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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

My Favorite Tattoo

I've seen some pretty amazing tattoos in my time. Being a trained massage therapist as well, I have been privy to a great deal of amazing body art- and each work of art has a story behind it. Though I don't have any tattoos myself, I now can say I have a FAVORITE tattoo. My friend Jeanette, an inspiring being by all accounts, recently asked to share in my mantra and I couldn't be more honored. What a beautiful reminder!

Jeanette's Tattoo: All Things Possible

It's easy to forget that the future is not yet written. How many times do we all find ourselves focusing on our fears or anxiety of what is to come. Well those dark scenarios represent only a fraction of the limitless possibilities for what may happen next. By remembering that the next moment is an infinite spectrum of potentialities, we naturally allow our true optimistic nature to invite more hopeful possibilities. And in doing so, we typically choose a better future to aim for. That's empowering! And that optimism and empowerment generates a confidence that doesn't just change where we hope to go in the future - it changes how and who we are in this moment too!

Cool Tattoo, Jeanette!!! Thanks for the reminder!



  • At 8:16 PM, May 03, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I don't have any tattoos either, the idea of permanently adding something to my body has never appealed to me in any way (unless we're talking about fat - in which case I seem to have no problem with that). But, of the people I know who have gotten tattoos it seems they usually choose something that means a lot to them. Which makes sense since they'll have it for a very long time. So why not have something as empowering as Jeannette has done? Good for her.

    But, I think I'll keep my skin ink free!


  • At 6:09 PM, May 07, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello forum family,
    May you enjoy a beautiful Mother's Day, whether with family, or whatever you are doing...I'd like to extend best wishes to the ATP mom of our host, for passing along her possibility thinking so that we now can enjoy All Things Possible!

    Thanks for this great post about ATP and blessings to Jeannette for taking that remarkable ATP plunge of sharing it via a tattoo. Hope to hear more ATP stories, which surely will happen when folks ask about it!:)

    And, now, before the day is done, Dave, Happy Birthday from one forum fan to another:) Hope you had a good one today !

    ATB everyone:) Sue

  • At 2:24 PM, May 08, 2011 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi all!

    Best wishes to all the moms out there!

    Chris, thank you for these inspiring ATP messages through your post.

    Dave, hope you had a fantastic birthday and that all is well with all of you!

    Take care and all the best, everyone!


  • At 11:09 AM, May 16, 2011 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hello dear Forum Family.

    Thank you Chris, for sharing that tattoo story! I think having the 'ATP!' line inked on a body is a very powerful and honouring thing to have, not to mention inspiring. I've never been much into text tattoos myself, I'd rather go for a visual, but I can surely relate to a line like that. You must feel proud, Chris, and rightfully so.
    I agree that a tattoo should not be placed lightly, as it is normally there for life and in my opinion as much part of you as any other part. It's probably for that same reason that my own tattoo is still on the design desk and its not untill I am completely happy with it that I might eventually decide to actually get it. :) Till then, I can mention that there is a tattoo of mine walking this earth, be it on the other side of the globe. I had a request about two years ago from a lovely lady in Australia if she could have my Morrigan drawing as a tattoo. As she wanted to have it for all the right reasons and also understood the story behind the drawing I happily agreed. It came out great and you can see it here.
    All in all, I find the stories behind tattoos often more beautiful than the actual tattoo itself, perhaps.

    Okay, enough ink stories. I hope to get some fun drawing done during my upcoming vacation next week in Ireland, land of the Pixies! (Lots of treehugging, Sue)-That's all pencil, of course, no ink. ;)

    Have a great week, everyone.
    Be Inspired!

