Monthly Archives: February 2016

There are no losers on the Broken Skull Challenge

About 5-6 weeks ago I was scrolling through the channels just seeing what was on, not really looking for anything and stumbled across Steve Austin’s, Broken Skull Challenge and became hooked. It is an obstacle course in the desert, during the summer, with some of the most physically challenging and grueling obstacles one can imagine. 8 people challenge each other and the obstacles to “win.” Each person comes to the course with a different background, skill set, physical training, and body style but each comes with the same mindset: full-on, bulldog, no holds barred, no retreat, win at all costs, all-out attack assault on each other and the course. While there is technically only one “winner” there are no losers because each person is giving 150% of themselves physically and mentally in the most physical assault ever placed on their bodies. There are also no losers in this MKMMA thing. Each person comes to the course with a different background, skill set, physical training, and body style but each person who has made it this far comes with the same mindset: full-on, bulldog, no holds barred, no retreat, win at all costs, all-out attack assault on the mental changes to become the new person they know they are meant to be. Yes, the old person is challenged but it is the 150% determination to win that prevails. Even those who have not made it this far are still far along than when they began so they have still won on some levels. Each person comes with different expectations and goals so they will take different experiences from this course, but there are no losers because everyone is farther than when they arrived. Just like the slide on the webinar Sunday, Handmaiden to Greatness, the kid stayed in the box and in staying he becomes an inspiration. We are all observers of greatness, the greatness of change that each person has made toward their future self and the awesome miracles we realize on that path. Og Mandino has a companion to the Greatest Salesman called The Greatest Miracle in the World and each and every person is their greatest miracle on their path of transformation because like the little girl said one time, “God don’t make no junk.”

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Stretched but not blown out

Week 21, MKMMA, 2-18-16

As the old line goes, some situations obviously started with the great old line, “here, hold my beer and watch this.” Some times you look at situations and go, “now just where did they come up with that idea?” One time Patti and I were going through the backroads of Louisiana during the winter and saw a woodheater in a fireworks stand. Two weeks ago I saw roofers working off an extension ladder on a 2-story building that was set up in the back of a truck. I took this picture a couple of years ago, talk about stretched beyond safety and sense. Extension ladders hanging on ropes, no safety ropes, no safety nets, no safety anything and gravity is a confirmed law. This MKMMA thing has stretched me beyond my comfort zone sometimes, though I have read much of the material many times in the past 30 years I have never had it in a systematic format like it is presented here. While being stretched I have never lost cognitive grip and at times it has brought me back to some of the basic truths and eternal center points I have always known but not always used. It is good to be stretched and tested while understanding there are universal laws that really benefit out lives, there are also universal laws to keep us grounded in reality and truth.painting the water tower

The smile on the other end of the phone

Week 20, MKMMA, 2-11-16

It is incredible to visit with people of like mind with incredible heart and soul. I had the privilege of visiting with Deanna Lawrence, another MKMMA member, for about 30 minutes on the phone yesterday. I had come into the office from running like mad and had just sat down at the desk and was clearing my mind to get ready to work on the weekly blog when the phone rang. That was the first time we had ever talked on the phone and I know it will not be the last. I have read all her blogs but the smile on the other end of the phone totally changed my day. We laughed and talked for about 30 minutes and getting to know her was really a blessing. Carol Marsocci, my guide, is another incredible lady who inspires me with her attitude, heart, and spirit. Reading the blogs of Ryan Missler, MKDeanna, Mary, Dr. Chris, Sara, and the many others who have incredible insight are a blessing as well. Like Deanna said yesterday, more often than not most people are not living in the same attitude we do, they live in the old world of the old cement Buddha and it is hard to find people with that positive, purpose-driven life. Thank you to all who have contributed in the changes in me. May God bless the changes in your life as well.

80 going 80

Week 19, MKMMA, 2-1-16

One of the great benefits of this MKMMA thing for me is becoming less judgmental and seeing people again for who they are rather than my grouchy old self who had all the answers and looked at people with predetermined eyes. A few months ago I was headed home from Marshall, TX speeding as I always do. I am nowhere close to walking on water but traveling is certainly one where the Lord has to place more than one guardian angel. My uncle rides with me and said it is like herding cats because I am in a worn work truck, overloaded, and definitely speeding with no seatbelt, I never wear seatbelts. Anyway, I was scooting up Hwy. 59 and a Cadillac comes around me with a naturally white/grey-haired granny, going at least 80 and driving with her knees because she was putting on make-up with both hands. I had to get another look at that so I passed her, which meant I was running in the 90+ range and, sure enough, I was right. I loved it. I just laughed. Rock on granny! So much for the stereotypes. The other day I was in west Texas on a job and met a lady who is the supervisor. I knew she was not the frilly type because she got out of the truck with her jeans tucked inside her well-worn boots. We are walking around looking at the situation and she pulls out a can of snuff, pinches out a big dip, puts in her lip and offers me some. I told her I was not man enough to do that and work all day. We are walking the jobsite, having a great conversation, she was a super sweet and cool person, and laughing while she spit the snuff. So much for the stereotypes. Life is really fun when we quit judging others and placing them in molds in which we think they belong, without even knowing them. When we allow people to be who they are and love them anyway, because God knows I am nowhere near a saint, life is fun, people are fun, we can laugh, stress goes away, and we become much more open to life, love, harmony, the laws of the universe, and freedom.