Your Personal Life Gauge

My wife is diligent about expiration dates on food, medicine, etc. Me – not so much. I use the sniff test on food and I figure meds all have some extra time engineered in them.

But what about  personal expiration dates. We all have one but we just don’t know when it is coming due.

Think about this. What if we were also born with a built in Life Gauge that tells you how much time you have left?

It might look like a simple gas gauge with a needle that moves from full to empty. And, what if we could change the expiration date by “filling up our own tank?”

How might we do that? Well, we could do that by how well we live our lives.

Are we taking good care of our physical bodies. Are we living a good life? Are we do the right things for ourselves and others? Are we making the world around us a better place or are we taking from it and not replenishing it?

From a very early age the majority of human beings know the difference between right and wrong.

But, too many of us compromise the way we live at times during our lives. We make excuses for lying, cheating, or being a Fox commentator. “Everyone else does it.” Or, “What’s the use. I’m going to get mine now.” “If you’re not looking out for number one, you’re a sucker!”

Other people give up on themselves. They spend hours each day in front of the TV. Or, they are afraid. They stop living and wait for the tank to empty. They quit learning and loving.

Then there are the folks who almost always have a full tank. You can recognize them by how they walk across the street. It’s almost like there is a cape flowing from their shoulders because their heads are high and they are LIVING.

They are the people who stop to talk and give a few bucks to the homeless guy on the street. They are the woman who organizes an Internet Fund Drive to build water wells in some of the poorest places on the globe. They are the old man who volunteers at the food pantry, the pet shelter and the nursing home. They are kids who build lemonade stands to help sick children they’ll never meet.

They spend their extra time learning new skills to help themselves and others. Eating right and moving is important to them.

Doing the right thing is the most important thing to them.

And, so the needle on their life gauge stays near full.

Now here is the good news! We already have a built-in Life Gauge!

It is your heart! Listen to it and you’ll know if you’re running full of life, getting low, or running on empty. When we were kids we knew this to be true. That’s why it is easy to live such full lives as a kid. That’s why a kid will just blurt out “I love you!” to everyone.

But, over time some hearts harden and are more difficult to hear. It’s not always your fault this happens. People do senseless and sometimes terrible things to kids and to each other. And, that can have the affect of blocking us from what our heart is saying.

But you can get unblocked. It’s starts by looking in the mirror and smiling and telling yourself that you are worthy of love, that you are lovable and that you can love others. And, then you begin with one act of kindness. Make it random if you want. Volunteer at the soup kitchen. Ask the priest or minister of the church down the street if you can do anything to help them out. Call a pet shelter and ask them what kind of pet food you can donate and then go buy as many bags as you can afford and personally deliver them.

Sign-up for a class in something you’ve never tried. Buy a banjo and find a teacher. Tutor for free. Hold a child’s hand.

Stand up to the bullies in the world and not just the ones in the playground. There are plenty of adult bullies masquerading as teachers, politicians, bankers, lawyers, judges, and consultants. Don’t let them get away with making the world worse and sucking some of your life energy away.

Do the right thing!

And, little by little, your Life Gauge will send a stronger and stronger signal.

Eventually it will fall to empty but it won’t be because you haven’t lived. You will have lived a rich and full life. And, you will have left your world – our world – a better place for having been here.

Peace and love to all of you this season of joy and remembrance.

Going to the Cats


I want to make sure you know I’m going to talk about my cats. I gave the dogs a post a few days ago and readers asked to see the cats. So here they are in all their glory. But, I wanted to put out the alert first as whenever I talk about pets it seems like one or two people unsubscribe. So this is your warning. On the other hand, you might it quite interesting as to what dogs and cats can teach you about life, sales, marketing, leadership and creativity!

Back to the cats. Since it is almost impossible to get all three of them together for one shot, I decided to make this collage.

Bear is the black cat and absolutely fearless. He thinks he is a dog – or whatever he thinks the dogs are. Most of his time is spent with the dogs. He’s actually bigger than both dogs at over 20 pounds. We adopted him from a shelter. Bear loves everyone but he adores Joann.

Toby is the gray cat. We adopted him from our son who adopted him from a shelter but then had to move. Toby thinks he owns me. He has his own office chair and can usually be found on my lap if at all possible – all 16 pounds of him.

Winnie is the only girl in the house other than Joann. She’s extremely shy and gets pushed around some by the male kitties. But, she stands her ground and doesn’t put up with any disrespect. She’s beautiful as you can see and loves to sit in the windows for neighborhood admirers. Also, adopted from a shelter, Winnie is her own cat. She used to love being with me in my office but Toby and her tend to exchange growls if they are both there at the same time. So, she sneaks in when he’s somewhere else in the house.

That’s it for the entire family that lives here. Thanks for letting me introduce them to you.

Marley and Me and You

Joann and I were having one of our bi-monthly conversations about why the heck do we pay money to Verizon every month for premium television when we never watch it. You've probably had one of those kinds of conversations at some point. We take the trial offer which is cheap or free and then we never cancel. It's what we used to call the "Puppy Dog Sale" back in the day.

The idea is if you want to sell someone a puppy dog, you let them take the dog home for a few days. You know what happens. The kids fall in love with the puppy and it is now yours. Car dealers used to do this. I once had a brand new 240Z for the weekend. What's a person to do but buy it then.

Speaking of puppies, Joann and I decided to watch some of the premium channels so we put Marley and Me on last night. I should have checked it out a little more before watching it.

Let me see if I can describe my experience. About 15 minutes into the movie it occurred to me that this was a movie about a dog and its life through the eyes of its family. All of a sudden I said, "Oh hell!" or something like that and Joann jumped and asked me, "What is wrong?" "The dog is going to die." I said. We both knew I was right and I didn't know how I'd handle it. I'm a real sucker for pets. We have two dogs and three cats and, if we had more room, we'd add at least one more dog to even things up.

So, moving forward, we both spent the last 30 minutes of the movie sobbing our eyes out. I can't even imagine watching this movie in public. Maybe that's why it didn't do as well at the box office. Nobody could watch it in public. But, hey, if you want to clean out the ol' tear ducts then Marley and Me is the movie for you.

I don't grok people who don't like dogs. I get it that there are both dog and cat lovers. I'm both. Does that make me a polypetlover? Anyway, when someone tells me they don't like dogs, I either figure they have had a bad experience with one, grew up in a home without pets, or they are quite possibly deranged whack jobs to avoid.

I mean we're talking about a dog. It's an animal that will give anyone 100 times more love than you can ever give it – if you let it. It will protect you, comfort you, entertain you, and stay by your side until it takes its last breath. The only terrible thing about dogs is they just don't live long enough.

Life is so much more enjoyable with a dog in your home. If you have the love and the time to give to one, why not take a look at your local shelter.

You don't have to adopt one.

Just take it home for the weekend.

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