Why Our Choice Counts (Part 2)

Previously in Part 1, we asked, “Does our choice count?” and reviewed insights and experiences many of history’s greatest minds and others of notable success wanted us to know. They wanted us to face life’s hurdles with confidence and awareness so we can make our life what we’ve imagined. In this segment, we revisit some of that material, to take a deeper look at making our journey life’s greatest adventure.

Remember Galileo telling us that if we will make the time to look back, we can connect the dots. If we will make it a standard practice to look at life as a learning and growing experience, we can find the value in the unexpected – even the disappointing, undesired, painful moments and setbacks we experience today. Through that practice, we get better and faster – more efficient at finding the gifts life gives us so we are better prepared and equipped to handle what comes our way.

The alternative is going through life experiencing our moments of acclaim or blame, but without gaining the full experience leading to our understanding, which arguably may have even been the reason for the experience. Therefore, we will likely experience it again and again until we understand. Perhaps you’ve already experienced one of those moments, and asked yourself “How many times must I learn this lesson?”

By looking back, connecting the dots, we understand Galileo’s comment that truths are easy to understand after we discover or experience them. Anyone can understand after the fact, it’s the discovering then rejecting them that’s difficult to move past. Furthermore, like everything, the more frequently we acknowledge and practice, the more familiar we are. And, the more we familiar we are, the quicker we realize the truth in his asking “Who would limit the mind, who would dare claim we know all there is to know?”

In other words, our senses deceive us. It’s all an illusion. Think of life as a deep immersion experience. Our choices shape how we experience our journey.

What does that mean? Imagine watching a movie; one that captives you, engages you. It’s as if you are in it. Are you the Character the role being portrayed? Or, are you the Actor portraying the role? How do you know?

What are you experiencing? Characters experience the script while Actors merely seem as if the script is real. The Actor is unattached to the script. Actors embody the script, focused on what they control: their thoughts, words and actions and regardless the action or script, play their lines as if it were real, knowing it’s not!

Regardless of the level you are playing, let go of attachment and participate, knowing we are accepted and loved. Invincible and timeless, we are discovering and experiencing God’s emerging.

Want more? Niels Bohr, a founding father of Quantum Theory, commented if you’re aware of Quantum Theory but not disturbed, you don’t understand it. Why? Science believes itself to be built on solid facts but as Buckminster Fuller said everything we learn in school as “obvious” becomes less and less so as you study the universe. There are no solids, no surfaces, no straight lines. Fuller encouraged us to not fight force(s), use them! How do we do that? That’s what LFT, this site is all about!

Last week, I included links to Choose and Can We Love It All, two songs encouraging, inspiring and guiding us in using force. Granted, the music is likely different than what you generally listen to. Ask yourself if you’re ready for a change? Acknowledge change is unfamiliar. Listen and see if the message doesn’t inspire and empower you!

Choose drives home the little steps. If we choose, we can make each day for loving or hating, for laughing or crying, for living or dying – it’s our choice. Only we CAN choose or NOT. Not choosing, leaving it to default, lets happenstance guide our life and who knows what you receive.

Is that what you want? Really?

Similar to the “Good Thing, Bad thing, Who Knows” story, how we choose sets the tone for what we experience. See the negative side? You can count on experiencing more bad things. Conversely, choosing to find the positive and feeling grateful, you’ll experience more good things. What I call My Life APP: Our Awareness drives our Perception, which frames our Projection.

Can We Love It All advocates and guides us to love completely: Ourselves, everyone and everything! Loving everything starts with acknowledging, accepting, forgiving and loving ourself. Then, we have more love to share and sharing multiplies. Similar to smiling. Smile at someone and they often smile back, while those who don’t – well, that’s their loss, not yours.

The song asks us: Can we love it all, love our failures. What? Why love our failures? So we can better love God. Consider, do you really think you can love what you haven’t seen when you refuse to love what you have seen? So, love yourself when acclaimed and when blamed. These messages position you to stay centered and surf the energy of life’s flow of love.

