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November 12, 2010

Chasing lions (i.e. what-if's)

While grappling over a recent decision, I turned to my wise friend Jack for his advice. His response, while surprising and thought-provoking, was exactly what I had hoped he would share. Instead of telling me what I should do, he shared with me a book review of one he's currently reading: "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day." He explained how scripture tells of the bravery of one of King David's soldiers, and so motivated by this encouraging story, I decide to Google more on this book.

I found yet another profound statement directly pulled from Amazon: "Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn't chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued."

I've always tried to live life so that when my last day on earth comes, I'm not laying on my death bed thinking "What if???" What if I would have majored in a different discipline, would my life be better now? What if I attended a different college? What if I would have stayed at my first career instead of moving back to Hays? What if I would have married someone else? What if I would have had more kids, or no kids at all? What if....

Thankfully, I believe my past decisions were good ones. Perhaps it was because I never let fear or regret choose those important decisions for me. Perhaps it was because I let myself listen, truly listen, to a higher voice to guide me through those tough decisions. Perhaps I just like chasing lions.

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November 10, 2010

Stop doing that!
As a parent, I never imagined I would tell my son some of things I have said, such as:

"Don't lick the TV!"
"Stop licking the public bathroom wall!"
"Did you just lick the trashcan? What on earth would make you lick the trashcan?"

After the above experiences, this morning's visit seems even more surreal. When dropping Garrett off at school, I had to tell him several times to hurry up so he wouldn't be late. I then realized the reason for his delay and heard myself saying:

"Stop reading and put away your book!"

Is there such a thing as good germs?
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November 9, 2010

A Good Fisherman
Sometimes, the best inspiration comes from someone else's writings and advice. This excerpt below was pulled from Napoleon Hill Foundation's Thought for the Day for November 9, 2010. I hope you find this as profound as I did!


Just as in a conversation it’s a good idea to listen more than you talk, it is also wise in relationships to think about the well-being of others more than you think about your own wishes and desires. When you constantly strive to treat others in the same way you would like them to treat you, you become a person whom others like to be around, one who commands their respect, confidence, and loyalty.

When you learn to manage emotions and your ego, and when you learn to always consider the needs and desires of others, it is inevitable that you will "bait your hook" with kindness and consideration, and catch more friends than you can count.”

This and other positive messages can be found at the Napoleon Hill Foundation website at
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November 7, 2010

“Veteran’s Questions to the 'Los Angeles Examiner'”
Remember my grandmother's diary my mom found from 1935? With that book, she had a newspaper clipping from the The Los Angeles Examiner: it was a Letter to the Editor published January 1946 by L.W. Johnson. After I read it, I wondered what prompted Grandma to clip and keep this article for decades. I also was amazed at the parallel issues of then compared to now.

Here is the article in its entirety: 

Have been reading with interest and growing wonderment and disgust of the senseless, foolish and unnecessary strikes now being perpetrated throughout this nation. Being a Veteran of three and one-half years, I have prayed and fought for peace. I expected to come home and be able to enjoy that peace.


Instead there is an internal strife and tension in a nation that should be elated and thanking God for being a free nation without fear of aggression.


There are some questions in my mind that I should like to have answered by anyone who has the information.
1—Who profits on these strikes besides the union officials and underlings?

2—How many of the men on strike are combat veterans and of those who are, how many voted “yes” on a strike ballot?

3—Is John L. Lewis an asset or a detriment to the United States of America?

4—How many people belonging to nationwide unions actually want to belong?

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