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It’s that time of year again! Fresh cut grass – lined up chalk – venders yelling out “Peanuts, Cracker Jacks” – National Anthem – Planes flying over ballparks – Play Ball being yelled by the Ump.

Your team runs out on to the field and the stadium erupts! Can you feel the magic just piercing your heart? It’s the field, the players, the vendors, the lights, the kids laughing that just makes all the problems in the world go away for 2-3 hrs.

I still believe it is the purest game ever! I love it!

It’s a game of stats and strategies!!

Walt Whitman once said, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.” AMEN!

My team has and will always be the San Diego Padres! Since I was the age of 5, I can remember so many memories from Jack Murphy Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium, and Petco Park. Even going to Dodger Stadium and the new Yankee Stadium in my lifetime have continued to increase my respect and love for the game!

The game teaches patience, hard work, strategy, intelligence, and so many other qualities applied to life!

Today MY San Diego Padres won a game in extra innings, 11 to be exact, Cameron Maybin hit a HR in the top of ninth and tied the ballgame. Then in Top of the 11th inning, he hit a single that scored Chase Headley. Padres won 5-3!

Venable, Bartlett, Hudson, Hawpe, Ludwick, Headley, Maybin, Hundley, Stauffer – Padres 2011 Opening Day Starters

I can’t wait one day to have a son and teach him how to play baseball which is the game of life!

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Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? Why are we here at this time on earth? Why were you born in a certain area?

I came upon a great documentary which was released back in 2008 about 2 brothers and 2 friends who go on search for the Human Experience. They do everything from living homeless for a week in NYC to visiting various countries helping disabled children, and a number of other great things. There purpose is to find out what different humans perceive as why they are here on this earth and who they are.

 

We have all questioned what we are doing here on this earth, who we are, and what our calling is in life. This is truly a great documentary that lights a fire inside to live everyday a little bit better, to give service to others out of love, and to truly search for the answers to the most important questions of realizing our potential on this earth.

Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning?

As many of you know now, I am going to audition one more time for So You Think You Can Dance. I will also be raising money for Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit for less privileged kids who can earn scholarships for dance classes, school, and academy. I am really excited to also be filming a mini-documentary on dancers throughout America, which we will film on the trip!

Please see the blog at http://stepxstepdance.wordpress.com/ – and donate however much you can!

Michael Jackson once said, “And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive; the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.”

For me that hits right to my heart of why I dance. Ever since I was a kid, I can remember feeling the music come through me like a lightening bolt and shaking every nerve to move! The true artist inspirations have given me that light to share to others I come into contact with. It started as a kid, grew on me in high school, ever expanded in college, and now has become a part of who I am and what I seek to become. I can honestly write so much more about why I dance, but the truth is: I dance to be Clayton, I dance to bring happiness into this world, I dance to let go, I dance to love, I dance to share, and I dance to inspire.

What makes you feel the same way?

IF YOU CAN PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW AND/OR THE LINK UNDERNEATH IT AND VOTE FOR MY “JAM” VIDEO. THANK YOU


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What is the truth about weakness or adversity? Why is there so much opposition not just to our lives but sometimes in daily routine? Why is it so difficult sometimes to get out of bed or to stay focused on that which is tough to accomplish?

Lately, I have been finishing up the Book of Mormon (Another Testament of Jesus Christ) in the Book of Ether. Section 12 and specifically verses 27-41 have hit me a little harder than other ones have. These verses are solely about why we have weaknesses and opposition in our lives. Verse 27 the Lord speaks to Moroni, “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” Some POWERFUL WORDS!

So I started thinking of some people in this world who have overcome weaknesses and made them strengths. One of the first ones I thought of was Lance Armstrong winning 7 Tour De France’s after beating cancer. I thought, WOW-what a great accomplishment! There’s more to this story, that is more on the negative side which I will not share. But I think what a great accomplishment. I also think of Michael Jordan winning 6 NBA Championships to which one of those game in the NBA Finals, Jordan played through having the flu! There are thousands upon thousands of examples of weak things becoming stronger.

What I mean to focus on is more of humbling ourselves before God, understanding that we are His creation and He knows us better than we do ourselves. The oppositions we face can seem like a mountain to climb, and sometimes they are really only just bumps in our path of life. Maybe we’re barely crawling in our soul and that bump seems like a mountain! Maybe we are so hungry and thirsty that we can’t see there is a feast and a cup in front of us! I think of the many Pioneer men, women, and children who crossed the ocean or who crossed America’s frontier because they had faith of a better life, one that would be bring them a new life, give them liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In our walk through life, let us never forget that our weaknesses have been given to us so that we may learn some lesson. We cannot taste the sweet without the bitter, as my friend Filip brought to my mind this morning. Our humility not just to God or Higher Being, but to serve each other, to show charity and compassion on those that need it, to work hard with strong morals and ethical standards – these are all things we can do to help become what we are to become.

I’ll continue this more in the future, but I leave with you a few things below this. One is a favorite commercial of mine with Michael Jordan in it! Very Powerful! The second is the one thing EVERYONE should know about me! It is the one thing that if I did not have this special knowledge I would not be writing this at this moment. Its who I am, and I want to share it with you. If you would like to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints aka Mormons  then click on the link and learn more.

Clayton C-Bass Ashcraft

 

 

www.Mormon.org

 

 

Hello WordPress World! Looking to create a blog about some of my ideas on life, my religion, business, photography, dance, and other subjects that interest me. It’s interesting to think how much blogs and vlogs are important to branding one’s self even companies. In 2011, I look to create more of my personal brand by being able to link up all my social networking sites including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other sites.

My hope also is that I can create some type of inspiration into others who have passions for whatever may bring positive influences in this world. We are all here on this earth as brothers and sisters of our Heavenly Father, and we need to start treating each other with more love and concern. In my life I have been blessed with such great family, friends, and others I have come into contact. In each of these experiences, I have been able to add something to my life to progress it further. All my experiences, I believe, have been at a certain time for the right reason and who knows the truth of it all.

Please as you view my blog and possibly comment on my posts, BE respectful, no cursing or foul language; if you have a differing opinion be respectful ( I am always open to new ideas); please stay positive, there is no reason to make this world a tougher place. Thank you again and lets make this year better than the last.

 

Clayton C-Bass Ashcraft

 

 

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