  • At 9:54 PM, May 17, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello everyone. Jaschenka, just saw your post. Can't wait to hear about your adventures and wish you the best of ATP in your "Brigadoon" :)
    I love the tattoo stories and the tree stories...hmmm...tattoos of trees? Probably there are some fantastic ones somewhere. Here I am talking about trees on the "Watch out for that tree" page! Look forward to the new art inspirations! Sue

  • At 9:55 PM, May 17, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello everyone. Jaschenka, just saw your post. Can't wait to hear about your adventures and wish you the best of ATP in your "Brigadoon" :)
    I love the tattoo stories and the tree stories...hmmm...tattoos of trees? Probably there are some fantastic ones somewhere. Here I am talking about trees on the "Watch out for that tree" page! Look forward to the new art inspirations! Sue

  • At 2:49 PM, May 19, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...


    Hope this finds you all well. With the school year at an end, things have been crazy. All Things Possible is a very powerful saying. I will try to keep that in mind.


  • At 7:07 PM, May 22, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello everyone...Tanya, you are so right. All Things Possible is powerful. The power in words. Keep on flying!

    I'm checking in, too, to wish Tim well. Have not heard in awhile...and always think of you when the storms are in the neighborhood;) The tornado weather is moving north and this Dorothy doesn't like it very much!

    Dave, hope the Wizard of Oz, speaking of Dorothy went well, and hope to hear an update!

    Thanks Alex, for all your excellent alerts in the extreme weather realm. Hoping for a calm ATB summer:) Sue

  • At 9:50 AM, May 24, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Testing; 1-2-3;....While mindlessly surfing the internet during a break at work(which is at a large zoo)--the only place I have access to a computer--(I don't have a cell phone either, and not much in the way of T. V. reception...), I blundered onto this website looking for fitness information/ideas, and found it to be so much more! After getting invited to join in by Mister Showerman, here's my first attempted post.....Don't know much about no tattoos, but I have a lot of SCARS with stories behind them! Howdy everyone, from Lane Batot(Zookeeper, total animal geek, modern-technology- challenged, Anthropology Major/Theatre Minor, past movie/T.V. Xtra, and all-around hungry guy--mostly hungry for a story, as Xhabbo the Bushman said...)

  • At 3:25 PM, May 25, 2011 , Blogger Tim said...

    Hi Everyone, greetings from the storm ravaged mid-west. Thankfully nothing but water here....and now mud. I can not imagine what those people who have been hit by all the tornadoes are going through. ATP that they will come through.

    Sue, Dave, I hope the storms miss Michigan and Sue, thanks for thinking about me on the front line.

    I have been on the roller coaster of life the last few weeks. I ended up having to have another emergency operation on my eye. In the course of two days I had lost all the sight out of the left one, the same one that I had dealt with last August. Currently have no usable sight other than light and dark. Movement can be seen if it is within a few inches of my face. This should improve over the next 8 weeks or so and if all goes according to plan, I should be able to see. Fingers crossed. If not, I will survive and life will go on. This is merely a bump in the road compared to what many people in the world are dealing with.

    No ink on me. I have thought about it numerous times but have never done it. I guess that means that it isn't for me. I have a co-worker who has some beautiful art work done and is getting more. He has spent a lot of money on them but they are very cool.

    Hope everyone stays safe. Well wishes to the foreign exchange members too.


  • At 4:26 PM, May 25, 2011 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hi Guys!! Thanks for all your comments. Welcome Lane! I think you'll find a very cool group of people in here.

    Tim, best of luck with your vision. You have a fantastic attitude about it!

    Thanks for the link to the tattoo pic you designed, Jaschenka!! That looks fantastic!

    Happy recent Birthdays to Dave and Sue. Hope you all had great celebrations, and continue to!

    Tanya, best of luck with the end of the school year! Yes, all things are possible!! You can do it!

    Alex, thank-you as always for your sunny outlook. Hope things are wonderful in Italy.

