Our lives are what we have created-reality.  “They” have done this to me-illusion.

We have the power of  thought.   We have the power of action.  We have the power of choice.   What will you choose to think upon and act upon today?

This I know-in war everybody loses.  In peace we can prosper. In acceptance and love we flourish.

Choose carefully, think deeply, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”  [Ancient Proverb], and act with kindness.

I am using the oils of Stress Away, Forgiveness, and Hope.

Great Men

I am studying about a man I have heard about most of my life but I didn’t really understand his place in history.  This man was deeply hated by the great king and queen of his time.  He was the only man who stood up, spoke up, and acted on his beliefs/faith.  This man was alone and yet he accomplished all that was asked of him to do.  This man is the great prophet Elijah.  His story is in the book about the historical events of Israel/Judah during the reign of Ahab & Jezebel; IKings 17 to IIKings 2:1-15 or you can buy the study book like I did and get an even deeper perspective of this ancient prophet.

You won’t find this man on any list of “The World’s Greatest Men” but as I study his life and actions I realize that this is the kind of person I want to be.

The Young Living essential oils remind me of the power we have in us from our creator.  The power to be a force for good with and for our creator. We have so many wonderful tools at our fingertips that help us engage this power.  Magnify Your Purpose, Believe, Highest Potential, Live With Passion, and Light Your Fire are a few examples of essential oils that keep me on the path to excellence.

How do you keep your ‘Love for Life’ flame burning?

Time for Endorphin Release

The science behind the healing benefits of laughter and the Endorphin connection.


What are My Options?

Scene: Me using the Siri app on my iPhone.

Me: Siri, call my wife.

Siri: Samantha McLaughlin is not in your contacts.

Me: Samantha Gibbs is my wife.

Siri: I’ve added Samantha Gibbs as your wife.

Me: Call my wife.

Siri: Which wife?     T.  Gibbs, Visalia, California

No—I Prefer to Push

Recently, I woke up to find that two of my car’s tires had been stolen. When the police officer arrived, he asked, “When were you last driving the car?”

“Last night at 11:00,” I said.

“And the tires were on it then?”    J. Rice, Englewood, Florida

Taken For a Ride

From a passenger of the Vacaville, California, public bus company:

Dear Sir,
I would like to commend driver Lea ?Schroeder for the following reasons:
1. She frequently doesn’t stop for me when I’m waiting at the bus stop, but she always waves as she goes by.
2. If she’s running behind, she tells me, “Sit your butt down,” in a courteous way.
3. She nearly comes to a complete stop now when I disembark, so I haven’t fallen in almost a week.
4. Although she usually gives me ?wrong instructions on which bus to ?take, I enjoy riding all around Vacaville on the different routes.
5. The way she suddenly starts and stops, rides the rear bumper of the car ahead, and pulls several Gs of force when she turns corners unfailingly ?elevates my heart rate. This has obvious health benefits.

Once again, I would like to commend Lea Schroeder for her outstanding work.

Sincerely yours,
Robert V.       From Lea Schroeder, Vacaville, California, a bus driver with a great sense of humor

Department of Manic Voices

The DMV was as crowded and noisy as ever. When I finally got to the ?window, I asked the clerk, “Does the never-ending line of loud people ever drive you crazy?”
She shook her head. “We call it job security.”   A. Cliburn, Van Nuys, California

Urine Trouble Now

An irate patient called our pathology group, demanding that I explain every lab test on her statement. “Of course,” I said. I brought up her bill: “Number one, urinalysis …”

She interrupted me: “I’m a what?!”    —From

The Meet and Greet Party Called Life

Stepping into a new experience, recreating your life, going into new realms where you have never gone before is exhilarating, scary, fun, nerve racking, eye opening, exhausting, and essential.

These emotions are real.  Emotions flood our brains much faster than our conscious thoughts and can run/ruin our lives. There is hope because we can harness their power to drive us where we want to go.  Here are some techniques I use to harness that emotional power and put it to work for me. (Imagine what it is like to turn anger into action for good in your life.  To switch that impatient habit into conscious use of time.) I believe in changing the things you can and letting go of those things you have no power to change.

  1. I use EFT or tapping  to rewire my sub-conscious brain.
  2. The Young Living oils I use for balance are Valor, Joy, Harmony and the protection oil of  White Angelica.
  3.  I affirm I am safe.  It is only change.

As I step into many new experiences these techniques and my oils with prayer/meditation keep my vision clear (Clarity  oil), my resolve constant (Valor oil), and my smile bright (Joy oil).

Share with us how you meet and greet the exhilarating, scary, fun, nerve racking, eye opening, exhausting, and essential changes in your life.

Who Knew…..

You step into a new adventure and you think some things will be OK and others  will take some getting use to, but who knew…

Who knew that after 8 years of restricted access the transition to full access would be so easy?

