Value Vs Price

We all have a balance between price and value. We can grab that small container at the convenience store because…

Grey

As we sit here on the Fifth of May, balanced between Star Wars Day and Revenge of the Sixth, we…

Fight For Your Right To Fight

“I wasn’t born to be a champion – I fought to be a champion.”  -Becky Lynch It is a paradox…

Chose Discomfort

“The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable.”  -Conor McGregor Only through adversity is there improvement.…

Unrehearsed

“All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.”  -Sean O’Casey I see salespeople all the time…

Money Troubles

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.”  -Spike Milligan Being broke…

See the Invisible

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”  -Jonathan Swift Walt Disney flew over hundreds of acres…

Unfiltered Truth

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion.  The great task in life is to find reality.”  -Iris…

Epigenetic Treasure Map

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”  -George Bernard Shaw We were all blind, helpless babies.  No…

Loser’s Lessons

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”  -Henry David Thoreau Losses will…

The Forging of Disappointment

“Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys…

Different Path

“Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” -Paulo Coelho I had a path…

Emotionally Drained

“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.” …

Lost Futures

“I guess that’s what disappointment is – a sense of loss for something you never had.”  -Deb Caletti That relationship…

Expect Nothing

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”  -Alexander Pope It’s sad to say that if…

Unsuccessful

“Disappointment’s cousin is Frustration.”  Chetan Bhagat You didn’t get the sale.  And you know that you asked enough questions and…

Be By Your Brothers

“Be near your brothers.”  -Fyodor Dostoevsky Presence is the greatest of presents. It is good to be around those you…

Brotherhood in Action

“Brotherhood is an ideal better understood by example than precept.”  -Paramahansa Yoganada Lots of Fraternities talk about Brotherhood.  How many…

Reciprocal Relationships

“Brotherhood is a two-way street.”  -Malcom X Treat others as you would wish to be treated.  And when they fail,…

Believe in Your Brother

“None of you believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”  -The Prophet Muhammad There is…

One Family

“I love you, my brother, whoever you are – whether you worship in a church, kneel in your temple, or…

Brother or Beast?

“Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.”  -Max Lerner Civilized people can use…

Brothers Together

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”  -Martin Luther King Jr. The one good…

Crazy in Love

“There is always some madness in love.”  -Friedrich Nietzsche “That’s nuts”. “You’re crazy.” “That’s insane.” Whether it is Calvin eventually…

Love = Life

“Where there is love there is life.”  -Mahatma Gandhi Spring is the time of rebirth and love, and is just…

Show Love

“Love is shown more in deeds than words.”  -Saint Ignatius Words are weak, but actions speak. Time is the most…

Wild Beauty

“Love her but leave her wild.”  -Atticus She is not a wild horse to be broken, but a fierce and…

Addicted to Love

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” -Henry David Thoreau If you were to look at the…

Extra-Ordinary Love

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”  -Oscar Wilde Ordinary comes from the Latin “ordo” meaning “order”, something…

Broken But Beautiful

“Continue to share your heart with people even if it has been broken.”  -Amy Poehler Fr. Mike Schmitz has a phrase…

A Slap in the Face

“A slap in the face is a great wake up call.”  -Michael Kay Nothing like starting to skid on black…

Unexpected

“It’s always better to shock people and change people’s expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can…

Victory is NOT Easy

“It’s always good to get a wake-up call and a reminder that you can’t just go there and collect medals.” …

Shock Art

“A painting that doesn’t shock isn’t worth painting.”  -Marcel Duchamp Love it or hate it, you must notice it. If…

Complacency Kills

“It’s always a wake-up call to get beaten.”  -Usain Bolt The monster Mike Tyson was beaten. The American Dream Team…

Post Trauma Choice

“We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so called trauma – but we make out of them…

Wake Up Call

“Sometimes it takes a wake-up call, doesn’t it, to alert us to the fact that we’re hurrying through our lives…

Win Today

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”  -Babe Ruth Today’s GOAT is tomorrow’s goat. If you recline, you decline. What…

Good to Great

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great.”  -John D Rockefeller Technology innovators have repeatedly lived out…

Second is First Loser

“The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.”  -Andrew Carnegie There is something known as the “first…

Pursue Passion

“Do what you love and success will follow.  Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.”  -Meg Whitman Wayne Gretzky…

Irate Insight

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”  -Bill Gates When someone complains, it is because they care.…

Not Dead, Not Done

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  -Winston Churchill I have…

The Gift of Grit

“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.”  -Anthony Robbins If things are easy, there is…

Worth It

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”  Theodore…

Don’t Fight Reality

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model…

Ripples Across the World

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”― Mother Teresa…

Change Your Perception

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”― Andy Warhol There are some people that…

Time to Heal

“Change, like healing, takes time.”― Veronica Roth I still miss her at times, but the pain is less as I heal…

Vulnerable

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”― Brene Brown Vulnerable means being open, and openness to feedback and new…

Inevitable Changes

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley We barely notice that…

Life Cycle

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”― Stephen Chbosky The world lost many notable individuals last year. Many…

Unlock the Doors

“Your gift will unlock doors that you prayed for God to open.”― Yvonne Pierre Instead of hoping for the external entity…

Open The Door Yourself

“Don’t be one of those lazy ones who are constantly looking for open doors! Be one of those who are…

Knock Harder!