    All Things Possible,

  • At 5:35 AM, May 26, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Excellent! I actually posted a message on here! ATP! And the computer didn't even call me any names(it often calls me an "invalid"...) I have been exploring back through the archives, and I hope some of the past post subjects reemerge--I always have a lot of like stories to swap with folks! Don't worry about me rambling on for hours though(as I can in person--fair warning), as I am limited in my time on the computer, and the inevitable, eventual exhaustian of my right index finger.....And, man, Tim, good luck there buddy! Take it from someone who can never afford to go to modern doctors(some of those scars of mine can attest!), the body has an AMAZING ability to heal itself, given time....Lane B.

  • At 9:57 AM, May 26, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...


    Thank you for the well wishes Chris.

    Good to see more activity here.

    Welcome Lane!!! Understand scars, I have a couple of trapeze scars.

    Tim, my prayers are with you.

    Come fly with me! - Tanya

  • At 5:18 AM, May 27, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So, Tanya, do you work for a circus, and if so, which one?(If this has already been brought up in the past, sorry, I haven't bumped into it yet backreading in the archives....). I met a trapeze artist once; she worked for Ringling Brothers, if I remember right(it was many years ago). Although I only got to visit with her briefly, she made quite an impression on me, which I remember well after all these years(yet I can't remember her name!!!!) An incredibly cool person--but saying a trapeze artist is cool is sorta like saying a cheetah is fast, or an elephant is impressive....L.B.

  • At 10:23 AM, May 28, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Happy Memorial Weekend everyone...before the post changes, I wanted to say "Welcome"! to Lane, and already I love your sense of humor. you'll like this place very much:)

    A fantastic group of like-minded folks who are fans of All Things Possible and the person who started us on this adventure! Look forward to hearing more of your stories.

    Tanya, looking forward to updates on your trapeze adventures, as well! You always remind me to not be afraid of flying!

    Chris, thanks for the birthday wishes (where did that year go?!) and Tim, thanks for letting us know how you are doing. Keeping you in my prayers for a healthful recovery and getting you back to your ship-shape self! It was a long winter and cold wet spring here in the midwest. So hope summer will bring us many beautiful days and the storms will stay away:) Keep us posted on your eye, and hope also that your dogs and horses are doing fine this spring.

    The forum is livening up a bit, that's ATB (to Lane, that's All Things Beautiful, a take-off on ATP:)...Sue

  • At 4:15 PM, May 28, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Hi Lane, thanks for the interest.
    I have performed on the flying and double trapeze for over 10 years. I have performed for audiences such as Warner Bros., NASCAR, KQED, USAA, the Television Critics Association Press Tour, American Express, Bechtel, the California Kidsfaire, the Crucible's Fire Arts Festival, Circus Waldissima, Treasure Island, and the Boise River Festival. I just finished a flying and double trapeze music video for a novel/screenplay "House on Black Lake". Check out the pic at - Tanya

  • At 5:12 AM, June 01, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow, Tanya; sounds like you've done way more than run off to the circus!... You guys should get a laugh at what I watched this weekend--wanting to be able to converse knowledgably with subjects brought up on this website, I feel it is my responsibility to see some of the movies(other than just GOTJ-2!) Mister Showerman has been in--so I bought a couple of them cheapo(sorry...) from Amazon. "The Land That Time Forgot"(I am an old-tyme Edgar Rice Burroughs fan anyway!) and "Big Game". I watched "The Land That Time Forgot" first, and of course my reaction five minutes into the film was "NOOOOOOOoooooooooo!!!!". Well, Chris, you certainly were in great shape for the part, however brief! I'm sure the Pteranodon(and/or it's chicks) had a good meal.....Lane B.

  • At 2:54 PM, June 03, 2011 , Blogger Tim said...

    Some where down the line we here decided that, as you never see it in the movie, Chris didn't get eaten and that he will reappear in the sequel. We're just waiting........

