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The Good Stuff

The Good Stuff

I had a great conversation earlier in the week with some people about living a life filled with thankfulness. We talked about how wonderful and amazing life really is when you become conscious of the blessings surrounding you.  We also agreed that the more thankful you are for the things you currently have, the more likely you are to start stock piling more stuff that will bring you that same feeling of thankfulness. It's the law of attraction at its finest.  Actually, it's the simple yet miraculous principle of reaping what you [...]

Me, Myself, and the Birds

Me, Myself, and the Birds

I'm sitting on my back deck as I write this, and I'm watching the various songbirds and squirrels that visit my yard.  I have to tell you, I find it extremely peaceful and very cool to just enjoy the quiet nature of the whole scenario. One of my favorite things to do is to watch the birds.  I have hummingbird feeders, songbird feeders, places for the finches to get their thistle, etc.  And I've been doing this for a long time. Yes, it's true, while I consider myself to be a man's man...I was watching UFC 131 last night and enjoying [...]

Why Phil Jackson is the Best

Why Phil Jackson is the Best

When the NBA season came to an unceremonious end for the Los Angeles Lakers last weekend, all of the attention turned to their Hall of Fame head coach, Phil Jackson.  Jackson has announced that he is likely retiring from coaching basketball, at least for now, and so the talk of his career achievements were in all of the sports headlines. Most NBA fans believe that Phil Jackson is one of the greatest coaches of all time.  His 11 NBA World Championships are the most all-time by any coach, and in age of free agency where there seems to be [...]

Lucky You

Lucky You

"With a little luck, we can help it out We can make this whole damn thing work out" -lyrics from "With a Little Luck" by Paul McCartney Without question, in my mind, there are lucky people who walk among us.  They are the luckiest of the lucky and they seem to glide right into great opportunities with the ease that the rest of us use to breathe.  And, there are also unlucky people out there.  The kind of people who couldn't catch a break with a baseball mitt.  In fact, if it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at [...]

Lighten Up!

Lighten Up!

How about a good laugh?  Seriously, when was the last time you really laughed?  When I say really laughed I mean cut loose like a little kid.  The kind of crazy, almost uncontrollable laughter that breaks down your inhibitions and transports you back to childhood.  It's the best. Not only do I highly recommend it, but I'm going to insist that you start doing it. I'm telling you, it's one of the greatest things you can do for yourself at any given moment of any given day.  Just let it go.  Not only does it feel good...it is good!  [...]

You’ll Love This

You’ll Love This

It's really all about love. I mean, when you break it all down and get to the core of what really makes life wonderful, creates joy in relationships, inspires people to become the greatest version of themselves, and brings out the very best in all of humanity, it's love. Love can soften the hardest heart, break through the toughest barrier, and cause the amazing to become reality. The best thing about love is that it's free...it's a gift.  A gift to be given and received.  And it's so easy to give this gift away.  You and I can [...]

Confession of a Grateful Grandson

Confession of a Grateful Grandson

I have a confession to make.  And as a grown man, who is married and the father of two kids, this one is going to sound pretty sappy.  But, here it goes... I miss my grandma. Okay, I said it.  And I think I feel a little better getting it off my chest.  Now look, it's as honest a confession as could ever be uttered, but I also feel like I'm taking a big chance by throwing it out there, since you readers may start thinking that I'm a bit of a softy. That's a big risk for a guy who considers himself a man's man at the core! But, [...]

Tune Into You

Tune Into You

I have a theory. Okay, I have a lot of theories, but I'm thinking of one in particular right at this moment. It has to do with attracting the right kind of people to yourself.  The kind of people that are going to have a positive influence, be constructive forces, make you a better soul, and develop into true friends.  It also has to do with being attracted to the right kind of people.  Same type of folks that were previously mentioned, only in this case, you're actually gravitating toward them. So here's my theory...I believe this [...]

Your Inner Child

Your Inner Child

I was playing with my kids today and just having an absolute blast. I love the opportunities I have as a father to spend time with the kids, especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon, when none of us are thinking about anything other than the moment.  Plus, the sound of my kid's laughter is one of my all-time favorite things in all of life. Often, when I'm done having a blow-out time with my son and daughter, I reflect on the beauty of being a kid.  The honesty, the fun, relying on imagination, and that endless supply of energy and [...]

Shall I Start Them This Year?

Shall I Start Them This Year?

I found this poem about New Year's Resolutions and I thought it was pretty clever.  It's funny and it captures the essence of how most of us truly feel about the resolutions we make on December 31st.  Because, let's face it, deep down inside we know what's really going to happen, right? The truth is that the resolutions any of us make without an accompanying plan of action and commitment to establishing the successful habits necessary to achieve them, are just words we whisper to ourselves to fill space.  Inevitably, they end up [...]

Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more

Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more

I came across a great quote the other day that was attributed to Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.  I liked it so much that I posted it on Facebook (the sincerest form of flattery in our continuously-expanding social media world), and a whole bunch of folks indicated they loved it, too. Coolidge said, "Christmas is not a time nor season, but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas". The quote really got my attention because I've heard so [...]

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