“Breaking down a closed door is quicker than waiting for someone to answer it.”― Matshona Dhliwayo If you wait for the…

Talking Your Way In

“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.”–Elmer Leterman I have seen people talk their way into…

Closed Doors, Open Opportunities

“Realize that if a door closed, it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you.” -Mandy Hale You didn’t…

Desired Difficulties Open Doors

“Having challenges in your life opens doors for you.”  -Payal Kadakia People who have easy lives early rarely accomplish anything…

Doors of Passion

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”  -Joseph Campbell Passion can lead to…

Year End Reflection

“December is a time to reflect on the blessings of the past year and to embrace the opportunities of the…

Month of Memories

“December is the time for remembering the past and reaching toward the future.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Every year I close…

Month of Miracles

“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing.” -Oliver Herford Miracles aren’t always the touchdown…

Season of Opportunity

“December is a month of enormous potential.” -Michael Josephson More charitable gifts are completed in the month of December than…

Season For Silence

“December has the clarity, the simplicity, and the silence you need for the best fresh start of your life.” —…

Scents of the Season

“May and October, the best-smelling months? I’ll make a case for December; evergreen, frost, wood smoke, cinnamon.” — Lisa Kleypas…

Season of Service

“December is a month of invitation to forget ourselves in the service of others.”  -Robert Louis Stevenson Dropping your change…

The Best Laid Plans

“No plan survives contact with the enemy.”  -Tommy Franks The fog of war blinds all, muffles the sounds and confuses…

Long-Term Victory

“Today’s tactical victory does not guarantee tomorrow’s strategic success.”  -Peter Pace Winning the war does not guarantee the peace. Gaining…

To Counter an Evil

“Nothing can stop the attack of aircraft except other aircraft.”  -Billy Mitchell A bad person trying to hurt another will…

Clear the Table

“Never take counsel of your fears.”   -Stonewall Jackson Fear makes us stupid. Fear slows us down, mentally and physically. Fear…

Nameless Hill

“Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning.”  -Erwin Rommel Sometimes it isn’t worth fighting. When your…

Basis of All Other Virtues

“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.”  -Carl von Clausewitz Courage is not the absence of…

Fire Fight

“I will find a way or make a way.”  -Hannibal My friend Tommy the firefighter trained new firemen and women,…

A Snowman’s Heart

“I loved you when you opened like a lily to the heat; you see I’m just another snowman standing in…

Build a Snowman

“Do you want to build a snowman?” – Anna, Frozen Yes. Yes, take the time with your siblings to create magic.…

Snowman Friends

“I’m glad that life isn’t like a Christmas song, because if my friends and I were building a snowman and…

Winter Wars

“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and…

Unites, Not Just Units

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” –…

Proper Winter

“I tell you, it’s not a proper winter without a decent snowman.”  – Mr. Tumnus, in CS Lewis’  The Chronicles…

Winter Wonderland

“Winter is the king of showmen, Turning tree stumps into snowmen.” -Ogden Nash The end of Fall is not the…

Best I Can Today

“I get up every day, do the best I can do, and go home and have a good time.”  -Ina…

A Fine Day to Learn

“Every day is a good day.  There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”  -Amit Ray Dexter from “Dexter’s Laboratory”:…

1% Better Every Day

“Getting 1 percent better every day counts for a lot in the long-run.”  -James Clear A little bit better every…

Best Day Ever

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson Want to…

Learn Something Today

“Every day is a learning day.”  -Winston Marshall Every morning when a toddler opens their eyes they do not say…

Gift of Dawn

“Every morning is a new arrival.”  -Rumi In the almost ten thousand years of recorded human history, the sun has…

Win Every Day

“Do. The. Work. Every day, you have to do something you don’t want to do. Every day.”  -Tim Grover Is…

Where You Are

“The best place in the world to ski is where you’re skiing that day.”  – Warren Miller The present moment…

Ski To Grow

“Skiing is a battle against yourself, always to the frontiers of the impossible.” – Jean-Claude Killy As a teenager I would…

Not Competing With Others

“I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone, but the whole vibe with skiing is not so much thriving…

Wings and Dreams

“A person should have wings to carry them where their dreams go, but sometimes a pair of skis makes a…

The Wings of a Dream

“Skiing is the next best thing to having wings.” – Oprah Winfrey Speed. The thing kids dream of from the…

Active Prayer

“It’s better to go skiing and think of God than go to church and think of sport.” -Fridjof Nansen Some…

A Great Run

“Life is like skiing.  Just like skiing, the goal is not to get to the bottom of the hill.  It’s…

Make Yourself Great Again

“To get great again, we need to recreate what made us great.”  -Peter Schiff How we built our previous success…

Middle Aged Effort

“There is a psychological and physical toll from the pressure to recreate ourselves in midlife.”  -Alissa Quart Getting in shape…

Recreate Your Life

“You create your life, and you can recreate it too.”  -Ken Robinson In the past two decades we have seen…

Constant Changes

“There’s a rebirth that goes on with us continuously as human beings.”  -Dustin Hoffman You are not who you were…

Broken But Better

“A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures.” James E Faust When you have lost everything,…

Breakthrough Moment

“We all hope for breakthrough rebirth moments.”  Dane Cook Struggle is necessary for growth, both linear and radical. If you…

Bless the Rains

“Rain symbolizes darkness but also represents an essential part of rebirth.”  Sabrina Claudio Unless you have plans to go to…

Give Thanks

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  William Arthur Ward A simple,…

By Actions, Not Words

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to…

Make Do With What You Have

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you…

Rich Inside

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”  Doris Day I know people blessed with all the material wealth a person could…

Enough is More Than Enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more.”  Melody Beattie I grew up as one of six kids, plus…

The Grateful Giver

“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that is only…

Feeling Grateful

“Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” …

Thankfully Harvest

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”  William Blake The world will grow greater fruits than you can ever use,…

Harvest Reflection of Plowing

“The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero When an athlete…

Sow the Best Seeds

“Always do your best.  What you plant now, you will harvest later.”  Og Mandino Just because a client is clearly…

Focus on the Sowing

“You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do.” …

Sow More

“It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the harvest.”  Orison Swett…

Plant Sweet Seeds

“With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.”  Ella Wheeler Wilcox That phone…

Stone by Stone

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”  Robert Louis Stevenson Overnight…

Remember to Seize The Day

“Death isn’t sad.  The sad thing is: most people don’t live at all.” Socrates Memento Mori and Carpe Diem are…

Hole, Heart

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”  Richard Puz The hole…

Never Forget

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”  George Eliot One Halloween my mom helped me…

This is Halloween!

