We were honored to work with Cactus Jack in this production. Larry Love on left, Cactus Jack center and Claudia Paredes on right
Eat and sleep when you can. Always have extra water with you. (In your home, car and on your person when walking). Focus on the most important things. Avoid toxic substances, people and get them out of your life as soon as possible. Perfect practice makes perfect. Don’t ever depend on anyone else to pack or take care of your stuff, ever. Say less and listen more. Write important items down and review them. Have a book with you in case you have to wait for long periods of time. Expect the unexpected and learn from it don’t complain when situations don’t turn out like you think they should have. Always be observant of who and what is in a room or place. Always clean your equipment so it will be ready when you need it to function. Always have a backup plan. Don’t ever just have one pen with you.
These are a few of the things I remember from my Military training. I strive to notice what others don’t, although I find myself being caught up in the norm of complacency, movies, TV and the busy life that ends up wasting my time. A doctor told me about a strange concept once called intuitive medicine, I won’t let it take the place of professional medical advice although it was interesting. He said many times your body will tell you what it needs if we will only listen to it. Example: When I eat too much cheese or the wrong type of cheese I get allot of flem so we can gauge the appropriate amount of things we eat so it won’t cause problems. All of us have heard “Moderation in all things” and I believe it.
People can be extreme with anything and then it can turn into an addiction. My definition of addiction is
“Anything that you do that causes negative consequences and you keep doing it anyway”
It could be spending too much time on any one thing which causes you to ignore your family or the important things in your life. I have seen friends spend so much time at the gym or watching sports that they began to loose their families, I have seen people become too religious or spend too much time on reading that their relationships suffer.
All too often people fall into addiction and then claim they are depressed. Real depression hits you when there is no cause for it otherwise it is not depression if there is a cause. If your mother dies you may say you are depressed which is incorrect because there is a cause for your sadness so it is not depression. Learning to deal with STUFF is important. Once a licensed therapist told one of my children “What does your inner therapist tell you?” they thought about it and answered and the response was actually quite insightful. We are now back to intuitive medicine listening to our own bodies or our inner therapist.
Strive to have balance in your life by looking at what is most important at different times of your life. For young people some of the legs of their four legged table that required you to have all four legs on the ground and supported might be the leg of Education, another leg may be Family and spiritual, another leg may be taking care of your body by eating and exercising and another leg may be emotional and mental support. Ignoring anyone of these legs can make the table fall. Often adults spend too much time at work and the other legs fall or they spend too much time away from family doing something else and they end up in divorce. I work with lots of people that place most of their important on their financial leg or work and money. They lack in their personal relationships and their lives are out of balance.
I have a friend and his legs are as follows: CHURCH – MUSIC – WORK – FAMILY
This is not a bad setup because this man is quite balanced and is very happy. He spends time serving others and has a great and healthy relationships with his friends and family. This friend of mine just finished medical school so he concentrated on EDUCATION for years and now he is taking a break and composing music.
When I was young my four legs were KARATE – MUSIC – SCHOOL – CHURCH and later I added girls to the mix which can be quite distracting. I am not saying we can only have four legs although I am saying that spending too much time on any leg can cause you to be off balance.
So the military affected me and I will hold on to those teachings for the rest of my life and recently I have been observing the lives of many people and trying to learn from watching them. I am so grateful for the life that I have and I am trying to put my life in order so it becomes balanced. Is your life balanced or do you need to make some changes?
Music and Script by Andres Paredes a Peruvian Composer. Collen McKnight directed the production and Daniel Tuutau played the part of the son and besides being the main soloist also directed the choir. At the last minute we had the privileged of being joined by Cactus Jack a well known vocalist from Australia.
If you missed the Stake Production you can view it on youtube at the link below.
This is me, do I look like a wise old man? This is from a recent production I was in. The beard is real if your wondering.
This production was put on by members of the LDS/Mormon Pioneer Stake with volunteer cast, crew, choir and dancers. The budget was very limited so we did not have money for a professional sound system or lighting. We had members of the church donate their time to build a stage extension which you can see in the Musical. Brother Harris and his family did most of the work on the Stage. He has one of his sons service a full time mission for the Church. These 18 year old boys and Sisters (a bit older) go on missions, pay for their missions, take time out of their education and work to serve the Lord for 18 months to 2 years.
Cast of the Prodigal Son Musical
A Stake is a group of Wards and Branches. A Ward a smaller unit of the LDS Church is made up of a few hundred people and a stake normally has around 6 wards. A branch is normally a bit smaller although not always. Branches normally are in remote areas of the world or here in Salt Lake City many branches are put together so people can hear the gospel in their own languages and serve as a transition until people can move into an English Ward.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as Mormons or LDS believe in God and his Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. Members of the Church believe Jesus visited the Americas after his resurrection as recorded in The Book of Mormon.
