Photo by Aan Nizal on Unsplash I began training for a half-marathon a few weeks ago. Let's just say the excitement wears off real quick and you face the question "are you up for the challenge?" It's late November, dark by 5pm, cold for Saturday morning long runs, and I get out of breath real … Continue reading Are You Up for the Challenge?
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the power of mind-mapping. If you are like me and struggle with organization, mind-mapping is a great way to get a hodge-podge of thoughts onto a board where you can turn them into something beautiful. (If your life is expertly organized into properly located and named … Continue reading The Power of Mind-Mapping
I caught Chicago in concert this past weekend. Let that sink in for a moment. These guys, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock-jazz fusion in the early 1970s are still going strong in 2019. They've had ups and downs, but their powerful horn section sounds as good as ever as they burn … Continue reading Still Going Strong
The saying "hope is not a strategy" gets tossed around a lot. Politicians have used to to grill opponents and Instagram gurus have used it to get followers. Hey, I'm using it to make a point in this blog. And the point? Hope is not a strategy. Lots of people say it, but most unfortunately … Continue reading Hope is Not a Strategy
Victorious squirrel tenaciously conquers the bird feeder.
I recently came across this photo of my old friend Elmer McGee. Elmer was a gentle soul who fought a life-long battle with alcoholism. Toward the end, Elmer won his battle with demon rum but lost his battle with lung cancer. Through it all, Elmer demonstrated the value of a life that matters. I first … Continue reading A Life That Matters
Don't believe the lies about change. You don't get rich overnight and success doesn't come easy. You've likely come across some online guru promising awesome results if you'll purchase his program. Nothing wrong with that, as long as Mr. Guru isn't promising what the product doesn't deliver. I'm currently working with a wonderful person recovering … Continue reading Success Doesn’t Come Easy or Overnight.
I'm writing this blog during a moment of frustration. I reluctantly agreed to a meeting tonight that someone else initiated. The meeting really throws my day off schedule, yet I agreed to it because of complex reasons. However, this turn of events jolts my system to the need to confront a reality. A lot of … Continue reading When An Extrovert wants to set an Introvert’s Agenda
DCIM\100MEDIA\DJI_0126.JPG I recently joined a group of rescue ministry workers for a walking tour of Skid Row in Los Angeles, California. I managed to snap a few pictures that sum up the essence of Skid Row. We walked past people snorting cocaine and smoking marijuana. Some had a stark-raving mad look out of their eyes, … Continue reading When Leadership Fails
We've all heard the saying "the grass is always greener on the other side." Sometimes, it really is greener. If we're honest with ourselves, we've all privately looked longingly at something someone else has and thought it preferable over our lot in life. Their house is bigger. Their job is better. Their spouse is more … Continue reading Why is the Grass Greener on the Other Side?