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One Minute In The Road

Every choice you make makes you. ~ John Maxwell On June 16, 1984, I was at my high school graduation party. Tables decorated in Eisenhower High School green and white were set up in the garage, spilling out onto the driveway. I think my parents invited every person who’s ever been in their lives. It was a pretty good crowd and I was clowning around, manning the bar, serving drinks. Suddenly I heard someone say, “Curt, there’s an old dude out here who wants to talk to you.” I looked out front and saw a car idling in the middle of our busy road, an old man behind the wheel. I made my way down the long, gravel driveway toward …

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The Girl Who Runs Toward Danger

When you’re soaring through the air, I will be your solid ground. Take every chance you dare, I’ll still be there, when you come back down. ~ Nickel Creek It’s funny, but I knew my daughter would serve in the military before she did. After four years of watching her compete in high school JROTC competitions, I honestly couldn’t picture her in a dorm room studying economics. But she insisted throughout her senior year that she was done with camouflage, early morning workouts, inspections and obstacle courses. I listened to her reasoning and I offered a few of my own thoughts but ultimately, I knew she would have to decide the course of her life. Her mother and I would …

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Old Friends

You can’t make old friends. ~ Ben Rector I never had any friends later on, like the ones I had when I was twelve…Jesus, does anyone? Fade to black. Roll the credits. That was the final scene in the classic, coming-of-age film, “Stand By Me.” Childhood friendships; there’s just something about them. they’re the kind of friends you can go years without seeing and pick up exactly where you left off. It’s rare, and I have three. Last year, on a perfect spring day, my buddy from high school and I went to Boston and saw the Sox and Tigers play in historic Fenway Park. He traveled there from Texas. I flew in from Tennessee. Together, we walked those hallowed …

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What Are You Listening To?

The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. ~ Richard Bach My father-in-law requested I speak at his funeral. I had never done that before and it terrified me. I pictured myself in a sharp dark suit with all eyes on me, and I got nothing. How do you sum up a 95-year old World War II veteran’s life in a few minutes? Should I be funny? What if I screw up and say something stupid? So, before I wrote a single word, I asked Donald Miller, an author and CEO of StoryBrand for advice. He thought for a moment, and then he said something I won’t forget. “Remember that funerals are for the living,” he began. “I think …

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Your Assist

A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things. ~ Jim Rohn I know a guy who can dribble a basketball better than any single human being I’ve ever seen. Seriously. He’s so good that NBA players come to him for instruction. When I was younger, I would say to him, “Man, I’d give anything to dribble like you.” He’d smirk at me like he knew something I didn’t. He did. Jason has spent a lifetime dribbling. When he was a boy, he woke up at dawn and he dribbled. He went to the neighborhood courts in the afternoon and he dribbled. He’d walk a half-mile home for lunch, dribbling. He’d return and play until …