Reflections for the month of February

February 28, 2011

As I reflected about the month of February, I realized it had been a good month for me. Mostly because I made progress toward my goals and also because I could reflect back on the past with some sense of happiness. I wrote the anniversary message below to my then wife but for some reason I never sent it to her… maybe that’s why she’s gone 🙂 Even though it is a glimpse of a time gone by I re-read it and smile because I am thankful… thankful that I had the chance to love someone that deeply and hopeful that everyone gets to experience that kind of love at least once in their lives.

My Darling,

Ten years… I can’t believe it has been ten years. What a ride you, me and the kids have had huh? I have loved (almost) every minute of it 🙂 I know one day (when we are old and wrinkled) that our kids will have the joy of getting married. We try to give our kids everything in life and the material things are easy but the greatest gifts life has to offer are not always in our control… among them, finding true love.

You and I found each other when we were pretty young. We were lucky. I love you, my wife. I know that what I can accomplish alone does not compare with what I can do with you by my side. Happiness, to love and be loved, these should be pursuits in life and they cannot be achieved in solitude and that is by design. Life is not meant to be lived alone and I thank God every day that he put you in my life. I hope he will put someone like you in the lives of our children one day.

I love you. I have from the moment I saw you and I will love you until my last breath. You will forever be, my Wendy


Reflections for the month of January

January 31, 2011

1. It’s not a lack of love but a lack of friendship that makes for an unhappy couple.
2. The secret to success isn’t superhuman effort… it’s daily action!
3. A relationship is where you average each others misery 🙂
4. There is nothing worse than loving someone who is never going to stop disappointing you.
5. Have you ever loved someone so much that you wanted to hit them with a shovel?
6. It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you leave behind you when you go – Randy Travis
7. In the end, the only person you will ever truly be able to rely on is yourself.

Reflections for the month of December

December 31, 2010

1. My wife gives sound advice. 99% sound and 1% advice!
2. My wife and I were happy for ten years, then we met.
3. When we were married you used to say that you would die for me. Now that we are divorced I think it’s time you kept your promise.
4. My wife keeps saying that I never listen to her… or something like that.

Note: those first four pearls of wisdom are from the walls of a bar in Belize.

5. Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
6. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth of the hole.
7. Alicia and Alex… loving you has been the most profound, intense and painful experience of my life.
8. I now fully understand what the term inveterate liar means.
9. Be truthful in what you do, what you say, and who you are.
10. Never betray your principles or force anyone else to betray theirs.
11. Happiness isn’t happiness without a violin playing goat 🙂

Reflections for the month of November

November 29, 2010

1. Why spend time getting to know a woman when it just increases the chances of her picking you out of a line-up?
2. I never expect anything from my ex and, sadly, she never disappoints me 🙂
3. Nada pode me separar do amor de Deus.
4. The only thing the drug crackdown in Mexico has done is to hurt poor Mexicans who rely on tourism for their livelihood.
5. I have a plan… and we all know how plans go 🙂
6. I’ve never known the loving of a woman but it sure felt nice when I was holding her hand.
7. In Mexico, it’s not the Tequila that will kill you… it’s the lime!
8. The culture, the food, the music, the importance of family in Mexico is something worth living.
9. Life’s not the breath you take… it’s the moments that take your breath away. When was your last moment?
10. Trust is not an argument that can be won or lost.
11. The reason we have faith is so we can still see the right thing to do even when we are blinded by fear and doubt. Our beliefs define us… if we lose them who are we?

Reflections for the month of October

November 1, 2010

1. Have you ever felt the sharp knife of a short life?
2. With love comes hostility.
3. Apparently, you can’t actually drown your sorrows… unless she happens to be nearby 🙂
4. I saw the most beautiful woman ever on a bus in Mexico. Five minutes later I caught her picking her nose.
5. The middle class in China live comfortably on 10,000 or more dollars a year. However, thirty six percent of China’s 1.3 billion people (that’s 468 million people) live on less than two dollars a day. 150 million of them live on less than 1 dollar a day.
6. Marijuana is California’s biggest agricultural product with 14 billion a year in sales.
7. The joy and excitement on my kids faces was worth a thousand times what I paid for that cruise.
8. Want to know how to put your wife on a budget… divorce her 🙂

Reflections for the month of September

October 10, 2010

1. With one hand the past moves us forward and with the other it holds us back.
2. Now I know where all that wine I drank actually comes from.
3. The more we are willing to risk the more alive we are. In the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took.
4. People can endure a lot more adversity than they realize.
5. Maybe it’s the air, maybe it’s the wine, maybe it’s the weed… but there is definitely something strange about California.
6. Even if it kills me, I will come back from this trip 40 pounds lighter… I will certainly die young if I don’t.
7. Life isn’t fair… don’t complain, life doesn’t listen either.

Reflections for the month of August

August 31, 2010

1. Montana truly is God’s country.
2. Happiness takes its own sweet time.
3. GOD… I’M FAT 🙂
4. People can change… but most choose not to.
5. Faith and love are beliefs in something more than we can know.
6. Bellevue, WA… cool city!
7. Moose = Canadian forest donkey… except dumber 🙂
8. I want to learn to dance again.
9. Every person in my life makes me happy. Some when they enter and some when they leave 🙂