“Every day is Halloween, isn’t it?  For some of us.”  Tim Burton A chance to recreate ourselves, to try out…

Imagine Yourself a Hero

“Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it’s about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves.”  Elvis…

Not a Costume

“If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just Halloween.”  Douglas Coupland…

Becoming a Joker

“Halloween is the only time people can become what they want without getting fired.”  -Sylvester Stallone “Dress for the job…

Incomprehensible To You

“You can’t handle the truth.”  Col. Jessep in “A Few Good Men” We want the light without the shadow that…

Shepard the Weak

“If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.”  Jules Winnfield in “Pulp Fiction” If you don’t…

Now Darling

“I never look back, darling!  It distracts from the now.” -Edna in “The Incredibles” So they lied.  He stole from…

Burn Bright in the Endless Night

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”  -Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption“ If you have reached your mid 40’s,…

All People

“We all end up dead, it’s just a question of how and why.”  -William Wallace in “Braveheart” 108 Billion. That…

I’m Not Dead Yet!

“But did you die?!”  Chow in “The Hangover” The single greatest movie quote of all time to tell someone to…

Stoic Servant

“Ain’t got time to bleed.”  Jesse Venture in “Predator” To the sick mom that is taking care of her sick…

In the Sky With Diamonds

“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” ― Anton Pavlovich Chekhov People…

Peaceful Harmonies

“Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.” ― Laini Taylor War is the explosion after the…

Two Sides

“Peace and Justice are two sides of the same coin.”  Dwight D Eisenhower Without justice there can be no peace.…

Fight for the Future

“I prefer peace.  But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live…

The Men on the Wall

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” …

War and Peace

“We make war that we may live in peace.”  Aristotle If someone wishes to do you harm, you must be…

Peace Through Power

“The meek will enjoy peace and prosperity” (Psalm 37:10-11) Peace and prosperity is what we all seek, as is codified…

My Bad

“First rule of leadership: Everything is your fault.” —Hopper, A Bug’s Life Jocko Willink calls it “Extreme Ownership”.  Will Smith says…

Finish It

“Ladies do not start fights … but they can finish them!” —Marie, The Aristocats Do not look for trouble, but if…

Patience

“Even miracles take a little time.” —The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella We live in a world that has accelerated in all ways.…

Be Brave

“Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.” —Merida, Brave You have a destiny,…

A Light in the Darkness

“Always let your conscience be your guide.” —The Blue Fairy, Pinocchio If you have been raised in an environment where you…

Nothing

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” —Thumper, Bambi Sometimes silence is the only response. You say…

After You My Dear

“Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.” —Olaf, Frozen When your first thoughts are instantly about them instead of yourself,…

Enough is Enough

“You’re a sweet kid, but don’t press your luck.” Scrooge McDuck There are limits, even for a cute kid with…

Plan to See Your Pals

“Oh, boy! I can’t wait to see my pals!” Donald Duck Anticipation creates dopamine, and as long as you don’t…

Goofy Guidance

“If there’s one thing I don’t like about falling off a roof, it’s the pain involved.” – Goofy Oftentimes wisdom…

Risk or Regret

“The biggest risk is not taking a risk at all.” – Chip Regrets of omission long-term are always more lasting…

Love Blossoms From a Smile

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Daisy Duck…

You Are My Sunshine

“Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.”  -Minnie Mouse Even when it is grey and rainy…

Laugh and Live

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”  -Mickey Mouse I remember my great aunts cracking jokes…

Happy Endings

“Th-th-that’s all folks!”  Porky Pig We almost always want more, and sometimes need to be told “enough”. To stay in…

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

“I’m so crazy I don’t know this isn’t possible.” ― Daffy Duck They thought that if a human ran a four-minute mile…

Clear Communication

“When I say whoa, I mean whoa!” — Yosemite Sam No means no. Stop means stop.

Unrepentant

“Once a bad ol’ puddy tat, always a bad ol’ puddy tat.” – Tweety America is the land of redemption…

Think THEN Speak

“Maybe you oughta take a second, let your head catch up to your tongue before it gets all sunburnt.”  Foghorn…

GIGO

“Oh drat these computers.  They’re so naughty and so complex.  I could just pinch them.”  Marvin the Martian GIGO. Garbage…

Bad Directions

“I’m not lost, I’m just temporarily disoriented.”  Bugs Bunny JRR Tolkien famously proclaimed via Gandalf that not all who wander…

Just Desserts

“The same hand that can write a poem, can knock you out with one punch – that’s Poetic Justice.”  “Irish”…

Make The Most of It

“I made the most of my ability and did my best with my title.”  Joe Louis There are those who…

Tough Lessons

“You can’t learn mental fortitude in a book.  Those things are earned, not learned.”  Caleb Plant You will be knocked…

Win THIS Fight

“Every fight is a must-win because we are winners.”  Shawn Porter My friends that have special needs kids know that…

Sweet Dreams

“Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.”  -Sugar Ray Leonard If you don’t see a brighter future, you…

Train Harder

“If you work hard in training, the fight is easy.” -Manny Pacquiao Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were infamous for…

Use Your Delusion

“Greatness is making your delusion reality.”  Mike Tyson Few great things have been created without a vision that few others…

Painful Beginning

“The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.”― Djuna Barnes The end of the marriage. The termination from the…

Hero’s Heart

“Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, butfor the heart to conquer it.”― Rabindranath Tagore Ease not my…

Pain Screams

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains.”― C.S. Lewis In agony there…

Quick Pain

“If pain must come, may it come quickly.” Paulo Coelho Anticipation of pain is a Hell worse than the suffering…

Life IS Pain

“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”― William Goldman It’s not cupcakes and unicorns every day, or…

Beautiful Pain

“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”― Bob Dylan That perfectly sculpted body you admire required hours and years…

Love Work

“Work is love made visible.” Kahlil Gibran My friends in financial services say that “life insurance is a love letter,…

Work Harder

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.”  Ann Landers The best line in the movie “The Hangover”: but did you…

Work is Play

“Work is much more fun than fun.”  Noel Coward My nerd friends do nerdy things outside of work.  We calculate,…