Isn’t that where you want to be?

Don’t accept anyone telling you your choice doesn’t count. Instead, recall Henry Ford and Einstein urging us to make our own choice knowing we are important and loved. Buckminster Fuller urged us, saying “Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.”

To be Continued

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Does Our Choice Count? (Part 1)

With all that is going on, it’s easy to overlook or forget that we – each of us – are important. What we do or don’t do – counts! Henry Ford and Einstein both wanted us to know that. Ford told us “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Einstein described it this way: “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” Think about it – if our choice didn’t make a material difference, how could it be our most important decision? Making a vital difference makes it so important!

The Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s tale, The Tale of Two Wolves describes it this way.

“One evening, an elderly Cherokee Brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said “My son, the battle is between ‘two wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is good. It is joy, peace love, hope serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins.”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one that you feed!”

The timeless insights and truths in this tale are clearly playing out today. One can look in any direction, even within, and see, feel and experience these insights creating peace, joy and hope or increasing anger, pain and destruction – depending upon whichever wolf you feed.

It’s easy, even reasonable, to question or doubt how the little negative things we do affects the big picture. Consider Buckminster Fuller’s insight, “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” Similarly, there is little, if anything, telling us there’s another way, a better way, awaiting us to choose it. It’s counterintuitive to even think that by our choosing differently, today’s disruptions can and will transform. Similarly, from caterpillar to butterfly, our life metamorphoses to that which we focus on. Our focus, the energy of our attention, feeds our wolf.

Similar to the Good thing, bad thing, who knows story in “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People,” this story illustrates it is our own perception leading us to the choice we make. Looking around at the anger, pain and disruption affecting, engulfing the world, I encourage you to ask yourself: Really – Is this the best I can do?

Then, feed that wolf, make those choices! Be inspired by Galileo encouraging us with “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them” and “Who would set a limit to the mind of man? Who would dare assert that we know all there is to be known?”

We live the story we tell ourselves. In “How You Can Write a New Story,” I review how to write ourselves a new story. It is our choice!

In “Life’s Greatest Adventure,” I shared how I use music to inspire and keep myself on track in Being the change I want to see.

To that end, I’m sharing Choose.

Though Carmen Moshier, my friend and mentor has departed this world, she produced her music to inspire and guide those receptive and she authorized me to introduce you to her music. Once you know her music you can find her on most streaming services.

I invite you to visit her website at or my website at for a full listing of her music, including links if you wish to listen or make a purchase.

Buckminster Fuller encouraged us with many insights, including these 2:
“I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely.”

Furthermore, if you are wondering how to change the world, Buckminster Fuller said: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Be the change you want to see, and you will have your new model.

Everything we can do we didn’t need to believe we could. We didn’t need to understand the principles of “how to” nor did we need to positively think our way through it.

We needed a model, encouragement, and to practice. Somethings took relentless practice, while some things came naturally with only a little or moderate practice. It all took practice.

Our models may be real or imagined; our encouragement may be external or internal, and our practice real or imagined. Regardless, “Build it and they will come!” Practice enough we can do it!

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Practicing

Imagine, if you were choosing a system to assist you learn a new skill, wouldn’t you want one with a proven track record for successful achievement?

What if I told you that you ARE familiar with such a system? A system that whatever you want to learn to do, you have already mastered how to do it. You have a proven 100% successful track record in using the system of practicing until you get it.

We’ve never met but I know you’re good at practicing. How do I know? Look at everything you can do! It all took practice. Some skills take a little practice, others a lot of practice and most fall somewhere in between the two. For most of us, learning to walk is the hardest thing we ever learn. Further, I think if we waited until we were adults, we’d still be crawling. Learning to walk takes that much practice.

The thing about practicing is that after we achieve our goal, we begin to take it for granted. We forget how difficult it was, how stressful and long it took us. The doubts and fears others often felt for us, watching our struggles. No, all that’s forgotten as we take it for granted. Then when something new comes up, we doubt our ability to learn it. Sometimes we give up just before mastering the new skill. Once we master the skill – we put our spin on it, making it ours.

