Danny’s World: There’s A Spirit of a Storm In My Soul


As I sat on the beach this morning and listened to the waves crash I couldn’t help but think of how far I’ve come since I started this blog.  There was a time when I was experiencing tremendous internal turmoil.  Basically, my insides were a raging dumpster fire.  I was so lost.  Sitting there I remembered this song that was once my anthem:

“Spirit Of A Storm” – Kenny Chesney

There’s a spirit of a storm in my soul
A restlessness that I can’t seem to tame
Thunder and lightning follow everywhere I go
There’s a spirit of a storm in my soul.
There’s a hurricane that’s raging through my blood
I can’t find a way to calm the sea
Maybe I’ll find someday the waters aren’t so rushed
Right now they’ve got the best of me
And oh, it’s been a long, long time
Since I had real peace of mind
So I’m just going to sit right here
In this old chair till this storm rolls by.
Oh, maybe it’s just the way I am
Maybe I won’t ever change
So I’m just going to sit right here
In this old chair and just soak up the rain.


There’s a spirit of a storm in my soul
Every time I think it’s gone away
Dark clouds gather, that old wind begins to blow
The sun’s going to shine someday I hope
There’s a spirit of a storm in my soul, in my soul.


Dear Dad,

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Yesterday was your birthday. You would have been 91, though you left us just shy of 87.

I spent most of the day not even thinking about you or what day it was. I was feeling rough but attributed it to physical factors, not emotional ones. Hubby didn’t realize what day it was until I put a rather cryptic note on Facebook about your birthday. He then thought that was the source of my poor health. I still wasn’t convinced you were affecting me in any way.

The truth is, Dad, I don’t know how I feel about you anymore. I know I have forgiven you for how hard you were on me and that is forever. I also know that in your last years you must have been fighting dementia, and it is my fault you weren’t diagnosed. I was afraid of you (I always was) and the others weren’t…

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Don’t Give Up

Sometimes a nice positive reminder is nice.  Not trying to be the guy handing out rainbows, chocolate chip cookies and puppies, but life isn’t always so awful either.  Chin up folk!

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10 Ways to Pull your Spirits Up when you are Extremely Low! :*

Begin to note the similarities in the advice on fighting depression or times when you are feeling a bit down. Change your environment, get outside, exercise…you cannot break the cycle if you continue the same old habits.

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Many times there are situations when people; no matter how close or how significant or insignificant they are for you, try to put you down, make you feel small and dejected. Depression and anxiety are the easiest escapes. People around you, tell you to stay positive and hang in there, but nobody tells what objectively one must do to fight such times.

But, to our rescue, there always are some tried ways in which we can pull our spirits up. Let us try a few to revitalize our souls in low times:

  1. Change your environment: A change in environment in times of depression and lowness is a good idea. It refreshes you and diverts the mind to a certain extent. Of course scars take a long time to heal, but changing environment is a step towards changing your life. Every one deserves a good life; a life of their own…

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2 Simple Tips When You are Feeling a Down Turn

I have been struggling with inspiration lately.  I am not eliminating the possibility that it comes at the same time that I have been experiencing a slight down turn in my health and mentality.  I have this “dips” occasionally as I ride the MS roller coaster.

I have only had this happen one other time back in February.  Instead of fight against it and force things, I have decided to take the Taoist approach and let the river waters wash me down stream and see what happens.  Too many times in life we fight, kick and scream as life drags us in the direction that life is headed.

images (1)I have been concerned lately with the pain in my hips.  A few years ago my neurologist put me on an aggressive round of solumedrol.  It followed an aggressive dose 6 months prior.  If you know anything about this evil steroid you know that too much of it can result in restricted blood flow to the hips, leaving the recipient in need of hip replacement surgery.

I wouldn’t be so concerned except the pain is waking me up at night.  I remember my shoulder doing the same thing and was remedied by surgery in 2009.  I don’t want to have surgery as it will cut it to our charity work and that is very important to me.

Through this ordeal I am seeing how important it is to give.  I cannot encourage you more to get outside of your corner of the world and find a way to give your time to change lives.

Sometimes it feels as though I am talking to no one and nobody is listening.  The only way we are going to change this world is by helping others.  The only way you are going to find fulfillment is through becoming a servant.  Humble yourself.

I have a friend of mine Katherine that I met through blogging.  We email back and forth a couple of times each month and it is nice to read of her progress as she lives her life cancer free!!  (hello Katherine!!).  She has helped me become a better blogger and gain better perspective as I learn and find my voice.  She reminded me this week of the importance of personal growth.

As we get older we become set in patterns.  We do the same things and rarely take on new experiences.  This limits our joy.  If you are experiencing and down turn in life I encourage you to do 2 things

  1. Take on a new activity.  It could be as simple as going to the park 3 times each week to walk.  Or it could be taking on a new hobby.  Whatever it is force yourself into a new life experience.
  2. Find an organization to go donate your time.  Working with people less fortunate will open your eyes, I promise.

