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"Who Wants to Live Forever?"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 19 January 2018

Last Updated 19 January 2018

DESTINATION TOUGHMAN: 76 Days Until Race Day

 

 

There’s no time for us.

There’s no place for us.

What is this thing that builds our dreams

yet slips away from us?

 

Who wants to live forever?

Who wants to live forever?

 

There’s no chance for us.

It’s all decided for us.

This world has only one

sweet moment set aside for us

 

Who wants to live forever?

Who wants to live forever?

Oh oh…

 

Who dares to love forever?!!

Oh oh…

 

When love must die!

 

 

--Queen performing “Who Wants to Live Forever”

Movie clips from “Highlander”

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What if science discovered a way for you to possibly live forever? Here’s the proposition: Take the pill, one of two things will happen. You would die within seconds or you would live at your current age forever. What would you do? Would you take the risk?

 

My guess is that some people, especially as they got older, would be tempted to take it.   Not me. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of a worse hell than being stuck here, year after year, century after century, with everyone I loved already passed on. Can you?

 

I guess to sum it up, I don’t exactly know why we are here or for how long. But, I do know that the time we have is not a given, but a gift. At some point our bodies will give way, so we have the responsibility to use our limited time and talents wisely. It’s that sense of urgency to do something today that drives us to achieve. And, here’s the irony. We don’t even need the pill. That’s because we already do live forever! It’s just not here.

 


God Bless,

--Pat

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Letters From Your Father –

“Spirit is Your Powersource”


“And worry you should not. For my ally is the force.
And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it. Makes it grow.
Its energy surrounds us and binds us.

 

Luminous creatures are we, not this crude matter!

 

You must feel the force around you.
Between you, me, the tree, the rock.
Everywhere, yes!
Even between the land and the ship.”

 

 

Jim Henson as the voice of Yoda in “The Empire Strikes Back”

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Dear Girls:

 

Since beginning of recorded history, people have acknowledged the existence of a spiritual world. Across cultures there is the belief that there is something that transcends our time spent here.

 

Here’s the big problem. Although many believe in the presence of Spirit, it is something that is best experienced. What typically happens next is that individuals attempt to create meaning of these experiences with their thoughts. Finally, these thoughts are then translated into words that at best can provide only partial understanding to a reader.

 

So why write to you about this topic? Well, instead of writing about what Spirit is, I’ve decided to reinforce what you learned this year for how to access it. By putting what we discussed into writing, my hope is that it increases your ability to harness Spirit, not just as a moral compass, but as a power source. There may be many ways to access Spirit. I can only write about what works for me.

 

First, understand that your value, identity, power source, even life force does not come from this world. It comes from the Kingdom of God. All have the freedom to access this source of eternal life, but not all do. As an alternative, consider (just for the sake of simplicity) that the only other power source for those who live outside the kingdom is claiming the life force of other souls. The benefit for this group is they are their own gods who make their own rules. The drawback is when their life force is gone, it’s gone for eternity.

 

To gain access to this eternal power source from the Kingdom of God, one must first dedicate themselves to following the “rules.” In our faith, we know them as the 10 Commandments:

1.  I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me

2.  Thou shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain

3.  Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day

4.  Honor your father and your mother (parents)

5.  Thou shall not murder

6.  Thou shall not commit adultery

7.  Thou shall not steal

8.  Thou shall not bear false witness

9.  Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s wife (spouse)

10. Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

 

However, rules are only the beginning. To be a member of the Kingdom of God requires constant reflection and openness to lessons received through your conscience. To experience Spirit, I recommend starting each day with 5 questions for how to bring peace, focus, and a call to action into one’s life. Modify them to fit your own words and personality:

1.  Where is the hidden message that I have not seen yet?

2.  What do I have to be thankful for?

3.  Thinking through yesterday’s activities, which are the moments that really stick out in my mind?

4.  Which event is the most important one to resolve? Pick it and pray about it.

5.  Clear you head. Ask, “What actions am I going to take today to do good and become a better person?

 

