Getting cold outside

It certainly is not winter and yet as we move along our THPL journey at this time of year we start to feel the cold just a bit more.  It is a bit startling at first, it is different, we are not used to the cold and it seems to put us in an odd place.  And there is the risk that the cold will influence what we do, or don’t do, and it will affect our planning and organizing.  But after a few more weeks we will start to acclimate to the cold, it will not be as difficult to get around and we will start to do those things that we do in the cold (or at least complain about it less).  Overall, it is a good reminder that we do adjust well to changing conditions, that we can adjust and embrace what it is that we are affected by.  So, here’s to getting past this initial cold wave and embracing winter (which is just around the corner). 

Loving life when I am embracing the cold

We need their help

We have, by now, seen that many who live in California are suffering and under attack from a series of forest fires.  The fires are attacking the land, the homes and the people who live there.  In many instances, towns are being obliterated and there is little that can be done to save them.  There are many a hero who is coming to the rescue and supporting all who are in need.  The firefighters of California must be thanked and appreciated because what they are taking on is extremely dangerous, difficult, and trying.  There are times when the level of sacrifice is being made on behalf of each other is noteworthy and beyond words and this is one of them.  A big shout out to the men and women who are putting their lives on the line for others – they are the hero’s – that is for sure.   

Loving life when I am just saying thanks…

Veteran’s Day

Our journey no matter how difficult can never match the tremendous challenge, sacrifice and struggle that a veteran of our military has to live with and live through. It is really important that we take a day, each year, to remember our veterans, to stop and thank each and every person who has spent any time in the military.  They work hard to keep peace and to protect us all regardless of the circumstances, with no judgment.  They do so at great risk and sacrifice and for this, we are forever grateful to all Veterans.  Thank you for your service. 

Loving life when I am thanking a veteran

Start the planning

The journey that is 2018 is in the home stretch and soon we are going to be doing our assessment of how the year turned out and what we learned and experienced.  And it is at this time that it is good for us to start to think about what we want to do in 2019.  What goals do we want to set, what adventures do we want to take on.  This part is the fun part – we can think about options, big ideas, alternatives, places to go, things to do, yes people to meet.  The more we play out the ideas and the possibilities the better 2019 will be.  So, let’s start the process and get ourselves ready for 2019 – it will be here before we know it.

Loving life when I am planning my next adventure

An end is necessary

When we start on the journey we do so with big goals in mind.  We set the goals and then we work to achieve them.  It is a rather simple model.  It works because we define an end, a finish, a way of measuring the attainment of our goal.  And then imagine how difficult it would be if we set out to achieve something and we did not set a goal or an endpoint.  We might find that not knowing when we would be done is a big obstacle and can be one of the reasons that we do not finish what we start.  The understanding of where the end is allows us to focus and to push to the end when we get close. A lack of a finish line or a very specific goal then ends up being the reason that we don’t complete what we start out to do.  So, let’s make sure that when we take on a challenge, in any part of our THPL journey, that we establish a goal and an endpoint, and we measure ourselves along the way.  When we do this, we can achieve a lot and when we fail to make the end defined we become victim to the simplicity of how to succeed in life. Here’s to setting goals and making them happen.

Loving life when I know where the end is

Make an investment

We have a lot to be grateful for when we are on our THPL journey.  After all we have quite a bit going for us by definition since we are part of THPL. Yet, we know that there is always more that we can do to improve, to grow and to develop, to take it to the next level. And just as we would make an investment in our financial portfolio it is important to make investments in all dimensions of who we are.  We can “invest” in learning, in making our body stronger, in serving others and so much more.  It is up to us to think about what we want to invest in and how much we want to put into it.  We will for sure get a return when we do.  So, let’s make sure to invest each day in ourselves and make our THPL journey just that much better.  It is up to us after all to do this.    

Loving life when I am investing in myself

Grab ten minutes

Seems that some of our days on the THPL journey just go by too quickly.  We get up early and before we know it we are racing to get to bed so that we can get back at it the next day.  And yet we know that 24 hours is a lot of time to get a lot done.  The question we have to ask ourselves is, if we found ten minutes, how would we use it?  The first step is to figure out what would we want to do – it is fun even just thinking about how we would use ten free minutes.  Then once we have completed the process we can then decide when in the day we want to use that ten minutes.  All sounds very exciting and even invigorating.  We then make the commitment to ourselves and do what it is that we planned for the ten minutes.  Once we get this process successfully executed we can do it again and again and maybe even more frequently and for more time and then see what happens – feels like it is going to be a good thing….that is for sure 

Loving life when I find ten minutes to do what I want

Let’s get out there

The THPL journey gives us the ability to make choices. To figure out how we want to evolve our journey and our experience.  Today more people got out and voted than would normally do so and in so doing it showed us that we always have the opportunity to get involved.  And from today we can realize that it does not end here.  There are so many opportunities where we can have our voice be heard.  At work, in our community, in our personal lives, in the adventures that we take on.  Each of these poses an opportunity for us to be active, to get involved to make change happen. So, let’s build on the momentum that was created today and make this world a better place – because it is always better when we are involved. 