In the end, life is about you leaving a mark.   What legacy will you leave behind?  What example are you setting for your family, kids, friends?

Just a thought for a Monday morning…

those few hours…

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“…the moment she walked inside the room I felt a strange connection, I looked towards the door, it was not that I knew her, it was only my first day in the city and besides I was standing in a room with people I had never met before. It was the inaugural party for Fetch Profits, they had recently started operations in Hyderabad, and I had been transferred from Mumbai to Hyderabad to help them out with the office setup and other official matters. Not being a big fan of office parties, socializing or drinking, I was found standing in one corner of the room, sipping on my glass of coke which I was holding in my hand for the last 10 minutes. There was loud music, people chatting (I wondered if they could even hear each other) others drinking like fish at the bar…and myself, well I was watching…

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In the Blink of An Eye the Life You Know Can Change Forever

In the blink of an eye the life you know can change forever.

I read a post last night on Alicia Keller Coaching that inspired this post.  Her challenge was to take inventory of how we spend our lives and how the trivial matters we waste energy on become insignificant if today were our last day alive.

It is human nature to take life for granted.  We live under the guise that everything is always going to be okay.  If not, we would be in a constant state of paranoia and fear.  That would not be healthy.  So our mind protects us as it always does.

The sad part of life is that someone, somewhere is getting a phone call right now that will change their life forever; not in a good way.  A husband is dying in a car accident as I type this.  Someone just took their last breath.  In the time it takes me In-the-blink-of-an-eye-everything-can-changeto type this post 10 women will have died from heart disease related problems.  Someone is leaving their home and will never return.  Somewhere in this world someone is hearing their name for the last time.

I understand we cannot live every moment in complete appreciation.  Some amount of time will slip past us without us being able to recall what we actually spent it doing.  But there are those moments.  The touch of a gentle fall breeze.  A certain smell from our past.  The sound of children playing.  The beauty of the mountainside.

Take those moments and guard them.  Cherish and protect them.  Appreciate and love them.

Love your family and live to show them how much they mean to you.  Don’t assume they know, tell them every day.  Be present in their company.  Pay attention to the details.  The way their brow crinkles when they’re mad.  The wrinkles from life’s experiences.  The way their eyes seem to change color for that split second the light changes.  The annoying laugh. Stare into someone’s eyes until they become invisible leaving only their soul to be seen.

In the blink of an eye the life you know can change forever.

Just a thought for a Monday morning…

Savoring a sunny day

You can practice associating emotions just as this post discusses. Emotions are a very powerful tool. And they don’t always just happen. They can be invoked! When you begin to use them in this manner you crank up a powerful weapon!

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What do you want your day to feel like? The question isn’t what do you have to do today, or what do you want to accomplish today — but how do you want it to feel as you are going about it? What emotion or sensation do you want as an evocation of your day?

I want my day to feel like sunshine.

How did I choose sunshine? I started my day with an on-line meditation from Amy Ippoliti. With a paper and pen nearby, the practice began with gratitude – what do you feel good about, grateful for, right now? The next few minutes were spent contemplating yesterday’s successes or positive moments. In each case, I meditated on the question, then wrote things down. And for the final step of the meditation, the question was, “What do you want your day to feel like?” Is it a feeling of joy, or fun, or ease?  Can you…

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How to make your dreams come true

We’ve been discussing emotions and how you can use them to propel yourself to victory. Usually fear is a great motivator and I love the line in this post…”Usually what we fear doing is actually what we need to do.” Let fear motivate you not discourage you!

Photography by Alexk

Everyone has dreams but not everybody is actually doing something about it and keeps finding excuses and postpone things. Have you ever said that this is not the right time to do or once you saved more money you will do it; you will travel once you are retired or you are not perfect enough to do so? I am pretty sure this sounds familiar to you. You know these are just excuses. The time will never be perfect to action on your dreams. What can you do to make your dreams come true?

First of all we need to set our goals. Without a clear goal nothing will happen. Write down your goals and make a list of things you want to achieve or dream of having. Maybe it is

  • one place to visit

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  • one thing to do daily and weekly

getting out and watching the waves getting out and watching the waves

  • one…

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Truth in all You do

How are you allowing your emotions to affect your life? Are they pushing you forward or keeping you down?

Personal Truth

There is no hiding from the truth, and you my friend, are the truth!

Stop wasting time with liars, cheats, malcontents and general nuts and find your own space, your own comfort zone in life!

Depression is the disappointment you feel about others. When you’re doing your own thing, life is a series of peaceful interactions, but when others that want to see you fail for their own ill advancement, life gets clogged like a stopped drain.

The only way to truly flow is to be with other people that love and respect you, and sincerely have your best interests in mind. Sadly, many time this excludes family members that use knowledge about your soft spots as leverage against you.

Find love, give love, be love, demand love!! Stop wasting time trying to fix broken people!

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