JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
I have seen a lot in the past 25 years or so. I've watched people rise up and collectively accomplish things that seemed to be impossible and I've witnessed the worst of the the worst sink to the lowest levels of humanity to engage in behaviors that are incomprehensible. From the best of the best to the worst of the worst I am always amazed at the complicated world mankind has created for ourselves. Our politics are corrupt propaganda driven agendas from all sides, our lines between right and wrong are becoming thinner than ever, and for reasons I cannot wrap my head around, the smarter and more advanced we become seems to push us further and further towards greed, selfishness and evil. WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?
Life doesn't have to be so complicated though. We don't have to fight, we don't have to hate and we most certainly don't have to be manipulated by groups like the "free press", corporate America and our wonderful leaders that line their pockets on the backs of the folks that they are suppose to be looking out for.
When was the last time you were shocked after hearing a story of a lion attacking someone in the jungle or a shark taking a juicy bite out of a swimmer off the California coast line? Most likely, you probably thought how tragic that scenario was right before you told yourself...what the heck were those people thinking?? Yeah...exactly...you're right! A lion is a lion and a shark is a shark. The are only doing what they do. It's up to us to safeguard ourselves from that kind of thing, right?
So why are we so shocked when a "friend" says something bad about us behind our backs? Why are we baffled when we see corruption in politics, sexual harassment in an industry that glorifies sex and violence and greed in a world that only exists to make money?? It doesn't make sense. We know what we are capable of thinking, saying and doing, that means we know what someone else is capable of thinking, saying and doing. Remember, it's up to us to safeguard ourselves from that kind of thing, right?
As much as the world around us says we are not...WE ARE responsible for ourselves. We are responsible for our own actions, we are responsible our lifestyles, we are responsible for what we bring into our relationships, all of it. We are responsible for all of it and believe it or not...that's good news!
Look, life without us overcomplicating everything is actually pretty easy to get. If we go through life loving God, loving each other and modeling things like selflessness, forgiveness and generosity in our own behaviors, this world would be fantastic!
You know why I love nature and being in nature so much? It separates me from the "civilized" world created by us and I get back to basics. I get to experience first hand how real these cool little catch phrases like less is more, silence speaks louder than noice and simplicity brings fulfillment really are.
You want to be happy? Try this...be kind, work for what you get, appreciate the people in your life, understand that a lion will always do what a lion does and above all....keep things simple!
Let me start with this...IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THE MOTHER STANDS FOR AND IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW SHE USES THIS TRAGEDY. I ONLY HOPE FOLKS SEE PAST THE MOTHER OR WHATEVER IS OUTSIDE OF THIS INCIDENT AND FOCUS ON THE IDEA THAT BULLYING IS NOT OK AND THIS IS A REAL KID, WITH A REAL STORY! That said...I’m definitely not donating to a godundme page and can“t possibly recommend it for anyone else.
This story has ripped through social media and found residence with fellow anti-bullying advocates...LIKE MYSELF! It disgusts me on so many levels that kids can be so cruel and go unnoticed doing it. The parents of the bullies, especially need to open their eyes up to what their children are doing and PROACTIVELY do something about it. THIS IS NOT JUST KIDS BEING KIDS STUFF. Bullying has found a home everywhere and until WE as a community stand up against it, nothing will change.
When I first saw this popping up on my social media feeds, I couldn't even watch it because it honestly breaks my heart to see. Then, this morning I saw it again. This time, I decided to watch it and do something to draw attention to it in hopes that one day a difference will be made. Just as I knew it would, it broke my heart. I cried with Keaton, I felt anger along side of Keaton, and I also, like Keaton cannot understand how even at a child's age and understanding they can be so cruel. I know first hand the ultimate feeling of being lost and alone and trust me...you should be as enraged as I am that Keaton and others have to endure this kind of treatment all while feeling "not normal" and alone.
Honestly, I am so fired up right now I can only imagine what Keaton's parents are feeling. I know as my child grew up, you definitely did not want to be the parents of a child that would have bullied him. My heart goes out to Keaton, bully victims and their families and so will my actions.
Keaton has such a kind heart and is also one of many impacted by bullying EVERYDAY in our country. If anyone can forward me his contact information, I would be honored to rally some fellow Jeepers around Keaton and take me out on the trails for some fun along with showing him a part of humanity that excepts, shows kindness and loves everyone that is the same or different than we may be.
If you are a victim of bullying, or know someone who is, unite and speak out. Lets make so much noise about this horrific pandemic that it can no longer be looked away from!
