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Going On An Expedition And Strength

Updated on November 20, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Maybe We Should All Just Smile More

Why is this boy so happy?
Why is this boy so happy? | Source

I Will Always Be On An Expedition of Love

Expeditions are not a walk around. Strength is required. And Expedition means more than a simple hike. Strength is not born of long walks, it is born of tough hiking and climbing. I did not have the strength for my last expedition. My lack of strength made me a liability in our expedition. My elder son got me through the expedition and his strength got me through to living.

Now my lack of training properly has many excuses and reasons. Ones that all on the expedition agree with. Now that don’t cut no ice. That is sloppy on my behalf. Be ready for the easy but prepare for the hard. Life gives us roses but with them come thorns. I am serious here. I easy could have died but for my son.

Just get over it Eric, I was weak and he was strong. That is life. When you are strong reach out and help those weaker. And when you are weak reach out for the helping hand.

We do good to remember that wellness is only a platform for us to do better. Wellness is only a standard upon what we stand, forever to reach higher for helping a fellow man. We are not granted wellness to sit there upon our butt. Many are not well. So we get not dwell there. It is our job to do better than that. There is no cause to dwell in our wellness. There is only cause to help another into wellness so that they may obtain greatness.

Dang it, I fail. Perhaps I am a hypocrite. Perhaps I do not reach out enough. I did figure one time that my perfection is a goal and not a place. I have reconciled with that though it was tough.

Us Dierkers were raised and engrained with the notion the doing well only gave us the option to pass that on. I must declare that that notion sets us up for guilt and self-condemnation. Let it so be. If we pass the beggar without lending a hand let us feel guilty for that. If we do not call to reckoning the acts of each other then we fail them and ourselves. Correction of another is not a bad thing it is a required thing. Words are sometimes argued with and that is to be expected, but so is our love to point things out that may just be deleterious.

In My Home WE Do Soccer To Do Life

Let Us Rock

Shake that booty!
Shake that booty! | Source

Fine. Make Fun of Us

Perhaps God is great. But more so must our love for others be. I woke up this morning doing well. That is a good and glorious thing. I have woken up in jail that was not a good and glorious thing. Puking from chemotherapy is not a good and glorious thing first thing in the morning. So what are we to do with the gift of good and glorious? Well that is a no brainer. We are to pass it on. This is the good and glorious thing.

My good buddy since about 81’ had a stroke. We are fighting. And that is a good thing. How can that be good you ask? Well that is good because he is fighting with me. His health care plans are all eschewed and his stress level is way high. So he vents on me. How great is that? From my bottom line of wellness this is just fine and dandy. He hangs up the phone on me when I tell him he needs to get more tests and see the doctor. Isn’t that awesome, because of course we call each other again. The expedition of life is like that. Rocky roads and tough times.

I went a good time with no confrontation. How lame is that? Confrontation in love is where it is at. A buddy of mine, since 1977 had an issue. I called him on it in 1978 and just the other day he thanked me for it. What? A buddy of mine called me out around 1990 and it sticks well with me to this day. I cannot count the expeditions with my brothers. And they are with me today. Our journey is not to make easy, it is made to make us better.

I was tossing the football with my young son just last Saturday. He was distracted and throwing the ball crazy and I was having to dive for it. It made me stronger, even at my age. These tough things make us better. The expedition of Life makes us stronger and more ready to help others. This is not only the spice of life it is the whole and complete meal that our mother earth has provided us with.

We Do Not Go Down Easy

Toughest sweetest gal in the world. She put up with me as dad.
Toughest sweetest gal in the world. She put up with me as dad. | Source

Gone Away

We Get What We Give

I have this friend who helped me out when I was young. His name is Richard McCallum. Finer men there must be but I do not know one. Maybe later I will. He gave me some purpose and some discipline. Now in my early teens I really needed those. He pushed me out of a perfectly good boat into very cold water and told me to swim across one of the mightiest rivers in the world. Now we are talking an expedition that changed my life, probably for the better. I think I was 13 at the time. Perhaps my elder brothers are just of fine a man.

College back in my day was real fine. My professors were great guys. They took me onto an expedition that took me to a doctorate. They were brutal. But we played backgammon and drank coffee and brews in bars talking about Plato to Descartes until closing time. We were keen on civil rights but more keen on civil responsibility. I reckon they set me off on the expedition of life as an adult. I would tell my mom about such matters and she would shake her head, put on Harry Bellefonte and tell me to come back to earth. Really Harry was down to earth.

We do not do well around here. We dance. And we insist each day to make another’s better. We are not talking just regular fun around here. We don’t do that. How about a little dance with breakfast. OK we are nuts. You go be nuts over impeachment hearings. We are going to go crazy. This is a fact. We do happy and we do laughing at each other.

I heard about people who are stressed by the world affairs. I will leave my heart open to them. If I can help them then that is good thing.

I am going down to Mexico. Oh the food I will eat. I will park and then walk across the boarder. The rare rain has cleaned thing up. Just bless me Lord. No surfing down south. But we head north for the surf in a few days. This is right and a good couple of expeditions.

