Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Unlimited first downs

My take on HP is:

Grace is a gift.

We don't have to earn it.

You can't get 'extra brownie points'.

We all get the same quantity of Grace

Jesus doesn't take off points for past

The only one who does that is US
it's a self inflicted wound.

The total amount of resources Jesus
made available to us at 9 months old,
was still there at 29 years old and
will still be there at 69 years of age.

He doesn't take off points for past failures...
it's a self inflicted wound to do that.

We basically get unlimited first downs.
Every time we take a breath, it's first and ten.

Even if we got sacked for a loss the last
50 or 500 times the ball was snapped.

David Bruce Jr.

Frederick MD

Assign Blame and Keep Score

that's what you're reduced to without functional boundaries

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Attract the Right People

Attract the Right People

You can't expect to draw people into your life who are kind, confident and generous if you're thinking and acting in cruel, weak and selfish ways. You must be what it is that you're seeking - that is, you need to put forth what you want to attract.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

LandOnYourFeetezine - 07/10/05 - "Avoid Burnout"

LandOnYourFeetezine - 07/10/05 - "Avoid Burnout": "How Your Mind Works

You can avoid career burnout, and reduce stress in all aspects of your life by realigning how you think, and what you think about. Let me explain!

Our thoughts create associations -- the immediate links we make between two ideas or things. (What do you associate with the word

  • work?
  • I bet it's not something positive!)

    Our associations, in turn, create our beliefs -- the things we accept as true. (What are your beliefs about your career? Are they empowering and positive?)

    Our beliefs create our behaviors -- how we automatically react to our environment and the events happening around us. (Are you completely reactive, or do you have control over how we act?)

    Our behaviors then create our habits -- our unconscious and predictable patterns of behavior caused by repetition. (Do you react the same way about your career?)

    And our habits create our future. (Don't YOU want to be the one to create your future?)"

    Saturday, July 02, 2005

    My Dad just died this morning of cancer

    We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in full.

    - Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French Novelist

    My father, David Bruce Sr., died this morning @ 8am

    I miss him already, I love you Dad

    He was 69, and died of prostate cancer

    Monday, June 27, 2005

    What is Chaos theory?

    What is Chaos theory?

    What is Chaos theory and what does it have to do with recovery from ACA/ ACOA Codependency issues?

    Ok, Ok... I'm really taking a shot at how God/ 12 step work uses the non rational/ non linear/ intuitive brain...

    Websters defines Chaos as:

    1. a state of utter confusion or disorder.
    2. any confused, disorderly mass.
    3. the infinity of space or formless matter supposed to have preceded the
    creation of the universe.
    4. the nonlinear, deterministic behavior of certain systems, as the appearance
    of strange attractors or fractal structure in graphical representations of a
    system's evolution.

    5. the discipline that studies such behavior.
    Webster's Universal College Dictionary. New York: Random House,
    Inc. 1997.

    Thursday, June 16, 2005

    Mark of the Beast

    Commentary on Living with Stigma

    No, this article has nothing to do with fundamentalism or
    doomsday prophecies. I do, however, think "the Beast" is an
    apt description of mental illness and we, ourselves, are
    beasts of burden who must bear the weight of the suffering
    it causes.

    Whether there is a mark upon us literally as with the young
    author of Label Maker, who must wear a Medic-Alert bracelet
    with the words MANIC DEPRESSIVE engraved on it, or simply
    scars upon our psyches, we live with the stigma of it
    everyday. People with mental illness are called "nuts",
    "crazy", "cuckoo", "not playing with a full deck", the list
    goes on and on. There is a stereotype of those with mental
    illness as behaving in bizarre ways, being unkempt and
    dirty, and being dangerous to be around. Those with
    depression are often further labeled as "lazy" or


    Sunday, June 12, 2005

    The intuitive mind...

    "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.

    We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

    -Albert Einstein

    Self Esteem Takes Too Long

    Sunday, February 27, 2005

    How would you know if God is talking to you?

    Today's thought is:


    The first time I heard about meditation, it sounded like a
    foreign concept to me. I could understand prayer -- that
    was talking to God. It made sense. But people said
    meditation was important too. Someone told me, "That's when
    you're being quiet, so God can talk to you."

    Over the years, I've been exposed to different kinds of
    meditation. There's walking meditation, reading out of a
    meditation book, and meditation where we sit on the floor
    with our legs crossed and eyes closed while chanting om.

    I still feel intimidated when other people ask me about
    meditation. It's one of those things I don't feel I do
    enough, and when I do, I have a lingering sense that I'm
    not doing it right. But if you ask me whether I try to
    spend time quieting myself, getting centered, becoming
    relieved of my own tiresome, worrisome, obsessive thoughts
    each day, the answer is absolutely yes.

    I started my meditation practice by reading daily out of a
    little black book called Twenty-Four Hours a Day. After
    spending several years with that, I switched to God

    As time went on, I began to study different, more
    formalized practices. The martial art I study, aikido, is
    considered a walking and moving meditation. It's also
    considered a spiritual martial art. Meditation practice is
    part of training. As a result of that art, I learned to sit
    on the floor, with legs crossed and eyes shut, and be quiet
    for a while. In the beginning, five minutes was about my
    limit fro sitting still. After that, I'd start opening my
    eyes and peeking around the room to see what other people
    were doing.

    Later on, I added yoga to my repertoire of meditative
    practices. It's a workout, but it's also
    spiritually-centering and includes meditation. I was
    intimidated for years about trying yoga. It was another one
    of those things I was certain I couldn't do well enough. I
    thought it was one of those things for other people, but
    not for me. Eventually I found myself in a class. I found
    people of all age groups stretching, trying to hold poses,
    doing the best they could.

    I've sat in the pyramids of Egypt and meditated. I've sat
    next to the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee with eyes
    closed, trying to be quiet. I've sat next to the sacred
    Mount Kailesh in Tibet, cross-legged, eyes closed, holding
    the pose for almost an hour. Sometimes when I close my
    eyes. I pray. Sometimes I try to focus on a meditative
    thought. Usually I try to focus on breathing and being as
    still as I can.

    I'm not sure that it matters where or how we meditate, or
    whether we cross our legs, chant om, or read an idea out of
    a book. The important idea with meditation is this: Be
    still so we can hear God

    52 Weeks of Conscious Contact: Meditations for Connecting with God, Self and Others
    52 Weeks of Conscious Contact: Meditations for Connecting with God, Self and Others