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I recently went on a company retreat.

It was exquisite and exactly what I needed.  We all need to get away once in a while:  Away from the hustle and bustle, the commute, the office, the job, the work, the race, and just take time to relax.  Our retreat was in a beach house and it couldn’t be more perfect.

We spent our days, talking, joking, singing together, dining, exploring, enjoying nature and even fitting in time for a steam and a massage at a spa.  Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend everyone do it at least once a year.

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Changes

Even though changes can be frightening.  Even though changes can be painful.  Even though changes are dreaded because they make us work harder than we usually work.  Even though we spend so much time and energy fighting change than if we would just let the changes happen, we find that if we accept change, things get better.

Change can mean the end of something good but it can also mean the beginning of something better.  I am going through many changes in my life right now both domestically and professionally and I find that if I am patient and let change happen, than the I soar high and the sky is the limit.

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I recently took a road trip with my son.

We drove together from Seattle down to Portland.  He drove all the way, in his car.  We listened to each other’s music, talked about everything from his job to my job, friends to career, to cars and girls.  It was a very rewarding time and we learned a great deal about each other.

We have been very close, my son and I, since the day he was born and he spent the first night in this world sleeping on my chest.  But as he has grown and become a young adult, we have found there are different things we both like.  Even though he is my mini me just as I was my father’s mini me, this trip solidified our closeness and gave us even more great memories together. I highly recommend each parent take a road trip with each of their children.

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Being part of something bigger than yourself

We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.  We want to be  included in a movement, claim membership in an active and worthwhile group, play on a championship team, work for a growing company that receives constant recognition.  All of these things are what get us out of bed in the morning and motivate us to achieve and succeed.

I have been blessed to be a part of all of these things in my life.  I continue to look for these challenges to make myself better by being part of something bigger than myself.  I am continually looking for new ideas, open to learning new things and remaining in a posture of moving onward and upward.

 

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Perspective

Life can often come down to perspective making all the difference. How w

e see things, how we see others, can be the deciding factor between success or failure, friendship or enmity, a lost opportunity or a friend for life.

This period in my life has been crazy busy. I am moving fast in my new job, recording albums, talking with agents and publishers, performing live,  writing books, running festivals and working with book cover artists.  Through this growth period I have been experimenting with altering perspectives and it is changing my life!

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Serenity by the sea

I have always found that traveling or walking beside the sea has given me peace and serenity.  Now in my life that I have so many challenges and so many exciting new opportunities, I have found returning to the sea to be stimulating, therapeutic and inspiring.

As I raise my teenager, play in a live band and record studio songs, pursue a new aspect of my job, continue as a professional sports official, publish a current book and begin writing a new one, write a new song and travel the world again, I find the sea is my constant companion and muse.

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Words and photos, copyright 2016 by Edward J. Edwards

 

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If you run with your mouth open…

…you are bound to catch some flies!

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