My Father Ron Tillett


My dad ripping hills with us at 60 something!

As a parent you realize how tough it is to be worthy of being looked up to. It’s not easy consistently being a great person. The kind of person others like to be around and people would strive to be like. In my role as a parent I have realized how challenging it is to always make the right decisions, to set a good example or inspire my children to be great. I am very fortunate to have had someone my father that I could constantly look up too like. Being a good role model to your children has got to be one of the most challenging things. Your family is not like the rest of the world they see you for who you are, they see you at your lowest. They are there as you struggle through life’s challenges and watch how you try and pick your self back up and get back in the game. I believe that anyone can be great when they are at the top. What makes a man a man, is how he deals with being at the bottom or facing challenges. We all go through tough times. Life changes, loosing jobs, health issues, relationship struggles are a part of life, everyone goes through these things. Some people let it get them down and others grab the bull by the horns take it head on. My father is the kind of man who always took the problem head on and just kicked its ass. I am so lucky to have worked side by side with my dad through out my life. He taught me how to work hard, he taught me skills and he taught me that I could do anything I put my mind too.

I am so lucky to have such a mentor, teacher and life coach like my father. He has always been there and always will. The lessons he has taught me make me who I am today. I am still a work in progress and someday I hope to be worthy of filling his shoes.

I love you dad, happy fathers day!

Your number one son!


Lyrics of the Week – Your My Best Friend


Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Ooo. you make me live
whatever this world can give to me
It’s you, you’re all I see
Ooo, you make me live now honey
Ooo, you make me live

You’re the best friend
that I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine
And I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
You’re my best friend

Ooo, you make me live

I’ve been wandering round
But I still come back to you
In rain or shine
You’ve stood by me girl
I’m happy, happy at home
You’re my best friend.

You’re the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I’ll never be lonely
You’re my only one
And I love
The things that you do
You’re my best friend

Ooo, you make me live.

I’m happy, happy at home
You’re my best friend
You’re my best friend
Ooo, you make me live
You, you’re my best friend.

Empty your mind…

i-heart-water“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~Bruce Lee

This is one of my favorite quotes by Bruce Lee. It is based on a basic Zen philosophy but it could be applied to any belief system. I guess that is the primes of the message. You can apply the above philosophy to anything you wish, religion, politics, people or of course martial arts.

I could shape the message of the quote to many things but my thoughts today have me thinking about people and our wonderful differences. These days it seems there is so much negativity around us it is often difficult to stay positive. An open mind is one way to change this. I believe it is also a healthy approach to life.  It starts by first recognizing and accepting the differences in others. Most of us believe what we believe because of the path we have walked. Everything we have experienced makes us who we are today. That said, the same with the people around you. We have not walked in their shoes and therefor, how can we completely understand why they believe the things they believe. First we must empty our minds allowing us to listen and look at them with an open mind free from judgment.  Now that is the empty your mind part.

The second part is the adaptive part. Let’s call this compassion. Everyone has had their own struggles in life, pains and hardships and lessons learned. These things make us who we are. If we look at others in this adaptive way we start to see they are more like us than we may initially thought. We are all going through life trying to find peace and happiness. We are all basically walking the same path. The path is life.

The last line of the quote is where we become powerful. Looking at others in this way will free you of hate, prejudice, greed and arrogance. I believe these flaws have the potential to destroy humanity and most of all keep you from becoming a better you!

Peace and love,


Seven Lovely Logic’s for a Peaceful Living

meditation-mountain-silhouetteI ran across this today on social media. My research did not reveal a specific source other than it is an Indian spiritual quote. I found it as part of a story of a traveler and an Indian wise man. In any case, whatever the source it is inspiring to me personally.



7 Logic’s
1.Make peace with your past so it doesn’t spoil your present.
2. What others think about you is none of your business.
3. Time heals almost everything, give the time, some time.
4. Don’t compare your life with other’s you have no idea what their journey is all about.
5. No one is a reason of your happiness except yourself.
6. Stop thinking too much its alright not to know all the answers.
7. Smile, you don’t own all the problems of world.

Lyrics of the week – All The Lonely People – The Beatles


homeless-feet homeless Homeless-2-Ian_Spence_large Homeless and cold Homeless childrenAh, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream,
Waits at the window wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

All the lonely people, where do they all come from?

All the lonely people, where do they all belong?

Father Mackenzie, writing the words to a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?


Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father Mackenzie,wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
(Ah, look at all the lonely people)
All the lonely people, where do they all belong?
(Ah, look at all the lonely people)

The song was written primarily by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. With a double string quartet arrangement by George Martin, and striking lyrics about loneliness. Even though I chose to show homeless people there are lonely people all around us. We may even work next to someone. Lets reach out to those who need friendship. It may be as simple as sharing a smile. Peace!


My one political post and warning (opinion)

I posted this on my Facebook page this morning and felt compelled to share it here. It started a great conversation.

People before politics. This polarization is the real problem today. We need to focus on love and compassion for each other. We need to come together people! As people as friends and as a community.I cannot believe the amount of hate!!! I am amazed at the posts, comments, rants FROM BOTH SIDES. Each side pointing at the other as if they are the stupid an enemy. (hating) This is extremely dangerous to us as a society. We better wake of from this or we are not going to like where we end up. STOP the hate!!! I think people are a little to comfortable on social media sometimes. There is NO single presidency that is solely responsible for the situation our country is in. We have been asleep at the wheel my friends.

I guarantee that you have people in your friends list that will vote differently than you. Facebook is not a newspaper or even a blog when you speak you’re speaking to your friends. When you say that this candidate is a stupid idiot. You are pointing at some of your friends. We are headed down a slippery slope here. We sit in our chairs and complain about political policies pointing our fingers at the other guy ( Insert political party name and our friends who vote that way) . It is wrong for us to think that just because we vote we are involved. This is absolutely not true, if we want to change things it happens in the community. If we want change it starts in your heart first then with people talking to people one-on-one. Then getting involved in our local schools, church, state, county city, local governments.

This is my opinion I express it to you my friends with love and compassion.


~ jeff