(I apologize for any mistakes in this one, I am pretty fired up)
The world is a big, big place. There's an unlimited amount of exploring to do, you just just have to go do it. From the ocean's shore to the peak of every mountain top there's something to see and some way to use that experience to understand ourselves more than before. At the heart of mankind lies a cry for adventure.
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This weekend was a lot of fun. I, like most of the world went to a friends house and watched an unbelievably entertaining boxing match between boxing and MMA’s biggest stars. It was crazy to see the amount of people that are so passionate about these two guys fighting each other. The weeks leading to the fight was nuts. The press conferences, the crazy things said, all coming down to this one fight. Everyone at my party was pumped. Everyone I knew was watching the fight and social media was flooded with craziness about this event.
When the dust settled there were two professional competitors standing there. Exchanging compliments, hugging with a grin from ear to ear as one just made over 100 million and the other over 300 million dollars doing what they love to do. That's when I thought…why is it that we put so much of our energy, passion, emotion, and money into chasing another persons dream? I'm not talking about a fan of the sport enjoying the fight, I'm talking about the fanatic. The person that will get angry at another person form routing for the other guy. The folks that live for a person, event or team more than they live for chasing their own dreams.
I guess because it's easier. It's easier to live through other people's moments rather than putting in the hard work to live a life of our own fulfillment. There's no discipline needed to live through someone else. There's no insecurity to deal with, no uphill climb. There's only an emotional high or low that will fulfill and fade moments after the event ends.
What if we put our own work in to find greatness? What if we sacrifice immediate gratification at times for a bigger vision? True fulfillment will only come when we battle through our insecurities to better ourselves. True, lasting happiness comes from a constant, proactive giving of ourselves for a bigger good, a bigger purpose. We need to change our perspective and learn that greatness is found in the training not the race, and certainly not the finish line. Commit to yourself a life of doing new things, seeing new things and giving more of yourself to your relationships. You will find that when the dust settles, we will often find that our dream is found in who we are not what we do.
Today let's be different. Let's be better. Let’s all roll up our sleeves and get to work on chasing our own dream.
If I had a nickel for every time I dropped food because I sat it on the bumper or balanced it on the lip of the Jeep I could of paid for this AWESOME NEW TAILGATE TABLE!! Ok, ok, maybe I'm late to the party on this one, but I've always wanted one and once I started leading trail runs with lunch included...it became a necessity fast!
This one is brought to you by two of my favorites in the industry. TearFlex and Vector OffRoad. It's all aluminum and comes with stainless steel hardware. The install is easy, and the table can handle anything from a lunch plate to a big fat watermelon easy! It's actually rated for an equally distributed 75 pounds, which is way to much weight in food. So if you're maxing this table out...maybe it's time to slow down a bit...just sayin.
Aside from noticing how beat up my tailgate is...check that table out! You can expect a polyethylene cutting board, a bottle opener and trash bag hooks (that means don't don't leave your trash behind folks) The slotted design allows you to attach all sorts of stuff to the underside of the table and it costs just under $250 bucks...money well spent might I add.
'Pick your MP Table by TeraFlex up at: https://teraflex.com/shop_items/528ffa7fead962f416e72f74 and there's even an install video to make it painless to install below.
Year after year we hear stories of loneliness and hard times for many through the holiday season. We hear stories of people at the end of their rope, people struggling to find peace with family. Folks that just can't seem to catch a break, so to speak. Unfortunately these stories are all to common, but for every person we see struggling through the holiday, there's way more folks that go unnoticed. People that can't escape their own head. People that are one bad decision away from numbing their pain through drugs or alcohol, through self destructive behavior, or the worst case scenario...being so lonely they actually feel desperate enough to take their own lives.
It doesn't have to be that way though. WE can make the difference...together. WE can take a single moment out of the many this year and do something for someone else. WE can say something, WE can meet a physical need. There are so many things that WE can do that seem so simple to US, but can be life changing for someone else.
Together WE can realize that when the dust settles, WE are all just people. People with imperfections. People that happen to be all different colors, shapes and sizes, but WE are all people. Life is bigger than politics and "religion". WE are all mankind, WE all eat food, WE all drink water and WE all bleed red. That said, WE can all finally come together and realize that love is stronger than hate, peace gives way to hope more than war and respecting God and each other produces a climate of unity greater than any agreement between nations could ever do. Yup...WE can make a difference.
Enjoy all that Christmas brings. Enjoy the lights and decorations. Enjoy the parties and family and of course enjoy the giving. Christmas should be a time of celebration. We celebrate our God, we celebrate our friends and families and we celebrate all the good we can find in this world and In that celebration, let's help help someone else find their good too.