Labor Pains

“Without labor nothing prospers.”  Sophocles We all have that friend with countless ideas that never brings any of them to…

Life’s Work

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth…

Work First

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”  Jonas Salk “Good job, here is more work…

Good Job Today

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”  Elbert Hubbard Bodybuilding is a sport of…

Continuing Ed

“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.”—Carol Burnett A quarter of Americans haven’t read a book in a…

Help Another Learn

“Education is the difference between wishing you could help other people and being able to help them.” —Russell M. Nelson…

Life Lessons

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”—John Dewey Aristotle held a student underwater, almost drowning him, until…

Education Opens Doors and Minds

“Education exposes you to what the world has to offer, to the possibilities open to you.”—Sonia Sotomayor An underclass minority…

The Goal of Learning

“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” —Martin Luther King Jr. Knowledge without restraint is destructive. Power without…

One Change

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”—Malala Yousafzai It does not…

Everlasting Education

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”—B.B. King Once you acquire knowledge,…

Jimmy Buffett’s Heaven

“If there is a Heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached.”  Jimmy Buffett Sailors may hope for…

Dance of the Ocean

“Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” – Christy Ann Martine…

Heaven on the Beach

“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” – Emilia Wickstead Brilliant blue skies. Bright…

Beach Talk

“When you walk on the beach at night, you can say things you can’t say in real life.” – Jenny Han…

Healing Waters

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.” – E.E. Cummings…

Beach Time

“At the beach, life is different. “ – Sandy Gingras Beach time is different.  There are no noontime meetings with…

Salt Water

“The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Kate Blixen Feeling sick?  Get your body moving…

Why Climb?

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” –…

Endless Mountains

“Beyond the mountains, more mountains.” – Haitian proverb “Once I get through this project, life will be easier.”  Yeah, right. …

Pause, Then Move On

“I take all day to climb mountains and then spend about 10 minutes at the top admiring the view.” – Sebastian…

Summitting

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.” – Vanessa Gendoma The best beer is the one you have after…

Higher Abilities

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.” – Sir Martin Convey When we level up in life, it is not because…

Climb Every Mountain

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay The secret to finishing a marathon…

The Pinnacle

“We cannot lower the mountain, therefore we must elevate ourselves.” – Todd Skinner The world is tough and always has…

A Quiet Cuppa

“There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.”  -Gabriel Ba Close your eyes and breathe in the smell of…

The Little Good Things

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”  -Cassandra Clare While in the concentration…

Half a Cup of Coffee

“But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.”  -David Lynch Better to have half…

Caffeinated Creativity

“Without my morning coffee, I’m just like a dried up piece of goat.”  -JS Bach Without coffee we would not…

Caffeinated Elixir

“Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world.”  -President Thomas Jefferson Tired people do dumb things. Stressed people make bad…

The Coffee Connection

“I was taken by the power that savoring a simple cup of coffee can have to connect people and create…

Coffee Talk

“Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.” – Earl Wilson Informal weak…

Mistakes Make Mastery

“Without error there can be no brilliancy.” Emanuel Lasker Madness and genius are one step apart. Great risks are required…

Pawn to Powerful

“The Pawns are the soul of the game.” Francois Andre Danican Philidor The Bishops wield power and the Towers provide…

The Evolving Board

“Life is like a game of Chess, changing with each move.” Chinese Proverb What you did yesterday determines the set…

Attack Roll

“Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack.” Wilhelm Steinitz When it isn’t your turn you can’t…

Strategy and Tactics

“Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.” Max Euwe The best laid plans of mice and men collapse upon contact with…

A Calculating Cranium

“Excellence at Chess is one mark of a scheming mind.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Most people react, they do not…

Quiet Learning

“Chess is a school of silence.” Marcel Duchamp When your mouth opens, your eyes and brain lose power so you…

The Strength of Commitment

“Be stronger than your strongest excuse.”  Alan Maiccon The timing is never perfect, whether it is to have a kid…

Winning, Or Whining?

“If it is important to you, you will find a way.  If not, you’ll find an excuse.”  Ryan Blair If…

A Mother’s Tough Love

“Suck it up.”  Barbara Templin When you are one of a half dozen or more farm kids, there isn’t a…

Oh Yeah?! Watch Me!

“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”  Terry Bradshaw One of my business associates told…

Just Work Harder

“Don’t complain.  Just work harder.”  Randy Pausch Didn’t get the promotion?  Did you deserve it?  Work harder and smarter. Lost…

Push and Reach

“Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were terrified of missing it.”  Confucius You…

Highway From Hell

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Play the Hand

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The Work of Play

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More Than The Score

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GOALLL!!!!!!!

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Compete Against You

“Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,…

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Wisdom of the King

“Ehhhrrrhaaaahrrrrr!”  Godzilla Sometimes the only answer is a primordial scream and to break stuff.

Brotherhood in Darkness

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The Monster Under the Surface

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Enemy Mine

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Ghost of Pains Past

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too.  They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”  Stephen King Dr. Gabor…

Real Evil

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The Monster Within

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Work

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Love Thy Enemy

“Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.”  Antisthenes Competition is a spotlight that…

Teach the Children Well

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Epic Desire

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Search for Meaning

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Fear the Fake

“False words are not only evil themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”  Socrates Lies are poison. Lies are…

Better Nature

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Happy Balance

“Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day…

Mind Trip

“Some of your best ideas come when you’re on vacation.” – Gautam Singhania Some of the greatest insights in human…

New Paths

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Mental Vacation

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Get Away

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is…

No Rest

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The Parent Chase

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Et Merda

“Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur.” “Anything said in Latin sounds profound.”― Unknown Multisyllabic utterances craft an illusion of erudition. Big…

Stand Watch

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” “Who watches the Watchmen?”― Décimo Junio Juvenal We give power to others to protect us and ultimately…

Never Ever Changing

“Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit.” ‘Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.”― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake The only constant…

V for Veritas

“VI VERI VENIVERSUM VIVUS VICI.”“By the Power of Truth, I, while living, have Conquered the Universe.”― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta #2…

Immortalized Excellence

“Macte virtute, sic itur ad astra.” “Excellence is the way to the stars”― Virgil Orion the Hunter dwells among the stars,…

EASY!!!

