A Journey With No Passport. 

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What can I say about passports? I am really stuck on this one because as of this moment, I am a 41-year old man who has never had a passport and never had need for one. 

Five years ago my wife and I travelled to North Dakota for her 10 year reunion from high school. We were not yet married and she learned early on, don’t fall asleep in the car when I am not 100% Positive on where I am going. She said, ‘You’ll get to Grand Forks, North Dakota and see a sign for Highway 2, take that exit off the interstate and turn left, and then, just keep on going.’ 

We got to Grand Forks, I didn’t see a sign for Highway 2, so I kept going. I frantically woke my wife up when I saw a sign that said, ‘Winnipeg, 45 Miles.’ Now, if you know anything about the geography of Canada, you will know, Winnipeg is not right on the border. 

That is the trip we still laugh about because we almost needed our passports to complete it!! My wife said, we were probably close enough to see the border of Canada before I got us turned around! 

Marriage is always a trip, my friends! And it is a journey I wouldn’t want to be on with anyone else. Sometimes, I think my wife wishes she had a passport, either so we could visit other countries, or at least send me there. But, we are in this together, til death do us part. And no passport can change that. 

Something I Find Puzzling. 

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I love those Facebook videos that make something really awesome and delicious. For me, it’s the desert ones, which always involve chocolate or something seeet. As any baker knows, usually this means measuring ingredients and sharing those measurements is involved so it can be made by someone else. Not in the posts on Facebook, nope!!  

Come on!! If I am gonna make an avocado chocolate banana nut muffin bread bowl salad, I NEED TO KNOW PROPER MEASUREMENTS OF INGREDIENTS!!! HASNT ANYONE EVER TAUGHT YOU HOW TO BAKE??? PRECISION BOB!!!! COME ON!! 


Rant over. 

The Future. 

My wife and I are currently playing around with our television and movie viewing subscriptions. There is absolutely no reason to have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling Tv and a couple other movie services which are all available on our Roku device. So, some things will be going. 

And all this got me thinking, what is the future of our viewing preferences? As of right now, for $5-$6 I can rent for three days any new release movie available to anyone else. Why spend $20 to buy it? You may say, Well, if you want to watch it again in a week, or even two weeks, you’ll have to rent it again. Nope. With all these services it is also possible to buy the movie of your choice for anywhere between $10 and $20. Can that get expensive? Yes. It can. Or, you can be an adult and budget these things so it won’t break your bank. You don’t need to own every new release and film you want by next weekend. It takes time to build. 

Speaking of building, by doing things this way, are we, in fact, tearing down movie theaters? Will there come a day when you can simply say to your television, show me Back To The Futures 1, 2, and 3 on screen. And they will come up? Will there be a day when you can say this about any film you ever could imagine, no matter when it was created? 

Then comes the question of parental control. Will we reach a point in time when a kid can ask for any movie they want and it will come up? What repercussions will come of that atmosphere? Or have we already been in it all along? Kids will always be curious about things they aren’t supposed to see, right? 

I just wonder where we are going in so many different areas of our society and world. Are they all for the positive? Or are we setting ourselves up for failure? Vexing questions tonight, my friends. I would love to have a conversation with anyone about this at any point in time. I blog to hear your viewpoints too, so let’s talk about it. 

Fortunate Lives. 

Fortune, root word of fortunate. Count your blessings, for you have more than others. Even those who seem to have less, notice how they smile? Do you notice how they seem to shine, even in what you or I would consider adversity? 

Maybe you look at me in that way. Being in a wheelchair, in a body that doesn’t work as well as most others. Yet, I consider myself to be fortunate. I have a job. I have a home. I have a wife who stands by me even though in our five short years of our relationship we have stretched our faith to the limit. How much can a person take? Just breathe and see it through. 

We are fortunate to feel the pain. It lets us know we are alive. 

Find Your Fortune. 

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When you find that thing that provides a happiness in your soul, you’ve found your fortune. 

When you find that thing you can do and suddenly realize hours have passed, you’ve found your fortune. 

When you find that thing that makes you a better person for your family and loved ones, you’ve found your fortune. 

Ultimately, a fortune cannot be found in a bank, or salary, or possessions. A Fortune is found in making the world a better place and it is found when you can love what you do with all your heart and make a difference for others. 


Daily Prompts Behind The Words. 

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Today and yesterday’s Daily Post Prompts have me in a quandary. Yesterday’s word was Territory. Today’s Daily Post Word is Fortune. Is this to say that gaining territory is to gain fortune? Words have meaning, and when placed together, they have greater meaning. Whether it was the implied meaning or not, when someone else puts it out there in words and deed, it cannot escape your mind. Can it? The most powerful thing in the world is an idea. And that is formed by words. 

Thankfully, we live in a world where not everyone believes that gaining land, or money, or titles is the definition of Fortune. For me, fortune is when I see my three year old niece smile at my funny faces, or come running up to me and say, ‘Hug me, Papa!!’ Yes, she calls me Papa, and it brings a smile and Fortune to my soul that cannot be matched! 

What do you consider Fortune? Is it something that will still have value in 100, 200, or even a thousand years from now? If it won’t, I highly suggest you reevaluate your notion of Fortune. My time with my niece, hopefully she will take those memories and when she grows up and has a daughter or son of her own, she will carry on the notion that people matter. Time, laughter, friends, family, all matter.

 We live in a tiny two bedroom house. To my three-year old niece, that doesn’t matter. She is still fed spiritually and physically with all kinds of good food. She is bathed, she is loved. And to her, that’s all that matters. She doesn’t care that either my wife or I can’t be there every time she is around. She loves the times and memories with both of us. And she feels safe. To me, that is the greatest Fortune of all time. Mostly because for most of my life it was something I never thought would be possible. 

God is my Fortune because He directs my paths to places I never dreamed I would be. Uncle to nieces and nephews. A D.J. for a massively successful D.J. company (D.J. Systems, please google us for your next event, or ask me!!) And, most importantly, right now, God is preparing a territory for me in Heaven. A place where I will no longer be sick. A place where my body will be able to walk, run, dance and climb into all the farm machinery I could ever want! That is a fortune that moth and rust cannot destroy! And that is paradise to me.