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One Love

All we need is ONE LOVE.....

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Push

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Be Safe During The Holidays



Happy Holidays!
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Where is My Mind?

It's that time again to take a step back and ask myself, "Where is my mind?" The phenomenon we call LIFE is always teaching you lessons IF you are paying attention..... Are you Paying attention Kris? are you?



YES I AM!



Time to GET SOME!
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Naysayers

Naysayer: One who frequently engages in excessive complaining, negative banter and/or a genuinely poor and downbeat attitude. Naysayers are distinguished by their tendency to consistently view the glass half empty, make frequent one-way trips to negative town, and constantly emphasize the worst of a situation. They have the capacity to rant and whine for hours on end about the most insignificant inconveniences. They tend to travel solo, but have the keen ability to spread their pessimistic attitude to a group of unsuspecting bystanders and encourage others to employ their mindset.

Maurice Jones Drew is professional running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has had to listen to naysayers all his life just because of his size, 5'7" 208lbs, watch this video.....very motivating!



The only person who can limit your ability and potential is yourself!
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Super Stars


this post was inspired by Jt....

In the Kepler household, we have some tremendous athletes, and to be honest with you I'm probably the low man on the totem pole! And I'm no slouch! I look at my wife and all that she has accomplished and continues to accomplish is quite outstanding. For those who know her I don't need to list all of her accomplishments, for those who don't you will soon enough (careykepler.blogspot.com). Now through the power of procreation, we have 2 budding super stars who have infinite possibilities! As a youth, I had "some" opportunities to go to specialty camps during the summer as well as play in any sports league I had an interest in... but that's it. My mother was amazing in the fact that she took me to every practice, game, tournament, or camp that I was involved in (with the occasional help of my father). No knock on my dad, but he started working as a teenager from a family of 11 and hasn't stopped yet. So other then the fact my father could run all day, ask him to shoot a basketball and it's quite comical. (picture Manute Bol for those who know basketball). Point of all this is that I had the drive to excel in athletics but no direction from my parents, and at no fault of their own, they were doing what they thought was best for us. Back to our super stars... Savannah and Stone are exposed to a healthy lifestyle 24-7. They are constantly running through the house doing "mini circuits" that they have made up on their own. My boy loves to do burpees and fast feet, and he's only 20 months old! Savannah has been swinging from rings and pull-up bars for as long as I can remember. Keep in mind this blog post is only talking about the athletic ability that my kids posses, they are both extremely bright and intelligent kids. And if he they never played a day of sports in their life wouldn't change one feeling that I have about them....BUT, I don't think that will be the case, take a look for yourself...




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This is My CHURCH!

Church is not an address on the corner of a street.... “Church isn’t where you meet. Church isn’t a building. Church is what you do. Church is who you are. Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s not go to Church, let’s be the Church." Bridget Willard

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The Prodigy



"I’m not here to criticize him or anything," he said. "But when I see that kind of thing, I don’t think much of it. He wants to portray himself as the crazy one; I think he’s just portraying himself as the weird one. And we’re gonna know which guy’s more crazy when we get into the Octagon."

"I think it’s going to play the part after I start shutting down his takedowns," said Penn. "When he realizes he doesn’t have that to go to, he’s gonna see a lot of punches coming really quick at him. It’s something I don’t think he’s prepared for."

-- UFC Lightweight Champion BJ "The Prodigy" Penn talking the stranger eccentricities of contender Diego Sanchez. The two will fight for Penn's title this weekend at UFC 107.

Quite prophetic to say the least. If you watched the match, then you'll know that Penn put on a clinic. In my opinion, the most dominate UFC match I have seen.
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Quality of LIfe



I woke up this morning to find 5 text messages from my mother informing me that both of my Grandmothers aren't doing well... "Good morning to you as well" is all I could think of. On top of this, I have maybe averaged 4 hours of sleep a night for the last 3 nights because my little man has some crazy drainage that makes him cough like a grown man(pity patty party over now). Back to my Grandmother's, both have been notorious over their life span to have TERRIBLE eating habits, lack of exercise, and as for one of my grandmother's, diagnosed with ephysema 15 years ago... Why are they in the boat that they are in? Granted both of them turned 80 recently, but for as long as I can remember they have both been sick off and on for years. Then I look at my mother, the medical professional that she is....following in the footsteps of her mother, is she insane?! my father as well...both my parents smoke like winter chimney's, and drink like sailors! I'm not perfect by any means, but to watch people literally destroy themselves on a daily basis makes me want to YELL so f*cking loud it hurts!

Dave Mathews song comes to mind with my own changes at the end...

We were above
You were standing underneath us
We were not yet lovers
Dragons were smoked
Bumblebees were stinging us
I was soon to be crazy

Eat, drink, and be merry
For tomorrow we die
Eat, drink, and be merry
For tomorrow we die
'Cause we're Tripping Billies

We're wearing nothing
Nothing but our shadows
Shadows falling down on the beach sand
Remembering once,
Out on the beaches we wore
Pineapple grass bracelets

So why would you care
To get out of this place
You and me and all our friends
Such a happy human race

'Cause we're Tripping Billies

We are all sitting
Legs crossed round a fire
My yellow flame she dances
Tequila drinking, oh, our
Minds will wander
To wondrous places

So why would you care
To get out of this place
You and me and all our friends
Such a happy human race

Eat, drink, and be merry
For tomorrow we die
Eat, drink, and be merry
For tomorrow we die

Check 'em out, Boyd, yeah!