There will be days that you will answer all 5 questions in sequence. There will be days where you will skip around. You may try to do this before you fall asleep and not get past question one. Don’t worry about any of that. Don’t keep score and feel like you failed if you miss a day. Just keep trying to build this into your life. If you sustain this you will experience Spirit that words cannot describe. Here are some of the “fruits” it will bring:
 

  • Love - undefeatable benevolence, unconquerable good will; to care about others more than self, to never give up, to be resolute in finding a way

 

  • Joy – not human based happiness that comes and goes, but a spirit given joy that flourishes best in hard times

 

  • Peace – a tranquility, a state of rest that comes only from seeking God; the opposite of chaos; to finally be together, whole, one

 

  • Patience – lenience, forbearance, fortitude; the ability to endure; a person who has the power to exercise vengeance but chooses restraint

 

  • Kindness – gentleness in dealing with others, benevolence, affability; acting for the good of people no matter what they do and not expecting anything in return

 

  • Goodness – moral excellence, virtue, uprightness of the heart and life

 

  • Faithfulness – trust in God, a spouse, a family member, a friend, and/or a cause; a “divine persuasion” received from God and not generated from humans

 

  • Gentleness – even-tempered, tranquil, unpretentious, passion under control, meekness, pardon’s injuries, corrects faults, rules their own spirit well

 

  • Self-Control – mastery over one’s behavior accomplished through and by the power of God; proceeding out from within oneself, but not by oneself

 

These “Fruits of the Spirit” provide you the extraordinary power source to endure through your most difficult moments. Depending on circumstance, the spiritual realm also provides your armor and your weapons. More on that in upcoming weeks…

 

Growing your connection with spirit and training for your purpose (last week’s note) is the key for reaching your potential. Think of the world we live in as a place, a vessel, even a playground. It is filled with beauty and danger, wonders and simple pleasures. However, it is not the Kingdom of God with the power of eternal spirit. That is somewhere else. Living here and being morally anchored there will help you avoid moral blind spots that secular thinkers just cannot see. Spirit is literally your “eternal life” coach.

 

When you need guidance, seek spirit through your 5 Q’s and prayer. It's the force that directs your moral compass and helps you find your way to the next destination.

 

Love You Forever,

--Dad

 

 

 

This Week in Training:

“You Are Not Alone!”

 

 

Hush now, don’t you cry

Wipe away the teardrop from your eye

You’re lying safe in bed

It was only a bad dream

Spinning in your head

Your mind tricked you to feel the pain

Of someone close to you leaving the game of life

So here it is, another chance

Wide awake you face the day

Your dream is over… or has it just begun?

 

There’s a place I like to hide

A doorway that I run through in the night

Relax child, you were there

But only didn’t realize and you were scared

It’s a place where you will learn

To face your fears, retrace the years

And ride the whims of your mind

Commanding in another world

Suddenly you hear and see

This magic new dimension

 

I – will be watching over you

I – am gonna help you see it through

I – will protect you in the night

I – am smiling next to you, in Silent Lucidity

 


Queensryche singing “Silent Lucidity”

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When kicking off my 2014 series of notes, I mentioned that my views would be wildly optimistic. Hopefully by reading the above it starts to explain why.

 

With all of the negativity around and even within us, I want to provide you some hope. My belief is that there are countless good souls on the other side, rooting for us to be our best. They want us to grow so when the time is right, we will be ready to join them. Most we have never met. But some have impacted us during our own lifetimes and are watching over us. They offer to help guide us, when called upon.

 

The great paradox is that our bodies are subject to all of the experiences of this world to include time yet the spirit within us is eternal and everlasting. We have the opportunity to experience both worlds simultaneously, if we choose.

 

Just something positive to think about as you go through this week’s training:

 

Monday:         Swim 10 x 100m; Run 40 min

Tuesday:       Bike 60 min; Run 30 min

Wednesday: Long Swim 2000m; Bike 1 hr 15 min

Thursday:     Swim Drills & 10 x 50m; Core strength training*

Friday:           Bike 1 hrs 30 min

Saturday:       Run 60 min

Sunday:        Pilates Stretch; Sports w/girls

 

*Core strength training includes chin-ups, push-ups, planks, rock wall climbing

**Stretch 30 min each day to “injury-proof” and avoid becoming “brittle”