By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    In a circle of great minds and men ...
    I do find myself.
    Present companions of compelling interest, inspiration, and insight speak wonderfully to me and foster challenge, growth, and change.
    Of this "quest" I never tire.
    How can I be anything but empowered and inspired in the presence of such notable companions?
    Allow me to introduce you to the fine men in my life who gather about me this week and build a bridge to Community.
    +Frederick Douglas's portrait sits handsomely before me.
    In 1844 he picked up a pen and wrote a compelling autobiography speaking to the horrific treatments and tortures endured by the enslaved. So brilliant was his writing and so notable was his mind that the book had to be prefaced by William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, who vouched for the author's authenticity and extraordinary literary work.
    Frederick Douglas was a liberated, hopeful voice in a dark, lengthy season of slavery.
    "I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot County, Maryland." 
    Rubbing shoulders with Frederick Douglas is empowering. 
    +Sir Francis Drake strides in with the look of a "knight in shining armor," a famous privateer, explorer, slave-trader, and naval officer in the Elizabethan era (1500's).
    Hated and envied by the nobility for his humble origins and passionate nature, Drake's bravado captured the hearts and minds of all of England and beyond. An enflamed soul of depth, determination, and zeal, he became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. He also claimed a parcel of California ground for England and fought ardently and bravely in the 1588 invasion of the Spanish Armada.
    Drake's early life prepared and launched him successfully into his later life, of which few men rival.
    Rubbing shoulders with Sir Francis Drake is empowering.
    +Sir Jeremiah, the youthful looking prophet and son of Hilkiah, now joins us.
    A brilliant and curious mind composed of intelligence, resilience, and wonderment, Jeremiah questioned his ability to be God's "voice" in a dark season of Israel's depravity. The hemorrhaging nation caused fear and anxiety to well up in Jeremiah but God's sovereignty assigned him a sure and secure position as prophet.
    "Then the word of the LORD came to unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sancitifed thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
    Then said I, Ah LORD God! Behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not I am a child; for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces; for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth."
    Jeremiah 1:4-9
    Rubbing shoulders with Sir Jeremiah is empowering.
    In conclusion, I leave you with an empowering and life-changing challenge issued by the brilliant and motivating Tony Robbins:
    "Years ago, one of my teachers, Jim Rohn, taught me that reading something of substance, something of value, something that was nurturing, something that taught you new distinctions every day, was more important than eating. He got me hooked on the idea of reading a minimum of thirty minutes a day. He said, 
    'Miss a meal, but don't miss your reading.' 
    I've found this to be one of the most valuable distinctions in my life."
    Mmmm ...
    Choose wisely your circle of men ...
    and expand the circle.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Nature is an unbiased and unprejudiced resource; she avails herself to all and extends an invitation to each.
    Her companionship provides replenishment, restoration, rejuvenation, and refreshment.
    She's genuine, authentic, and pure.
    She breathes life, zeal, and energy into the soul and intoxicates, beautifies, and reboots the soul's sensories, imagination, and desires. She's a glorious remedy for the common maladies known to men, and in making use of her, we find ourselves restored wonderfully.
    God be praised for His expansive and colorful mind in creating her.
    Explore the vast reserve of recreational options and opportunities He's provided you with:
    +Step out your backdoor and begin there.
    +Take a ten mile drive in a new direction and become acquainted with a fresh landscape and a new vision.
    +Take off your shoes and soak your feet in a pond, stream, or river.
    +Lie down in a field and allow yourself to be overcome by the scent of alfalfa, cut grass, or wild flowers.
    +Climb a tree and feel the brush of bark against your skin.
    +Make love on a hiking trail (preferably off the main route.)
    +Swim naked or dive fully-clothed into a lake.
    +Get your hair wet and your body soaked.
    +Pack a picnic and find an out-of-the-way location to enjoy it.
    Savor the moments and memories mingled in movement.
    Exercise your sensories and get on with it!

    Nothing is more restorative, rejuvenating, and replenishing to the human spirit than spontaneous, impromptu fun!
    Google State Parks, National Forests, wildlife reserves, and preservatories in your area and go explore them.
    Get off Facebook and take a "live look" at what's going on all around you.
    Invest in an inexpensive State Park sticker ($35 and a second one half-off) and consider gifting your loved one with an activity-enlisted enjoyment that wields the inexpensive power to forge unforgettable and priceless memories.
    Assign yourself with a list of places you'd like to visit and map them out. Put the map up where you can see it and be strategic in your placement. Locate books and other resources which serve to peak your interest and investment in visiting them.
    Check them off as you visit them and make it your goal to make new discoveries throughout the year.
    This past week Scot and I visited Newton Hills State Park via a rented Surrey (four-wheel, all-terrain pedal bike.) A different vehicle wields the power to induce an entirely different experience. What fun we had exploring the park together and creating a new memory together.
    My map also includes but isn't limited to:
     Custer State Park. Black Elk Peak. Cathedral Spires Trail. Notch Trail. Sunday Gulch Trail. Presidential Trail and historic Mt. Rushmore. Lovers' Leap Trail. Crow Peak. Spearfish Canyon. Butterfly House. Pasture and open-field jaunts. Hundred-acre woods and little forests. Good Earth State Park. Palisades. Gitchie Manitou. Mickelson Trail. Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Ten Pins. Veterans' Memorial Park. Great Plains Zoo. Wegner Arboretum.
    Vehicles desirable for exploration: Hiking boots. Horseback. All-Terrain vehicles (of all kinds.) Piggy-back. Boat. Kayak. A camel if I can locate one (ha.)
    Adventure, exploration, and exertion are key essentials in "growing young," at least in my book, and the largest part of adventure is the spontaneity deliciously employed within it.
    Sky is the limit ... so have some fun!
    Get out and explore the wild and partner up.
    Participate in Community!
    If you need help with motivation or movement,
    contact an energy coach.
    Here's one that'll get you moving:
    Driven Little Tiger ...
    "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
    -Helen Keller