Eat, drink, and be merry
For tomorrow we die
Eat, drink, and be merry
For tomorrow we die

The words to live by should be, eat healthy, drink in moderation, and you'll be merry if you do die tomorrow.....if not embrace the ugly pain that you are creating for you and everyone around you, don't be selfish.
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2010 Crossfit Games







The 2010 Crossfit Games web page was launched today announcing the Sectional and Regional Qualifier locations and dates. Are you doing the thing that will achieve the success you desire? when it's your time to fight, are you going to tap out? are you?

You aren't alive anywhere like you're alive at fight club.... Fight club isn't about winning or losing fights. Fight club isn't about words. You see a guy come to fight club for the first time, and his ass is a loaf of white bread. You see this same guy here six months later, and he looks carved out of wood. This guy trusts himself to handle anything. There's grunting and noise at fight club like at the gym, but fight club isn't about looking good. There's hysterical shouting in tongues like at church, and when you wake up Sunday afternoon you feel saved. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
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We are built for Greatness

Roger Bannister was the first to break the 4minute mile barrier, which was thought to be impossible!


It just takes one person to do something considered impossible....


In 1999, Hicham El Guerrouj ran 3:43.13 in a mile race in Rome - breaking the previous world record by over a second.

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Ultramarathon




Cactus Rose
100mi & 50mi Trail Run
Bandera Texas - 30 Oct 2010
5am Sat - (36hr limit) - 4pm Sun

I will run the 100mi trail on October 30, which will be the weekend of my 33rd birthday. To give you a little background on how this blog started I have to take you back almost 2 years ago....JT was running the AT&T marathon here in Austin, and I was his anchor leg for the last 6 miles. After finishing the run and getting to witness all the competitors bust their ass for 4 hours or more and then getting to run down Congress Avenue towards the finish line...I got inspired! I started my blog the next day, which was going to log all my workouts till the following year in which I was going to run the AT&T marathon. Needless to say, I decided against it when the time came around to sign up for it. Fast forward to 2 weeks ago, I picked up Born To Run by Christopher McDougall and couldn't put it down! It awoken that inner longing inside of me that LOVES to run.... Cactus Rose 100mi, or die trying.
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If The World Were Mine

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

Buddha




Whoa
Yeah
But if this world were mine
They'd play rub-a-dub all the time
But then me playin' with this double bass line
They playin' with the wicked man style
Because me born as a discipline child
Whoa
Yeah
But if this world were mine
They'd play rub a dub all the time
But then me playin' with this double bass line
They playin' with the wicked man style
Because me born as a discipline..
But since me was a youth
Me taught to love your mother
Come again now
But since me was a youth
Me taught to love your father
Said
But if you listen carefully
Then you must be consider
But the reason that we play
The music's to feel much stronger
But son you've got to take it
At least three times a day
But if you wanna be quick
And livin' in the irie way
You've got to pick it up boy
Pick it up, pick it up
But i wanna pick it up boy
Pick it up pick it up pick it up
But i wanna pick it up boy
Before he want to come to getcha' ganja say

Whoa
Yeah
But if this world were mine
They playin'rub-a-dubbin' all the time
But then me playin' with this wicked bass line
Me playin with the wicked (rub-a-dub) dub style
Because me born as a discipline child


The World will supply to you what you need if you respect it and want it bad enough!
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You are NOT your body!



Greatness is in each one of us!
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Omnivore's Dilemma



.....Do you really know what your eating or drinking is really what it says it is??? Does Organic really mean it's %100 organic, or one small process in it's development was organic. The Omnivore's Dilemma is an excellent book to read that will answer most if not all of your questions about the food and drinks we consume. I've heard all the excuses and whining about individuals health that I can take. If your stomach hurts after eating certain foods don't eat it! If milk makes you constipated, stop drinking it! If breads and pastas make you bloated and sleepy, don't eat them. Not sleeping at night....do you consume caffeine during the day??? If so stop! Our body's are the most advanced machines on planet earth...start treating it that way! It's NOW or NEVER, start taking better care of yourself!

to the one's that die a premature death, at least you can be an organ donor...that is if your organs are worth saving

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Born To Run....We Are The Running People


....sounds crazy, huh? If I was born to run why does it hurt so much? Running has always been a double edge sword for me. I use to love going down to Town Lake and blasting out 5 miles as fast I my legs would take me! But this love affair would only last about 2-3 weeks...that's about the time my right hip starts to hurt or my knees start to ache. So I back off the running for a few weeks until the pain goes away, and then I'm back at it again. This on again-off again love affair with running was insane to me,..."why am I doing this to myself???" Then crossfit came along and running wasn't a primary focus during the workouts yet you still received the anaerobic benefits I would get from running. But inside of me was longing for the days when I would run at Town Lake and "pick off" runner after runner who was in front of me.... then the book Born To Run came along.....



I'm finished reading it and I'm and totally amped up about ruuning again, this time though I will do it right! I even told my wife I will do an Ultramarathon....she laughed and called me crazy, by the way I have never run longer then 13 miles at one time.......We are the Running People!

I highly recommend Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, it will set you free...