It’s reasonable to wonder: If all I need to do is practice, then why are there things I practiced, practiced hard and long but I never could master, and I just quit? Why? You quit too soon or had a mistaken process.

Process includes identifying our objectives, the what and why we’re practicing. After all, there’s a difference between practicing quarterbacking and practicing being the starting quarterback. Not that one can’t practice being the starting quarterback, but that’s a different process, one we’re not addressing here. Here, we’re practicing achieving something within our control. LFT advocates focusing on what we can control, at best, what We Say – Think – Do. Sometimes, regrettably, we don’t always control those.

Picture this Star Wars’ scene: In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke found Yoda to learn the way of the Jedi. Luke crashed his X-wing fighter into a swamp, and Yoda instructed him to raise it out of the swamp. We see Luke working at it and we see it rise slightly, his buddy R2-D2 gets excited, makes electronic noises, distracting Luke and the X-wing falls back in the swamp.

Luke is frustrated and doubts himself. Yoda impatiently tells him to get it done. Luke says he is trying.

Yoda responds “No. Try not! Do or do not! There is no try!”

Luke feeling frustrated, gives up and says it can’t be done.

I worked with Yoda’s quote for a long time before I realized I had confused myself. I was using the word “Do” as though it was the word “Done.” Do is an action verb. Basically, “do” means practice. Do is not about the outcome. Do is exemplified in the old saying that life is about the journey, not the destination. Do is the journey; it’s the action of practicing. What we say, think, and do are the only things we can control.

I believe a better response for Luke would have been to acknowledge his effort, give himself credit, saying I’m getting there! and Yoda saying, Commit or Do not commit would be more appropriate, more easily understood, although it wouldn’t have had the same impact.

Committing to our intention or goal is within our control. The goal’s purpose is to set our direction. Then our next step is to invest in the process – follow-up by practicing our action plan while reminding ourselves “I’m getting there!”

1. Set your goal
2. Determine the process, your actions to achieve your goal
3. Put your goal aside
4. Invest in the process

Non-attachment, emotionally disconnecting goal achievement from our emotions is the surest way to enjoy our journey while moving towards our destination. Until we disconnect our emotions, we’re likely to experience mood swings.

We feel Life Rocks! when we achieve our goals but Life Sucks! when we don’t. As Descartes said, “Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.” When our emotions are connected to achievement, we set ourselves up for frequent disappointments, which in turn leads us to frustration, disappointment, and often giving up.

You’ve heard it said – life is about the journey, not the outcome. Our journey, our thoughts, words, and actions are within our control. The outcome is up to God. By investing in and focusing on our process, our journey, we set the stage for consistent positive experiences, which in turn, leads us in creating a chain of successes, building our self-confidence that fosters our enthusiasm, receptivity to new opportunities, and enjoyment of the experience itself.

It is how we can have our cake and eat it, too. A secret is to quit labeling things as “Good” or “Bad” thereby cutting our emotional connection between achieving something and working towards it. It’s not that we don’t have goals; we use them to set our direction. Our power and joy are in our journey towards our goals.

Everything we can do we didn’t need to believe we could; we didn’t need to understand the principles of, nor did we need to positive think our way through it.

We needed a model, encouragement and to practice. Learning to walk took relentless practice, while some things came naturally with only a little or moderate practice. Regardless, everything took practice. Our models may be real or imagined; our encouragement may be external or internal, and our practice real or imagined.

Descartes said, “If you would be a real seeker of truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” That’s what I did. A healthy skepticism is part and parcel in our natural progression; it is through discovering, doubting, and experiencing that we find truth. Doubt what I am describing but follow the steps and see for yourself. That’s what I did.

We can take practicing to higher level by tapping into the power of music to inspire, develop and make new connections. Furthermore, we have been encouraged by great minds to let music stir, guide, and energize us in journey.

Beethoven encouraging us to let music assist us in assimilating new ideas said, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual” and “Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind, but which mankind cannot comprehend.”