Who knew that when you start a new part of your life’s journey the old part of the journey becomes almost surreal?

Who knew that the power of suggestion is so strong that living the reality you imagined for so many years is very comfortable?

I’ll share with you some people who know:

Newlyweds that didn’t shack up first.  Married life is such a different mind set from single life.

New parents.  That little bundle is all consuming.

People who have experienced a major life change through no choice of their own.  Sometimes the change is mostly good and sometimes it brings you to your knees.

Life is only about change.  The oils I use to keep balanced are Valor, Joy, and Harmony.  I embrace all of life’s experiences affirming I am safe, it is only change.



Our Time to Embrace the Humor of It All…

Never Going Away

Back at my high school for the tenth reunion, I met my old coach. Walking through the gym, we came upon a plaque on which I was still listed as the record holder for the longest softball throw.

Noticing my surprise, the coach said, “That record will stand forever.”

I was about to make some modest disclaimer that records exist to be broken, when he added, “We stopped holding that event years ago.”


It was the first day of basketball practice at Wingate high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. Coach Jack Kaminer handed a ball to each player. “Fellas,” he said, “I want you to practice shooting from the spots you might expect to be in during the game.”

The No. 12 sub immediately sat down on the bench and began arcing the ball toward the basket.

Batter Up

I played for a semipro baseball team. At every game we sold raffle tickets. Half the money paid the team’s expenses and the other half went to the winning ticket holder. One day they held the drawing just as I was stepping up to bat.

The home plate umpire pulled the winning ticket, and then turned to me. “Could you read me the number?” he asked. “My vision’s not too good.”

My favorite latest sports humor catch phrase:  Hell has frozen over. The Cubs won.


Loving to Laugh

Great True Entrepreneur Story

As a young man just out of basic training at the end of World War II, my father-in-law, Robert Furgason, needed a job. Somehow, he decided to sell popcorn.

Building materials were hard to come by, so Dad made his wagon entirely out of recycled items. A pingpong table became the floor, a Model T frame was the chassis, and the sides were made of Masonite walls with removable screens. A traveling sign painter added color and class for just $25.

Dad asked his Uncle Harry to co-sign a $100 loan for the popper and a peanut roaster, and then he was in business—and business was brisk! During his first weekend, Dad made enough to pay back the loan. He sold his popcorn for 10 cents a small box, 25 cents for a family-size box. Peanuts cost 15 cents. The prices never changed during the seven years Dad owned the wagon.

The wagon was movable, but it mostly stayed in one place: across from a lively park where dances and picnics were often held. On a busy night, Dad would make at least $100, selling to a line that stretched quite a ways. His humble business, combined with the GI Bill and his day job at a lumberyard, paid his way through college

*********Electricity…Electricity is really just organized lightning.  George Carlin

*********Sounding Off….I was with a friend in a café when a noisy car alarm interrupted our conversation. “What good are car alarms when no one pays any attention to them?” I wondered aloud.

“Some are quite effective,” my friend corrected me. “Last summer, my teenager spent a lot of time at the neighbors’. Whenever I wanted him home, I’d go out to our driveway and jostle his car.” S. Moore

*******Forecast….Vacationing in Vermont, I picked up the local paper to check out the forecast. It read: Today: Sunny, 76. Tonight: Not so sunny, 55.  Norrine Trono

*******Beach Date….Our first day at a resort my wife and I decided to hit the beach. When I went back to our room to get something to drink, one of the hotel maids was making our bed. I grabbed my cooler and was on my way out when I paused and asked, “Can we drink beer on the beach?”

“Sure,” she said, “but I have to finish the rest of the rooms first.”  L. Allard

*******Noisy by Nature…Some people just aren’t happy unless they have something to complain about. I stayed in a beautiful hotel right on the beach in California — an idyllic spot, you would think. But while I was waiting to check out, I heard the manager ask another guest, “Did you enjoy your stay?”

“Not really,” the man said grimly.

“I’m sorry to hear that,” the manager apologized.

“What was the problem?”

“The surf was too loud.”  Daniel Vargas

******* Something’s Fishy….While in the men’s room at a beach park in Florida, I noticed they had a plastic baby-changing table installed on the wall. Apparently, some sportsmen had co-opted this politically correct amenity for their own use. Above the table was a sign saying: “It is unlawful to clean fish on this table.”  Cliff Revell

A Time to Review

It’s easy to say we know good things are coming, we know this too shall pass, we know…. it is another thing to live it.

Imagine that it’s 8 o’clock in the morning, there is a sight drizzle, you are  looking for an address on foot, and getting more discouraged by the second. You know that giving up is not an option. You walk back to your vehicle and get out your notebook. What do you discover? You had the address wrong. You drive to find the address and then to find a parking space only to discover you’re parking in the original place you were in at 8 o’clock in the morning.  Where you went and where you wanted to go  were only two blocks apart.

