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“I’d rather not be the lump of coal.  I’d rather be the COMPRESSION that turns the coal into a diamond.”     ~ Henry Rollins, writer, performer, activist & pressure-cooker

Which one are you?  Honestly.  Which – one – are – you?  If you’re not sure, dear, you’re a nimrod!  Trust me, you don’t need to pull out a microscope to dissect daily details for an answer; for it’s evident in every aspect of your lifestyle.  The friends you choose, the state of your marriage, your career path, the books you read, the music your listen to, even the clothes on your back unabashedly broadcast to the world whether you are a lump who gets trampled underfoot …or if you’re the driver of the engine, afire with verve, mighty chops and a good dose of piss-n-vinegar, stomping the ground with purpose.

Needless to say, you weren’t born to be a lump, folks.  Even if circumstances seemingly relentlessly tell you otherwise.  Just because time has ticked a wrinkle in your youthful aspirations or responsibilities rein in your freedom.  Just because your wedding band bears stories of tarnished love or your family life a litany of frightful scars.  Just because money seems to flow away from you or fate has fumbled your health…  DOESN’T MEAN YOUR FUTURE IS DICTATED BY YOUR PAST!

Hell, with all the miracles, magical moments, memories and meaning life has to offer each of us…how could you let your head and heart even consider the idea of surviving your days as a lame lump.  With the tick of each second, you are given an opportunity to make choices that matter.  Choices that ignite your potential into power that can positively influence countless others’ lives while creating glistening gems within your own.  Don’t let your mind’s own Screwtape letters reduce you to a bump-on-a-log.  Power up and press on!    ~ KD

Copyright by Kimberlie Dykeman

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“The snowball just happens if you’re the right kind of snow… in terms of understanding the world and what kind of friends you accumulate.  You get to select over time, and you’ve got to be the kind of person that the snow wants to attach itself to.  You’ve got to be your own wet snow, in effect.  You’d better be picking up snow as you go along, because you’re not going to be getting back up to the top of the hill again.  That’s the way life works.” *     ~ Warren Buffett,  business magnate, investor & philanthropist

The man who stands as an eerily omnipresent, often omnipotent shadow over Wall Street is still just a man.  Yet the magnificent story of his journey is one you should make an honest effort to learn.  I could not have guessed that cracking his biography would tie me to his coattails as a fascinated fan and trusting follower of his irrefutably timeless and (thankfully) timely wisdom.  In Buffett I’ve found  a brilliant mentor, straight-shooting boss, strict father, unforgettable muse and magical grandpa… overflowing with unwavering optimism yet realistic perspective and dynamic purpose.  Folks, I can only hope that you find a few “Buffetts” to confetti your life with such unique power and light .  And, in turn, you become the kind of snow others cling to with devotion.     ~ KD

Copyright by Kimberlie Dykeman

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*Quote from “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life”  by Alice Schroeder)

 

 








“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”     ~  Bible, Book of John

 What is Valentine’s Day??   Well, I see it as a singular spotlight shone on one day that tries to capture our collective attention to remind us what that 4-letter word really means.   So, surprise!  It’s not about gifts or apologies.  Nor expensive dinners or extravagant gestures.  It’s not just for married folks or couples.  Valentine’s Day is about L-O-V-E.   The profoundly tender affection or attachment that your heart and spirit feel towards another human being.  Plain and simple.  That said, it’s a day for everyone and about everyone!

Reminisce to your youth when you made cards for all your classmates -all colorful, overloaded with misshapen hearts and gaudy glitter still wet with Elmer’s glue.   You gave one to all your friends and school mates.  You gave one to your teacher.  Your neighbor.  Mom and Dad.  Heck, even your pet. (huh?)  Yup, everyone got a token of your heart telling them that you thought of them.  Back then you didn’t feel Hallmarked or bamboozled into making the damn cards.  You didn’t dread the self-imposed obligations of celebration.  And above all, you didn’t find yourself telling others (and yourself) that you just hate this day!

So, what if you decided to clean your grungy, negative or hopeless heart-shaped slate, and you took the day for what it is in its fleeting 24-hours.  Valentine’s Day is a timely nudge towards L-O-V-E.  So… who do you love?  When you think of all the folks who are dearly important in your life in some way or another (small or big), that’s a clear sign that you LOVE them.  When you enjoy their company, stand in their honor, offer to help without hesitation, feel peace and joy in your own heart in their presence… you indeed LOVE them.  And when you discover that one special person or select few chums for whom you would give your all and your life, well then, you have found the greatest LOVE, my friend.  And dare I say, you have also found God.    ~ KD

Copyright by Kimberlie Dykeman

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“This world is a great sculptor’s shop.  We are the statues and there is a rumour going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life.” ~ C. S. Lewis, Christian apologist, novelist, poet, academic & literary critic

Indeed, who you appear to be, in body of nature is a mere shadow of who you may become in spirit.  Many believe that we are always evolving -for our surroundings, circumstances, genetics and choices give us a daily dance that either extends or extinguishes our possibilities.  But within the shell of skin and bones is a fertile planting ground for a spirit to grow and ultimately transform each of us.  No matter your faith or strength of it, someday you will forget your solid self for the sake of your soul and radiate that which will soon take over.  I believe we have all been created in such a way that movement is secondary to meaning; your pulse gives you eternal purpose .     ~ KD

Copyright by Kimberlie Dykeman

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