We are hardwired for happiness and music moves through our self-created walls and barriers, speaking to our heart so we feel and experience the happiness already within us. Music unites the concepts and the vision with us, motivating and sustaining us in our process.

At certain key points in songs, I frequently replace the artists’ words with my own words personalizing the songs and driving home the message I want to reinforce. Practice with it and see how it works for you.

Singing along with these songs repeatedly is almost magical. It’s as if it develops a protective aura around us, difficult for fear, uncertainty and doubt to break through as the music empowers our learning process; fostering our learning quicker and deeper.

As Henry Miller encouraged us, “One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”

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Perspective, Relative, and More

As you may imagine, there are standalone topics that we want and need to be aware of. Helpful or not, they make a difference in our journey to live the life we want. You will find these topics here, on Perspective, Relative and More.

Living a Life of Mindlessness IS Our Enemy!

You may ask what does that mean? Am I advocating avoiding mindless moments of relaxing, playing, and purposeful engaging 24/7? No! Making time and putting our energy into activities serving no purpose other than feeding our inner child can be time well spent. It plays an important role in living a productive happy and satisfying life and I’ll come back to that later in this post.

It’s reasonable to ask: Why do you have an enemy?

It’s reasonable to wonder “I thought LivingFullTilt.com is about acceptance, forgiveness and love, why do you want an enemy? And you’re right. LFT is about those things and it’s also about realizing what stands in your way of having it!

iResearchNet, defines mindlessness as “an inactive state of mind that is characterized by reliance on distinctions drawn in the past. When people are mindless, they are trapped in a rigid perspective, insensitive to the ways in which meaning changes depending on subtle changes in context.” In another words, when going through life mindlessly, we are caught in a maze, experiencing life as if it just happens to us; as if we have no choice or control, no chance of achieving our dreams. We see ourselves as weak, victims of fate. This is what I vowed to help everyone awaken from! Thus, I’ve declared that mindlessness IS our enemy!

But now, I’m focusing on clarifying what this site is about and what’s in it for you.

To make a long story short, I wasn’t bullied but I didn’t feel I fit in at grade school. I read Your Greatest Power by J. Martin Kohe, a book my dad liked and suggested I read. I was expecting to discover the secret to instant muscles so I could kick butt at school, but the book said the power to choose was my greatest power. I threw the book down in disgust, thinking I’d wasted my time. But the seed had been planted, my awareness was awakened. One day, walking home from school, I begin to wonder what I could do differently to fit in and feel accepted. It seemed the impossible dream. I wondered and wished every day and gradually began asking myself: How can I feel connected? How can we all feel connected? What do I need to do? I vowed to myself that the only way I was going to save myself was to save others. By that, I meant help each of us realize that each of us are more important and loved more than we know. This is a recurring theme, stated in different ways, with different examples and timeless quotes, because until we realize, accept, and assimilate this insight; it delays our accepting the powers, the gifts we’ve already been given.

Don’t take my word for it! The greatest minds, people of notable success and others have left us their messages urging us to find and accept ourselves for what we truly are.

Rumi told us: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Swami Vivekananda encouraged us, saying “All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”

Lucille Ball “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

Descartes guided us with “If you would be a real seeker of truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

I doubted and found out for myself, Living Full Tilt is worth the effort!

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Life’s Greatest Adventure

Do you wake up each morning with an ‘I own this!’ feeling alive with joy and gratitude, wondering “How does it get better than this?!”

If not, you’re missing what life’s all about!

The good news is if you’re receptive and ready to practice, you will experience more joy, peace, prosperity, happiness and unconditional love than you’ve ever imagined.

The bad news: it won’t happen in days, weeks or even months. It may be years, perhaps longer. But that’s okay. Think of it like taking a cruise to paradise. Yes, you’ll have a great time when you arrive, but the cruise is where it’s at. It is all about the journey!

