We disappoint ourselves so often that we stop believing it when we say, "I'm going to be healthier" or "I'm going to get that next promotion at work". We've disappointed ourselves so much that we stop before we even start.
The other day I walked down to the school to pick up my kids. Jenna normally does this but occasionally, South Orange County traffic makes it inevitable I will get the privilege to walk my kids home from school from time-to-time. As I was standing at the crosswalk, I was rather entertained as two 8-year-old … Continue reading Haymakers & Black Eyes
This week I picked up my copy of Finish by Jon Acuff. Making that even better—I was able to meet Jon when he was in Irvine, CA, at his book signing. It wasn't until after I started reading his book that I realized he single-handedly saved the Rocky movie franchise! How? I'm glad you asked. … Continue reading Eye of the Tiger
As Florida is left in the wake of Hurricane Irma today, I find the chatter on social media to be fairly predictable after catastrophic storms like Irma and Harvey. What is crazy to me is the hatred and venom that comes out of people when events like this happen. Take Katrina for instance. I remember … Continue reading Fool’s Gold
Shortly after Desert Storm and I returned to Germany, I was transferred to a new company for the last six months of my military commitment. When I got to the company, I couldn't believe the racial division that was going on in the unit. I remember thinking, "This is 1992! Shouldn’t we be past all … Continue reading The Fixer
Not that long ago, I was making lunch for my younger kids as they started (for what had to have been the 1 millionth time) the animated movie Toy Story 3. If you are familiar with the movie, the very beginning can be very emotional for parents. Like I said, I've been forced to watch … Continue reading Time Flies
The air was crisp but the sun shone bright in the Northwest Indiana sky. Christmas Eve would normally signal a time of excitement for a 13-year old, especially for me because my 14th birthday would be in three days. However, Christmas lost its magic and luster over the years and this was about to be, … Continue reading Unwanted
May I impart just a little bit of life wisdom to you? Don't sleep with poisonous snakes! You may think this is a no-brainer, but apparently, it isn't. Who would do such a thing you ask? Well, you're looking at him… err… reading him?! I slept with a poisonous snake in my sleeping bag! This … Continue reading Rolling With The Punches
When people hide their dark secrets, danger is never too far away. The question is: does your dark secret hurt someone you care about or is it you who gets hurt?
When I was growing up, we didn't have a lot of money. It wasn't that we lived in an exceptionally nice area or anything, but the things I was forced to wear to school were clearly outside the range of acceptable fashion no matter where I would have lived—especially in the early 80s. Having to … Continue reading My Ugly Yellow Jacket