I should probably still be in bed, ice pack on my head, hot chicken broth in a cup, ample supply of Kleenex and cough drops, battling whatever has taken up residence in my human carcass. Instead, I'm behind the mic per usual on Saturday mornings, with some thoughts about sticking a nasal swab so far up my nose, my frontal lobe got a cleaning, just to see if I have Cyrus The Virus, and how a few hours with an old friend, is a great reminder that health equals wealth...and that a little sunshine on my shoulders is a good thing.
Captain Jerry Coffee USN (Ret.) was one of the longest held POW's in Vietnam, and after captivity, used his experience to become better, not bitter. His bestselling book "Beyond Survival" has changed thousands of lives, and he spent the rest of his life lifting others up out of their self-imposed prisons. Jerry passed away in November of 2021, and I had the opportunity to attend his burial at Arlington-to be there when he was laid to rest- was a high honor.
When word reached me this past week, that a close cousin had passed, my mind began to look back at the times we had together, and the time he had to live his life. That in turn, had me recalling the Human Math concept, that is a non-linear approach to life expectancy and the importance of days, not years, when it comes to living life as if tomorrow is not promised-because the ultimate truth is- its not.
As "Earth Week" concludes, it's my annual deep dive into the unconscious human decisions that contribute to environmental challenges we all deal with in one way, shape or form. Add in a few "Earth Matters with Bill Kurtis" messages, and a couple of songs from John Denver, and you have the needed ingredients to make a world of difference.
After three restarts, I was finally able to get a full episode in, that includes elements from the giant comet heading towards earth, an evening with Fran Lebowitz and Rocky Mountain High being played by upon landing in Denver. Another eclectic outing off the Life 2.0 Podcast, that almost didn't happen.
For a long time in my lifetime, I was basically The Incredible Hulk, living in Chicago. It didn't take much to trip my trigger, light my fuse and before you can say "Lou Ferrigno" someone was going to pay the price for their infraction of my rules. Two specific events changed all that, and as I look back 40 years, I can see the transformation of anger into action for the greater good. I'm not who I used to be, and that's a good thing on many levels.
I'm in the process of converting my 2nd book-Every Moment Matters-into an audio version, and that had me reading chapters that I wrote over a decade ago, one of which recounts some magical moments on "The Corner," a sacred spot that young Cub fans waited for their heroes to stop and sign autographs. That then led me to coming across a conversation I had with the late, great Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo, back in 2008, on Oprah Radio, while producing The Dr. Oz Show. With spring training in full swing (pun intended) thought it was a good time to remember #10.
As one who has spent 50 years in the gym, I can affirm that those thousands of hours under the iron, have made me stronger, not weaker. It's a predictable result, based on the Kinesiology tenant of SAID (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands) that also has me pondering on how the very same concept can be used for building our faith muscle, with Spiritual Adaptation to Imposed Demands, and an inner strength, that only comes by pushing through the difficulties of life.
Webster's defines the Ripple Effect as "the continuing and spreading results of an event or action." It's the cause and effect of our lives, as splayed out in the headlines, and often overlooked in the lifelines. The Saturday Morning Rant is in full swing, as I make the case that a little good news can go a long way, and that the more things change, the more they stay the same, (until we change them) and it's all about common sense during uncommon times.
Stephanie Arnold knew she was going to die. She spent months preparing herself, her doctors and her loved ones...but no one believed her.
Then, moments after giving birth to her son, Stephanie died, just as she predicted. It happened exactly how she knew it would. What she didn’t know was that using her voice would save her life.
Stephanie is now an award-winning, international best-selling author, inspirational speaker and thought leader on a mission to help others realize that connecting with our sixth sense can not only enhance our lives, but can very well save them.
An incredible conversation about life and death, and how there is always more going on than meets the eye, and the importance of listening within.