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Don’t Quit….Never Give Up

Don't Quit....Never Give Up

Every once in awhile,  someone we know says something that catches our attention in a way that moves our soul. Today is one of those for me, and perhaps these thoughts and words from the heart of a fellow human being may touch yours; “Everywhere I turn, I see and hear people relaying messages of frustration and sadness. I currently have friends fighting the fight of their lives with cancer and other ailments. I have friends who are going through

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Are We On Information Overload?

Are We On Information Overload?

You want something and know what it is? You go get it. You need something but are unsure? You go “online.” You “google it.” You surf. You visit endless sites. You go on Facebook even. Your computer and cell phone browser histories are teeming with data. Pretty soon you’re in “information overload land”, lost in a sea of confusion more than ever, along with millions of others just like you. What is the secret to “happiness?” Is it money? Is

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Ted Williams – “The Man With The Golden Voice”

Ted Williams - "The Man With The Golden Voice"

He came bursting into our living rooms, on our computers, and on our cell phones. It was January, 2011, and a roving news reporter with a camera noticed a disheveled homeless man holding a sign asking for financial help. The sign included a hand-written statement advertising his radio voice. The reporter took a chance, gave the man some money, and asked him to give an example of his voice. He caught it all on camera. Today, than ONE video has

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Life is Simple ~ CHOICES

Life is Simple ~ CHOICES

Life is simple. When you wake up each day, think of this one. Attitude. Choices. Run with that! ~ Gusto If you’re having a tough day,  Read this..  LET IT REALLY SINK IN…….  THEN CHOOSE.  John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’ 

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You Can Too!

You Can Too!

“You can too!” The first 13 years of my life were fairly normal; a farm boy living in a small town doing the things farm boys do, working, playing, going to school, church, participating in sports. That ENDED shortly before my 14th birthday. As I looked down at my mother’s near lifeless body, which was force-ably ejected after a head-on collision with another vehicle, I knew right then the life I once loved was gone. I was the first one

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Facing Fear ~ The Hidden Enemy

Facing Fear ~ The Hidden Enemy

Who has not felt the cold clammy hand of fear grip one’s spirit and paralyze our actions mid step? Sometimes this happens right at the moment when we are on the very verge of accomplishing our greatest success! Foiled by the Enemy again! Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Most of us are enslaved by some kind of fear or the other. Like many of you, I have encountered fear

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The Joshua Tree – Part III – NEW Beginnings

The Joshua Tree - Part III - NEW Beginnings

Less than 24 hours after leaving San Diego, bound for the desert to clear my head and reconnect with the inner spirit guiding me there, I awoke at 5:30 a.m. It was February 26th, 2012, exactly one year to the day when I’d done the same thing. (A recap of that story may be read by clicking > HERE.) The room I’d rented for the night at the Best Western in Yucca Valley, CA. was less than a half-hour drive

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The Joshua Tree – Part II

The Joshua Tree - Part II

Disregarding my fatigue, “listening” to the silent voice inside that said “keep going”,  and seeing that the sun was about to set, I rushed into the Best Western where I was staying, quickly checked in, and asked the attendant if she had any brochures on Joshua Tree National Park. After all, I’d never been there and wanted to know more. Of course, she had oodles of information. To learn more yourself, Google anything associated with the Joshua Tree, or click

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The Joshua Tree – Part I

The Joshua Tree - Part I

Friday, February 24th, 2012. Awoke at 5 a.m., the usual time. Walked outside to get the morning paper in the driveway. It was still dark and as I opened the gate, I heard him, softly cooing not far away in the quiet neighborhood where I lived. It was a Mourning Dove. For reasons unknown, it suddenly occurred to me, this was the same dove I’d been hearing the day before and the weeks before that. Every day. But why did

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Life Happens. Be a Part of It.

Life Happens. Be a Part of It.

It seems that everything comes in a list format nowadays. “Wash, Rinse, and Repeat” or “Open box, Remove Contents, Try and Assemble”. Maybe it is because when we see things in a list format our brain interprets them as a set of instructions – rules that must be followed. The proliferation of articles, tips, and advice about happiness is astonishing. Everybody is coming up with the magic formula for finding happiness. I don’t know about you, but I need to

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The Trouble Tree

The Trouble Tree

Plant a Trouble Tree We all have storms come through our lives, but one thing is for sure—we have no right to make everyone else miserable with our own unhappiness. No need to rain on others’ parades. A simple story illustrates my point: The Trouble Tree The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw

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Habits Die Hard

Habits Die Hard

We are all creatures of habit and if you make good habits, good habits will make you. This wisdom has been around since ancient times. Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” The subconscious mind—the habitual mind—is over one million times more powerful than the conscious mind. This means that we spend a substantial amount of our lifetime on “autopilot,” playing out the mental programs that govern our behavior. For

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Welcome to the NEW Gusto Ramblings!