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Tarahumara Indians

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New York State of Mind

I have always had this edge about me, but wasn't sure what it was...then I was finally told by my mother about my family roots and where I'm from...... that's right, NEW YORK. I'm 50% Irish, the other 25% German and 25% Comanche Indian. That makes me ONE determined SOB! Listen to this song by Jay Z and Alicia Jeys, Take this in....can you feel it??? Have you ever felt you were beat? It just takes a New York State of Mind to defeat that little gnat talking garbage in you ear..you have potential that can reach higher then the World Trade Centers of Old, you just have to believe!

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Mindy, Body, and Soul.....The TRINITY




Mind (pronounced /ˈmaɪnd/) is the aspect of intellect and consciousness experienced as combinations of thought, perception, memory, emotion, will and imagination, including all unconscious cognitive processes. The term is often used to refer, by implication, to the thought processes of reason. Mind manifests itself subjectively as a stream of consciousness.

Theories of mind and its function are numerous. Earliest recorded speculations are from the likes of Zoroaster, the Buddha, Plato, Aristotle, Adi Shankara and other ancient Greek, Indian and, later, Islamic philosophers. Pre-scientific theories grounded in theology concentrated on the supposed relationship between the mind and the soul, our supernatural, divine or god-given essence. Most contemporary theories, informed by scientific study of the brain, theorize that the mind is an epiphenomenon of the brain which has both conscious and unconscious aspects.

Which attributes make up the mind is much debated. Some argue that only the higher intellectual functions constitute mind, particularly reason and memory. In this view the emotions—love, hate, fear, joy—are more primitive or subjective in nature and should be seen as different from the mind as such. Others argue that various rational and emotional states cannot be so separated, that they are of the same nature and origin, and should therefore be considered all part of what we call the mind.

In popular usage mind is frequently synonymous with thought: the private conversation with ourselves that we carry on "inside our heads." Thus we "make up our minds," "change our minds" or are "of two minds" about something. One of the key attributes of the mind in this sense is that it is a private sphere to which no one but the owner has access. No one else can "know our mind." They can only interpret what we consciously or unconsciously communicate.

Body: With regard to living things, a body is the physical body of an individual. "Body" often is used in connection with appearance, health issues and death. The study of the workings of the body is physiology.

Soul: The soul, in many religions, spiritual traditions, and philosophies, is the spiritual or eternal part of a living being, commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; distinct from the body's physical matter. It is typically thought to consist of one's consciousness and personality, and is roughly synonymous with the spirit, mind or self.[1] The soul is often believed to live on after the person’s physical death, and some religions posit that God creates souls. In some cultures, non-human living things, and sometimes other objects (such as rivers) are said to have souls, a belief known as animism.[2]

The terms soul and spirit are often used interchangeably, although the latter may be viewed as a more worldly and less transcendent aspect of a person than the former.[3] The words soul and psyche can also be treated synonymously, although psyche has relatively more physical connotations, whereas soul is connected more closely to metaphysics and religion.[4]

(all definitions were taken from wikipedia)

The reason I'm talking about the Trinity is for one reason only...if you don't work at all three parts of the trinity YOU ARE NOT a healthy, wealthy in all it's definitions, individual. Take a good look at yourself, do inventory of yourself, see what needs to be worked on...remember none of us are perfect, we could all use a little work done on ourselves. As the year is coming to an end, what better time to do some in-house cleaning. The year 2010 is going to be a wild ride that will throw a bunch of people out of their seats that aren't ready for it. Don't let that happen to you. I'm no prophet but I have a feeling some never before seen events are going to occur in 2010.....EVERYBODY, clean it up!


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Evolutionary Fitness

This blog entry is a direct copy and paste from Crossfit Balboa.. socalsc.com, add them to your bookmarks. they are one of the more informative blogs that pertain to your health

Evolutionary Fitness


Dr. Art De Vany describes himself as a scientist/athlete. He's competed in Olympic weightlifting, motocross, and even played minor league baseball. At 6'1" and 208 pounds, today he carries only 8% body fat. Pretty admirable. De Vany barely had time to do this interview. He was headed off to Colorado to ride in the KTM Rocky Mountain Raid, an adventure motorcycling event.



Evolutionary Fitness
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Knock Knock

I have posted this video before but for those of you that haven't seen this....Knock Knock!

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Fight Club

(this post was inspired by JT..http://jeremythiel.blogspot.com)

I have seen a lot of movies in my lifetime, some good, some were awful...but few have had a lasting impression on my life like Fight Club. To this day it ranks as my all-time favorite movie.


Tyler Durden: Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don't you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can't think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you're supposed to read? Do you think every thing you're supposed to think? Buy what you're told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned- Tyler.

such a good reminder for me because I sometimes catch myself searching for answers instead of living in the moment!

Tyler Durden: I'll bring us through this. As always. I'll carry you - kicking and screaming - and in the end you'll thank me.


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The History of God


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Crossfit Cosmos

Carl Sagan: Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.



This is why I crossfit....

Death: the Key to the Door of Life
by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


There is no need to be afraid of death. It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a façade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. Every individual human being born on this earth has the capacity to become a unique and special person unlike any who has ever existed before or will ever exist again. But to the extent that we become captives of culturally defined role expectations and behaviors – stereotypes, not ourselves, -- we block our capacity of self-actualization. We interfere with our becoming all that we can be.

Death is the key to the door of life. It is through accepting the finiteness of our individual existences that we are enabled to find the strength and courage to reject those extrinsic roles and expectations and to devote each day of our lives – however long they may be – to growing as fully as we are able. We must learn to draw on our inner resources, to define ourselves in terms of the feedback we receive from our own internal valuing system rather than trying to fit ourselves into some illfitting stereotyped role.

