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“Just make more…they will come around. All your problems will be solved with __________.”

Although I hate to admit it, I fell for the big lie.

I went in hook, line, and sinker and was willing to set everything aside in order to achieve what I had been promised was worth it. I sacrificed relationships, my health, and for a season, my family, and even my music.

I am not proud of it. At times I even get angry about it all over again, but what good will that do?

All I know is that I never want to be back there again.

Back then, I kept hearing the voice saying, “Just make more…they will come around. All your problems will be solved with __________.”

In my gut—the depth of my soul—I knew it was too good to be true, but there I was, cranking away for the next title, the next comma, and set of zeros.

Don’t get me wrong. I love nice things…really nice things.

But today, I understand the real price and have learned (am learning) how to make wiser decisions as a result.

Today, I understand that my career choice is important, but so is my health, my relationships, my spirituality, personal development, personal interests, and ultimately my life purpose.

Not in balance, but in harmony.

Right now, for example, my health is at the apex of those important facets of my life. I am willfully choosing to make that the most important in this season.

Finally understanding this concept was a game and life-changing revelation. That discovery took me off my self-imposed, perfectionist, “driven at the cost of everything else” treadmill.

And that shift has made all the difference.

When the crisis’ hit late last year, it was not the end of the world. Nor was it so devastating that we needed to scramble or panic. Both Susie and I simply looked at each other, hugged and held hands for a minute, and then said, “Okay, what do we need to do to get this passed and over with and back to full health?”

There was never anything other than a simple, singular focus.

So, I sat awake this morning at 4:15a, looking out the window at an enormous moon, I offered thanks and praise for the life, partner, and path I have been gifted with.

Life is not perfect—but it sure is so much fuller than ever before. In that, it is all about choices.

What is important, what is necessary, what is right, what is enough, and most importantly, what is just noise?

I pray you think about that.


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If life is a mess, upside down, or outright chaos, or even just sort of empty and unfulfilling, I pray you find that first foothold of peace to stand on. I would welcome a moment to visit if you think that might be helpful. I have learned a lot over the years. Not sharing that experience seems too wasteful.

Talk soon.

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