Climbing Up, Falling Down

Thought this was insightful.


All paths up are different.


All paths down are the same. 

Climbing up is challenges and we all have to find our determination, strength, and skill to make it up rung after rung on the ladder of life.


Falling down is when the sh*t hits the fan and the walls come crumbling down and we freefall into the abyss.


The key as we usually learn early in life when we take our first falls is to quickly get back up (on the horse). 


Life is never just smooth sailing.


It’s not meant to be. 


You wouldn’t learn or grow if it was. 


Be prepared for the occasional fall from grace, and get your tushy back in the saddle and ride again.  πŸ˜‰


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

It’s Never About Luck

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “It’s Never About Luck.”

Today is Purim, when we celebrate the Jewish victory over the evil Haman and his conspiracy to annihilate the Jews in the Persian Empire. Haman drew a lottery to determine what he thought was a fortuitous day, the 13th of Adar, to murder the Jewish people and pursued this plot through a decree by King Achashverosh. But as we know, G-d made miracles through Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai, and Haman and his ten sons ended hanging by the noose that he built for Mordechai. 

This has been my personal experience as well, as I can see both now and in 20/20 hindsight that there is a definite Divine method and not just a world of random chance and madness.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Row Row Row Your Boat

What an awesome Lego set. 

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream. 

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

Yarrr! Can definitely do without the pirate.

Throw him overboard, Arg! πŸ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Awesome Vase 4 Shabbat Shalom

Awesome purple vase for Shabbat Shalom!

Love the cool designs on it and all the colors and shapes. 

Tops off a week of hard work and creativity and eases us into the day of rest and spirituality. 

All it needs is some beautiful flowers to go into the vase and voila!  πŸ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Born or Trained In Crazy

This was a funny sign at the store:

You don’t have to be crazy to work here, we’ll train you.

Some places they hire the crazies and other they train them to be crazy. 

Perhaps, it’s a bad culture or some bad applies, but either way they can turn good, caring employees into some more crazies to add to the office’s bunch of bananas. 

Fortunate is s/he who works in a normal, good workplace and can do “a decent day’s work for a decent day’s pay.”Β  πŸ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shabbat Shalom From DC Duck!

Shabbat Shalom from this DC Duck!


Shabbat is something to look forward to ALL week long. 


Time to stop everything. 


Look heavenward. 


And inward! 


Remember why we’re here. 


Rest and rejuvenate for the next week.


Wash, rinse, repeat.  


Need to balance and get our lives right. 


It’s what we do! πŸ˜‰


(Credit Graphic:  Andy Blumenthal)

Earning Respect!

Great Under Armour Shirt!


From the saying of Dwight Johnson, “The Rock”:

Blood, sweat, and respect.  First two you give.  Last one you earn.


Yes, we respect all people in a humanistic way, but real respect is earned based on what a person does!


Blood and sweat means you’re putting out, and trying your best to achieve something.


Make sure your efforts are going to something worthwhile.  


Helping people!


Doing your responsibilities!


Being a good influence!


Honoring the Master of the Universe!  


That’s how you earn R-e-s-p-e-c-t. πŸ˜‰


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)