Life, Photograph

Every Ending is a New Beginning – Monday Motivation

“What do you believe in?”

To paraphrase Soren Kierkegaard, life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards. Thus, does it not suggest that our lives are in front of us?

We live, we love, we laugh, we cry, we suffer and we grieve, and only afterwards can we understand the meaning behind the moments.

Go forth today may friends and live, each ending can be a new beginning, it is within our power to chose how we will live this day!

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LiveYourDreams #CommitIntentionalActsOfKindness

P.S. – August is my birthday month and I plan on celebrating and living it to the fullest! πŸ˜‰

Adventure, Life, Photograph, Poetry

Life is a Grand Adventure – Motivation Monday

“Life is a grand adventure, and I don’t want to miss a thing!”

Life is a grand adventure, and I don’t want to miss a thing! #LiveYourDreams #MotivationMonday #MondayBlogs

Yesterday is now gone

Today is all we really have

Tomorrow will come soon enough

#JustBelieve #YouMatter #GraceChangesPeople

Adventure, Life, Stories

A Manifesto of Fatherhood – Revisited

Happy Day after Fathers Day to Everyone!

A little different post for Motivation Monday this week. I want to encourage parents, both fathers and mothers. This post is written from my perspective as a father, but it can apply to those moms who are parenting alone and filling both roles.

I hope every father had a great Fathers day. Now that the day set aside to be all about you is over, it’s time to get back to being the father your children need. Your influence and impact will either set them up for success or failure in life. You are their protector, comfort, soft place to land, compass, rock and shelter from the storm.

February 2020

For fathers of daughters, as I am, who you are as a man will influence how they view other men. How you love and treat them, how you love and treat their mother will impact their belief and trust in other men.

Fathers, show your daughters what a real man is, and how a real man treats a lady. #MotivationMonday #FathersDay #EverydayYouAreADad #HappyDayAfterFathersDay

Think of the impact we would have if came alive as fathers.Β Your children will grow up and affect the lives of countless others and their children will go on and do the same. This ripple effect – this opportunity of compounding influence – has got to overwhelmingly dwarf whatever the majority of us may hope to accomplish at our jobs. Love your kids, men. Teach them to be strong, dedicated, focused, gentle, fierce, loyal.” ​​​​​​​- John Lovell, Warrior Poet Society

Love your kids, men. Teach them to be strong, dedicated, focused, gentle, fierce, loyal.” ​​​​​​​- John Lovell, Warrior Poet Society @johnlovell275

February 2017

The original post below was written back in 2013 when my daughter was 7 1/2 years old. She is now 15 1/2 and the words are as true today as they were then.

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"Father / Daughter Dance - February 2013"
February 2013

Knowing that, God willing, no matter the circumstances, I will always be a daddy to my little girl;

Knowing that, God willing, my daughter will one day be an adult and leave to follow her own path;

  • I will love my daughter for the gift that she is, not what she does
  • I will cherish every moment we spend together
  • I will strive to give her whatever wisdom I might possess
  • I will teach her the value of relationships & honoring promises
  • I will allow my daughter to soar upon her own wings
  • I will let her go to travel the path God has laid before her

“May the Lord give me the wisdom to parent with love, humility and strength, to give my daughter only and always the best that I can offer.”   ~M

Summer 2010

β€œLife affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” ~C. Everett Koop

I encourage you to now write your own manifesto!

Life, Writing

Be You – Motivation Monday!

Stop!

Trying to be who you are not that.

Trying to be who others want you to be.

Trying to be someone you are not.

BE YOU!

You were created for a special purpose and only you can fulfill that role.

#YouMatter #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople

STOP! Trying to be who you are not that. Trying to be who others want you to be. Trying to be someone you are not. BE YOU! #YouMatter #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople http://www.markschutter.com

Life, Writing

New Posting Schedule

Happy Monday Friends! πŸ˜ƒ

I have been posting here on WordPress since 2012 and on Blogger for a couple of years before that. I have tried to institute a schedule for posting on several occasions over the years. And every time it seems like it works for a while and then… well you know I miss a day or a scheduled post and it all falls apart.

I berate myself and stop posting for a while until I start again. Story of my life… trying to be consistent. Well, now I am going to try it again. I plan on posting three days a week on a new schedule so you can look for a certain type of post on certain days if you are so inclined.