It is the denial of death that is partially responsible for people living empty, purposeless lives; for when you live as if you’ll live forever, it becomes too easy to postpone the things you know that you must do. You live your life in preparation for tomorrow or in remembrance of yesterday, and meanwhile, each day is lost. In contrast, when you fully understand that each day you awaken could be the last you have, you take the time that day to grow, to become more of who you really are, to reach out to other human beings. […]

Use this growth not selfishly, but rather in service of what may be, in the future tide of time. Never allow a day to pass that did not add to what was understood before. Let each day be a stone in the path of growth. Do not rest until what was intended has been done. But remember – go as slowly as is necessary in order to sustain a steady pace; do not expend energy in waste. Finally, do not allow the illusory urgencies of the immediate to distract you from your vision of the eternal.

--Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, from "Death: The Final Stage of Growth"
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The Love Police

Wake UP!!!

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Happy Anniversary Yo!



November 8th 2003, I married the the ONE person in this world that I know I have experienced unconditional love for. I still remember Zach Thiel's surprise birthday party back in January 1997 when we first crossed path.....wow, where did all the time go?!?!

Wikipedia definition of Unconditional love is a term that means to love someone regardless of one's actions or beliefs. It is a concept comparable to true love, a term which is more frequently used to describe love between lovers. By contrast, unconditional love is frequently used to describe love between family members, comrades in arms and between others in highly committed relationships. It has also been used in a Christian context to describe God's love for humankind through the forgiveness of Christ.

Here is our wedding song...memories

check out the use of auto-tune before it was popular.
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One Day....



sometimes I lay
under the moon
and thank God I'm breathing
then I pray
don't take me soon
cause I am here for a reason
sometimes in my tears I drown
but I never let it get me down
so when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around
because
all my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
for the people to say
that we don't wanna fight no more
they'll be no more wars
and our children will play
one day x6
it's not about
win or lose
we all lose
when they feed on the souls of the innocent
blood drenched pavement
keep on moving though the waters stay raging
in this maze you can lose your way (your way)
it might drive you crazy but don't let it faze you no way (no way)
sometimes in my tears I drown
but I never let it get me down
so when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around
because
all my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
for the people to say
that we don't wanna fight no more
they'll be no more wars
and our children will play
one day x6
one day this all will change
treat people the same
stop with the violence
down with the hate
one day we'll all be free
and proud to be
under the same sun
singing songs of freedom like
one day x4
all my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
for the people to say
that we don't wanna fight no more
they'll be no more wars
and our children will play
one day x6
ooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
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Humanness

The Problem of Time
by Jacob Needleman



It is necessary to realize that technology itself is not the cause of our problem of [not having enough] time. Its influence on our lives is a result, not a cause -- the result of an unseen accelerating process taking place in ourselves, in our inner being. Whether we point to the effect of communication technology (such as e-mail) with its tyranny of instant communication; or to the computerization, and therefore the mentalization of so many human activities that previously required at least some participation of our physical presence; or to any of the other innumerable transformations of human life that are being brought about by the new technologies, the essential element to recognize is how much of what we call "progress" is accompanied by and measured by the fact that human beings need less and less conscious attention to perform their activities and lead their lives.

The real power of the faculty of attention, unknown to modern science, is one of the indispensable and most central measures of humanness -- of the being of a man or a woman -- and has been so understood, in many forms and symbols, at the heart of all great spiritual teaching of the world. The effects of advancing technology, for all its material promise they offer the world (along with the dangers, of course) is but the most recent wave in a civilization that, without recognizing what it was doing, has placed the satisfaction of desire above the cultivation of being.

The deep meaning of many rules of conduct and more principles of the past -- so many of which have been abandoned without our understanding their real roots in human nature -- involved the cultivation and development of the uniquely human power of attention, its action in the body, heart and mind of man. To be present, truly present, is to have conscious attention. This capacity is the key to what it means to be human.

It is not, therefore, the rapidity of change as such that is the source of our problem of time. It is the metaphysical fact that the being of man is diminishing.

--Jacob Needleman, in Time and the Soul
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The Big Question: Are You Better Than Yesterday?

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2 Ears 1 Mouth

Attunement: an Agendaless Presence
--by Daniel Goleman (Apr 20, 2009)
Listen To Reading!

Attunement is attention that goes beyond momentary empathy to a full sustained presence that facilitates rapport. We offer a person our total attention and listen fully. We seek to understand the other person rather than just making our own point.

Such deep listening seems to be a natural aptitude. Still, as with all social intelligence dimensions, people can improve their attunement skills. And we can all facilitate attunement simply by intentionally paying more attention.

A person's style of speaking offers clues to their underlying ability to listen deeply. During moments of genuine connection, what we say will be responsive to what the other feels, says, and does. When we are poorly connected, however, our communications become verbal bullets: our message does not change to fit the other person's state but simply reflects our own. Listening makes the difference. Talking at a person rather than listening to him reduces a conversation to a monologue.

When I hijack a conversation by talking at you, I'm fulfilling my needs without considering yours. Real listening, in contrast, requires me to attune to your feelings, let you have your say, and allows the conversation to follow a course we mutually determine. Two-way listening makes a dialogue reciprocal, with each person adjusting what they say in keeping with how the other responds and feels.