“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via” “There is no easy way from the earth to the stars”― Seneca The…

Their Happiness

“Some day you will know that a father is much happier in his children’s happiness than in his own.” –Honore…

Transformed by Love

“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” –Pam Brown My dad…

Every Day Fatherhood

“Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again…

Little Eyes Are Watching

“My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.” –Clarence Budington Kelland…

Show Me

“A boy needs a father to show him how to be in the world. ” –Ian Morgan Cron A child…

King and Servant

“That is the thankless position of the father in the family—the provider for all, and the enemy of all.” –J.…

Father Figure

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” –George Herbert The first model of masculinity a child sees is their…

Don’t Just Dream

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― JK Rowling Harry Potter and The…

The Greatest WHY

“A man with nothing to die for has even less for which to live.”― Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman Dragonlance If you…

Worthless

“One day you’ll discover that the opinions of worthless people are worthless.”― Piers Anthony, A Spell for Chameleon Don’t listen to those…

Maybe = Never

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Darkness Within

“It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.”― Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea People…

Whatcha Want?!

“All get what they want; they do not always like it.”― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia You have voted for the…

Life’s Treadmill

“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place.”   Lewis Carroll “Alice…

Low Enough to Listen

“The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn.” Fr. Thomas Dubay I am…

Be a Good Listener

“An appreciative listener is always stimulating.” Agatha Christie There have been numerous studies that show that a person who listens is…

Golden Ratio

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.”Zeno of Citium Generally I get…

Are You Listening?

“The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” Ralph G. Nichols Closing your mouth, opening your ears,…

Listen Up

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Close Mouth, Open Ears

“You can be pretty smart if you shut up.”  Dr. Jordan B Peterson If I listen, I learn. Not listening…

Wayne’s Wisdom

“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.” John Wayne Sometimes my mom would tell one of my siblings “just…

Do. Don’t Think.

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt During my divorce there were many times when…

Next Time

“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.”  Anthony J…

Believe, Plan, Then Do

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream: not only plan, but also believe.”  Anatole France…

You Must Believe You Can

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”  Nikos Kazantzakis If President John F Kennedy did not…

Rise Above

“You must be your best on your worst day.”  David Goggins Just because I am having a bad day with…

Stay on Target

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Running a…

Be All

“They must be what they can be.”  Abraham Maslow A tree will reach as high as it can given the…

Momma Says “Life is Like a Box of Chocolates”

“Life is like chocolate: you should enjoy it piece for piece and let it slowly melt on your tongue.” –…

Chocolate Ambrosia

“Chocolate is, rather than nectar or ambrosia, the true food of the gods.” – Joseph Bachot Xocolatl was a gift…

Relax…

“Patience is like chocolate… We never have enough!” – Christine Heurtault The world is a frustrating place, even without being…

Bitter Truths

“Chocolate without sugar, sometimes can be bitter, but it will always be sweeter than a hurting truth.” – Carlos Barra…

Chocolate Chemistry

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” -Michael Levine Quick, name a food that makes one amorous, more…

Chocolate = Happiness

“As long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness.” – Wayne Gerard Trotman Most of us have memories that…

Truth Slices Cold

“A Warrior that speaks truth cuts sharper than winter cold”― Kevin Anytime We live in a Society of illusions, from fake…

Hone Yourself

“You need to really just hone in on that warrior within.”  Luke James Inside everyone is excellence, if we are…

Inspiring Transformation

“It will always be relevant and always be inspiring to see somebody turning themselves into a warrior.”  Phoebe Waller-Bridge Warriors…

Wise Warrior

“The fiercest warriors, do not carry a sword to the battlefield; instead, they are armed with wisdom.”― RJ Intindola A sword…

Self Mastery

I am not a warrior because I know what to do in a fight. I am a warrior because I…

Love the Challenge

“Cowards shrink from challenges, weaklings flee from them, but warriors wink at them.”― Matshona Dhliwayo Give me adversity to test and…

Called

“The warrior is one compelled by an inner, often insensible calling to forge an untouchable sword of discipline .“ Brian…

Rich Diet

“Whether the rich eat carrots or candles is no concern to you.”  Mongolian saying I don’t care if a rich…

Quieter Mouth

“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth, and more lightning in the hand.”  Apache saying Elvis sang…

Diversity

“Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully.”  African Proverb Just because something is different…

The Cock Crows

“Dawn will come, even if the rooster is strangled.”  Korean saying Killing the messenger does not prevent the news from…

Funny Facts

“The truth is told in jokes.”  Romanian saying When I was in graduate school my best friend put on some…

Observe and Improve

“Measuring things brings knowledge.”  Dutch saying How often have you made an assumption, and been wildly wrong?  Probably more often…

Irish Insight

“A good friend is the best mirror.”  Irish saying One of the things about humans is our forward oriented eyesight,…

Silent But Deadly

“The most powerful weapon to prove your point is your silence.” Sukant Ratnakar Lao Tzu observed: he who knows need…

Knowledge is Power

“My education was another weapon…” Sarah J Maas Few of us are born into wealth, but we can become rich…

King’s Weapon

“Knowledge will always be the best weapon against tyrants.”  Mercedes Lackey The greatest disinfectant is sunlight, burning away the root…

Killing You Softly

“The tongue is a soft weapon that kills subtly.”  Jaime Teorio Valenzuela A whispered word brings down kingdoms. One phrase…

Warrior Patience

“Patience is the warrior’s true weapon- a thousand patient breaths brings victory.”  Christine Feehan Do not let the little distractions,…

Deadly Patience

“The slow blade penetrates the shield.” Frank Herbert through Gurney Halleck (Dune) The rock is not cleaved by the river…

Hugs

“We need 4 hugs a day for survival.  We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.  We need 12 hugs…

Speak The Truth

“When you have something to say, silence is a lie.”  Jordan Peterson When you see your friend harming themselves and…

Highly Illogical

“The human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place.”   Jim Butcher The most complex thinking machine ever created…

Happy Challenges

“Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be…

Planned Underperformance

“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be…

Man in the Glass

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul.”  Carl Jung Few of us will…

Ghosts of the Past

“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”  Philip K Dick I had a person I was extremely close to tell me…

Laugh at Life

“If I had no sense of humor, I would have long ago committed suicide.” Mahatma Gandhi Suicide is definitely not…

Empty Laughter

“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.” Langston Hughes Life isn’t fair. It…

Laugh At Your Problems

“I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.” Frank A Clark When…

Laugh and Chat

“A good laugh makes any interview, or any conversation, so much better.” Barbara Walters Laughter is good for the soul,…

Must Have Balance!

