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Saturday, August 07, 2010

What would you do..

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Or even if you were pretty sure you would fail?

Be bold.

Do it anyway.

All Things Possible,


  • At 9:53 AM, August 10, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good post Chris,
    I'd have to say that I'm doing just what you say these days myself! Sometimes life has a way of pushing you in the direction you need to go, whether you like it or not - so go anyway.


  • At 10:00 AM, August 12, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    OK, I'm not a tree hugger but if I could not fail, I would say clean up the Gulf Coast.


  • At 8:18 AM, August 13, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There are often times in ones life where the odds seem stacked against that individual. Today was one of those days for me. I knew it was going to be an uphill battle from the start and the main task of the day was going to be very difficult indeed. It is times like these where one must dig deep within themselves so that they can persevere and succeed. So with that knowledge, I set about the task that lay before me. Summonsing all that I had and with repeated attempts....I got out of bed! Mission accomplished....

  • At 8:53 AM, August 13, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Life has been hard as of late. I was worried it was like that for all. I see it is pushing you Dave, which could also be good. Then I read yours Tim and think oh no what happened... but I'm so relieved that you made it out of bed. Love it! If only that was our hardest challenge.


  • At 7:06 AM, August 14, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi everyone, it seems the theme so far is, to feel the fear and do it anyway. I agree, Dave. Life pushes you where you need to go. And you may as well not go kicking and screaming, but hope to go with the flow. Easier said than done. It's why we need ATP.

    As Tim reminds us, with a sense of humor, often just having the courage to get up out of bed and get moving is the greatest challenge. Another reason for ATP. Especially on these HOT, HUMID, LAZY, HAZY, STORMY DAYS we are having here in the midwest. I know, soon we will be talking snow.

    Tanya, I am a tree hugger (in the sense that I love to be around trees). Wishing you well through all your challenges. Love your forum posts. And wishing you Blessings of ATB and ATP:)

    You will all laugh, but if money were no object, and I knew I could not fail, I'd build a fantastic treehouse in one of my favorite trees in our yard. You see those beautiful treehouse projects in lots of magazines now. I'm serious. I would love to have a tree house where I can go up and write and think and conjure up ways to help solve the world's problems. It's actually on my Wish List! There are many others, but that's the FUN one I can tell you:)

    All Things Beautiful for August...a blog just reminded me the year is two-thirds over...and what have we done, it asks. And also reminding that the first decade of the new millennium is soon a happy memory;) I, for one, have sure learned a lot during this decade! Hugs 2U, Sue

  • At 7:03 PM, August 14, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks Syfy for rerunning The Land That Time Forgot. Best 15 minutes of a movie ever.


  • At 7:54 PM, August 15, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tanya, I'm sorry to read that life has been hard for you lately...sometimes it seems that the hard spells go on much longer than the good times, but you need to push through them to get to the good times again.

    I saw that Syfy had Land on, but alas, I found out about 25 minutes after it started and Chris (spoiler alert!)had already been carried off to parts unknown. Oh well, maybe I'll catch him next time!


  • At 2:24 PM, August 16, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I saw that Syfy was running "Land" again so I watched but alas, Stack gets nailed once again so the ending was the same. Oh well, maybe next time........

    Hey Sue, the weather broke and it is just about as pleasant as can be. Who would have thought that 80(f) would feel "cold"


  • At 6:43 AM, August 17, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Greetings Dave, thank you as always for your kinds words. I'm waiting for those good times! Tim it would feel good to be cold at 80. It hasn't been under 100 here in Vegas for sometime.


  • At 9:01 AM, August 17, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Tanya, Tim, Dave and everyone who hasn't posted yet :)....

    wishing you all ATB/P/D during these uncertain times...especially the dreamable...hang on to your dreams!

    It's great to be able to come here to the forum, for a little bit of love, light and laughter. I put it that way, because those are the things that get us through the dark times. And, the forum family has brought so much of those qualities to my life. So, this is a thank you to Chris for that.

    As Ute remarked on Facebook (in case anyone missed it) a photo posting made her think: "Watch out for that tree!" (Hope she will fill in the blanks here on the forum).

    But that could be a metaphor for being here on Chris' forum. Yes, watch out for that tree. Because you're going to get smacked in the face when you're least expecting it. But the places you'll discover beyond the tree of ATP are amazing. You just need to find the tools to take you there...this place being one of them:)

    Despite the difficulties, keeping a sense of humor is really important, I believe, to getting past them and learning from them.

