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Podcast 49: Finding a “third way” with Aaron McHugh

Aaron McHugh writes and speaks about how restore balance and discover your path to a well-lived life.

He’s also an Ironman triathlete, a mountaineer, and a student of curiosity.

Aaron joins us for the second time in this episode of Let The Music Play Podcast, as he teaches and describes for us what it looks like to live and find “a third way” with the things that keep us curious in our lives.



You can stream this episode and all other episodes of Let The Music Play Podcast in iTunes and also at AshtonGustafson.com.

Godspeed in your music making,




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Glennon Doyle Melton writes in her new book that is set to release September 6th that when crisis arrives in life, we are invited to sift through the details of our story that is being written and eventually we are left with only that which truly matters.

We actually get the word crisis from the latin word cribum which means to sift or to separate.

My journey through this soul sifting started four years ago to the day.

There’s a lot that sifted out, but it is with brutal joy that I can share what I was left holding after the sift.


An appetite for stillness.

Rediscovery of my true self.

Wonder & Awe.

A radar, thermometer, and tuning fork for the soul.


A quest for beauty.

A crisis isn’t necessary for all of us, but two consistent questions most definitely are.

What needs to stay?


What needs to go?

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What will your news be today?

You would be shocked if you knew how many knees were bent right now in prayer.

No doubt that thousands of poems are being typed and written right now.

Just a guess, but I would bet that over 1,000 times a minute today someone holds a door for someone with their hands full.

Ten billion thank you’s will be exchanged today. Easily.

I’m guessing that over 10,000 crossing guards this morning stopped traffic for lunch pale toting ducklings on their way to school.

Right now….right this very minute…thousands of chefs are preparing menus and dreaming in flavors for their Friday night guests.

If a billion cut roses are sold in the United States each year, that means that at least 31 buds per second are bursting in our universe today before they get to your vase. For your enjoyment, by the way.

And guess what? The sun pulled up over our horizon again this morning.

Here’s the catch of the day…once you learn to see it, you’ll see it everywhere.

See what?

Beauty. Benevolence. Whimsy. Hope. Thrill. Joy. Experience. Euphoria. Etc.

Breaking news! You’re the host of the today show.


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It just takes one…

…great question to be the air in your life’s sails.

Most won’t scurry up the bravery to even ask a question big enough to move them across their seas. But that’s not their fault. More than likely the guy or gal before them didn’t ask either and we won’t ask what we aren’t shown to ask.

This is your friendly reminder to ask.

For me, this is what happens for me when I ask “What is the music?”. The sails pop full, cup the wind, and I’m off into the horizon of whimsy and mystery.

If I’m ever able to give what I believe to have found is the full answer to the question above, I promise I’ll be off to the a new question.

As for you, keep asking until your boat sails without your rowing.

And if you’re boat is sailing, don’t lose the wonder of where the wind may be blowing you.


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