This agendaless presence can be seen, surprisingly, in many top-performing sales people and client managers. Stars in these fields do not approach a customer or client with the determination to make a sale; rather they see themselves as consultants of sorts, whose task is first to listen and understand the client's needs -- and only then match what they have to those needs. Should they not have what's best, they'll say so [...].

Full attention, so endangered in this age of multitasking, is blunted whenever we split our focus. Self-absorption and preoccupations shrink our focus, so that we are less able to notice other people's feelings and needs, let alone respond with empathy. Our capacity for attunement suffers, snuffing out rapport.

But full presence does not demand that much from us. "A five-minute conversation can be a perfectly meaningful human moment,” an article in the Harvard Business Review notes. "To make it work, you have to set aside what you are doing, put down the memo you were reading, disengage from your laptop, abandon your daydream, and focus on the person you're with." [...]

Intentionally paying more attention to someone may be the best way to encourage emergence of rapport. Listening carefully, with undivided attention, orients our neural circuits for connectivity, putting us on the same wavelength. That maximizes the likelihood that the other essential ingredients for rapport -- synchrony and positive feelings -- might bloom.

- Daniel Goleman, from "Social Intelligence"
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MInd Over Matter

...life as I know it will be changed forever.
Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910


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My Passions













Passion: (from the Latin verb patior, meaning to suffer or to endure, also related to compatible) is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. The term is also often applied to a lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity or love......These are just a few of my passions, what are you passionate about? Read more
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24hr Bug turned into 4 days of Misery



This past weekend a vicious little bug spread through the Thiel house taking many prisoners, 11 of the 14 people to be exact! My turn so happened to occur on my birthday. Around 1pm I felt the stomach start to turn and I knew it was only matter of time....30 minutes to be exact before I was bathroom bound! Before I knew it, 11pm was flashing on the clock and I had frequented the bathroom every 15 minutes during that 10 hr span...."when was this going to end".. was all I could think about! I vomited so much that my throat couldn't handle "warm" soup. That was on Sunday, today has been the first day since, that I have had my wits about myself. I haven't been a very nice person to be around, just ask my wife. The point of this blog is maintain excellent health and if you so happen to get sick don't take it out everyone else, be stronger then the bug..it's a good test to see how mentally strong you are. the bug 1 - kris 0, ..to be continued

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Time


Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. ~Dion Boucicault
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Weekend at Bernies

..Thiel's that is! Plenty of dancing on tap!


their will be a dance line fo' sho... look for Re-Run in the line!


peace and love until I get back.
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Pappa Was A Rolling Stone....

....wherever he laid his hat was home.





It was the third of September.
That day I'll always remember, yes I will.
'Cause that was the day that my daddy died.
I never got a chance to see him.
Never heard nothing but bad things about him.
Mama, I'm depending on you, tell me the truth.

And Mama just hung her head and said,
"Son, Papa was a rolling stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."
"Papa was a rolling stone, my son.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."

Well, well.

Hey Mama, is it true what they say,
that Papa never worked a day in his life?
And Mama, bad talk going around town
saying that Papa had three outside children and another wife.
And that ain't right.
HEARD SOME talk about Papa doing some store front preaching.
TalkIN about saving souls and all the time leeching.
Dealing in debt and stealing in the name of the Lord.

Mama just hung her head and said,
"Papa was a rolling stone, my son.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."
"Hey, Papa was a rolling stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."

Uh!

Hey Mama, I heard Papa call himself a jack of all trade.
Tell me is that what sent Papa to an early grave?
Folk say Papa would beg, borrow, steal to pay his bill.
Hey Mama, folk say that Papa was never much on thinking.
Spent most of his time chasing women and drinking.
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth. Mama looked up with a tear in her eye and said,
"Son, Papa was a rolling stone. (Well, well, well, well)
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."
"Papa was a rolling stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."

"I said, Papa was a rolling stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."



Are you a rolling stone??? if so, you better check yourself....wives need to be respected and loved, and your children need the same!
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The Pursuit Of My Personal LEGEND

First off I should thank my wife for wanting to go on a 10 day STRICT Paleo Challenge. Today is beginning of day 7 and I feel great...sleeping better, feeling better, thinking better,..living better! To be honest with you, we eat paleo 90% of the time, but when you sacrifice that extra 10% amazing things can happen, and they are for Carey and I. Our 10 day challenge ends this Thursday when we leave for Lubbock for a pretty full weekend of festivities, JT & Lisa's Wedding Party, Tech Football game w/ tailgating just to name a few things. A lot of decisions to be made in regard to staying STRICT Paleo.... to be continued.

Another person for me to thank right now is Elliot Schrock, elliotschrock.blogspot.com.
If you haven't been to his blog yet you need to start, it's excellent! The reason I need to thank Elliot is because for 31 years of my life I have been close minded to cold, snowy, winter like weather. Don't get me wrong, I love it when November rolls around because temps are no longer in the 100's here in Austin, but being from Central Texas most of my life I can count the number of times I've seen snow on ONE hand! Elliot being an avid sow skier has posted a lot of videos of skiing on his blog lately and it seems to have awaken a psrt of me that has been asleep for 31 years...I want to go to the mountains and engulf myself into the whole clusterf*ck I use to think of winter!

Live Life to the fullest, be open to new things...read, explore, discover...because tomorrow might not come......


