Seabiscuit – American Horse Of The Year 1938

There is a distinct similarity between the lack of hope that existed in 1938 during the Great Depression, and the lack of hope that exists in the United States today. Back then, a horserace changed everything.

It was a match race between the undersized Thoroughbred Seabiscuit against the mighty thoroughbred War Admiral who was considered a shoo-in to win Triple Crown. by 4 gaping lengths. A great example that life sometimes seems like a horse race, where we always seem to be racing to our own finish line.

Seabiscuit didn’t look like much-small in stature, inauspicious, and the butt of stable jokes. He did however possess the heart of a champion that held the hope of the sea of humanity that watched the race that day at Pimlico from both sides of the track. Forty thousand hopeful Americans and millions all over the globe were glued to the radio.

This one event was the most electrifying and popular event in sports history in 1938, making it the most popular news story of that day ahead of FDR, Hitler, and Mussolini.

What happened at that racetrack that day was not supposed to happen. War Admiral, one of the quickest break-away horses of his day, was supposed to take the early lead and finish the race with Seabiscuit only getting a glimpse of Admiral’s hindquarters. Instead, it was Seabiscuit who took the early lead and when they were neck and neck in the home stretch, the famed jockey George Woolf took the lead knowing Seabiscuit would not yield his destiny.

He turned and looked back at the heavily War Admiral and coined the iconic phrase “so long Charlie”. Seabiscuit would not yield his destiny. It was his heart that took him across the finish line by four gaping lengths.

Seabiscuit secured the hope for all Americans that even a small person can overcome the odds and skepticism of the few, and find the heart and endurance to win the big race. Maybe today we will need another great horse race to bring us the hope we need because it seems a Presidential race will not foster the leadership that will lead us to the finish line as the immortal Seabiscuit did.

Today it seems more like a neck-and-neck “rat race”. 

Our own destiny will show if we are winners.

Happy Mothers Day!

Today, rather than a normal weekly post, i’d like to share a poem that a friend of mine wrote.

I would also like to wish all of the mothers out there a very Happy Mothers Day.

Mother’s Day Poem:

To mother: Families are like trees, with roots hidden from view, anchored by generations of knowledge

Fresh leaves reaching toward the blue

This is the cycle of life, and you are my mother

For your branches will continue growing, for the way there is no other

A mother’s journey continues, her loving roots deeply grounded below , Her nutrients are knowledge

Which eternally help the tree to grow

You may be unseen or forgotten, By the fruits flourishing far above

Your tears, wisdom and energy

Feeds the forest you love

This is only a small glimpse

Of how deep her roots bore

For a mother’s grace, nurturing and love

Continue for evermore

-Mark J Mossman

What is life’s purpose? – A perplexing question, with a simple answer.

Have you ever stopped to think about man’s significance in the universe or what it might take to claim your rightful role in life? You may ask.. Who am I? Where did I come from? How did I get here and what is my purpose?

Perplexing questions that we all need to find answers to.

The means to this end will only be met when we accept the profound explanations to these four salient questions of; origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. It’s essential that you seek the answers. If and when you arrive at the conclusions, you will find out that you knew the answer to life’s meaning all along.

Your life purpose is your contribution. True intention is about recognizing your own gifts and using them to contribute to the world, whether those gifts are playing beautiful music for others to enjoy.. helping friends solve problems, or simply bringing more joy into the lives of those around you. Then there will be no reason for doubt.

Each of us has a unique role in what we refer to as life.

It’s not an easy thing to find, but it’s not impossible. The trick is to do it. 

A Return to Extraordinary – “Taking back the simple life”

Spring is unfolding, and a new canvas is providing us with a colorful playground. People have smiles on their faces and their hearts are bursting with things to do. Children anxiously await their last day of school, to focus on a summer of bliss. The uniqueness of nature’s glory appears in neighborhoods.. along backcountry roads, and even to the furthermost outposts of America’s parks, fields, and forests.

Birds in flight bring colors that remind us of a need to spread peace, equality, and compassion across this land of unmatched beauty and all things that we hold dear. It’s a penchant for people to go for walks with renewed vigor in their step. Front porches are filled with people appearing as still-life paintings of those simple days gone by.

Here in the Northeast United States, a fervor of color and strong, sweet, heady scents fill the air. From Lilies of The Valley to Hyacinth and Lilac bushes, these fragrances burst in the air. Hills, valleys, and lake country offer a panorama of fortuitous wildflower fields. Garage doors are flung open revealing the tools of spring and summer’s delight, while left scattered in the yard at nighttime waiting to be embraced in the morning. People lie on the grass, eyes fixed on the cloud formations resembling a multitude of patterns, sometimes real, sometimes imaginary.. not taken by a smartphone but a smart mind. A full moon turns the night into a starry place of hopes and dreams. Our elders with faces filled with hard work, wisdom, and sophisticated beauty.  American soil filled with graves of patriots and loved ones longing for more visitors, each no longer with stories needed to be told.  Children not knowing yet that living in the moment is what matters most, now the ones who will carry the message of life’s most precious moments.

Spring is the heartbeat of love and hope while it renews our belief in ourselves and others.

Don’t miss your chance to “feel” it!

Light The World With Kindness – Accepting Autism

Spectrum – A condition that is not limited to a specific set of values, but one that can vary without steps across a continuum. Put another way, it’s something that keeps going, slowly changing over time, like us.. humans, and the four seasons. This month is Autism Acceptance Month.

If you have ever met one person with Autism, you’ve met Autism. Autistic people are wonderfully unique, and the challenges they face with their families are diverse.. these issues being particularly relevant during the current COVID-19 crisis. A pandemic that exposed and heightened glaring inequality around the world, at a time when our daily routine (that most of us find important) is upturned.

The world can be a scary place for everyone, but more so for those with autism. Knowing that they are accepted, they will lead fuller and more meaningful lives, as an integral part of society. We all have certain demands that need to be addressed on the other side of the spectrum. It’s time to celebrate, encourage, accept, and understand those who we assume to be “different”.

It will simply detonate any illusions, assumptions, and conclusions we’ve made about this extraordinary human condition. Let’s face it, we’re equal, we’re different, and we need one another. No one needs to be excluded. Spending time with someone with Autism will be a rare look inside the Autistic mind, and an entry into an entirely unknown world. By listening to their voice, we can understand its echoes and stretch our vision of what it means to be human.

It will astound you, ground you, and they will feel less alone.

“Connection” – Essentially Human

In a world full of disconnected, isolated, and fearful people, what could possibly be more gratifying than knowing how to form healthy relationships and establishing deeper connections?

First.. we must know who we are, believe in ourselves, and know where we want to lead. We need to have confidence in ourselves, in order to connect with others. We all know the comforting feeling when we are physically embraced. When we are told that we are loved, feeling heard, emotionally understood, and supported by another human being. We all want to know that someone cares. 

Human connection is an energy exchange between people who are paying attention to one another with the power to sustain deeper moments, inspire change, and build trust. Social connection is a feeling of closeness to others while belonging to a group that strengthens a core psychological need essential to being satisfied with your life. At the very root of most of our desires is a deep sense of love and belonging; an irresistible need of all people to understand themselves better.  Connection— It’s old, it’s new, it’s what’s happening!

Give it your all and you’ll never be alone.