The following are the themes:

  • Motivation Monday’s
    • Inspiration and encouragement to start the week.
    • Look for short posts to kick of the week in an easy style.
    • Quotes, poetry, art, photo’s etc. that will hopefully inspire and encourage.
  • Wordless Wednesday’s
    • This day will be a photo only, no words.
    • Only a caption of where or when the photo was taken.
    • This is a popular theme many bloggers take part in across the blog sphere.
    • I look forward to reading your comments if a photo speaks to you in anyway.
  • Anything Goes Saturday’s
    • Just as the title says, anything goes on Saturday.
    • Updates on my writings; novels, memoir, poetry etc.
    • And sometimes just ramblings or thoughts of whatever is on my mind.
    • Be sure to check it out because you never know what might pop up! πŸ˜‰

So, let’s get started with the first Motivation Monday! A simple reminder that you matter and …

Have a great day my friends! You are so much more than ORDINARY!

God, Life, Photograph

Are There Colors Beyond the Gray?

  • Seeing
  • Seeking
  • Shifting
  • Searching
  • Succeeding

Photo of Columbia River Gorge – Washington State, May 2020

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We see what we want to see.

We seek what it is that we wish to be.

We shift for the things we think we need.

We search for promises while our hearts bleed.

We succeed when gray turns to colors and we believe.

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Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. ~James 1:17

What do you choose to believe?

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople

God, Life, Poetry

Just this… don’t believe the BULL$v+! LIES

Bull$v!+ Lies

I admit in the time of uncertainty with the COVID-19 virus, stay at home orders, social distancing and the conflicting news reports I struggle with my own anxiety. Each day when I awake is another occasion to rise up as a warrior despite the fears that may come.

It is a time of not knowing what or who to believe. So, I will chose to put my trust in this…

And Jesus said to him,Β β€œβ€˜If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” ~Mark 9:23

And if this is true, all things are possible, then I cry out with this refrain.

β€œI do believe;Β helpΒ myΒ unbelief.” ~Mark 9:24

The world tells us you to be, what to do and what say. The world lies because our enemy lies and we so easily believe those lies when we are called to be warriors.

In the words of John Lovell, founder of the Warrior Poet Society

Warrior Poets are those who train and fight for higher purpose. Warrior Poets become students of the art of war so that they may triumph when the enemy calls. ~John Lovell #WarriorPoetSociety #WPSN #Quote

I have shed many tears over the years. Tears of sadness and heartbreak and tears of joy. Tears do not make one weak, they reveal our hearts.

JesusΒ wept. ~John 11:35

Here’s to the fighters, the dreamers, the doers and those who will stand up. May we all find ourselves strengthen during this time and at all times. May we seek those who are hurting and reach out a hand. May we rest in the promises of the one who is yet to come.

Do not hide who you were created to be and do not let the world break you, for you are so much more than ordinary! ~M #Quote #Motivation #Encouragement #WarriorPoet

Adventure, Poetry, Writing

Reflections

Reflections in the waves …

Reflections in the waves spark my memory, Some happy some sad ~Styx “Come Sail Away” #Lyrics #Truth #Music #Memories

Sometimes we need to get away
To disappear and disconnect
Into the wild and unfettered
Away from the responsibility
The chains of obligation
That bind us day to day

What do you do to get away and disconnect?

Life, Photograph, Writing

Time Never Cares

Time never cares what we do it just marches ever forward. There is no turning back when you realize what you regret. #LiveIntentionally #ChooseWisely #BeKind

“Contemplation” Photo of Dungeness Bay near Sequim, WA

Each day and each moment offers us an opportunity to make a difference. To touch a life and help even one person breath easier, even for a single moment. How often do we allow those moments of opportunity just slip away as time moves on?

In these times we find ourselves in, it has been said we should never waste a crisis. Well, now is the time to be intentional in how we treat others. Especially those closest to us, those we may find ourselves sequestered with day after day.

  1. BE KIND
  2. SPEAK LIFE
  3. LOVE FREELY
  4. FORGIVE OFTEN
  5. GIVE GRACE

Pick one thing from the list today and extend that to others and especially to yourself. Remember you matter too, and time will march on whether we act or not.

Now what will you do today?

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #YouMatter

Life, Writing

The Beauty We Always Miss

This poem was inspired by the following line from the Moody Blues song “Nights in White Satin.”

“Beauty I’d always missed, With these eyes before” ~Nights in White Satin, Moody Blues #Song #Lyric #Poetry

So often the true beauty, the adventure and the battle is right in front of us. Keep your eyes open, be ready, stay safe and steady on my friends!

‘Cause I love you
Yes I love you
Oh how I love you