Commitment is the ability and willingness to persist in spite of every invitation and reason to do otherwise. Never quit. Never give up. Never give in. Success may be closer than you think. Any prediction of your potential success must include your belief in yourself.

Daniel Jacobs, 2016

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The Game of Love

dan and myrna st joeIt’s a game of reach and withdraw
It’s a game of give and take
It’s a game of love and hate

There’s a time to stand aside
Let the man you love go away
That will be when it seems too late

Running through the changes
Being sure to make them all
You are my bebop baby

When you miss, you fall back
You fall into the melody,
And you feel the love again

It’s a reach.
It’s a withdraw.
It’s love.

By Myrna Jacobs

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A Belated Birthday Gift, 2016

It has been my custom for nearly two decades to give a gift to my friends in celebration of my birthday. And although the date of my birthday in 2016 has come and gone, I am writing this as a belated gift to my friends

As I seem to tear through the years with increasing velocity (or ferocity?), I notice that to appreciate people more than things. In spite of the fact that I did think and feel such thoughts and emotions earlier in my life, such seem to hold more substance than before. I’ve lost some relatives and friends, whom I miss, but have also gained new ones as a welcome and rewarding part of my life.

Myrna Jacobs, my wife for over four decades, remains as always, my true love. She makes me wish I were better than I am and often prompts me to be so. Myrna has a native ability to see the beauty in people and things and records this with her camera. Magically, she can change the way someone thinks about and sees themselves simply with her photos of them. I’ve witnessed these phenomena time and time again with infants to well-seasoned adults. And, it is a gift that she freely shares with others, often without even a “thank you” in exchange for her talents. Still, she continues seeing and creating beauty in all aspects of life, and deserves all that she receives in return . . . and more. I love and admire her more than words can say.

My focus and intention at this point in life are first to be true to myself.

Second, by whatever means, to empower those who strengthen me.

Third, again, by whatever means, to lessen or diminish my exposure and connection to those who would weaken my friends or me and those I love.

And, if you have received and are taking the time to read this message, you can count yourself as one of my friends, and I’m happy that you are.

Finally, this seems a sane approach to living: to care about others, to add value to the lives of others by my presence (not by my absence), and to look for the good in others and tell them. I hope you agree.

The writing to follow is my gift, a selection of my thoughts and musings on expectations. As, after all, expectations are what create your future to a great extent, aren’t they? This, if for no other reason, is to me worth taking a looking at.

Daniel Jacobs, 2016


Good fortune will occur if you expect it and have decided that you deserve it.

Expectations are powerful magnets for attracting things, people, and opportunities toward you – monitored largely by what you have decided that you deserve.

You’re creating your life today, in every instant and every moment. Look at what you’re doing today, right now, and you’ll get an idea of what your future holds.

Your life will be as good as you have decided it will be, and feel that you deserve.

Whether you’re indecisive, apathetic, combative, critical, fearful, hostile, shameful, angry, bored, or interested, alive, productive and creative . . . your life will turn out to be exactly as you have decided it is supposed to be, what you expect, and have decided that you deserve.

Life is what happens now. Focus on the past, and you carry it with you into the present. What your attention is on in the present becomes your future. There is no time; there is only now. There is no life except that which you create right now.

Ultimately you have the final say over whether or not you ought to have a life full of pleasure, activity, friendship, aesthetics, creativity or worthwhile purpose . . . or not.

You are as powerful as you decide to be, expect to be, trust yourself to be, and feel that you deserve to be.

Written as a gift to my friends on the occasion of my birthday in May 2016.

With affection and admiration,

Daniel Jacobs, 2016

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Truth & Freedom


Truth is freedom

To live a life of truth is a life of power

Believe nothing because once uttered by a wise man

Believe nothing only because it is written in ancient texts

Believe nothing solely because “everyone else” says it is true

Believe nothing simply because it is claimed to be of divine origin

Believe nothing that states you can’t be, do, or have, anything you decide

Believe nothing you cannot see as truth, including anything I’ve written here

Above all, trust your instincts and believe in yourself first, because

Freedom is truth and truth is freedom


daniel w. jacobs

© 2011, all rights reserved

Written as a gift to my friends, on my birthday, 2011

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Edgar’s Eulogy; from DJ to Loretta 1996

Date: Thu, Oct 24, 1996 12:14 AM EDT

Subj: Re: Eulogy for Edgar

I think this will be great. I wouldn’t change anything if you feel comfortable with it as it is. I will make a couple of comments and suggestions that you can feel free to ignore, as you are on the “front line”.