This is when the script says; starts to laugh hysterically and people passing by give her a wide berth.

I have used a lot of my Believe oil today. And yes good things are just around the corner.

Sharing a Smile

**********What An Ugly Duck…My husband was waterskiing when he fell into the river. As the boat ?circled to pick him up, he noticed a hunter sitting in a duck boat in the reeds. My husband put his hands in the air and joked, “Don’t shoot!”

The hunter responded, “Don’t quack.”  Katie O’Connell, Warrenville, IL

**********No Such Thing As A Free Yacht….A salesman talked my uncle into buying 10,000 personalized pens for his business with the promise that he would be eligible to win a 32-foot yacht. A born gambler, my uncle agreed.

Well, he won, and a few weeks after the pens arrived, his prize showed up: a 12-inch plastic yacht with 32 plastic feet glued to the bottom.            Eddie Edwards, Ripley, TN

*********Eye Candy…..On vacation my nine-year-old son, Ryan, and I were at the pool, where two attractive young women wearing thong bikinis were sunning themselves. I noticed that Ryan kept staring at them, but he would occasionally glance back at me.

When they got up to leave, Ryan watched them particularly closely. I was bracing myself for questions he might have when he turned to me and whispered, “Dad, can I take that candy bar those girls left behind?”

**********Pizza Perils….A Twitter exchange between an angry customer and an apologetic Domino’s Pizza:

Customer: Yoooo I ordered a Pizza & Came with no Toppings on it or anything, Its Just Bread

Domino’s: We’re sorry to hear about this!

Customer (minutes later): Never mind, I opened the pizza upside down :/

*********New and Improved Names for Boring Everyday Things….

• Couch = People Shelf

• Books = Manual Films

• Bracelets = Clockless Watches

• Air Horn = Spray Scream

• Bottled Water = Snowman Blood

• Feather = Bird Leaf          From

*********Good English…My ESL students try so hard and are so appreciative. One student paid me the ultimate compliment when she said, “You teach English good.” Another assured me, “I will always forget you.” And a third insisted, “I thank you from the heart of my bottom.”               Ellen Israel, Alamo, CA

*****True Love Story*******

I was 24 years old when I moved to Long Beach, California, where my parents managed the Alberta Apartments. I arrived the day after Thanksgiving 1947, and while I was moving in, I ran into four girls from Montana who were also living there.

One of the girls immediately caught my eye, and I knew I had to introduce myself. Her name was Alice Conlon and she was on her way to the library to return a book.

Not wanting to let this opportunity pass me by, I fibbed and told her I’d been wanting to read the same book, and asked if I could join her. She agreed, and we stopped for a drink afterward. Before long, I knew she was the one for me!

Between the library and the bar, I’d picked up an alarm clock so I wouldn’t be late for my first day of work the next morning. It started to get late, so I set my new alarm for 30 minutes to remind me that I needed to leave the bar soon. Well, I set the alarm several more times; I just wasn’t ready to end our first date.

A year later we were married—on Thanksgiving Day. We enjoyed 56 wonderful years of marriage before the love of my life passed away in 2005. I miss her every day.

*************Enjoy the life you have created**********



Allow Them to Find Their Wings

A metaphor  to see how we can allow others to find their wings. I believe that we can apply these lessons to all relationships.

The Bald Eagle

A bald eagle egg is slightly smaller than a domestic goose egg. The chick will measure 4 to 5 inches at hatching and weigh only a matter of ounces.

Sometimes the adults will force the eaglets to fly. When chicks leave the nest they usually glide to a nearby tree or stump, returning to the nest tree frequently and continuing to be fed by the adults.  Eaglets will stay close to the nest and nest tree during the first few weeks after fledging. Within one month after fledging, eaglets will soar and drift over the water.

Chicks Leaving the Nest

As the chicks develop their flight skills they harass the adults and try to take fish from them. This behavior helps eaglets learn to forage and be independent and will last into September. At 17 to 23 weeks of age, the bond between the adults and their young fades and the adults no longer tolerate harassment from their offspring. This is time when the young eagles leave the territory, following the prevailing winds to more northerly shorelines and water bodies in search of good feeding grounds.

Youth to Adult-Mortality rate is 50%

The young eagle will spend the next 4 years of its life wandering across eastern North America looking for summering and wintering areas where food is accessible.  When it begins to mature at age 4, an eagle seeks a mate and establishes a territory. The territory is usually located within 250 miles of the nest where the eagle was hatched.  (Taken from the Fish & site)

When setting boundaries the oil of Clarity helps us see what to do.  We then  stand back and allow the wings to develop. Our Believe oil is a good support for this step.  When they soar the beautiful oil of Joy sweetens the  journey.