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Today comes with a creative and unique assignment which will serve as a healthy catalyst to an exceptional day.
    Compose a list of a dozen or more positive descriptives about yourself.
    Work to expand and extend your vocabulary in this assignment by utilizing some refreshing and reinforcing new words.
    This assignment should be done in writing.
    It's concrete, affirming, and life-giving.
    Here's a sampling and smattering of delicious words used to describe myself:
    Persuasive. Ardent. Energetic. Spontaneous. Whole-hearted. Passionate. Prolific. Creative. Inventive. Strategic. Challenging. Fiery. Frisky. Enthusiastic. Vibrant. Sparkly. Glitzy. Fervent. Adamant. Active. Resolute. Focused. Intense. Influential. Prosperous. Engaged. Emphatic. Forthright. Rugged. Real. Driven. Productive. Pro-active. Positive. Urgent. Constant. Quick. Fit. Contagious. Dynamic.
    Now compose a list of winged or plained animals which might describe you along with the word which identifies each.
    Positive reinforcements allowed only.
    +Vision of an Eagle.
    +Reach of a Giraffe.
    +Speed of a Cheetah
    +Resourceful as a Raven.
    +Agility of a Mountain Goat.
    +Grace of a Swan.
    +Intelligence of a Dolphin.
    +Tenacity of a Honey Badger.
    +Fierce as a Wolverine.
    +Stride of a Thoroughbred.
    +Beauty of a Leopard.
    +Playful as an Otter.
    The power and beauty of a high-voltage vocabulary lies in its ability to enforce, activate, and energize existing but often hidden qualities within.
    When we suggest and speak to negatives, we live out negatives.
    When we suggest and speak to positives, we live out life-giving, activity-generated,  beautifully affirming positives!
    By utilizing these words, thoughts, and suggestions in our daily conversation, both to ourselves and others, we breed a healthy and active mindset that employs itself in activity.
    We become a self-fulfilling prophecy of our own making.
    I'm not going to badger you ...
    but take a gander at it,
    and share the bug.
    See if it doesn't spread and grow wings.
    *Put your list out where you can see it and work at employing it continually.
    You'll learn to love the effects ...
    and you might even consider expanding it.
    Word buoyancy ...
    Empowers community.
    Utilize it.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Yesterday's speedwalk drained me.
    A wee bit under the weather, I contemplated stopping short of my regular "five mile" walk but then pushed myself in compliance to the forceful voice of discipline operating within.
    I'm glad I did.
    While engaged on the second go-around, I came into contact with several rolled-up dollar bills.
    Three dollar bills to be exact.
    Believing the three dollars was a direct benevolence from God,
    I asked Him to show me what might be done with the three dollars in order to multiply them. Curiously and beautifully, He brought a story to mind which I had read only earlier in the day about a gentleman whose faith had grown in a sincere and profound way on account of the purchase of several packages of mustard seed and specific discoveries He had made as a result.
     God whispered to me with this story in mind,
    "Purchase three packages of mustard seed."
    A prompt visit to the hardware store yielded me the exact seed desired and I now have three packages of mustard seed sitting colorfully in front of me instead of three dollars.
    Hmmm ...
    One package is opened already and some little contents removed for a specific occasion brought to mind  and I'm certain and confident that these seeds are going to take me to some very special places.
    One seed at a time God is going to do something extraordinary with them and I will be an active participant on the mustard journey.
    Who knows what will come ...
    "And the apostles said unto the Lord,
    'Increase our faith.'

    So the Lord said, 'If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you."
    Luke 17:5-6

    Three dollar bills, my friend, have already initiated a giant faith in me. What shall the end result be?
    For three rolled-up dollar bills and an extra mile, I give God thanks and ask Him to multiply this beautiful seed.
    Am I hearing things ... or do you hear the voice of Andrew too?
    "One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto Him, 'There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?"
    John 6:7-8
    Three dollar bills,
    three packages of mustard seed,
    and maybe a community of five thousand men?
    Hmmm ...


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Clara is attractive, fit, and fiercely independent; a voracious reader and inhaler of thought.
    Our first conversation is meaningful, thoughtful, and provoking with a mutual love of books linking us comfortably.
    Clara favors works of fiction and is partial to famed author Karen Kingsbury;
    she also reads the Bible with regularity.
    During our visit Clara is seated on a padded walker, with its seat-turned backward,
    but her normal residence is a faded blue recliner in the corner of 
    "Living Room Street and Window".
    I learn that she loves open windows, fresh air, and chocolate chip cookies.
    Clara is homebound,
    but of a mind very sound, and employed with decidedly excellent virtues.
    Because of her I learn about resources that exist to support, enhance, and enrich the mind. Because of her I learn something new about my beloved haven called the Library.
    I learn that the Library assists my friend Clara and other homebound individuals with large volumes of books on a consistent monthly basis. 
    Clara supplies them with names of her preferred authors and they supply her with hours of enrichment in response. A fair trade is made monthly with books transplanted and exchanged outside her apartment door in large canvas bags.
    It's a safe, effective transfer that works wonderfully for my friend,
    and it's better than Domino's Pizza.
    I LOVE IT!
    Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Carnegie, and Franklin Roosevelt would toss their hats up on this one!
    What a practical, concrete way to provide mental stimulation to homebound hungry minds, and what an enriching and empowering activity to participate in.
    Get involved, my friend, and expand your relational and mental horizons.
    Explore the options around you and become an active participant and contributing resource in serving others.
    Community needs you.
    Time to run ...
    I have a chocolate-chip cookie "run" to make.

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