End Of The First Year

December 21 2009

An Olympian at age 50?
An Olympian at age 50?

December 21, 2009.  Can you believe it? Ten days until 2010 begins. A few questions we may consider asking ourselves.

Where did the time go?

Am I happy with what happened this past year?

Did I do what I said i was going to?

Did I do something every day that scared me?

Did I pray every day for my Family, Friends, and especially to all those people less fortunate?

Did I act in accordance with my loftiest thoughts?

Did I help make the world a little better place to live?

Did I strive for balance in life’s big four – Mind, Body, Spirit, Money?

Do I have a plan for 2010?

End Of The First Year


Ain’t much in life guaranteed, is there?  Death and taxes, to be sure.


That’s the one.

What a beautiful gift death should be.

Just like what a beautiful gift birth should be.

And the beautiful gift of the part called “life” – in between the two.

And here’s one more thing that’s guaranteed – life will be difficult.


And this simple fact presents us with the most glorious opportunity known to humankind.

Carpe diem.

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Which Part?

Which part what?

Which part of your life is the most exciting?

Which part of your life is the most challenging?

How do you balance the two?

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jeff noel Five A Day

We are never so poor we don’t have something to give.

We are never so rich we don’t have something to receive.

Ever thought about that?

For me, not too much, until our Priest shared it on Sunday. But I wrote it down, it was that powerful, in that moment.

Later, it hit me. It reminds me of who we are as human beings.

And then, humbly, it helped me process why writing five-a-day daily blogs is now an important part of my life.

Are you doing all you can?

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Five A Day – Part Two

… continued from yesterday.

So that’s what happened, mostly, I wrote five blogs daily, for 100 days. Started late February or so and by June 1, the goal was accomplished.

Whew.  It was hard some mornings. Easy other mornings. At the end, I was counting every day.

On the 101st day, I scaled back to three-a-day for the next week. The two I didn’t write in were the two that had the fewest visits. Made sense, right?

Guess what?  They made a difference in the big picture, meaning that overall web site stats went down more than you might have thought they would.

The solution? Start back up writing five-a-day.

Could I do it?

Should I do it?

Was it worth it?

Would anyone even care?

Well, I did it.

And have never stopped.  It’s been ten months and 1,500 blog posts later.

Okay, so this begs a question no one has asked yet. “Why did you create five blogs in the first place, knowing that you’d never be writing in all five everyday anyway?”