Are You Missing Out?

Do you like to “people watch?” Considering the amount of time I spend in airport terminals for my “day job” it’s become a major pastime for me.

I was having breakfast in Miami International Airport this week with a view to the terminal concourse. Many of the passengers, airport employees, TSA agents and flight crews were all doing the same thing:  Walking by with their noses buried in a mobile device.

There was little if any interaction with other people around them. Sadly, they were missing so much! There was a latina woman struggling with a toddler who was determined to walk, NOT be carried. He won. An amazing woman in skin-tight blue jeans with multi-colored patches, sporting purple hair, and toting an outrageous handbag that would have made Mary Poppins jealous, nearly got run over by a courtesy cart.phone_2799032b

One young man nearly fell into a recycling bin cruising a hunk in a muscle shirt who was scratching himself. (Grandma Esther always used to tell me that in public “you should never scratch where it itches; scratch where it looks good.”) A Muslim couple stopped an African American TSA agent for directions and was greeted with a smile, graciousness and apparently received whatever it was they were asking for.

None of this is earth-shattering. But it was a slice of humanity, an interaction with human communication and quite entertaining. We can be so afraid of missing out on what everyone’s doing through being addicted to social media that we miss out on our own lives.

The question I pose to you is this:  Are you missing out? We’ve all been glued to our mobile devices or 24-hour cable news so we don’t miss out on the important stuff. But how important is that picture of someone’s dinner?

Our society has become more informed than ever before, yet at the same time less intimately connected with our friends and loved ones. Today people meet, date and breakup via text messaging. Don’t tell me that we aren’t marginalizing our intimate behavior and emotional consequences by hiding behind a touch screen.

How interested are you in your own life and what’s right in front of you? It’s an interesting question and it begs an answer that must include being more mindful of our surroundings, living in the moment and appreciating the life we have.

Not a sermon, just a thought.

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,


Terry Drew Karanen © 2016


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What’s Your Vision

Do you have a “vision?” One of the most important tools we can have for success is a personal vision statement. It succinctly articulates what we want our lives to accomplish, what we want to enjoy, how we wish to live, with whom we wish to live it, and what impact we intend to have on the planet using the gifts that are uniquely ours to give.

This week we continue to discuss The Global Vision:  A World That Works For Everyone, brought to us by Centers for Spiritual Living. The organization has chosen “What’s Your Vision?” for discussion this week. As you may already know, this topic is one of the mainstays of my teaching, my ministry and my own life. I’m very excited to share these ideas with you specifically this week.

A vision statement, and its accompanying mission statement, has become a necessity for businesses and organizations over the past few decades. We’ve come to expect them to be prominently displayed in offices and on websites.

What is often missing, however, is a personal vision, something just for us. For us to have a world that works for everyone – meaning we all have enough food, a comfortable place to live and a sense of belonging – we must be clear individually as to what that means for us personally.

It is only by being firm in our own direction that we can be of use and service to others. To serve without a vision is to flounder in uncertainty, accomplishing little and ending the day with a sense of dissatisfaction and confusion.

Over the next week at the Facebook® page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation I’ll be discussing this week’s topic by providing a free-of-charge, mini-course on this theme from my last book, “How to Find Your Vision and Get a Life! Using a vision and mission to create a life worth living.”20150623_093529

I hope you’ll join me and actively participate in the daily lessons and discussions. (Spoiler Alert:  I’m developing an entire eight-week course on this book for individual and organizational use that is expected to be available in the fall.) See you over at SMBF on Facebook®!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,


Terry Drew Karanen © 2016

I Didn’t Mean It!

Ever say something and before it’s even out of your mouth you knew you’d regret it? You might have said right then or perhaps later, “I didn’t mean that!”


You sorta kinda probably did.

Our comments might not indicate the type of person we want to be remembered as being for generations to come, but we often mean EXACTLY what we say. True, we may regret having let the cat out of the bag, but there it is, lying exposed on the floor in front of us for all to see, all green and stinky, oozing its way across the floor like the Blob in the 1958 movie by the same name.

