Life Is Not Complicated, I saw God. And it only cost me $7…

 

I just settled in at home (and finally my own bed) after a long business trip in Las Vegas. While I enjoy my role as a union delegate for SMART – Transportation Division (formerly United Transportation Union) and I get a great deal of satisfaction being an active part of the collective bargaining process, it can be exhausting. I know a lot of you can relate. The hectic daily lives we lead take a toll on our minds and body. And if you are like me, there is always SOMETHING to do. Phone calls, productions, management, promotions, relationship, fatherhood, mentoring…it never ends because the journey toward a fulfilling, successful life never ends (at least it shouldn’t in my opinion).

Vegas 1I stayed at Caesar’s Palace Casino Hotel in the heart of the Vegas strip. Walking back and forth through the casinos, dodging thousands (literally thousands) of people on the street to find a meal that would not cost me a month’s mortgage, breathing in second hand smoke and hearing the deafening bells, whistles, alarms of the slot machines all while surrounded by the tense faces of gamblers praying for the jackpot, that one big win that will change their lives…if it ever comes, I thought I would go crazy. I needed an escape!

I drove 22 miles. I left the above scenario in the rear view and made my way to the Red Rock Canyon National Vegas 2Conservative Area. As I approached the landmark site I felt the difference almost immediately! I paid the $7 to enter and began a 13 mile scenic drive that transformed my focus. For the price of a bagel on the strip, I was surrounded by God’s work! For the cost of a small Starbucks coffee I felt his presence in the most spectacular scenery! The rock formations, the amazing colors of the mountains, the massive landscape reminding me how big and how awesome God is! It was a much needed reality check and a reminder, the important things in life, the moments that have the most meaning and power do not cost much (If anything at all). Some folks are so busy trying to fill voids and insecurities with material Vegas 3possessions and trying to keep up with the Jones’ by wearing uncomfortable “Red Bottoms” and buying mansions and luxury cars they can barely afford, that they don’t even realize the feeling they get from these trophies” is temporary. Meantime, in one simple, inexpensive drive, I gained perspective, understanding, deepened my faith and most importantly gave my mind and body a much needed rest.

Vegas 4I’ll take all that over a momentary, materialistic fix any day. When you can wrap your brain around what truly matters in life, that is when you really begin to live a life that matters.

 

4 thoughts on “Life Is Not Complicated, I saw God. And it only cost me $7…

    1. Thank you, I feel the same way about my fellow bloggers! We are all in good company on here, I appreciate the encouraging words.

  1. With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright
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    1. I have to admit, I have not run across any such problems (that I am aware of), however, when I finally decided to dedicate time and resources to blogging, I knew I had to be 100% committed to every message I shared. That meant setting aside concerns my material would be compromised. It’s a chance I knew I was taking. Aside from expensive Intellectual Property options, there is not much any of us can do to protect our content. The internet is just to vast to police it as vigilantly as we like. I suggest you create a signature or digital watermark that is unique ONLY to you. Branding your work is key, especially if that particular brand is copyrighted/trademarked.Think about investing your own domains and avoid posting on free sites that have vast open access and opt for sites that require members/passwords. You limit your reach, but protect more of your content. You won’t be able to stop people from lifting your work, however this will at least give you the proof you need to defend any claims you may want to file. Hope this helps!

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