there are regrets in my life—

missed meetings and chances,

fortunes that could have been

gained, money squandered, but

the regret that haunts me the most

is I did not spend enough time-

gazing idly at the moon.

My life to some, and sometimes myself, looks like a long train wreck of mistakes, arguments, failed relationships, lost jobs, heart breaking disappointments, and the usual mess of life.   But in the middle of the mess are some incredibly amazing moments. The mess of life, the joy and the sadness, and the rest of life that falls between.  Joy is not a giddy state of perpetual happiness, joy is present and alive in the moment. It is a  Zen state,  present and awake NOW.   Not living in the past, not dreaming your life away, merely present to all that life offers.

In this book Celebrate Life, unabashedly I share some of my many failings, and the journey to making peace with those failings.  Failings and mistakes are not disasters, most times, and as awful as they appear they are a light that leads us on to perhaps a better choice.  Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

When people ask me, how are you? I say, in all sincerity, ‘If life gets any better, I’m going to have to give it a refund!”


Why did i choose a photo of Gandhi? Despite his inspirational and amazing transformational work, his life was a series of failures and set backs, and he persevered.

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