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Lessons on Passion and Pedro Pan

Lessons on Passion and Pedro PanEarly in my working career I received an amazing life lesson from a little man from Cuba. He was at least forty years my senior, wore a clip-on tie, and half the time I couldn’t understand a word he said. But he displayed passion like I’d never seen before. The last time I saw him was on Election Day in November 1986. I’ll never forget him. Continue reading “Lessons on Passion and Pedro Pan” »

The Samaritan and the Saint

Martin Luther King, Jr.The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:  “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”  But… the good Samaritan reversed the question:  “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (delivered on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated)

 

What causes a person to dig deep and devote their life to someone they hardly know? When a child is abandoned by a family and neglected by society, what moves another person to say, “I’ll take the responsibility?” Maybe it’s faith. Maybe it’s a heightened social maturity. Or maybe there’s a sense that both people will be blessed in a powerful way. In the case of Becky and Jimmy, I think it’s all three. Continue reading “The Samaritan and the Saint” »

Giving His All

History is sometimes a matter a perspective. When you witness an event with your eyes, it may be a fleeting memory. When you feel it in your bones, it can stay with you for years. When it hammers on your heart, you remember it for a lifetime.

William & Mary Basketball

Photo by College of William and Mary on Flickr

The greatest sporting experience I’ve ever had started with only a glimmer of hope. When the game ended I thought it was the most exciting basketball game I’d ever seen. But it was only on reflection years later that I began to truly appreciate the enormity of what I’d witnessed on December 7, 1977. Continue reading “Giving His All” »

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” »

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…” »