Great lives are built on great thoughts, and miserable lives are built on drivel and hype.
The single most destructive force on planet earth is television.
It's the original weapon of mass destruction and ruins millions of lives each year as it fills people's minds with rubbish.
God gave you a brain designed to think great thoughts, and television turns it into a trash bin.
Many people think I'm a little hard on television. After all, it's only chewing gum for your mind, and perhaps they are right. Some people want to live in Nowhere Land and don't want to do anything with their life. A wide screen high definition television is an excellent way to anesthetize their mind so they forget about their dreams.
That may be ok for some people, but it's not ok for me. I'm constantly on the prowl looking for great thoughts that I can put into my mind, because I know that great lives are built on great thoughts.
I've built my life on a few great thoughts.
I believe that everyone has the ability to achieve excellence in at least one area of their life. I chose medicine as my area of excellence.
I believe that love is the most positive and most powerful force in the universe, and that when love gets inside you, it makes you into a healthy person. When your mind is full of thoughts that are consistent with love, your mind is exactly the way God designed it to be. When your heart is full of emotions that are consistent with love, your heart is exactly the way God meant for it to be.
II believe that the most important thing I do in my life is raise my children, and if my children grow up to have good values, if they have good self-esteem, and if they are still my best friend, then I am a success.
I believe that sailing around the world with my family on a small yacht was one of the smartest things I ever did. It showed my children that it's possible to live their dreams.
I believe that Land Rover Defenders are the most awesome expeditionary vehicles ever built. It's never over in a Rover, and God willing, I will drive one around the world.
Finally, I believe there is no limit to how good my life can become.
That's my short list of great thoughts. What's on your list?
Life is good.
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.
The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
Although I like the feel of a paper book in my hand, I love trees even more. When people purchase an eBook, they actually save trees and save money as well. Ebooks are less expensive and have no negative impact on the environment. All of Dr. Dave's books are available at Save A Tree Bookstore. Visit the bookstore today and start putting good things into your mind. It's easy to fill your mind with positive things using eBooks. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pull out your smart phone or tablet and start reading. You can even use electronic highlighters and make annotations in your eBooks just like paper books.