    I haven't seen LTTF on TV, but we have it right here, so anytime I want, I can enjoy that 15 minutes of Stack. I guess we all here (in case any influential folks are tuning in) agree that it would be FUN if Stack did come back!:)

    Actually, it would be fun to be able to view a new Watch Out For That Tree film with a mature GOTJ3 back...after all Indiana Jones came back, and back...and people loved it. OK...I'm rambling on, but I'm hoping to make you all lighten up and laugh a little today. I think that was the beauty of GOTJ2. Laughter, I really do believe, is the best medicine.

    Right now, I'm glad, Tanya, that it is only 85 and not humid, yet! I hear, Tim that it is to gear up again this weekend. Yes, it seems strange to call 80 cold, but 100 I remember from a summer in Texas and
    the frying an egg on the sidewalk seemed for real! Dave, keep us posted on your film adventures and best wishes for your career transformation:)

    Wishing you all light in the corners of your dark times...and look forward to some thoughts from Chris. What keeps you going in the dark times? What advice would you give from your own black-hole-experiences? How do you keep ATP going? :)

    Sending blessings (with this Sue-nami wave) and ATP wishes:) Sue

  • At 6:36 PM, August 18, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Well folks, wish me luck. Tomorrow I undergo emergency eye surgery to try and reattach my retina in my left eye that decided during the last week to become detached from where ever it is retinas attach to. The game plan is to try and save what eye site I currently have in that eye (not much). This all came about very suddenly but the warning signs were there a few weeks ago so if you ever start to see "flashes of light" go see your eye doctor. Wish I could crack a joke about this and given enough time I would but I'll save that for post surgical recovery.

    "See" you soon (joke!) :-)


  • At 7:23 PM, August 18, 2010 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    WOW - Good Luck Tim!! I'll be sending you warm thoughts!

    All Things Possible!

  • At 7:38 PM, August 18, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Of all the positive thinking vibes I tried to send, in this case the best are prayers for the best possible outcome and sending big hugs. Everyone seems to be having such life challenges this summer. Words don't suffice, really, when it comes to things like this. I hope it helps to know that we are all thinking of you and visualizing you healed and well, and that the surgery will be successful tomorrow. Thanks for posting, so we can keep you in our prayers. Sending you blessings for a peaceful heart throughout this experience. Please keep us posted. My eye doctor talked to me about something like that, so I am ultra sensitive to the subject
    All I wrote sounds like just a lot of words when you are facing such things. But you still have your sense of humor. That will help to see you through. We sure do pray that you will "see" us soon, and may we SEE you:) Heart hugs 2U and to your doctor, too...Sue

  • At 7:42 PM, August 18, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ditto what Chris said for me Tim. I hope everything goes well - good luck!


  • At 9:18 AM, August 19, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tim, my prayers are with you.


  • At 9:22 AM, August 19, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    ‎"We're somewhere between Heaven and Earth," she said. "I thought you knew that already." From The Barn Dance

    Hi all,
    that was a James Twyman post on Facebook this morning. I know the forum family will smile. Wishing ATB/P/D for BTSATS :)

    And continued blessings and prayers to Tim from Michigan...Sue

  • At 4:40 PM, August 19, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi dear forum family!

    I loved all your comments here! Great post, thoughts, input Chris!

    Warm, positive thoughts, lot of luck to you Tim! Hope the eye surgery went very well!

    All of us, everyone more or less went or goes through challenges or even very tough times. A hug with lot of strenght, awareness, love, support, best of luck everyone! Take care!


  • At 2:10 PM, August 21, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey everyone, thanks for the well wishes. I wish I had something to report but I really don't other than the fact that I underwent a procedure Thursday. Worst part of that is they do not knock you out for this type of thing so I was awake even when they stuck the needle into the center of my eye. Thankfully I felt nothing other than pressure. I have to lay on my left side for 5 days which really sucks. At first it was no problem as I would just sleep. Now I do not want to sleep so I have managed to prop my laptop in a fashion that I can surf the net (love my wireless mouse). I can see day light out of my left eye but things are still blurry and I won't know if I will need any further surgery until Monday. Until that time I will lay and follow doctors orders. Thanks again for you thoughts.

  • At 8:10 PM, August 21, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Still praying for you Tim!!!