1) I am only uncertain about the singing of the Hymm and the Lord’s Prayer. My reasoning is that they seem a bit inconsistent with the way Edgar lived his life…at least what I knew of it.

You may have additional experience and information that would support your decision to include these elements in the service, if so, by all means use them.

2) IMHO (In My Humble Opinion), I would change the order a bit to flow as follows

  1. Greetings
  2. Introductions
  3. Presentation of leaflet
  4. Differnt periods of Edgars life
  5. “There is no Death”
  6. “The Traveler’
  7. Hymm and Lord’s Prayer (optional IMHO)
  8. Closure…sharing
  9. Recognition and acknowledgement of Edgars contribution…
  10. “My Home in Northern Michigan”

In any case, I feel that “My Home…” is a stronger closer as it is much more personal and obviously duplicates Edgars point of view exactly.

The other changes are less important, more to just make it flow better in my estimation.

As a footnote, when I do a service, I am never quite sure what I am going to say or do, often I just respond to the people there and what I feel they need and want at the time.

One thing I always do before an event of this type however, is that I always DECIDE on what I want the outcome to be BEFORE I begin the service. I just do this to and for myself. In this way, I know where I am going and the service just tends to lead itself in that direction without strain or effort.

I make it fairly general in nature, such as:

“Everyone in attendance will be happy they came and feel a sense of completeness and closure as a result of the service.”

Anything of this type is workable, it just puts something in the future to aim towards so I know where I’m going and know when I’ve arrived at the end point.

In summary, your outline is fine, just do what you are comfortable and natural with and it will turn out as well as could be expected under the circumstances.



P.S. I would not give the video to anyone to take with them, simply take the names of those who might want a copy, and we will get copies made and send them. I made that copy for you and you should keep it in your possession, let others see it if they come to your place.

Fires are not close to us.

The weather (good or bad) is primarily a consideration isn’t it? As we have seen, what Myrna and I consider “good weather” is not always what others might consider it to be, but that does not diminish our enthusiasm for what may show up in terms of weather.

So, just consider that the weather will be “fine” and it will be so.

I haven’t seen the latest copy of “Music Tree” so hang on to it and I’ll see it later.

Give everyone my best wishes and regrets that I couldn’t attend this service…I’m sure it will all turn out fine.




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Knowledge vs Understanding

What’s the difference between knowledge and understanding? And how much of knowledge is only learned, as opposed to being understood?

Knowledge gained from past accumulation of facts, opinions, education, experiences, and study is stored in our minds for our personal use.Only rarely, and for short moments, are we fully aware of what’s happening in the present without resorting to knowledge from the past with which we are familiar.

Understanding happens when the knowledge learned is applied directly in the moment. This is the distinction between knowledge different than understanding.

Knowledge applied to useful purpose is what makes the difference.

In the same way, we may know many pieces of wisdom, but much of it, we simply store as data, learnt but not as understood as as to how to use it, as we seldom observe it or apply it in a mindful manner. But one who has acquired knowledge and also who understands why and how to apply it is considered a specialist in his or her field as in this definition.


A specialist is one who not only knows how something works, but who understands why. And who, therefore, is fully capable of applying that knowledge in the real world for a practical purpose. Therein lies the difference between knowledge and understanding, which is: Applied Knowledge.

The fascinating part of the mind is that it can see the same thing and still learn something new. Just like when you look at a photograph or a painting many times, eventually more and more of it becomes apparent to you. You see more subtle effects of light and shadow, the brush-strokes and paint textures and colours and more subtle parts of the background which can give new meaning and interest.

With this in mind, you can explore the philosophy or teaching, or more generally life and the mind itself, to be able to comprehend it and find deeper applications and benefits.

Applied knowledge should be the goal of a specialist in any field.

Daniel Jacobs
© 2016, all rights reserved

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One of the advantages of growing old.

One of the advantages of growing old

Written by Andy Rooney

I’ve learned …. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I’ve learned …. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned …. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my  day.
I’ve learned …. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned …. That being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned …. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned …. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned …. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned …. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned …. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned …. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned …. That money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned …. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned … That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned …. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned …. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned …. That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned …. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned …. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’ve learned …. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned …. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned …. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned …. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned …. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned …. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned …. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned …. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.


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