117 – Thoughts

This is the show where I help YOU live longer, stronger, happier, healthier, and thinner. Let’s do it! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

I have been traveling and so I wanted to take some time and reflect on a few of my thoughts today in this episode. I am outside actually, like I have been in the past few episodes. I am going to Japan in a few days and so I dropped of my car to be fixed while I am away. It is a fairly long walk home. People ask me if they can pick me up and drive me home. But I always say no even though it’s winter. I just like to be outside and do my thing.

On this walk, I passed by a Royal Farms store. And for some reason, I really wanted a coffee although I rarely drink coffee. I just really wanted a plain cup of coffee. So I went in. I was about third in line and the cashier was having problems ringing up the lady in front of me. So I am waiting there patiently, but was wondering what was going on?! I was thinking it was really getting ridiculous. The guy in front of me was really nice. He was buying a bunch of stuff and was pretty much like “Hey, you know, it’s Christmas (I recorded this on Christmas day) and we should have some patience for her.” And he was totally right. So anyway, she finally finished ringing up the lady, and it got to me. And so she asked me if all that was it for me. So I replied, yes that was all for today and she said the coffee was on her. She said that I had waited in line so patiently and since it was Christmas she wanted me to take the coffee. I told her that was really kind of her. It reminded me that there are some really good people in the world. You never know what someone is going through. She was under pressure because there was some kind of transaction that she did not know how to do. And she just remained calm and apologized to everybody for taking so long. And you know there are some really kind people in the world. Instead of us getting anxious and upset and yelling, let’s just calm down and give people a break. Whoever it may be. Let’s just give them a break because you just never know what they’re feeling and most people are kind.

I am leaving for Japan in less than 24 hours from now. When you are listening to this, I will be on a plane or in Japan depending on when you listen to this. I am looking forward to a little more than two weeks spending time in Japan with my wife, Yoko, and my son, Evan and his new wife, Keria. It’s been on the calendar for almost two years now. It’s a combination of sightseeing, skiing, and having fun. In northern Japan, the island is Okido, you can’t even imagine how good the skiing is. And I am so excited to have my son Evan experience this. I just can’t wait to see the look on his face.

A little bit of a dilemma though. If you have been watching or listening to me, you know that my Dad has been ill. He is in a rehab facility now. He is still not out of the woods. He’s still not doing great at all and it could go bad at any time. I am just not surprise. I am praying and hoping for the best. And by the way, I really appreciate all of the messages and prayers and thoughts. It was so great. But yesterday when I was there visiting him, he was doing ok but as I was leaving he said to me, “Dave, Are you still going to Japan?”. I said yes dad, I will be leaving for Japan in a few days. I could tell that he was not really happy about that. He said, “You’re really going to Japan when I’m here?” I felt really bad. But on the other hand as much as I don’t want to leave him, this trip has been booked for four people, paid for, put on the calendar, and this was a very special post wedding gift that Yoko and I gave to Evan and Keria. So I am not planning to change that. I do feel bad that he wants me there but he will have my two brothers with him as well. But it’s a very difficult decision. Do you cancel everything you are doing so you can sit and visit with them? Life also has to go on. It’s a little bit of a tough situation.

I never put myself out there as the person who has the  perfect life but some people perceive it that way. I would never imply that because I am a human being just like you and things happen to me too. Of course I motivate, I inspire, and I love teaching and helping but I go through things myself in my life. And this is one right now. My Dad is getting older, he is in a rehab facility, and no one knows how long he’s going to be around. No one knows how long anyone is going to be around. Life is definitely unpredictable. And life does have to go on.

I am super excited to be going. I am going to be leaving tomorrow. Everyday I will be doing a live “scope” so if you are not following me on Periscope please make sure you download that app. Follow me and make sure notifications are on. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

How about you? Did you have a good year? Did you accomplish what you wanted to this year or did another year just go by? I hope it’s not the latter. I hope you made some good progress with goals. I hope you have goals because time goes by whether you have goals or not. There are probably things you want to see happen in your life no matter how old you may be. The only way to make these happen is to really know what you want. I hope 2015 has been a year you have been listening to me, and coming up with ideas, and setting some goals. We can see them through together. I really do believe that you can do anything you want in life.

I’m getting there too! I have got some really cool things coming up that I am very excited about. I am teaming up with Lynda Layng to write a book. We met a couple years ago at a Veg Fest in New York. She is extremely knowledgeable about plant based eating. She is a writer, a food photographer, and she designs vegan recipes. I feel it’s a great team. We’re both going to be doing some of the writing and Lynda will be doing the photography. The working title is currently “Vegan in Seven Days”. It is basically seven steps to going Vegan. The title might change to “Vegan in Ten Days” just because we have so much to talk about. It will be a very simple handbook that anyone can pick up and it has all the information right there at your fingertips. This will be everything you need to know in a simple concise format. We are planning on a summer 2016 launch. This is probably one of the most exciting projects I’ve had in years. I know there is a need out there. I don’t care if it’s a money maker or not. Lynda and I both want to educate and really help change the world. It’s to help people all over the planet.

I just want to say that I truly value you as a listener and as a friend. And if you are a listener, you are a friend. We have some great things planner for 2016. Stick with me please! You are not alone anymore!

Any suggestions for topics for 2016, send me an email or a private message. You know how to reach me 🙂

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