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of…

Dignified

“Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him.” Romain Gary A sense…

Glad Garments

“Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.” William Makepeace Thackeray The world…

Focus

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” Ayn Rand As a child, I used magnifying glasses to concentrate the…

Self Discovery

“I write to discover what I know.” Flannery O’Connor Writing is a way of clarifying our thinking, to play with…

Words Drip

“Tears are words that need to be written.” Paulo Coelho Words are an incomplete and weak translation of emotions. We…

Succinct

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” Jack Kerouac I am still looking for…

Second Life

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anais Nin Theodore Roosevelt memorialized his fellow Rough…

Ancient Voices

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps dead for 1,000 years. To read…

Educational TV

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read…

Vanity Press

“How vain is it to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” Henry David Thoreau…

Worth The Paper

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin The best way to turn a kid off…

Compact Conjuring

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King Before we had smart phones, we had magic portals that could take…

Does Not = Can Not

“The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” Mark Twain If you…

Reading Leads to Thinking

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” Fran Lebowitz One of the most critical components of having a plan…

Oh The Places You’ll Go!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll…

Read to Lead

“Reading is essential to those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”  Jim Rohn The average American adult reads under…

Scent of Spring

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?” — Neltje Blanchan A picture is worth a thousand…

First Flowers

“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.”…

God’s Palate

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” Virgil A Kraft It’s muddy out. The ground…

The Endless Epic

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke We…

Spring Projects

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy January 1st might be the official start of the…

The Earth Awakens

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis Grizzard The early morning light slowly…

Through the Dark Night

“The promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter!” — Jen Selinsky Winter is harsh,…

Easy Does It

“It makes a difference to take it easy when things aren’t going right.”  Sergio Garcia A baseball player in a…

Next Swing

“The only thing you can control is your attitude towards the next shot.”  Mark McCumber Next. That is the secret…

Laugh at Yourself

“Keep your sense of humor.  There’s enough stress in the rest of your life not to let bad shots ruin…

Bad Shots, Good Outcomes

“Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is…

Will Power

“Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.”  Arnold Palmer Until Tiger…

Golf Life

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life.  You get bad breaks from good shots; you get…

Lucky

“The more I work and practice, the luckier I seem to get.”  Gary Player After a dozen times in a…

Feels Like The First Time

“I love playing this game and every spring training game fells like the first.” Rickey Henderson Play the game like…

Do My Job

“I come to Spring Training and just try to do my job, try to do the best I can. That’s…

Spring Training Try Out

“I’ve kind of looked at my whole career as a Spring Training invite.” Jamie Moyer As Eminem asked: if you…

Jitters

“Before I pitch any game, from Spring Training to Game 7 of the World Series, I’m scared to death.” Curt…

Like a Rookie

“Fighting for a job – that’s been my mindset every Spring Training.” Aaron Judge Even when you’ve made it as…

First Time

“A young ballplayer looks at his first Spring Training trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater.” Christy…

Needed Training

“People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball.” Sandy Koufax It is…

Boxscore

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” Babe Ruth Next. The most difficult word yet the most critical for success.…

Great >> Good

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great.” John D Rockefeller One of the greatest threats is…

First Pearl

“The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.” Andrew Carnegie “Second place is the first loser” fictional…

Love Your Work

“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” Meg Whitman I admit…

Love Angry Customers

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” Bill Gates Feedback is how we can understand and improve.…

If Not Fatal, It’s Fixable

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill If you…

The Present of Problems

“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.” Tony Robbins Ryan Holiday’s first Stoic book was…

The Prize

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” President…

Thrill of Speed

“Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” Hunter S Thompson Babies only fear falling…

Faster!

“If you’re in control, you’re not going fast enough.” Parnelli Jones Out of control is where records are broken, where…

On The Edge

“To achieve anything in this game you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster.” Stirling Moss On…

Don’t Look Back

“What’s behind you doesn’t matter.” Enzo Ferrari There is a famous picture of the Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, focused…

First Finish

“To finish first, first you have to finish.” Juan Manuel Fangio Too many people begin but give up along the…

Never Intimidated

“You win some, you lose some, you wreck some.” Dale Earnhardt Sr. Sometimes we cross the line first and get…

Life is Losing

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to…

Win The Right Way

“Our goal is to win, to win a Super Bowl, but also to win in the right way.” Tony Dungy…

Win The Game!

“Records are made to be broken but all I want to do is win the Super Bowl.” – Demaryius Thomas…

Biggest Dreams

“You don’t just dream of playing in the NFL.  You dream of playing in the Super Bowl.”  Cooper Kupp If…

Teams Win Championships

“I’m trying to win the Super Bowl.  That’s a team award and that’s what I want.”  Lamar Jackson Personal accolades…

Next

“I’ve never wanted anything as much as I want to win the next Super Bowl.”  Jerry Jones Some people win…

The Worst Feeling

“That’s the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.”  John Madden…

Super Stoic

“Those four Super Bowl Losses?  Yeah, it sucks that we didn’t win, but what are you going to do about…

Love Lightens

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.” – Sophocles Love is…

Better Than Dreaming

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr.…

Pull Yourself Up

“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.” – Ben Hecht When you first start dating…

Better

“You make me want to be a better man.” – Melvin Udall If part of being with them is not…

What Is Love?

