Friday, March 11, 2016

I Dare You!

One of my favorite movies of all-time, and I have to say I have several movies that fall into that category, is Christmas Story. You know the one they play at Christmas over and over on TNT or TBS. Ralphie. His dream of getting a Red Ryder BB Gun, even though he’s warned multiple times that he could shoot his eye out.

One of my favorite scenes is Ralphie trying on the pink bunny suit his aunt made for him. His father and his little brother laugh at him and the conversation goes:
Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.
Mother: He does not!
Mr. Parker: He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare!

Even writing this causes me to smile.

There is another scene in the movie that I alternately smile and laugh at, but also cringe at. You know the one, right? The “stick your tongue on the flagpole” scene and the I Dare You! No wait, it’s bigger and badder than that. It’s the dreaded Double-Dog-Dare and the killer, Triple-Dog-Dare!

Flick: Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That's dumb!
Schwartz: That's 'cause you know it'll stick!
Flick: You're full of it!
Schwartz: Oh yeah?
Flick: Yeah!
Schwartz: Well I double-DOG-dare ya!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but a "triple dare you"? And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare.
Schwartz: I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Schwartz created a slight breach of etiquette by skipping the triple dare and going right for the throat!

And who among us doesn’t know at least one kid who didn’t put his mouth on metal during the icy cold days of winter? Those of us in or from the north surely do. My mind flashes to Barb on the monkey bars during recess, to Bob on the merry-go-round. There are others.

Yeah, the I Dare You!

Can be funny. Can be sad. Will for sure bring back some memories good and bad for each of us.

But . . . I want to take you in a different direction on the I Dare You!

When was the last time you broke out of your routine? When was the last time you changed up, even a little? When was the last time you pushed and pulled yourself out of your comfort zone?

Jonas Salk is quoted as saying, “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”  And Nikos Kazantzakis said, “A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.”

We rarely think of an I Dare You! when it comes to us . . . you and I . . . pushing ourselves a little or a lot. There is life beyond the ordinary. There is life beyond the routine. There is a whole world out and beyond the walls we erect for ourselves. And out there beyond the walls we erect for ourselves can change the ordinary to the extraordinary, the spectacular . . . if only we give it a shot. If only we give ourselves a little nudge. A little push.

So my challenge to you today is to give yourself just one small I Dare You! Just a small one. Try it out. It doesn’t have to grand or great or glorious. Just think of something you’ve never, ever done before, but always wanted to try. Give yourself the opportunity to open a door to something new, something different. “. . . Cut the rope and be free.” I Triple-Dog-Dare ya! Something to think 
about . . .

To My Readers:

I received two very nice 5 Star Reviews for Splintered Lives, Book Three of the Lives Trilogy!

“This book was well-written just like the other two before. The characters and dialogue go hand in hand and it was easy to immerse yourself in their journey as the story unveiled. The plot twists and connections among the characters in this novel make you feel emotional connections to them as well. A great conclusion to the story and the trilogy. I suggest you read this when you have a chunk of time on your hands because otherwise, you will be anxious, looking for a chance to finish it.”

“Love, love, loved it! I almost read it in one day but fell asleep! It was my favorite I believe. Love the characters, the story line, action, drama, humor, sadness, it was awesome! Thanks for a very enlightening series!”

Book Three, Splintered Lives:
A 14 year old boy has a price on his head, but he and his family don’t know it. Their vacation turns into a trip to hell. Out gunned and outnumbered, can this boy protect his father and brothers? Without knowing who these men are? Or how many there are? Or when they might come for him?

Look for the whole series on Amazon:
Taking Lives, the Prequel
FBI Agent Pete Kelliher and his partner search for the clues behind the bodies of six boys left in various and remote parts of the country. Even though they live in separate parts of the country, the lives of FBI Kelliher, 11 year old Brett McGovern, and 11 year old George Tokay are separate pieces of a puzzle. The two boys become interwoven with the same thread that Pete Kelliher holds in his hand. The three of them are on a collision course and when that happens, their futures grow dark as each search for a way out.

Book One, Stolen Lives:
Two thirteen year old boys are abducted off a safe suburban street. Kelliher and his team of FBI agents have 24 hours to find them or they’ll end up like all the others- dead! They have no leads, no clues, and nothing to go on. And the possibility exists that one of his team members might be involved.

Book Two, Shattered Lives:
Six men escaped and are out for revenge. The boys, recently freed from captivity, are in danger and so are their families, but they don’t know it. The FBI has no clues, no leads, and nothing to go on and because of that, cannot protect them.


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