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30 Blogs, One More Time

30 Blogs, One More Time

Have you ever taken on a task that you thought was maybe just a little bit of a stretch for you and that you might not be able to accomplish? It may have even been something that you thought would be good for you, but you just weren't convinced it could be done.  But you did it anyway!  Have you ever done that? If you have, then you know it can teach you a thing or two about persistence, and that you can learn a little about yourself as well. I decided to tackle such an endeavor about three months ago when I enthusiastically entered [...]

You Wanna Be a Miracle?

You Wanna Be a Miracle?

I'm a big fan of Jim Carrey.  I'm also a big fan of Morgan Freeman.  They are two of my favorite actors, and for different reasons. Jim Carrey is incredibly talented and always manages to make me laugh.  He has even inspired me to develop an Ace Ventura persona  that I break into around my kids sometimes.  "Alrighty, then!" Morgan Freeman is just a great actor.  And perhaps the king of the movie narrators.  I once joked that if a movie were ever made about my life, I would want Morgan Freeman to narrate it. In any event, I [...]

El Credo de Optimista

El Credo de Optimista

Life is pretty amazing. There are so many ways for each of us to become inspired each day if we will only take the time to be aware of ourselves and observe the miracles that take place all around us. Some other great ways to become inspired are to listen to a moving piece of music, recite a great quote or read a powerful poem.  Music can transport us for sure and words have an amazing transformative power over our souls. I was thinking about posting a particular poem that has inspired me, and I certainly hope that it will do the [...]

Late Night Lesson

Late Night Lesson

Something really cool happened to me a couple of nights ago.  It was one of those times in my life where I realized that I was being taught a great lesson, even though the essence of the actual moment was very simple. As it sometimes works out in my house, I happened to be up late one night writing.  My little girl was in my bed for the night.  The kids pull the ol' switcheroo sometimes, so my son was already sawing Zzz's with my wife in one of the kid's rooms...both of our children are still young enough to get away with this, and to be [...]

Self Reflection

Self Reflection

Below is one of the poems that I remember finding in my dad's office when I was a kid, and I always thought it was great.  Reading it today not only reminds me a bit of my youth, but it also reminds me of the important lessons that a father teaches his son.  The lessons that all parents can teach their kids. The poem itself is anonymous.  It really speaks to the concept of being honest with yourself and how at the end of the day, nothing else really matters.  Because truthfully, if you achieve results in any other way than being honest [...]

A Tribute to my Grandma

A Tribute to my Grandma

I received some wonderful feedback from many of you regarding my last post.  Particularly as it related to my relationship with my Grandma.  Because of that, I have decided to share something that I wrote for her on May 21, 2000, the day after she died.  I have included it below exactly how it was written for her.  As a quick backdrop - I spent many summers with my grandparents in Tennessee.  I grew up in southern California, so the woods of Stewart County were like a different world to me.  My Grandpa was a carpenter, and he built their [...]

Check Your Connections

Check Your Connections

You've probably seen the Verizon commercials on television where the guy who represents the whole operation is walking around with the army of people behind him that everyone refers to as "the Network".  They are great TV spots.  He used to go to all sorts of different locations and speak the famous words, "can you hear me now?" into the cell phone.  This was to show all of us that he was making sure Verizon customers would get reception in as many areas of the country as possible, by going everywhere himself to test it.  Again, great [...]

The Gift That Keeps Giving

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Judging by the title of the post, you might assume I was going to write about the wonderful Holiday Crud that has been circulating for a couple of months now.  It seems that about every third person I have run into lately has some form of a head cold, or sniffles, or allergies, or something...well...cruddy.  I picked it up from someone and managed to pass it along, and yes, it seems to be the perpetual offering that each of us have bestowed on each other as we closed out 2009 and leap headlong into 2010.  Nice gift! (heavy sarcasm). But, [...]

Post #25

Post #25

Okay, now the pressure is definitely on.  I entered the 30 Blogs in 30 Days Challenge that my friend Connie Green threw out there, and now it's coming down to the wire. Sure, I got in a little late...my first post for the Challenge, Lace 'Em Up, was officially up and running on December 11th, and I only have until Thursday January 7th to be done...but that is not going to stop me from completing the task!  Not only am I going to finish this challenge, but I am going to finish strong! Now, you might think that this is just a quick and [...]

Thanks…Let’s Keep in Touch

Thanks…Let’s Keep in Touch

Well, happy 2010 everyone! I have had some really nice feedback from a lot of you via e-mail, and of course I appreciate all of the comments left on the site as well.  First and foremost, thank you for reading, and I hope that you continue to come back and find a whole bunch of stuff here that will help you achieve all that you want in your life!  At the very least, I want to provide you with some encouragement and maybe even make you laugh a little.  It's just so important that we all get that little dose of positive each day! If you [...]

Happy New You!

Happy New You!

Okay, I’m going to look ahead a little here… It’s Wednesday morning, January 6th, 2010.  You’re just about settled back into whatever routine you were settled into before the holiday season started. You’re a little groggy… Now it’s time to take stock.  You look for your list of New Year’s Resolutions.  You did make a list, right?  (If not, do that NOW…so this set up will be more meaningful to you) You start at the top of your list: Lose that last 15 pounds Eat better Spend more time with my family Don’t [...]

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