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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 …

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Okay, Tell Me…

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen R. Covey Over the holidays, I posted a picture on Facebook of my dad reading love letters he and mom exchanged before they were married fifty-seven years ago. As dad read them aloud, we smiled, we laughed, and of course we shared more than a few “awwwww” moments. It truly was the best part of Christmas. I forgot I shared the picture on Facebook until a few days after Christmas when my co-worker, Angela brought it up. She pulled up an empty chair next to my desk, sat down, looked straight into my eyes and said, “Okay, tell me about your …

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If Only…

We rejoice, Mr. President that you are safely tucked in now and through the ages with God’s loving arms around you. ~ Former Secretary of State James Baker There were so many poignant moments as the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush was laid to rest. Like millions of Americans, I was first moved to tears watching Senator Bob Dole muster every bit of his remaining strength to rise from his wheelchair to salute his fellow war hero and former political foe. The tears returned as the President was eulogized, culminating with his son, President George W. Bush overtaken by emotion as he called his dad, “The best father a son or daughter could ever have.” My …

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I’m Not Who I Was

Youth is wasted on the young. ~ George Bernard Shaw I kept a journal in the eighties. Wait, let me rephrase that, I kept a journal for a few months in the eighties. I still have it. The other night I took it down from the top shelf in my closet, dusted it off and opened it to page one. My first thought is…fascinating. We’ll get back to that. My birthday is tomorrow. I didn’t think I would enjoy getting older; I do. Life has been a wonderful teacher and in recent years, I have become a more attentive student. I’ll gladly take the grey whiskers and wrinkles – sorry, “laugh lines,” along with the gained wisdom and discernment. A …

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Time Remains Undefeated

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. ~ Dr. Seuss Yesterday, my wife and I gave something precious to the United States Navy: our daughter.  The goodbye was swift.  The driver of her airport transfer van held the door open and our family surrounded Emily in the parking lot. I know my daughter. I could tell she was determined to hold it together. She wanted to make a clean getaway. If she could have, she would have blown a few kisses, dove into the van, and yelled to the driver, “Go! Go! Go!” Instead, she gave quick, individual hugs to her grandpa, her grandma, her mom, her aunt, her sister, and me. There was very little eye contact. …