Middle Aged (35-54)
North American (General)
North American (US Western)
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introduction. Love does. I used to think I needed an office to be a lawyer. But now I know all I need is an island. I do all of my best thinking on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. There's a picnic table at the end of a little pier right across from the pirate ship. I suppose most people think this place is just a prop because there are a couple of wooden kegs, mark gunpowder and some pirate paraphernalia hung all over the railings, but it's not just a prop. To me. It's my office all the times I've gone. I've never seen anyone sitting at my table on my pier or any real pirates on the pirate ship. I guess that makes them my table, my peer and my pirate ship lawyers just decide stuff like that. While I'm willing to share my table and my pirate ship, truth be known, I only want to share it with people who can dream. We all want to have a place where we can dream and escape anything that wraps steel bands around our imagination and creativity. Tom Sawyer Island is a place where I conspire with people where immense capers have been launched and where whimsy runs wild. The return address for many of the stories you'll find in this book is in fact, that appear on Tom Sawyer Island. What I like the most about Tom Sawyer Island is that it's mine. I'm a good sport about sharing it with other kids and visitors. But the whole thing is mine. Nonetheless. Something happens when you feel ownership. You no longer act like a spectator or consumer because you're an owner. Faith is at its best when it's that way too. It's best live when it's owned. I have a season's pass to Disneyland and I can take a train there anytime I want. If I want to take a friend, I have an old classic motorcycle with a sidecar, a Harley Davidson springer, Softail. I keep in the garage for special occasions. It's the kind of motorcycle you'd see in a picture under the title Whimsy. It's cool. It's blue and it's loud. I like writing it because I'm fully engaged while getting from here to there. I also like that. I can bring a friend along as well. When I passed by people, they smile because they've never been in a sidecar, but I can tell they wish they were. The passenger whimsy is a lot that way. It needs to be fully experienced to be fully known. Whimsy doesn't care if you are the driver or the passenger. All that matters is that you are on your way. Here's a strange truth. I've noticed almost everyone knows about Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland, but most people don't go. Maybe it's because it's surrounded by water and you have to take a raft to get there. But it's really not that hard to do. Lots of people want to go. Some people even plan to go, but most forget or just don't get around to it. It's one of those will do that next trip kinds of places for a lot of people Tom Sawyer Island is like most people's lives. I think they never get around to crossing over to it. Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do. But along the way they just kind of forget their dreams become one of those will go there next time, deferrals. The sad thing is for many, there is no next time because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude towards life rather than a single decision. They need a change of attitude, not more opportunities. There are no admission requirements at Tom Sawyer Island. It doesn't matter how tall or short you are old or young, religious or not. There are no lines on Tom Sawyer Island. It can be whatever you want it to be. You can do countless things there, most of them involve running and jumping and using your creativity and imagination. It's a place where you can go and just do stuff in that way. It's a place that mirrors life as well. At least the opportunity to do much with our lives. From my office on Tom Sawyer Island, I have a fantastic perch to look around and see how a sea of people live. Tom Sawyer Island isn't a ride. It's not just about distraction or thrills and it's not the kind of place you go to be entertained. Either, it has all the potential you bring to it. Nothing more, nothing less to find out just how much that is. All you have to do is show up. You don't need a plan, you just need to be present.