  • At 10:26 PM, August 21, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    I was thinking of you just before I saw the post come in. Was working on a newsletter for my creative spirit folks and had found a neat link about Power Naps. I've always believed in them. And wished I could have benefited from them when I was in the newspaper office...Then, when I saw your post, I had to make a comparison, of course. That being that you are one long Power Nap! Sleep is restorative, so praying you can sleep as much as possible. A good time to dream and perhaps get some insights. Keeping you in my prayers. ATP Power Napping:) and ATB Healing...Sue

  • At 12:43 AM, August 22, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Recover soon Tim!

    Even if you know you are going to fail, remember that you've tried your best. Just get back up and try again and again. It's better to know that you have done it, than not having done it at all.

    As a swimmer I have failed times and races more times than I can count. At times it felt like I was a failure. True, I did fail but it was never an option to give up completely.

    And remember, no matter how times you have failed, you've tried your best!


  • At 7:22 PM, August 23, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm glad that your are coping, even if you are uncomfortable. I'm sending you good thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery, too!


  • At 7:49 PM, August 23, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Monday...I can see, Tim, that Dave and I were thinking of you today. Continued prayers, keep your upbeat attitude (hopefully, knowing we are all here cheering you on, will bring a smile to your face). I was wishing I could find a cool music link for you. How are your dogs handling all this? They are so sensitive to our every moods and when things are different than usual. Keep thinking ATP:)

  • At 11:48 AM, August 24, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Dave, Sue and everyone. I have been using the phrase "it is what it is" a whole lot the last few days. The latest exam showed improvement so the potential of another surgery decreases as time goes by. I just must continue to be a good boy and follow Drs orders. I get to sit up and move around a little bit now but am on restricted running, heavy lifting, bending over or anything that may cause jarring or pressure to the eye. So basically I get to sit here for now. Time will tell how well I recover and how much vision comes back hence "it is what it is". The fact that I can see light is better than the 75% black out that I had.

    As for the dogs, they are doing OK. They don't get why they can't be around me but until everything heals up and the pain goes away I can not risk them jumping up or bumping me. They get to visit with me one at a time. They too will survive and we hopefully can get back to training.

    I will let everyone know what happens next. Until then, thanks again for all your support.


  • At 8:42 PM, August 24, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello Tim and forum family,
    Thanks for the update, and again I have to remark about your positive outlook about such a health challenge. I'd been trying to think of something you'd find uplifting, and maybe this will do. Also, maybe putting the link here will keep me on track with them. Meditation and really quieting myself down is always a challenge to me. But today I heard about Herbert Benson's new book Relaxation Revolution, and that inspired me to really make it a priority to work on my reactions to stress. Did you know even email and be a stress? Well, let's hope most of us don't consider the forum a stressful event:) Dr Benson says that even repeating a prayer or a few words over and over helps (as they do in many religious traditions). You can probably guess my favorite phrase to say over and over. Here's the link.
    There are 21 days of meditations and a special one on this page link.

    Love your dogs, trying to figure it all out. And prayers and blessings to you ongoing.

    Also, I'm sending blessings and hugs from across the pond. For some reason, when they've tried to post, it doesn't go through. So here are hugs from the forum Castlefest gals:) I hear they had a wonderful time.

    All things beautiful recovery:) Sue

  • At 9:03 PM, August 26, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Just a note to tell you all to picture this: I'm in the backyard today when I look up at the sound of a loud, low flying plane. A beautiful, bright yellow bi-plane whooshes over the house, and I'm lucky enough to be outside at that moment to see it. As you know, I'm always tuned in to signs that appear to me, and I had to share this most ATB/P a wonderful movie comes to mind! :) Tim, and everyone, hope that will make you smile;) Sue

  • At 6:53 AM, August 28, 2010 , Blogger Ufuk said...

    hi everyone,

    for some reason i wasn't able to access recent messages before.. now i can.. ( thank you Sue for the help)

    Tim, the main reason of my post is to wish you much good health and lots of good luck in recovery of your eye..

    looking forward to hearing your good news..

    i have to admit that having most of the forum family in facebook and ease of access there with many photos does reduce the focus on the forum.. but of course that doesn't mean we won't be here..this is home to come back where we all have met.. just trying to explain my absence :)

    something great happened as most of you know that i met with Jaschenka and Ute in Holland n a CastleFest something strongly recommend to all of you.. Angi did told me so and she couldn't be more right :)

    it was great to meet with my forum friends in person and we had a lot of fun in CF together..

    Dearest Chris, thanks to you for bringing us all together..

    hugs to all



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