Welcome to the NEW Gusto Ramblings!

Hi! I’m excited to Welcome you to the NEW “Gusto Ramblings” website! Nearly 2 years ago, April 9th, 2010 to be exact, I awoke early one morning and a thought occurred to me; “You’ve got so much inside that you want to express, so many experiences you wish to share and the lessons you’ve gained from them, why not start your own website? A platform by which you might inspire others?” I had reached a point in my life that I

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“Carried Away….”

  This one’s been around awhile, and there’s some question to its origin or even its validity, but irrespective of that, it’s food for thought. Cherish your loved ones, even when times are bad, even when things are at their worst, for we never know what tomorrow may bring…. ~ Gusto When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly.

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The “Misfits” vs. The “Teflon” Peeps

Homeless Man at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, CA. – October 2011 Have you ever stopped and wondered, maybe some people are destined to walk through life alone, while others seem to always have an easier road to follow? The misfits, the square pegs in the round holes, the outcasts, they never seem to “fit in.” They may be successful, or they may have been successful at one point in their life. They’ve loved and lost, experienced tragedy, pain, or heart-breaking loss

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Freedom from Yourself

Freedom. What pops into your head when you hear that word? To live in a country where freedom to choose is defended at all costs? Freedom of speech? Freedom of religion? The freedom to go anywhere you want, to be anything you want? There’s more I’m sure, but here’s one of my unique definitions; “Freedom from yourself.” I’ll get to that in more detail in a minute. On December 9th, 2009, I set foot upon a beach near Encinitas, CA. in northern San

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Back On My Feet Again

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Change Starts From Within – YOU Have the Power!

Starting well over a year ago, people, both friends and casual acquaintances alike, began saying things such as, “The way you speak and write…it sounds like you’re a preacher or something.” Funny thing about that statement. I’ve heard it so many times I began to ask myself the same question. “Who am I and why do I come off like this?” It all started innocently enough. I began sharing some of my thoughts and what I’ve learned through this process

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“A Change Will Do You Good”

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“P L A U G E S”

“P L A U G E S”

I remember when I first thought of this acronym. It was about a year ago when I was encountering a lot of anger and resentments from family members about past issues. I could never remember the 7 deadly sins and this acronym helps me to remember them: “PLAUGES” = Pride, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Greed, Envy, and Sloth. I had to fudge on the U, substituting gluttony instead! When I think of those words though, there’s 2 more that I think

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An Awakening

I remember the first time I heard someone say, “I don’t know when it happened, where it happened, or even why. And I really don’t care to know. It just is and life just gets better and better every day.” I was attending an AA meeting in Liberal, KS. in the fall of 2008 when I first heard that. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. To me, they were just words. The gentleman who uttered these words

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People Who Inspire – Part II

I have a facebook friend who has someone in her life very very special. In the interests of privacy though, I will be using fictitious names with this story. It’s a story that gives me inspiration and it is my hope it does the same for you. First though, allow me to give you a little background on “Jane.” I became “friends” with Jane on facebook about a year ago. She was involved in threads with a mutual friend of

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Expectations & Serenity

One of the best things anyone should remember is that your serenity is inversely proportional to your expectations. The higher your expectations of other people are, chances are that your serenity will be lower. You can watch your serenity rise when you discard your expectations. But then “rights” try to move in, and they too can force your serenity level down. You have to discard your “rights”, as well as your expectations, by asking yourself, How important is it, really?

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Acceptance is The Answer

Acceptance is The Answer

This is what I do. This is what I mean by “ramblings”. It’s 4:30 a.m. PDT and I’ve just had a dream. I awaken and something “happens.” A word, a phrase, an event, something that triggers me to pull my sorry ass out of bed even though I know my body and mind needs more rest. But I don’t. I get up. And here I am. Recently, my daughter got into trouble back home in Tribune over a weekend when

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