Don't run from Your THOUGHTS!
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Eye of The Tiger

Risin' up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

Chorus:
It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
They stack the odds 'til we take to the street
For we kill with the skill to survive

chorus

Risin' up, straight to the top
Have the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

chorus

The eye of the tiger (repeats out)...


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Everybody...This IS Why I Crossfit

BREAK EM OFF PROPER LIKE

Let me start off by stating that I do not PROMOTE violence for any reason, but I do PROMOTE protecting your GOD given rights as human beings. As well as the Constitutional Rights are brilliant forefathers put in place for us. That is why I Crossfit. Because if the shit ever hits the fan like some people are predicting the Kepler household will handle their business proper like. Boooyah!




Watch this next clip with an open mind. I'm currently half way through the documentary and if your interested in seeing the whole thing it's available on prisonplanet.tv With the recent "economic crisis" we are in a lot of it makes sense, because if you look at the stock market the dow has been hovering over 10,000 points, yet unemployment is at an all-time high, just saying. Anyhow check out the trailer of The Fall OF The Republic




Thanks Zach
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Modern Man A Wimp Says Anthropologist


taken from CrossfitFootball.com



By John Mehaffey

LONDON (Reuters) - Many prehistoric Australian aboriginals could have outrun world 100 and 200 meters record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions.

Some Tutsi men in Rwanda exceeded the current world high jump record of 2.45 meters during initiation ceremonies in which they had to jump at least their own height to progress to manhood.

Any Neanderthal woman could have beaten former bodybuilder and current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an arm wrestle.

These and other eye-catching claims are detailed in a book by Australian anthropologist Peter McAllister entitled "Manthropology" and provocatively sub-titled "The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male."

McAllister sets out his stall in the opening sentence of the prologue.

"If you're reading this then you -- or the male you have bought it for -- are the worst man in history.

"No ifs, no buts -- the worst man, period...As a class we are in fact the sorriest cohort of masculine Homo sapiens to ever walk the planet."

Delving into a wide range of source material McAllister finds evidence he believes proves that modern man is inferior to his predecessors in, among other fields, the basic Olympic athletics disciplines of running and jumping.

His conclusions about the speed of Australian aboriginals 20,000 years ago are based on a set of footprints, preserved in a fossilized claypan lake bed, of six men chasing prey.

FLEET-FOOTED ABORIGINALS

An analysis of the footsteps of one of the men, dubbed T8, shows he reached speeds of 37 kph on a soft, muddy lake edge. Bolt, by comparison, reached a top speed of 42 kph during his then world 100 meters record of 9.69 seconds at last year's Beijing Olympics.

In an interview in the English university town of Cambridge where he was temporarily resident, McAllister said that, with modern training, spiked shoes and rubberized tracks, aboriginal hunters might have reached speeds of 45 kph.

"We can assume they are running close to their maximum if they are chasing an animal," he said.

"But if they can do that speed of 37 kph on very soft ground I suspect there is a strong chance they would have outdone Usain Bolt if they had all the advantages that he does.

"We can tell that T8 is accelerating toward the end of his tracks."

McAllister said it was probable that any number of T8's contemporaries could have run as fast.

"We have to remember too how incredibly rare these fossilizations are," he said. "What are the odds that you would get the fastest runner in Australia at that particular time in that particular place in such a way that was going to be preserved?"

Turning to the high jump, McAllister said photographs taken by a German anthropologist showed young men jumping heights of up to 2.52 meters in the early years of last century.

STARK DECLINE

"It was an initiation ritual, everybody had to do it. They had to be able to jump their own height to progress to manhood," he said.

"It was something they did all the time and they lived very active lives from a very early age. They developed very phenomenal abilities in jumping. They were jumping from boyhood onwards to prove themselves."

McAllister said a Neanderthal woman had 10 percent more muscle bulk than modern European man. Trained to capacity she would have reached 90 percent of Schwarzenegger's bulk at his peak in the 1970s.

"But because of the quirk of her physiology, with a much shorter lower arm, she would slam him to the table without a problem," he said.

Manthropology abounds with other examples:

* Roman legions completed more than one-and-a-half marathons a day carrying more than half their body weight in equipment.

* Athens employed 30,000 rowers who could all exceed the achievements of modern oarsmen.

* Australian aboriginals threw a hardwood spear 110 meters or more (the current world javelin record is 98.48).

McAllister said it was difficult to equate the ancient spear with the modern javelin but added: "Given other evidence of Aboriginal man's superb athleticism you'd have to wonder whether they couldn't have taken out every modern javelin event they entered."

Why the decline?

"We are so inactive these days and have been since the industrial revolution really kicked into gear," McAllister replied. "These people were much more robust than we were.

"We don't see that because we convert to what things were like about 30 years ago. There's been such a stark improvement in times, technique has improved out of sight, times and heights have all improved vastly since then but if you go back further it's a different story.

"At the start of the industrial revolution there are statistics about how much harder people worked then.

"The human body is very plastic and it responds to stress. We have lost 40 percent of the shafts of our long bones because we have much less of a muscular load placed upon them these days.

"We are simply not exposed to the same loads or challenges that people were in the ancient past and even in the recent past so our bodies haven't developed. Even the level of training that we do, our elite athletes, doesn't come close to replicating that.

"We wouldn't want to go back to the brutality of those days but there are some things we would do well to profit from."