  • At 7:10 AM, June 04, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey, Tim; I hadn't thought of that! I ASSUMED the fall had him kilt, and the Pteranodon was just cleaning up--but it is NOT beyond the realms of possibility! But speaking of(belated in my case) film discussion, I have now also seen "Big Game", and my reaction, again,(though MUCH later in the film, at least!) was, "NNNNOOOOOoooooooooo!!!!!" again! Dang-it, Chris, I'dda thaught yoo wooda lirnt summthin' uhbowt beeahn keerful win yoo wuz teeterin' uhround on kliffs frum that-thar Terry-dak-tull insident! An everboddy NOZE that woondid hi-skool kidz is way more danejiruss than inny flyin' lizerd kin bee!(sorry folks, fer the colloquial spellings--some of the characters in this movie reminded me a lot of some of my past neighbors! So I have lots of experince studying the local dialect....)--But seriously now(as much as I can ever be serious), I CANNOT IMAGINE a character more polar opposite from George-Of-The-Jungle than Luke in this movie! Excellent! Chris, were you really dippin' Skoal for this role? Yuck! That's dedication! Not a happy movie by any means--I really don't like this genera very much because having lived among characters not dissimilar, I do not need to go there during my entertainment time--doesn't hurt to remind one now and again as to what is out there, though, so as to be prepared....But give me dinosaurs as adversaries any day! I thought it was a very well done movie, though--all the main characters had realistic motivations and mostly(alas) believable behaviour--some really excellent acting, I thought, all around! But Chris, son, if you fall off another cliff in the next movie I see you in, I'm gonna have to sit you down and have a really basic discussion with you involving the force of GRAVITY......Lane B.

  • At 8:07 AM, June 04, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Tim, hope all is well and beautiful with your eyes. Look forward to an update. And, I agree, I do believe that was the consensus about that movie. We're waiting for him to appear in the sequel, or better yet, star, or better yet, make the movie.
    Kinda like GOTJ2. I remember my thought was the two Georges would meet as long lost brothers in a sequel. Just a thought. But at the time I thought it would be a fun movie with Chris and Brendan both in it:)
    Welcome, again, Lane...and thanks for livening things up here a bit!

  • At 1:21 PM, June 04, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I look forward to reading those posts eventually! I have knocked out all of 2005, and half of 2006 so far in the archives, so I'm slowly but surely(don't call me shirley) catching up! And I am REALLY enjoying reading all of them--this IS SUCH an amazing blog! It is frustrating having missed out on so much in regards to participating already! But I'm reckoning some of those same and like subjects will re-pop up in the future......I should be ASHAMED that I did not consider the possible survival of a Pteranodon attack--Tarzan actually DID survive getting carried off by one in the 13th novel in the original series by Edgar R. B.--"Tarzan At the Earth's Core"(where all manner of prehistoric critters still survived in the inner world of Pellucidar, and Tarzan joined an expedition to explore)--having read and reread these books since childhood, there really is no excuse for my lapse of imagination! And if Tarzan could survive such an incident, you KNOW George O. T. J. could--but he would make friends with the Pteranodon to boot, instead of knifing it!....And Sue--I actually mentioned a "George-Of-The-Jungle 3-D" sequel to Chris already, too(like minds!)--but instead of just two Georges, let's have 3(to tie-in the whole 3-D theme), perhaps from parallel universes that somehow collide(perhaps brought on by all 3 Georges colliding with a tree trunk simultaneously in time, and getting mixed up in each others' universes)--a popular character, slap-stick comedy, jungle adventure, and String Theory concepts--all in the same movie! What's not to like?....L.B.

  • At 11:26 PM, June 04, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...

    I love you Lane. Thanks so much for adding your comments! It's late and I have taken a sleeping pill, so I don't want to comment to much. So of course ATP with George #3. Tim and Sue, as always thanks for your wonderful insights. Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 4:32 PM, June 11, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Just checking in to see how everyone is. Getting ready to go camping. Summer is here.
    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 8:08 AM, June 14, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Howdy, folks--I wuz waitin' fer a new monthly post, but it looks like there might not be one this year for June, so with "newbie" enthusiasm still exuding from myself, I'll just stir the pot a bit and see if I can lengthen May 2011's comments somewhat more....several things; first, in continuing my self-education of all-things-Showerman, in order to be a qualified participant, I purchased yet another movie(very cheaply again--sorry...), this time "Sea Of Fear". My response? The same as all the others so far, of course, which is, yet again, "NNNNOOOOOOOooooooooo!!!!" Dang Chris, cain't leave you-un's unattended ANYWHERE! Cain't be trusted around cliffs, ner even onna boat! I can say, as a critique of the movie, that there were some great shots of Sperm whales and a White shark at the beginning! To satisfy me, all you have to do is throw in a few critters.......Lane Batot(to be continued....)

