Sunday, August 26, 2012

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

This picture was taken on March 9, 1998. That's me on the left. Obviously.

So many things come to mind when I look at this - the fact that it was snowing, the buzzing nerves in my belly, the pure adrenalin rush and the fact that I was embarking on a life-changing journey.

Prof had done it all before, so there was some sense that I could do this.  But the doubt was always there. What if I couldn't hack it?  What if I wasn't strong enough, tough enough, patient enough?  What if I didn't have what it took to live in the woods for 6 months and walk 2,000 miles from Georgia (where we are in this pic) to Maine?

But I did it.  And I learned a lot about myself, what I am capable of and how to get things done along the way.  So whenever new challenges arise or I pick some new thing to learn or accomplish, I have a pretty good idea about what it takes.  It takes patience, with yourself and the process, as well as others you may have to deal with along the way.  It takes commitment and re-commitment on a daily, sometimes hourly basis.  It takes sheer will.  It takes doing the small things in the moment that will add up to the big thing.  It takes putting one foot in front of the other no matter what.  It takes knowing when you need to rest and when you need to march or die.

It takes support from friends - surrounding yourself with positive people with like-minded goals.  The first rule of the adventurer: Don't hang out with losers. That may sound harsh, but the reality is people who don't get what you're doing will drag you down.  You have to hang out with the winners.  You have to. There is no other way.  If the people you hang with have no ambition or complain constantly, you will be carrying their dead weight and will never reach Katahdin.  That, my friends, is no way to win.

And it takes compassion for yourself.  You have to love yourself, cheer yourself on, pat yourself on the back when the hard day's work is done, and dust yourself off when you fall off the log.  Get back up and repeat the mantra that's getting you through that moment: Raviolis and a nap, raviolis and a nap, raviolis and a nap.  Or whatever. Hey, no judgement, man. Whatever gets you there. ;-)

And it takes believing in yourself.  If you've been beaten down by life, a job, a parent or a spouse, that may seem impossible right now. But I promise you, if you keep trying - keep repeating to yourself "I deserve this", "I am worth this", "I am good enough" - you will start to believe.  How do you think you got beat down in the first place? One undermining comment at a time.  So it works the other way, too. Believe me, I've been there and had to crawl my way out of the dark hole myself.  Oh, and start gathering those positive, like minded folks around you.  They'll toss you a life line.

Whatever it is you want - whatever you want your life to be - whatever goal you want to accomplish, it all starts with a single step.  You can do it.

I believe in you, baby.




Monday, August 20, 2012

The Dead Have Ruled Earth for 200 Years

Get it at Amazon
Author Noah K. Mullette-Gillman has released his latest novel

Blog friends, first, you know I don't post just any book on my personal blog.  It either had to move me or I have to be really excited about reading it.  This one just released today, so The Dead Have Ruled Earth for 200 Years is bumped to the top of my reading list. 

And, last but certainly not least, I have to say, I love this guy!  I met him in a writing group on line and his sense of humor and insight are always spot on. I can't wait to read this book.  Grab it up on Amazon today - on sale for 99 cents this week only.

Book Description: 
Two hundred years after humanity was forced to abandon Earth to the zombie hordes, three humans descend in great armored battle-suits into a world populated only by the ravenous and rotting undead. They will gun down as many hundreds and thousands of the monsters as necessary in their fight to retrieve the most important possession we left behind.

Too bad one of them is an idiot.

The Dead Have Ruled Earth for 200 Years is not a love story. It is not a work of spiritual mythology. It is bleeding and biting, cutting and explosions; a written rocket of death and disfigurement, with all humanity’s future at stake. Get ready for a white-knuckled descent into the worst of all possible nightmares. Two centuries after the end of the world, it may be the last story of humanity’s battle to survive.


The purchase also includes the first chapters of Noah K. Mullette-Gillman's Luminous and Ominous and Magic Makes You Strange included at the end of the book.
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About the Author

Noah Mullette-Gillman was born in Montclair, New Jersey. He spent his childhood there, as well as in the town of Manly, Australia, and the woods of Upstate New York. He earned a multidisciplinary degree in Philosophy and Creative Writing at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. 
He recently discovered that he is 3.3% genetically Neanderthal, which explains why he has a big head, hairy toes, uses air conditioning in his car in the winter, still owns his Snuffleupagus from when he was a little boy, and enjoys going for long walks.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chill


     The Presidential campaign season is in full swing and I am already sick to my stomach. I can’t turn on the TV or radio without someone telling me what a slime-ball so-and-so is or how they are going to fix what’s wrong.  All sides are giving me a serious case of the I-want-to-rent-a-cabin-off-the-grid-until-this-is-all-over.

     Anger and self-righteous loathing permeate facebook, twitter and even the grocery store. I literally feel the bile rising even as I dodge the hate bullets. Look, I get it. There are some passionate people out there who really want to make things better, at least as far as they see it. But, and this is a big BUT, hateful tirades about “the other side” are not going to win friends or influence anyone. I promise. The only thing hate accomplishes is despair and, well, more hate.

     I have friends on all sides of all issues - seriously.  And I am getting it from all angles - political opinions, folks.  Geesh.  Where's your mind?  Anywhoooooo, and of course, I have my own opinions. There are times when I feel like venting, too. And I do. So, if I have offended you, my friend, I apologize.  You are more important to me than any political opinion.  Who I share my life with is the most important thing to me.

      So when we get all hot and bothered about whatever our personal mission on earth is let’s take a deep breath and remember we’re all in this together. Maybe the next person doesn’t want to live in a world according to Melissa. I get that. Maybe, just maybe, the other person’s point of view is as valid as mine. Check. Maybe they are a fellow human being struggling just as hard as I am to make their dreams come true. Yeah.

      Maybe we are all in this together. We can hate, or we can love. We can demean and condescend or we can take the high road – show respect and be compassionate. The bottom line is we get back what we give.  The more venom we spew, the more poison we swallow. Someone once said hating another is like holding a hot coal in your bare hand with the intention of throwing it at them. You are the one who gets burned. I think it was Buddha…or Oprah.

      During this violently charged election season, take a chill pill. Bring on the love and light – and smile at the cashier.

Namaste, beautiful friends. Namaste