Archive for the ‘Heart’ Category

A smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication. It’s a form of visual communication that is used over long distances, usually as far as the eye can see. North American Indians had a vast array of understanding using this complex signaling system. Each tribe has its own signaling system and meaning. How it was done, was a signaler started a fire using damp grass which would cause a column of smoke to rise. The smoke location was very important, for instance if it came halfway up the hill, it would signify all was well, but if it was on top of the hill, it would mean immediate danger. You see, I believe that sometimes The Creator talks to us this way.  He is signaling for our attention. But, do we see it? Most of the time we are too busy, or we ask for a sign and look elsewhere. Sometimes we didn’t ask at all, but our focus was in the wrong direction or perhaps our eyes are looking for it to come in a different shape and we miss it all together. Pay close attention to whats around you, you just never know what might be your next Smoke Signal.


Koosah Falls. The word Koosah is a Chinook word meaning “sky”.


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Healing restores the soul, but more importantly gives life to the spirit. 

Many times we are our own doorway to our healing.  We either welcome it in or we block it out. We were designed with a magnificent chance to uses what’s between our ears, the human brain. The mind, is a powerful tool. What we focus on becomes our strength.  Are we focusing on our blessings we have, the good, the positive things we see, the growth we see or are we focusing on the negative things, the stuff you are without, the progress you “have not” made?  Do you see dark or do you see light?  Image

Not only can our ‘mind focus’ change our direction, so does our tongue.  Our words have power and can create life or death.  Be aware of what you say, because you just might be the one that allows a disease to take root, but as for an advantage on the flip side, you can squander death!  Having said that, it can be a hard choice…. There comes a dying of ourselves and shaking off the old habits, a renewing of our minds, and almost always there will be a heart attitude adjustment that needs addressing. These can be minor or they can be a big shift.  Its different for each person and for each situation, but like we all know working out and building muscle and shedding fat comes pain and soreness…. There is pain in stretch-marks.

God gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.(Rom 4:17)  Do you believe it, will you receive it, will you walk in it, will you take part of it?

The doorway is up to you.

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There’s something about a fighting spirit that can’t be quenched.  It pushed beyond any boundaries and limitations set before it.  It goes further than the will ever thought possible as it floats on the wings of the Human Spirit.  The willingness to push beyond the pain and do that one extra step, go one moment longer, train that much harder, go further, one second faster.  The never say die attitude, and by not quieting short or giving up can prevail far beyond the raw talent and ability one might posses. The human spirit of shier will and resolve can out weigh the best of them.  I would rather have a fighter with true grit and tenacity than someone who relies on their raw natural ability any day. Period.  Don’t give up and sell yourself short. Push yourself beyond the limits and see what awaits you….

Photos: AP/Getty

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 This is what births champions…

NEVER say die… Pressure does ‘indeed’ make us.. 

USA scores first, 90 seconds into the game with a cross into the box, Wambach gives trouble for two defenders and a deflection of their own defense causes a goal. Later with a foul on Wambach, Marta mad at the call yells in Abby’s face to get up, while fuming she even shoves the ref and perhaps even spits on Abby in disgust.  Marta trying to pull calls with whining, attempts to make something out of nothing instead of playing the ball. A red card is given on a clear challenge by Beuhler on Marta in the box in the second half, where Marta obviously flopped and was waiting and once again prying for a foul.  She gets the call for a PK and therefor the USA was forced to play down one player the rest of the game. All of the stadium in Dresden even knew it was a botched call and a blatant flop as every time Marta touched the ball from then on, ‘BOOs’ would roar and be heard from the crowd.

HOPE saves the mighty PK, only to be told it was encroaching, so she gets a yellow card.  They get to re-kick the PK even though she never came off her line!!!  Marta takes the next one, it goes in… They are tied 1-1 at end of regulation.  In overtime, Marta gets another goal by a flick across goal with a generous bounce. 2-1 Brazil.  With seconds only left of the match, Rapinoe assists the latest goal in all of World Cup history. (in stoppage time in the extra time (120+2). Rapinoes perfect cross into Wambach feeds her with a solid header into the net…goal.  Tied 2-2.  It will go to shoot out PK’s.  After 2 kicks each, its 2-2, Hope saves the third kick, and all we have to do is make last two shots.  We do!!! We are going onto the Semi-finals!!