This is Living Full Tilt (LFT)’s purpose. Sharing closely guarded secrets, timeless insights and new findings; revealing experiences supporting your growth, happiness and success, assisting you in seeing with new eyes while playing to your strengths. We call it LGA (Life’s Greatest Adventure)!

We ask our questions; brainstorm with others, who like us are on LGA, and reframe our perspective so life clicks: Ahhh – I own this!

Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” I’m not asking you to believe. Everything we can do we didn’t need to first believe we could; we didn’t need to understand the principles of, nor did we need to positive think our way through it.

We needed a model, encouragement, and to practice until we knew it to the point where we put our spin on it thus making it ours!

We have not met but I know you’re good at practicing. How do I know? Look at everything you can do. Learning to walk took relentless practice, while some things came naturally with only a little practice and most things fall in between. Regardless, everything took practice.

Our models may be real or imagined; our encouragement may be external or internal; our practice real or imagined.
Descartes said, “If you would be a real seeker of truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” That’s what I did.

A healthy skepticism is part and parcel in our natural progression; it is through discovering, doubting and experiencing that we find truth. Doubt what I am describing but follow the steps and see for yourself. That’s what I did. My book Living Full Tilt, Celebrate Life describes my doubts, reveals my struggles and my successes.

I repeat: DOUBT what I am describing but follow the steps and see for yourself. I think you will be glad you did – just as I am grateful that I did. Practice what I am advocating and experience, as I have, something similar to this poem by Rumi.
“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain.

From this, I understand that What I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me; when it cannot attract me any more to go to it, it has to come to me.

There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.”

Which perspective appeals to you? To chase and run after what you want or to understand what you want – wants you. It is calling to you, coming to you when you are ready. How do you get ready? See the world with new eyes; eyes of Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude while practicing Loving Yourself Unconditionally.

Can You Visualize?

Like a sunburst, our joy, pride and love radiating from us penetrated through the walls of the delivery room as we held our son for the first time. We were proud parents, holding our child, our feelings were indescribable. Our child was magnificent!
I imagine this is a typical description for countless parents as they hold their newborn for the first time. Can you imagine what I’m describing? Have you experienced it yourself?

God goes by numerous names, including Father, The One, Source-Presence, The Universe, The Divine, “I Am” and unlimited cosmic consciousness. God doesn’t care what name we use.

My point is, whatever name you may call God, do you visualize or imagine God looking at you in this moment, each and every moment, feeling this way while thinking, “My child is magnificent!” Can you accept that when we make a mistake, God is smiling and thinking, “My child is growing!”

You and I, everyone, and everything are like the pieces of a puzzle God is putting together. The puzzle is emerging as our thoughts, words and actions give our piece its color, shape, texture and depth.

Imagine ourselves as sparks or facets of the Divine; we are Godstuff. God is expressing as us, experiencing through each facet or spark and emerging. Similar to how you and I emerge while journeying through our life’s experiences, God is emerging through this conduit: us.

I am inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s quote: “Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or that others are weak.”

The bottom line is you and I are loved more than we know; more important than we’ve realized because we are more than what we have been led to believe – we are Godstuff! Whatever we wish for is within our grasp.

Plato advised us: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything” also “Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”

We have been encouraged by great minds to tap into the power of music to inspire, develop and make new connections.
Beethoven encouraged us to let music assist us in assimilating new ideas, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual” and “Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.”

We are hardwired for happiness and music moves through our self-created walls and barriers, speaking to our heart so we feel and experience the happiness already within us. Music unites the concepts and the vision with us, motivating and sustaining us in our process.

At certain key points in songs, I frequently replace the artist’s words with my own words personalizing the song, putting my spin on it, driving home the message I want to assimilate. Practice with it and see how it works for you.

Singing along with these songs repeatedly is almost magical. It’s as if it develops a protective aura difficult for fear, uncertainty and doubt to break through as they speed up our learning process. They empower us in learning the material quicker and deeper.

As Henry Miller urged us, “One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”

I encourage you to see yourself in Life’s Greatest Adventure
Live Full Tilt so Life Tilts in Your Favor!

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