What does this post say to you??? I know what it tells me.....man up!
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Elite


the following was taken from CrossfitObsession.com Stud Brendan Gilliam..one of the original fire breathers and one hell of a coach.

"Even with skilled Coaches and an amazing training program to follow each day it takes a great deal of personal responsibility and drive to achieve "Elite Fitness".

Here are some questions to ask yourself in determining how much effort you "truly" put into your health and fitness.

- Do I set goals for myself and write them down?

- Do I record my workouts in a training log after each session?

- Do I look into the training log before each workout so I know what I did last time and what I need to beat?

- Do I map out a game plan for my goals.

- Do I show up early before each class to practice the things that I suck at?

- Do I stay a little later after each class to work on other things I suck at?

- Do I roll out the trigger points in my muscles on a daily basis?

- Do I ice my body after workouts (especially when it hurts)

- Do I read the crossfit journal and other sources that educate on our brand of fitness?

- Do I listen to and apply the with thought the the coaching cues my trainers drill into my head?

- Do I drink tons of water all through the day?

- Do I only eat natural, un-processed, un-refined foods. ( Meats, Veggies, Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds)

- Do I eat within 1 hour of waking up everyday

- Do I eat no later than an hour after each one of my training sessions and make sure its got a good amount of carbs in it.

- Do I try my very best every time I train?

How many of these questions can you truly answer yes to? I mean truly as in you follow out these principles in your life everyday. These aren't the only questions that need to be asked but the answers will speak a huge testament to why are why not you are getting as fit as you dream to become. The fittest people in our program are this way because they spend their days pursuing excellence."



No one was ever lost on a straight road. Proverb, Indian

Being elite is a choice, as is being lazy.....I choose to be elite in all that I do.
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Why Do You Crossfit?

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Adversity




“Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember”

Seneca
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There's One In All Of Us!



And now, let the wild rumpus begin!
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The Fighting Irish!

"Notre Dame Victory March"

Rally sons of Notre Dame
Sing her glory and sound her fame
Raise her Gold and Blue
And cheer with voices true:
Rah, rah, for Notre Dame
We will fight in every game,
Strong of heart and true to her name
We will ne'er forget her
And will cheer her ever
Loyal to Notre Dame.

Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky!
What though the odds be great or small,
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory!


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On The Shortness of Life: An Introduction to Seneca

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LAUGH

“Laugh a lot, and when you're older, all your wrinkles will be in the right places”

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky” Buddha

and on of my favorites....

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.” Jim Valvano



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Lost and Found...then Lost, Now Found

"The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them." - Stephen Edwin King (1947~) American Writer

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There Is No Offseason

The following excerpt is from YOU vs YOU by Wayne Mazzoni
(page148-149)

"You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature." Les Brown

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again." William E. Hickson


Regardless of your age or talent level, it is important that you understand athletics are a full time endeavor. If you are not playing, you are preparing to play. If you are not in formal pracitce, you are lifting weights and conditioning. If you play two or three sports, you are always in season. To become a quality athlete, you need to think of your sport in much grander terms then simply the playing season. How good would Eric Clapton be if he played guitar three months a year when he was first learning? I don't mean that you overdue it to the point of burnout, but that you realize that to become your best at anything, it takes a full time commitment. When one starts a company, do you think they work the typical forty-hours? Not a chance. It takes long days to make any venture a success. Imagine trying to lose weight by eating well three days a week, but horribly on the other four. To compete at the highest of levels requires a full-time effort. If you practice or play simply when you feel like it, that is a hobby, not a complete dedication to the sport. There is nothing with having hobbies, but if you treat your main sport as such, don't be surprised or upset when you don't achieve the results you were seeking. If you don't make a full commitment to WHATEVER it is that you do, you will soon find that the others who are will pass you by.





I emphasized the word WHATEVER for one reason only, replace sport with whatever it is that you are doing. If you don't have full commitment to whatever it is that you are doing, it will suffer. maybe a little or maybe a lot, but it will suffer. Only crazy people like to suffer..are you crazy?


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Riding High

I have hit the gym all week, feeling good about my results, my fall garden is coming along nicely, my front yard is 90% finished, family life is great.......I'm riding high



You've been riding
You've been riding quite a while, child
(keep on riding, keep on riding)
You've been jiving
Like a peacock, that's your style
(keep on jiving), ooh (keep on jiving)

Now I remember the days in school
There wasn't a time when you didn't treat me cruel
Ooh, wait till I get my hooks on you
I'll show you what a fisherman can do

You're riding
Been riding quite a while, child
(keep on riding, keep on riding)
You've been jiving
Like a peacock, that's your style
(keep on jiving), ooh-wee (keep on jiving)

I say now, you always try to hurt me in the end
In the presence of all our good, good friends
But the patient man always win
Now I'll just wait till you give in

You've been riding
You've been riding quite a while
(keep on riding), keep on, ride (keep on riding)
You've been jiving
Like a peacock, that's your style
(keep on jiving ...), ooh-wee, alright (... on jiving)

At Christmas, more like an Easter bunny
Just like a rabbit, you're always on the run
But wait till I get my trap on you
I'll see where you gonna run to
Wait till I get my trap on you
Then I'll see where you gonna run to

You've been riding
You've been riding quite a while
(keep on riding), keep on, ride (keep on riding)
You've been jiving
Like a peacock, that's your style
(keep on jiving), ooh-wee (keep on jiving)

(So riding on my own) I need your love tonight
(Riding on my own) A-when you hold me right ...
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Sacrifice

“Sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of the one you love, is by far, the truest type of love.” AlwaysConfuzed11

the above quote can be toughest thing for a person to do... I still have my days when I become selfish and think "me first, me first", which only hurts the people around you. And when you have a wife and kids that's not right. Thank God for the opportunity to grow as an man and become selfless. It has become quite the journey as I look back at my younger days, but I know that I'm one step closer to becoming selfless as long as I stay conscious of my actions.