Loving life when I am involved.

Please vote…

From the days of our forefathers and the constitution, we have treasured and protected our right to vote.    And while it took a bit of time to get this right to all people voting is central to who we are as a people, a nation, a land of equality. And so, on the first Tuesday of November, there is nothing more important that we can do than to vote.  Cherish this right, use it, and be proud to be part of a nation that stays true to the democratic system where we have a voice and we can use it.  Election day is here, the big day, and one for us all to participate and remember.

Loving life when I am voting

Wake up and …

We get into our routine on our THPL journey and it serves us well.  It keeps us committed and regular and it allows us to take on all that comes at us.  And when  we try to do something different it just seems harder than it should be.  Change is just that way- there is a lot that is in the way and we have to make a real effort if we want to do something different.  And so practicing new approaches is one of the ways to get good at change.  The most reliable way to practice change is to do something different when we get up.  There is little in the way (other than our morning routine) and we can try things at low risk to see how it is that we do with change.  We can challenge ourselves to take a walk, meditate, stretch, read, eat, or something else, there are so many different things we can do upon waking that we should leverage the opportunity.  Let’s see what we can do differently tomorrow and if we like it we can try again the next day and the next and the next…..Here’s to starting the day in a new way and learning what it means to change….ourselves

Loving life when I do something differently

From a distance

There are times along our journey when it is important for us to get more centered around what matters.  There are indeed times when how we think, how we act and what we do really does matter.  We cannot allow, anything to stay on a path towards destruction, even if it is not close by, nor seen day to day, nor felt directly. We have an obligation to be informed, to translate that to understanding and then to doing something about it.  Antarctica serves as one of the most important parts of mother earth.  Housing 70% of the worlds fresh water, the most pristine of environments, a very important ice cap and so much more it is critical that we start to think about the impact we are having on Antarctica, even from thousands and thousands of miles away.  It is more than a place of beauty, it is a place that serves as a foundation for how we get to live.  It is time to find ways to protect her and each of us has to be committed to this mission.  Antarctica matters, even though it is far, far away.

Check out this three-minute video made by National Geographic that brings home the message in a visually beautiful way. 

http://pmdvod.nationalgeographic.com/NG_Video/180/879/1333775939851_1539637263222_1344794179617_mp4_video_1024x576_1632000_primary_audio_eng_3.mp4

Loving life when I care about Antarctica

What we eat

The saying goes….we are what we eat. And with what we do on our THPL journey we push our bodies and minds and they need fuel.  And how we fuel ourselves is really important to how we perform.  It is quite simple – good food – good fuel – good performance.  So, each time we decide to eat let’s make sure that we think about the implications of what we are eating.  When we pick real food, fresh food, great ingredients, less packages and then it all sort of falls into place.  We will be better for it that is for sure and it is fun after all because it tastes great and is good for us. 

Loving life when I am eating well

Give what they need

We know that the THPL journey is an opportunity to pick our path, to be who we want to be, to learn and develop in the way that feels right and appropriate and is mindful of what THPL looks for from us.  And this is good for us to do and for how we should live.  Maybe more importantly, though, is to think about how we can share this thought, this approach, this set of principles with others.  We have to help guide, support and celebrate others.  Our mission is accomplished when we get “all” of us on the same path, one that is good for the mind, body, soul, and community.  Let’s make this happen and commit to it – nothing better that we could do.

Loving life when we are helping others

Happy Halloween

There is something, quite endearing, about October 31st and the celebration of Halloween.  A holiday believed to start over 2,000 years ago of Celtic tradition that took root in the modern day in the last century.  And it is just fun to see adults, and kids alike, take the moment, to don costumes and have some good ole clean fun.  Dress up, be a bit silly, have a bit of candy and other treats and do it without worry or stress.  Whether we participate or not it is great that we can do things like this as it shows that we can still have a level of humanity and humility and that we can drop the pretense and the problems and enjoy life.  And on days when the journey gets tough it might be good to remember that on this day, the day of All Hallows Eve that it is better to smile and enjoy than it is to do anything else to make life just that much easier and tolerable.  Happy Halloween to all – boo!   