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” – Hermann Hesse Until someone or something takes away…

Intimate Openness

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. “ – CS Lewis One of the key factors in the Enhanced…

Strength in Weakness

“Love is not love until love’s vulnerable.” – Theodore Roethke Men are taught to be strong.  To be independent but…

Ability Unlocked

“Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” -Michael Jordan He wasn’t the biggest.  He wasn’t the fastest.  Others could…

Develop Skills

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses…

Work Harder

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” – Kevin Durant Talent is everywhere. We all know incredibly…

Good or Great?

“Good players want to be coached…Great players want to be told the truth.” -Doc Rivers When you reach the higher…

Commit To Excellence

“Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered.”– Bill Russell…

A Game, Every Game

“There’s only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play.”  – Don Meyer Sometimes you do…

Failure is Fuel

“Never give up. Failure and rejection are just the first steps to succeeding” – Jim Valvano We all know Michael…

Fly True

“Straighten up and fly right.” Straighten Up and Fly Right By Nat King Cole and Irving Mills We have all…

Dichotomy of Love

“Sometimes I love youSometimes I hate youBut when I hate you its ‘cuz i love you” Sometimes I’m Happy By…

That’s Amore

“When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreaming” That’s Amore By Harry Warren and Jack Brooks…

Give Me A Dream

“Give me what you alone can give, a kiss to build a dream on” A Kiss To Build a Dream…

Swinging on a Star

“You can be better than you areYou could be swingin’ on a star” Swingin’ On a Stay by Jimmy Van…

The Candy Man Can!

“He mixes it with love, and makes the world taste good.”  The Candy Man by  Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley Sammy Davis…

That’s Life, MY Way

“I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king.”  That’s Life by Dean Kay…

Independent

“I ain’t asking nobody for nothing, if I can get it on my own.”  Charlie Daniels “Long Haired Country Boy”…

Hungry Wolves

“I think I was better off when I was hungry, and fightin’ off wolves from our front door.”  Merle Haggard…

Don’t Stop

“Really, I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I retire. Wash dishes?”  Loretta Lynn When your work is…

Country Pride

“It isn’t reasonable to expect that everyone in the world is a country music fan.  Not yet, anyway.” Charley Pride…

Write Your Song

“Everybody’s life is a country-western song, depends on who’s writing it.”  Dolly Parton All of our lives ultimately end with…

Gambler

“And in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.”  Kenny Rogers “The Gambler” We are all…

Your Song

“A good country song takes a page out of somebody’s life and puts it to music.” Conway Twitty There is…

Nothing to Lose

“Fight as if you are already dead.”  Miyamoto Musashi A warrior is most dangerous when they have nothing to lose…

Fight For Your Life

“Those who live are those who fight.”  Victor Hugo When the evil attacks, those who try to appease end up…

The Smallest Battleground

“The biggest war you ever go through is right between your own ears.”  David Goggins When our mind says we…

Overcome All Obstacles

“A true champion will fight through anything.”  Floyd Mayweather, Jr. I broke a rib the morning before a 200ish mile…

Dreams Require Sacrifice

“You have to fight to reach your dream.  You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”  Lionel Messi Greatness…

Chose Your Battles

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”  General George S Patton I faced down a giant conglomerate possessing…

Fight The Good Fight

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join…

Try, Fail, Learn, Repeat

“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger.” Anne Sullivan…

Fear Freezes

“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.” — Mandy…

Preliminary Plan

“I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey – a journey that requires…

The First Step

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato If you don’t start you can never finish. Most people…

Start Anew

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a…

The Endless Cycle

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca Did you ever notice in your life that whenever you…

Painful Endings

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu Anyone that has had a horrible breakup or divorce knows…

Open Hearts

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere There is a joy…

Christmas Love

“Christmas, my child, is love in action.” – Dale Evans Love is giving of yourself even if you have nothing…

Fill Another’s Tank

“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the…

Give From the Heart

“Love the giver more than the gift.” – Brigham Young It’s the thought that matters.  My kids gave me a…

The Giving Season

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Christmas Candy

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last…

All Was Calm

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie During WWI,…

Light Another

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”—James Keller If I give you a piece of my pie I have…

Every Day Illumination

“May the light illuminate your hearts and shine in your life every day of the year.”― Eileen Anglin Diwali is the…

A Little More Light

“A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness.”—Rabbi Schneur Zalman A little kindness goes a long way. Leverage…

Lesson of Lighting

“The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.”—Irving Greenberg Cursing the…

Drive The Darkness Away

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”—Martin…

Light a Candle

“We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible.”—Nachum Braverman Some people see then believe. Believe it, see it,…

Fight the Night

“This is the season when people of all faiths and cultures are pushing back against the planetary darkness.”—Anita Diamant The…

Helps to be Crazy

“Half the game is mental; the other half is being mental.” — Jim McKenny To do anything exceptional requires exceptional willpower,…

Love the Game

“To win the game is great. To play the game is greater. To love the game is greatest of all.”— Bob…

Unnaturally Good

“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on…

Outwork Talent

“Some may have more talent, but there is no excuse for anyone working harder than you.”  John Tavares If you…

Quality Time

“It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.”…

Fleeting Greatness

“Great moments are born from great opportunities.” – Herb Brooks When your window of opportunity is open, you need to take…

Role Models

“Children need models rather than critics.” – Joseph Joubert Unless it is dangerous, I don’t yell at my kids.  I may…

Be Hated

“If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” – Bette Davis “I am your father, not…

Snow Plow Parenting

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” – Robert A. Heinlein Malcolm Gladwell discusses “desired difficulties”, and the learning…

Little Eyes

“Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.” – W.E.B. DuBois Little eyes are watching and little ears…

Teacher in Diapers

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela…

Be a Kid

“Children are not only innocent and curious but also optimistic and joyful and essentially happy. They are, in short, everything…

Little Ones’ Laughter

“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky Everyone thinks puppies wrestling are cute and I guess they…

Make a Difference

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” – Kathy Calvin We have all received…