Today with social media, our embarrassment can quickly leave the room and go globally viral. Our theme for this week is, As Within, So Without. It’s based on a quote by Ernest Holmes that says,

We believe that we are surrounded by Creative Mind
which receives the direct impress of our thought and acts upon it.

Fortunately, Creative Mind does not act immediately upon our thoughts or we’d have more to clean up than a few ill-thought-out feelings expressed as vitriolic tirades. It does, however, give us pause when we think of those nasty little thoughts lurking about the darker corners of our mind.

The question is whether or not we will be willing to acknowledge the smelly elephant in the living room of our mind or pretend it doesn’t exist. Funny thing about smelly elephants and nasty little thoughts:  They grow just about as quickly as the Blob, devouring victim after victim and gaining strength in the process. But in this case, the victims they are munching on are our desires, hope, goals and dreams. If we are not experiencing the life we want we can be sure that something in our consciousness needs an attitude adjustment.

Over the weekend we experienced another group tragedy in the United States, this one specifically targeting the LGBTQ community, with deaths topping any of the other mass shootings. Once you pull the trigger on a gun of any kind there is no going back. The result of such a commitment is, once again, painfully in front of us for all to see.13A

As with all such events, our justified outrage and pain often expresses back as a strike against a community or group that we feel – justified or not – is at least partially responsible. So many people want someone to blame for this, someone other than the shooter because he’s gone and cannot feel our anger. But, blaming all Muslims during Ramadan for this mass murder is about as logical as blaming all Christians during the Christmas of 1945 for the Holocaust simply because Hitler was born Catholic. Flag-waving, cross-carrying fanatics do well to ask if they would like to be associated with the bloodshed, pillaging and slavery approved of between the pages of their sacred Bible in the same way they are accusing faithful followers of the Prophet Mohammed for atrocities committed in the name of Allah.

Join me this week over at the Facebook® page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation to see how we can acknowledge and clear our thoughts about the tragedy in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub, as well as addressing challenges we face personally day-to-day. Then, with a firm foundation in Truth, we’ll turn our attention to using the power of our own thoughts to direct Creative Mind to produce for us the results we want in our lives and a world that works for everyone. See you there.

With love,



How often during the day do you ask or hear, “Why?”

“There is no answer to a ‘why’ question.” I was once told. I believe the comment was in response to what a minister should say to comfort the surviving family of someone who had recently died.

Actually, that’s probably not a good time to ask why. It’s a time to comfort one another, get through the next few days, weeks or months, and look for answers later. Another time when “Why?” does little good is when we are discussion the actions and the subsequent outcomes of what other people do.

06AWe figure if we know why then we’ll understand. Guess what? We don’t need to know why someone died or someone else made a really stupid choice. (This is where you are asking “Why?” so I’ll humor you for the purpose of discussion!) The reason is that we can’t figure out the actions or outcome of others when they often don’t know themselves.

There’s another reason. If we’re focused on other people we don’t have to pay attention our own situations, problems and circumstances. That takes the pressure off us for the time being, but it doesn’t do much for moving forward in our own lives.

This week’s them is, “What is your why?” Over at the Facebook® page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation, we’re going to be discussing the whys and wherefores of living our daily life and planning for the future. We’ll also look at how we are in essence blindly backing into our futures while we’re turned around figuring out someone else’s “why” of the past. Finally we’ll contemplate what our world could look like in which personal responsibility joins with social conscience in the political, corporate, academic and social sectors.

Yeah, I know. Another jammed-packed week of looking at our lives, how to better our expression of love, working with our planet and being happy. It’s my life. Why?

Because I know that sharing my thoughts might stir your thoughts, even if your thinking is the opposite of mine. Because sometimes you share those thoughts with me, and that helps clarify my own thinking and that of my readers. And, because staying positive and looking forward helps me to help others have lives worth living. Join me!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,