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The Dreamer

When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality. – Dom Helder Camara

 

Most people go through life without a definitive idea of what they want to be when they grow up. Early on, little revelations start to get in the way of childhood dreams. Too slow for the NFL. Poor vision won’t cut it in the astronaut program. Pirates aren’t the fun-loving bunch you thought they were. But what happens when you know, without a doubt, what you want to do?  You can taste it. It’s your destiny. And then you find out you’re wrong, it’s not going to happen. Maybe only then can you discover what God really has in mind for you. Continue reading “The Dreamer” »

Worth Getting Messy

Many of us like to address messy situations from a comfortable distance. We feel better if we can help out by writing a check or volunteering for a few hours. If we’re not too busy.  If we’re pretty sure there won’t be a lot of drama involved. But who in their right mind would embrace the opportunity to help people in the midst of crisis – whenever and wherever – and do it every day?  Perhaps someone who recognizes his gifts. Someone who sees God’s calling for his life. Someone like Bob Barnes. Continue reading “Worth Getting Messy” »

Loving My Life – Like a 14 Year Old Kid

As a Vistage Chair, I get the opportunity to work with people who are trying to get better every day. I cherish the role, because I’m such a work in progress myself. Been there, screwed it up, learned a lesson. I continue to look for positive examples and people who can make me a better me.  One of the role models who helps shape me as a person and a parent is fourteen years old. At least he was forty years ago. Continue reading “Loving My Life – Like a 14 Year Old Kid” »

Twin Sons of Different Mothers

One man lives in a winter paradise.  The other lives in a tropical playground. One man is a bundle of energy and emotion at work.  The other is soft-spoken and stoic.  They took dramatically different roads to get where they are. But when you look at their passions and their impact on people, the similarities are remarkable.  Steve and Steve. They’re twin sons of different mothers. Continue reading “Twin Sons of Different Mothers” »

That Guy in the Mirror

A good example has twice the value of good advice.  – Author Unknown

 

adviceWhen my kids were young, I bought a basketball hoop for the driveway. Unfortunately, it required some assembly, so I knew I was in for a little adventure… and a little drama.  Tools laugh at me when they see me approach.

I was just starting the project when my six-year-old son, Kevin, approached me.

“Can I help?” he asked. Continue reading “That Guy in the Mirror” »

My New Best Friends

Please tell me I’m not the only one. Over the last year, I’ve apparently started operating in a parallel universe, where I friendslook the same, live in the same house with the same people, but I’ve started to exhibit some really bizarre behaviors. Especially when it comes to my friends. Well, at least my new friends. My new best friends.

I think friendships, the really deep, worthwhile ones, develop over time. At least I used to think so, until social media conditioned me to Continue reading “My New Best Friends” »

Urgency… Without the Crisis

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  - Mahatma Gandhi

 

Steve JobsIn recent years, there have been books, blogs and videos encouraging us to seize the day and follow our hearts / dreams/ passions, by people whose lives were marked with impending death. I think we need to hit the pause button and take the advice to heart. Today. And repeatedly. Continue reading “Urgency… Without the Crisis” »

But He Looks So Ordinary…

Making a difference in other people’s lives – now there’s a noble pursuit. Unfortunately, most of us reserve our “make-a-difference” efforts for our spare time.  When it’s convenient.  When we can muster the energy.  But what if you made it your life’s pWilliam Wallaceassion?

Then you might discover that when all is said and done, your own life is blessed.  Beyond measure. Like Tom Hill’s has been.

If you read Tom’s resume, he sounds larger than life. It reminds me of the exchange in Braveheart, when Continue reading “But He Looks So Ordinary…” »

Everyone Has a Story

For most of us, our daily exchanges with casual acquaintances and strangers are pretty lame.

You know: “How are you?” “Fine.” “ Glad to hear it.” End of conversation.

Perfunctory.  The words just come out.

Sometimes, we don’t want to be rude, but we try to avoid the conversation altogether.  After all, it could be a colossal waste of your time.  Or the person might be Continue reading “Everyone Has a Story” »

Seeing It Through Their Eyes

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.  – Mark Van Doren

 Have you ever noticed that sometimes your greatest lessons come from the least likely sources?

InfluenceTick down the list of people you’d expect to influence your personal compass and shape the lens through which you look at the world. Your parents? How about a Pastor or Rabbi? A special coach? Maybe a college professor? There has to be a close friend or two, right?  Those roles would make sense – after all, they’re the people who are supposed to be guiding us, for good or for bad.  Now think about the people who have actually had the greatest impact on you. Any surprises? Continue reading “Seeing It Through Their Eyes” »