Big ambitions have I: to make sense of life, live enjoyably and purposefully, and leave this existence the better for my participation in it.
This website is aimed toward those ends. It contains and connects those interested with my way of thinking and many of my thoughts. It is personal site; nevertheless, I hope it encourages many. It may in-courage you.
I am fifty-three years old and much is behind me; I am aiming for fifty more, and anticipate much more good ahead. One truth, learned by me and probably known to you, I reckon, is that though time is essentially eternal, our physical beings are not. Therefore, I am going to use my time to talk and write, as often and clearly and engagingly as I can, about matters that I believe fundamental: no less than the consideration of the meaning, significance, importance, and opportunity of life, of Life, itself.
My expectation is not that you will get what you "put into" reading and/ or listening to the thoughts recorded on and available via this site. I expect, instead, that you will get more. That your examination of them will increase your experience and enjoyment of life.
For your expansion to occur, your engagement in life is required. Your honest grappling with what is and what could be. Nothing is for free, thank goodness; everything we consider requires at least our attention. I ask you to pay attention to the words, ideas, sounds, and images on this site.
In LukeyoutheU, I am going to ask you to assemble. To find and create. To imagine with your mind.
I am going to ask you to collect the good from your past, and from The Past. To remember and recall the things you have learned that work and help you, that help not only you but others too. To bring those things forward into your consciousness and practice them. To practice them until they become habits. Until they move into your being and become your natural way of life.
I am going to ask you to find and create what is useful and good from the useful and good that exists in your life, in the world, already and right now. To concentrate, to focus mostly on that. To work toward, give mental time and physical energy, to it. Do not deny the bad or difficult or wrong; learn from them. Find, but more importantly, decide, the good even (perhaps especially) in unwanted situations. Do not try to escape the wonder and good of your physical reality on this earth. Take up the responsibility and power you have. Grow into greater responsibility, power, and love to bring more.
The good that exists now includes you. Your being alive today. You have good within you, and an ability to add to the world. I ask you to use it. I am going to ask you to see that what exists now is real. To understand that the physical world is very real. Real and meaningful, the result of the greater mind, including human ones, from days and centuries and milennia and eons past. This mind, of which we are a part and contributor, got us to where we are right now. Know, at the same time, that all that is physical will pass, eventually or soon, every mountain range of it. The continual process of change does not make it or you or me an illusion or, necessarily, insignificant. It makes it, us, the now. The now serves as a blasting off point, is the lifting off place for the what-will-be. Seek and find the useful and good, actively create, evolve it, and yourself into the what-will-be. Imagine it and you in your mind. Believe in it, and youself. Believe in it with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Make it a full-bodied, your fully emobodied belief. Start with mental assent, internal agreement; add to it, bring life to it with your actions and work. Understand and use your individual power and ability to shape your world, the world, and bring good.
I am asking you, dear reader, to do nothing less than to bring life. To bring more life to your life, and to Life.
It is a tall request. Made by turns of the head, a big vision, tiny steps, and blinding leaps.
Do you want specific examples and suggestions? Listen, read. Look inside. Explore this website. I have particular practices and theories. Some may fit you like a well-made glove. Others may serve you by spurring you forward, to other thoughts and ways of doing things not talked about here by me. This, all of this, is for the Good.
Thank you for looking in.
The header photo was taken from the backseat of a car as it sped southward from Pyramid Lake, NV. I know because I took it. I like the photo for its beauty, sweep, and cloud formations. The interestingness of the clouds is most clearly seen when viewed on mobile. Peculiarly enough, this particular photograph looks like a painting on a laptop and becomes muddled when on a large screen desktop. Same image, different perspectives and feelings. All the header photos throughout the site were taken by me. None have been photoshopped or color adjusted.