My children love road trips. Hanging with people who love to go on expeditions is awesome. Don’t look this way, it is my wives. I just like to travel. Paris for time, Hanoi for a bit, Mexico City maybe, maybe across our U.S. to live in New England and don’t mention Alabama or Texas. Venezuela and Melbourne. Expeditions are just part of the deal.

But the finest expedition is love. Perhaps I have traveled with too many fine women. I have never reached an a destination there

For Dick McCallum, Thanks

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      9 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Luis, it is just a Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. They gave me 5-10 in '14 and so we deal with it. Sorry for so early but our Christmas tree is up and trimmed.

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      9 days ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Pardon Eric, if I have no idea about your illness. I am just new here. I am new as your follower. May I ask, what cancer do you have? Hope you are doing good now. I will include you in my prayers.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      9 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nikki we start our work out now. April is the next hike and at my age it takes months of training. Soccer for foot work, rope climbing, squat thrust and much more. The bike for balance. I would like to just hang out.

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      Nikki Khan 

      9 days ago from London

      Eric, I just loved that sweet little boy. He is so cute. Well, life is tough but we got the guts to deal with it. So do you.

      Blessings my friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      9 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Luis, the doc the other day and I were laughing that old age will get me before my cancer does. I will stay.

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      9 days ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      You're welcome Eric. God bless you and stay always.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      9 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Lius thank you for coming by and leaving a note.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      9 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Umesh, it is nice of you to leave a note.

    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      9 days ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Really Eric? good to know that. Thanks for sharing.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      9 days ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      A good reading. Learned a lot insight about expeditions. Thanks.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari I just did a made up version of "Dear Liza There is A Hole in My Bucket"

      We do others a favor to take time to make ourselves happy.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Luis, My wife works for the Navy. Our base here is filled with people from your homeland. We even have a highway called the Filipino Freeway. Most of the descendants here served with our navy and thereby got legal citizenship. I is an honor.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you friend. I just got done crying in prayer. So I reckon my concepts may need some correction on the journey to good.

    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      However, being rich is not really a measure to become a fruitful dad.

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      manatita44 

      2 weeks ago from london

      Thank you Luis.

      You are a good man. Joy and Peace.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Luis, I am just listening to Fiddler On The Roof. If I were a rich man. What would it matter to me. I would still just be me I reckon. I would just still be dad and going on Expeditions. I am not aware enough to know.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      2 weeks ago from Ohio

      I love to break out in nonsense songs, I made up for the moment. And I love expeditions. Thanks for this, it has eased my day.

    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      That's interesting to both of you Eric and Manitita. I love reading your conversations.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manitita, we have our week of celebration next week. An arbitrary time to give thanks. Can you even imagine a better cause to celebrate. I have four Children who will surround me with love on walks on the beach and hugs.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I have wondered mightily on when youth ends.My boy and I went out to gaze last night, which one of us was more entranced by the planets I do not know. I am not to grow old and wise.

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      I agree with Manatita about making it stronger and more ready to help others as you well said in this article. If you do not encounter problems in your daily life, you do not also how to solve the problems of others.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Dora, Sometimes I look at what I wrote. And I realize it was not my hand. "My tears of joy are neither mine give nor mine to keep".

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      2 weeks ago from london

      A good take on life and what it is to be tough. Everything prepares us for Love and it is indeed a hard but rewarding toil. I enjoyed your memories of the struggle."The expedition of Life makes us stronger and more ready to help others." This is a great line!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Your life reminds me of the saying about living a life when you’re young that will be interesting enough to entertain you when you’re older and look back upon it. Or something like that.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, your last line is serious and funny at the same time, which is not unusual for you. However, my take away is: "Rocky roads and tough times." Relatable. In relationships and in everyday occurrences, this calls for strength you talk about ; and you never let us forget that love must be included. Thanks!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Luis it is my pleasure.

    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Great story. I love reading it. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene you are so blessed to have such a fine man in your life. Smile and when you do not feel like smiling smile more. This is our calling. We must give without getting. I reckon that my blood tests may call me in tomorrow day. Good for them. I got today.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I love you. Pamela. I find you to be awesome. And love your input. Thank your attention.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      After reading your article, I realize I should reach out more. And, I do need to smile more. A couple of days ago, while standing in the grocery line, my husband looked over at me and said, "Girl... smile." So I did and it actually raised my demeanor a little.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I like your love message where you say when you are strong reach out to the weak and when you are weak give your hand to the strong. In love we help each other. Good article!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill unlike your area. I went out and got all wet in our rain. Yahoo. Got some shampoo going. Am I having fun yet? Can you imagine a wet raining day is a blessing? My desert is awesome.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive I was just thinking about aiming to screw up. Any success the other way would me awesome.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn, buddy, do you think I have nothing better to do than read your articles? Bev is gone and I'm buried in a to-do list, for the love of God, and here I sit reading about expeditions and family and strength and love. Sheesh, what a waste of a good morning....NOT!

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      Clive Williams 

      2 weeks ago from Jamaica

      YOUR TRIPS SOUNDS FUN...

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