a strength in other people’s lives. A good listener. “To have a friend, be one,” as the ceramic plaque that hung on my mom’s wall said. I want to be someone that others can turn to because I don’t give them unwanted advice. Because I give them strength. I want to be someone people can count on.

You only get one life. You might as well live it to the fullest. A great quote I saw today said that life is not only to be endured, but enjoyed. Too often we (read: I) forget that. Too often I get caught up in the problems and challenges of life, losing sight of the big picture in the process. Not being able to see the forest for the trees. As nickelback so eloquently said, “This is your life. Are you who you wanna be?”

What we’ve learned in 2064 years

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

An interesting quote…….

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should betempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands shouldbe curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn towork,  instead of living on public assistance.”

-Cicero, 55 B.C.

What have we really learned in the last 2064 years?

The descent of the RIAA into madness

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Oh man.  The Tunecore blog just posted an article that blew my socks off.  I’ve had distrust of the RIAA growing in my heart for the last few years now, as I’ve watched them do the unthinkable, like spend $64 million suing their own customers.  This article so eloquently described how the RIAA has sunk from an agency that started off protecting and promoting artists to one who now blames  them for the demise of the traditional music industry.  If you have anything to do with the music industry, you have got to read it.

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Patterns

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

It is a new year. The time when people set resolutions for what they will accomplish or change in their lives. For me, it is a strange time. Lots of changes and transitions in my life. Lots of old things, old patterns that have gone away, replaced with new ones that I’m not so sure that I like. Life, as always, is bittersweet, filled with both happiness and tears. I suppose that is the way it’s supposed to be.

Sometimes I fear that the new patterns are too much, that I cant survive without the old ones, that I can’t fill the void that their destruction has left behind.

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Inspirational Quotes for the new year

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the latest LDS general conference:

The world pursues enlightened self-interest. Yet the power is not in us to save ourselves. But it is in Him. Infinite and eternal, only our Savior’s Atonement transcends time and space to swallow up death, anger, bitterness, unfairness, loneliness, and heartbreak.
-Elder Gong

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