After playing most of the second half down a man and also the extra 30, against one of the top contending teams of the tournament, we showed what it means to play all or nothing. It’s only fitting to finally end with a win on our terms, on our time and not have the blown calls dictate the final outcome of the match.

Even after the worst refereeing ever, (probably one of the worst in Women’s World Cup history), 12 years ago to the day, back in ’99, we went to PK’s and won (5-4) against China PR to win the finals.  So the fighting spirit of the USA and this team shall continue to fight once again.  Never quiet, never say never, never give up.  Pressure makes us indeed!!

We all need to boycott the flopping, below par sportsmanship and lack of class from some of the Brazilians (or any team for that matter) but especially from their star player, Marta. It shouldn’t matter how good you are, if you’re the best player in the world or the worst, if you are not going to play with class, your seat belongs on the sidelines!!! You taint the beautiful game.  I would say for a game that is supposed to be wonderful and great, the flopping, complaining, bad sportsmanship, and the botched refereeing, with all the uncalled for cards, and the on/off side missed calls; this game from the Brazilian side will go down as anything but BEAUTIFUL…

 In order to keep this game really ‘jogo bonito’, politics, corruption and payoffs must be left off the field and it has to be left up to the players to decide who’s better that day; period!

All photos thanks to AP/Getty


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I am not sure what’s all the ruckus is about.  Just about five minutes after coming into the second half, Rapinoe smashed a long drive whooshing by the goalie into the net from just outside the goal box.  In celebration she ran to the opposite corner and sang in the fuzzy pitchside microphone the line “Born in the USA” to Springsteen’s tune. Now some are saying that Americans don’t really truly understand the meaning of the song, and that the real meaning of the lyrics are about the war.  I am questioning just this though, what if Rapinoe just sang it for merely the fact of what she sang, She is PROUD to be born in the USA. Not signaling anything other than the fact that the Women’s National Team does indeed have something to be proud about, playing for a country, playing for a team, playing for yourself.  First coming off of a rocky start to qualify into the World Cup as well as playing as underdogs for a team that is actually labeled #1 in the world. They are playing for the honor and respect to wear the red white and blue on their sleeve, to show some reverence to the great nation that birthed them. There is nothing wrong with that….

Photos: AP, Getty Images

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I really respect Albert in many ways. Einstein that is.  Yes he is known for many things, but I am not sure how many are aware of his numerous quotes on the subject of life, that are to be had. He is mostly know for his contributions to the known issues he developed such as physics, general relativity or quantum theory. However what comes alive in me most are his lessons in his words; in such one he states, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”  The weight of significance in this is huge.  I believe that most of humanity’s meter of what success is has gotten turned upside down somehow and now is measured by all the wrong standings. Far too many aim for their own version of success. If you aim for the sedentary goals in labels, status, prominence or prestige you will fall short every time, because you fill your sights with the ‘image of’ and not of value. Such position is only a place you can give relative rank to, which then is not a true image of value. Value goes beyond the call, the rank, label, image, or any such possession and it gives voice to the heart.  When the matters of the heart are revealed, it will then set in motion the worth of such face value.  You can’t negotiate, swindle, bribe or lie true worth of value.  It is grown and earned and thus given respect.  Value will only speak for itself.  When value is demanded, it flees. It is not on call, it is not for sale, it does not try to be something it is not, and it proves itself straight every time.

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I am going to discuss one of my visible observances that strikes me to the core….

You see, full disclosure can be therapeutic. As with any price there is always a cost, and then there is always a time of reality in honesty, which stings ………

No wonder this world is in a disarray, acting out like a fatherless child.  The many that were sent out are no different than the ones who they are trying to reach.  If I look in a window to a clothes shop and see that they are selling the same clothes I have on.  I am not going to even think twice about going in, am I?  This diversion of the blind leading the duped has got to stop. The world is laughing at us, when they don’t even want to come around us with a ten foot pole.  Its pretty dismal when anyone, but in particular any form of leadership claims something yet they are everything but that!! Its a mockery and a travesty.  These so called people are the tide turners of the ocean of fish.  They turn the multitudes away!  Now we all have fallen prey to this at one point in time or another, as we claimed one thing and then acted out another, whether it was intentional or not, isn’t the point.  However what does matter is that we recognize where we are standing and how we are perceived by the eyes of others around us, aren’t always seeing the same as the eyes within us.

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