To learn more about the Church click on the link below or go to www.mormon.org
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What memories typically stay with us the longest or tend to be burned into our minds? Fun times as shown in the picture? Abuse or not so fun times? Regrets of things we have done that we should not have done? Memories of being with family when we go on trips to see the ocean, National Parks, major events in our lives such as baptisms, first communion, weddings,funerals, Christmas, music, special birthday parties, first kiss, first love, being scared, getting in accidents, Nature, Religious events, work events such as first jobs and other memories of work, parties, traveling, military service, voluntary service, TV shows as a child or even adult, memories of food, happy events, tragic events, deaths, births, memories of cars or motorcycles, hobbies that your parents had and included you in and the list goes on.
My first kiss was in the middle of a field where I was playing with my best friend Launie Sperry when I was 9 years old. (~1973) I don’t remember all the details but I remember the feelings, I remember her breath and how it felt. I felt safe in the middle of this field and so did she and we were just playing and I don’t remember why we kissed because there was no pressure to do anything like that at home and we did not see it in the movies and there was no internet so all I can say is it came naturally. I laugh when I think about it now, being 9 years old is so young. I talk to my children now about all sorts of things and in 1973 neither one of us was thinking about sex or anything to do with it. We kissed as innocently as could be and it did not ruin the friendship as it sometimes does to kiss.
Memories flood back to me at times for no reason at all or sometimes they are brought on by a taste or smell. Drinking out of the hose brings back childhood memories of how good that water seemed to taste. Now that I am 48 I sometimes forget things and it may be by choice. We take in so many stimuli at once that memories seem to be in layers made up of the location, smell, tastes, who was involved and our emotions at the time. Laying on my back up in the treehouse in our back yard and feeling the sun on my face, picking and eating the plums on top of the scalding garage and then jumping down only to repeat it again. Holding hands with Rochelle Richardson and feeling the energy run between you, just a simple touch yet so powerfull. I remember looking into Rorie Tafoya’s eyes and thinking that she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. Rorie never ended up being my girlfriend although I was more attracted to Hispanics,asians and girls of color than white girls. I can’t figure that out even now. I remember being inside Tammy Salazar’s house and not being able to understand anything yet I felt just fine being there with her. Once when I was sick Tammy brought me a record as a get well gift. Music is such a large part of my life and most of my memories are tied to music. I remember as a member of the Utah Youth Symphony playing at events all over Salt Lake City, I remember as a member of a National Wind Band playing all over Europe and the feelings I got after a concert once when a girl asked me for my autograph. I also remember locking eyes with a beautiful Belgian girl (Jose) and talking to her after and even writing letters to her. These connections created deep impressions within me. Jana Trinniman was one of my best friends in Jr High and we used to ride bikes together, sing together and we could talk about anything. I also glimpse memories long forgotten that I suppressed because I would pretend and go into my own little world as a child when my parents were yelling or better put when my Dad was yelling and drunk. I don’t remember much at all from Kindergarten,1st or Second grade, I have more memories of 3rd grade and up.
Tory Sheyn and Dazholi are in Cancun today, Kaneasha, Josh and Grandson Parker Hess are moving to Idaho tomorrow, Josue (Josh) Mejicanos lives in Orem in his own apartment and has two jobs but has other plans in the works for school and starting up a new business, Michelle is now working more hours and has plans to move out in two years and go to Long Beach to go to College and study physical therapy, Junior (Osmar) is in Guatemala till Aug 20th with Grandma playing soccer and being immersed in Spanish and we miss him quite a bit. (Michelle even misses him) Osmar has plans to be a lawyer when he gets older. Lizeth has been sick and gone to see the doctor twice in the last 2 months and now she is getting better. We even went to have acupuncture done to see if that would help.
I have been helping the City teach CERT courses two nights a week along with my full time job and part time job as a medical interpreter for Linguistica International. I am also a County delegate this year. I have been in 3 Choirs and lead two which has been really fun. We are still making gemstone necklaces and rosaries at home and we have them listed on our site above. I got the chance to help my brother in law Augie with a Safety training class with his new business and that was an eye opener. My mom has been in the Hospital and now is in a rehabilitation center to get her strength back after having a pacemaker put in and various complications.
I have kept up with the Saturday Karate classes although I am almost ready to end this session and start a new one up. When you don’t charge many times I feel the student take the lessons for granted by coming late and not practicing. This year I would like to clean up my house, work and life by getting rid of things I don’t use and spending more time with my family. I have also spent some time writing here and there about different topics. Some of those items are here on my blog and others are not. I am very proud of all my kids and the best part of father’s day was getting a hug and kiss from my wife and then having Michelle come up and hug me from behind while I was making breakfast.