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them. Buddha




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Do What You Love, And Love What You DO



Walter Payton

Date of Birth:
July 25, 1954
Date of Death:
November 1, 1999 (my birthday)

Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.
Walter Payton

Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.
Walter Payton

Walter Payton was one of the few sports role models I looked up to as a kid....in my opinion the greatest running back of all time!




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Let Thy Body Heal

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.
-- Buddha



I have taken a rather long hiatus from the gym to allow myself to heal. I miss not being in the gym and seeing my "family away from home" on a regular basis. The time to get back in the gym has come with a new found focus.....

Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.

Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about.

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.

Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've hot him on the spot, welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.


for those unfamiliar with the song above... Welcome Back Kotter lyrics, a true classic.
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Charity Water

Charity Water is non-profit organization that I came across back in March. The growth of this company is amazing in just 3 short years. If you feel the need to donate to a charity, check out this video as well as their website charitywater.com...you won't look at water the same ever again, I now my family doesn't.
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Fall Garden





- The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture. Thomas Jefferson


My fall seeds are starting to sprout......
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It's in My Blood.........It's My Heartbeat

A good part of my 20's will be forever linked to this genre of music. And even as I get "older" I still love to hear a good techno track! Within seconds of hearing one, memories, and I mean a lot of memories start to flash through my head and all I do is smile!
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Can I Kick It....Yes You Can!

[q-tip]
Can I kick it? (yes, you can!) *7x*
Well, Im gone (go on then!)

Can I kick it? to all the people who can quest like a tribe does
Before this, did you really know what live was?
Comprehend to the track, for its why cuz
Gettin measures on the tip of the vibers
Rock and roll to the beat of the funk fuzz
Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug
If you feel the urge to freak, do the jitterbug
Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug
Afrocentric living is a big shrug
A life filled with *horn* thats what I love
A lower plateau is what were above
If you diss us, we wont even think of
Will nipper the doggy give a big shove?
This rhythm really fits like a snug glove
Like a box of positives is a plus, love
As the tribe flies high like a dove

[phife dawg]
Can I kick it? (yes, you can!) *7x*
Well, Im gone (go on then!)

Can I kick it? to my tribe that flows in layers
Right now, phife is a poem sayer
At times, Im a studio conveyor
Mr. dinkins, would you please be my mayor?
Youll be doing us a really big favor
Boy this track really has a lot of flavor
When it comes to rhythms, quest is your savior
Follow us for the funky behavior
Make a note on the rhythm we gave ya
Feel free, drop your pants, check your ha-ir
Do you like the garments that we wear?
I instruct you to be the obeyer
A rhythm recipe that youll savor
Doesnt matter if youre minor or major
Yes, the tribe of the game, rhythm player
As you inhale like a breath of fresh air




“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
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Focused



If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

a pulled hamstring has limited me for the last 2 months, with adversities create focus...... I am stronger because of it!
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Influences


Who and what influence you? How about your kid....if you have any??? At the Kepler house we don't have cable, hell..we don't own a tv right now! We do own a computer with internet which is a very invaluable resource for us! My kids get to watch their movies on it, or watch funny videos on youtube...laughter is often heard in our house! Music is another big outlet for us. We used to watch music videos on youtube until the great idea that is Pandora. If you haven't heard of Pandora, google it. Any type of music you can think of is on their, and it's free! Music is almost always on in our house.

Here is the kicker...lately I have been listening to Anthony Robbins on cd's, as well as watching the Secret dvd on a daily basis. Well guess who gets exposed to that??? my kids do. Whenever I start playing Anthony Robbins on the computer my daughter knows..."DAddy, are we listening to Anthony Robbins again??"(me)"Yes sweetie", (SGK)"daddy I like Anthony Robbins". As for the Secret dvd, I was cooking lunch for the kids so i was trying to multitask, cooking, listening to the Secret, and watching a soccer game on the computer at the same time! doing a damn good job might I add. Well, my daughter comes into the office and new the Secret was on because she watched it with me yesterday but couldn't see it because I had the soccer game on with the background sound coming from the Secret.."daddy, take the game off, I want to see the people!"(me) "I'm watching the game"(SGK)"I hear the people but I want to see them as well"(me) "ok sweetie". So I took the game off for she could SEE the people. I'm actually listening to the Secret RIGHT NOW, and guess who just came in (SGK)"Daddy I want to watch the people.." The reason I'm telling you this is because I see what it is doing for my kids, especially Savannah. Just the other day, we were leaving her preschool and the ac in the car was acting up. And guess who chimes in from the back seat...(after hearing me mumble a few things) SGK"it's OK daddy, we can get a new ac...you know what daddy, we should just buy a new car, how does that sound?" That is verbatim from her mouth. All I could do was smile, and nod my head yes. So back to the question, What are your influences??? I know what mine and my kids are!
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Goodmorning

“It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.”

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