Loving life when we get dressed up

Real progress

We are quite dependent, while on our THPL journey, of the way that others (and we) use the finite resources that we have on our planet.  And we know that each and every one of us is responsible for living a sustainable life where we care about how much we reduce, reuse and recycle.  Well, we have a bit of “good” company who have decided to take a very real and material action to reduce plastic pollution around the world.  Just this week 275 companies, retailers, recyclers, governments, and NGO’s committed to eradicating plastic waste and pollution.  Their vision is defined with six key points:

  • Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign and innovation

  • Reuse models are applied where relevant, reducing the need for single-use packaging

  • All plastic packaging is 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable

  • All plastic packaging is reused, recycled or composted in practice

  • The use of plastic is fully decoupled from the consumption of finite resources

  • All plastic packaging is free of hazardous chemicals, and the health, safety and rights of all people involved are respected.

The power of the brands who signed off on the commitment is significant and lays the foundation for follow through and global awareness, the companies involved are Burberry Group, Carrefour, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Diageo, H & M, Henkel, L’Oréal, Marks and Spencer, Mars, Nestlé, Philips, SC Johnson, Sealed Air, Stanley Black & Decker, Target, Unilever and Walmart

There is so much more we can all do to make this world livable for years to come and it makes it easier when there is a good organization, a good plan and lots to come, an exciting moment for sure

Loving life when we start to take care of the planet

Never long enough

The journey that is THPL contemplates a lot, all about thoughts and ideas, about community and acquaintances, about family and friends, about challenges and goals and so much more.  What we do not contemplate is for how long we will be on the journey.  The end comes when it comes and should never come earlier than how life is to play out.  We will never be able to understand why someone would choose to shorten the life of any human being, for any reason.  It is never justifiable, and we have to find ways to bring ourselves back to a world of more civility, care, and kindness and one where differences are allowed and where we can all find a way to find our own path on our journey and be happy for what we have and for what all others have.  Words and actions matter, and we need to think about this all the time with the reason and purpose to create a world that is better than it feels sometimes. 

Loving life when we care deeply enough to do something

Javelina 100

This weekend the THPL journey took on a big challenge.  We competed in the Javelina Jundred, a 100-mile trail race, consisting of five loops through the McDowell Mountain Regional Park north of Fountain Hill AZ. The race delivered on all elements of a great challenge.   The dry desert air delivered on highs in the 90s and lows in the fifties adding to the challenge, the terrain was beautiful, and the race was just plain hard.  All 100-mile races are challenging and with a 30-hour cutoff it was critical to keep moving forward.  There are so many thoughts that run through your head when you take on this kind of race.  Will I make it to the end, should I drop out, am I doing all of the right things to ensure a good race.  There are highs and lows and what we know is that how we feel at one point will change soon after.  The mental challenge of a 100-mile race an equal challenge to the physical test that this race puts on our body.  And it really is all about staying in the game, remembering that pain is temporary, and quitting is forever. With this mindset and one foot in front of the other and we can get to the finish line.  Another amazing experience that came from taking on a big challenge. Now time to recover and reflect.  Happy to be done for sure…..

Loving life when the finish line is crossed

Ciao    

Joe

The night before

There are big days along the THPL journey.  A big race, a big presentation, a big test… the form is irrelevant, all that matters is that there is something that is important, and we need to be ready for “game time”.  And it is that night before when all that is left to do is to get our mind in the right place, make sure the last preparation is taken care of and we start to move our focus to the big day. And when we do that right the big day becomes the opportunity for preparation to come together at the right moment so that performance happens at the level that we expect.  Here’s to that getting ready and being ready….indeed

Loving life when I feel good the night before

Free solo

On June 3, 2017 Alex Honnold climbed El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope.  His journey is chronicled in a National Geographic documentary called Free Solo.  His climb is regarded, for so many reasons, as one of the great athletic feats of all time.  The preparation across his physical, mental, and emotional states drove him to a position of incredible strength and readiness to take on such an amazingly difficult challenge.  In under four hours, he ascended El Cap and conquered what many thought was impossible, 3,000 feet straight up without a rope.  It is really an amazing example of true THPL focus and execution.  At every moment along the way Alex had to bring his best to the climb, a reminder to us that we can do just about anything that we set our minds to.  It is so cool to be reminded of this…for sure.

Loving life when I take on hard problems

Ciao

 

Challenging moments

It is likely that if we stay on the THPL journey long enough that we will find ourselves facing something that we have not faced before.  An interesting dilemma for sure.  It might be that while we intellectually know that we need to deal with it, address it, work through it, we might be resistant.  The resistance not coming from a lack of ability, rather a reluctance to want to go through a difficult time. And then it is important for us to push ourselves so that we can overcome the resistance.  We need to tell ourselves that the unknown or the difficult are not reasons not to press forward.  We can do it ourselves, we can bring others to help us, either way, once we start to work to address the issue it all starts to come together.  Our forward momentum builds and we get past the obstacle. It is a great feeling to be done and to learn that each time we face a challenging moment all we need to do is to engage, be present and follow through and we can conquer anything. 

Loving life when I get over the challenging moments