  • At 8:25 AM, June 14, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ...part deux....And I have been reading diligently(and somewhat diliroughly, I must admit) in the archives of the blog--I'm through 2007 so far. All I can say is WOW....What an incredibly special, positive, uplifting, inspirational 'Foreign Legion" kinda place to visit--I haven't encountered anything like it previously!! To be a proper Foreign Legion we MUST get some Francais participants in the future, however! My last name is of French origin, but I am a thourough Amurikin mongrel in reality(French/German/Scotch/ Irish/Swedish/ and Native American--that's Red Injun to those of you in Europe!)--and a Southern Hillbilly to the core--but you fellers need a token hillbilly on here(although in this politically correct era, we now prefer to be called "Southern Highland Americans"!;)) I think that will add some unique and hopefully FUN perspective! Not to mention I am also terribly Native American oriented, a practising Lycanthrope, a Zookeeper by trade, as well as an Animal-magnet in private and deeply feral woodsman, which should go hand-in-hand with the hillbilly part, but alas, in this modern era, often does not.....Lane B. again(to be continued some more...)

  • At 8:48 AM, June 14, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    .....Part Trois...and since we are into JUNE 2011 now, when(as I have learned in my archival research) a certain birthday is celebrated, I thought I might suggest an alternative date right afterwards that I always recognize and celebrate myself, and would love to get the government of the U. S. to recognize(but I ain't holdin' muh breth on that one), and, that is, June 25th, when in 1876(the Centennial year, no less) one of the greatest villians(in my humble opinion) in the American West got exactly what was coming to him by the very people who should have dished it out--yes, folks, I'm talking about recognizing "Little Bighorn Day" when Custer met his just(in my humble opinion) deserts from the Sioux and Cheyenne(a few Arapahoes participated as well...). I usually celebrate by rewatching one of my favorite movies, "Little Bigman" with Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, and Chief Dan George. Hoka Hey!(and as usual, the book by the same title by Thomas Berger is even better!) So that's TWO days to celebrate back-to-back in late June--hurry and get your DVD copy before it's too late!......Shunkaha Witko(that's Lane Batot to you guys...)

  • At 10:00 AM, June 15, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Just back from camping and I have lots to comment on, but I'm off to the gym, so I will post later. I needed to say "Lane your a werewolf!?!"
    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 10:23 AM, June 15, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ....oh, and uh Tanya; although you're probably already camping by now, you'll have to tell us where and how when you return--perhaps with an interesting bear anecdote or two?....L.B.

  • At 2:19 PM, June 15, 2011 , Blogger Tim said...

    Lane, you certainly are adding a spark of activity to this forum. Good for you. How does one practice being a werewolf?

    It should also be that the birthday you refer to is a "special" one. A mile stone if you will. A ticking of the proverbial biological clock. Thank God I have gone digital. I no longer have to listen to that obnoxious noise :-)

    Tanya, you're off to the gym. I am so jealous. That is on the banned activity list, as is nearly everything I enjoy doing. Camping sounds like fun though....minus the bears and ticks.

    Hope all is well with everyone

  • At 11:01 AM, June 16, 2011 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Guys,

    I'm getting a kick out of the fun conversations going on in here - and both Lane and Tim have come pretty close to key elements of the next topic to be posted very soon. (no, the next topic is not about werewolves.)

    Hope you're all having a fantastic week!

    All Things Possible,


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