Happiness is Helping

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington Having a bad day? …

Give Your Gift Away

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo…

Giving Liberates

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” -Maya Angelou When you give…

The Gift of Self

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly…

Give More, Get More

“No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Anne Frank The more energy you expend in your life in…

Balance of Service

“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out…

Every Day Thankful

“Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of thanks.” Monique Hammond No, I don’t…

They Who Have Little

“If you really are thankful, what do you do? You share.”  W. Clement Stone The most generous people share what…

Grieve Not

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those…

Happy Willie

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”  Willie Nelson The most popular course in the 300+…

My Cup Runneth Over

“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a…

Open To Greatness

“Gratitude opens the door, the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”  Deepak…

Great. Full.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero Gratitude is…

Never Finish

“There is no finish line. When you reach one goal, find a new one”. – Chuck Norris Play infinite games of…

1

“Even though surrounded by several enemies set to attack, fight with the thought that they are but one”. – Ueshiba Singlemindedness…

Higher Levels

“One of the greatest gifts of the martial arts is that they ultimately guide us to new levels of spirituality.”…

Practice Yields Victory

“Tomorrow’s battle is won during today’s practice”. – Samurai Maxim If you are always prepared, you don’t have to get ready. …

Details Matter

“You should make it a habit of putting your all into every little thing you do.” —Koichi Tohei Admiral McRaven…

Great Spirit

“If you don’t have a spiritual connection, you can’t dance on the razor’s edge.”  Rickson Gracie On the edge of…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

“When I started training martial arts, I learned about respect.” — Anderson Silva A person with great power respects that…

Focus and Finish

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”– Bruce Lee “Hold.  Hold!  HOLD!!!  NOW!” Ignore the bullets thumping into…

Clear Vision

“In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.” – Yuval Noah Harari In science we talk about finding the…

Do Exceptional Things

“Only through focus can you do world-class things, no matter how capable you are.” – Bill Gates Everyone that is not successful…

One Goal

“Success demands singleness of purpose.” – Vince Lombardi Peter Pan represents the infinite number of possibilities of childhood, and by keeping all…

Focus Feeds Growth

“What you focus on grows.” — Esther Hicks Our RAS (Reticular Activation System) is the filter that we observe the world…

Concentrate

“Concentration can be cultivated. One can learn to exercise willpower, discipline one’s body and train one’s mind. – Anil Ambani…

NO is Powerful

“Focusing is about saying No.” ― Steve Jobs We only have a certain amount of bandwidth, and too many of us…

Mission First

“Stay focused on the mission.” – Naveen Jain The mission is more important than the man (or woman). If what you…

The Perfect Now

“Jazz is about being in the moment.” – Herbie Hancock The feeling of Flow, when the work just pours out of…

Play Your Way

“I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the…

Errors of Commission

“If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.” – Coleman Hawkins If you don’t make mistakes, whatever you are attempting…

Recover and Rectify

“If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterward.” – Joe Pass We all make…

Unique Sound

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of…

Comfort Kills

“You should never be comfortable, man. Being comfortable fouled up a lot of musicians” – Miles Davis Comfort is where dreams…

Well Earned

“I believe in things that are developed through hard work.”  Bill Evans Rarely is something that comes easy worth it,…

Caricatures or Characteristics?

“Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.”…

Not Just Joking

“Comedy—real comedy—wasn’t only tellin’ jokes. It was about telling the truth…” – Richard Pryor Truth makes people uncomfortable.  Unless we…

Truly Funny

“Humor is truth.” –Victor Borge Life is crazy, insane, and absurd. In a world that has gone mad, being able…

Laughter, The Best Medicine

“Humor is the best antidote to help relieve all struggles.” -Suzy Kassem Did you know laughter strengthens your immune system?…

Act Out

“Comedy is acting out optimism.” –Robin Williams He suffered intense black depressions yet made the world laugh. Doubts and darkness clouded…

No More Laughter!

“When humor goes, there goes civilization.” –Erma Bombeck Celebrity roasts can be incredible.  Someone who has had tremendous public success…

Laugh At The Powerful

“Great comedy calls large matters into question.” – Penelope Gilliatt The Romanians have a saying: the truth is told through…

Courage to Fail

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”  – Theodore Roosevelt Failure sucks,…

Most Important

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln What feels good in the…

Ignore The Critics

“The cynics may be the loudest voices—but I promise you they will accomplish the least.” —Barack Obama Teddy Roosevelt talked of…

Always Your Best

“Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still…

Do It Right

“It’s easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn’t.” ― Martin Van Buren Just make the…

Good Job

“Honor lies in honest toil.” ―Grover Cleveland Doing good work is it’s own reward.  The process of becoming better, of doing…

Free To Do What is Right

“Freedom has been defined as the opportunity for self-discipline.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower When a freshman heads to college and suddenly…

Forgiven

“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we…

Young Love

“Clasp me close in your warm young arms, while the pale stars shine above, and we’ll live our whole young…

Lifesaver

“If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life.” – Pablo Neruda Life sucks, but…

Love > Life

“I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love…

Walk in Your Own Shoes

“Love allows us to walk in the sweet music of our particular heart.”  Jack Gilbert Love is a many splendored…

Love Flows

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores…

Waiting For The Infinite

“there is a place in the heart that will never be filled and we will wait and wait in that…

Silence = Lies

“When you have something to say, silence is a lie.” Jordan Peterson When your friend is actively hurting themselves and…

Silence Speaks Loudly

“Often a sign of expertise is noticing what doesn’t happen.” – Malcolm Gladwell In “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, Sherlock…

Greater Vision

“The moment you start fighting for something bigger than YOU, you’ll be introduced to a version of YOU that you’ve…

Lose Not Your Self

“The only real failure is abandoning your principles.”  Ryan Holiday To have the world yet lose yourself is too great…

Victim or Victorious?

“Stop whining, start hustling.”  -Gary Vaynerchuk You want to know a secret approach that almost always works?  Work. Working your…

Non-Linear Growth Curve

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.” -James Clear As Zeno of Citium said, well being is no small thing…

Struggle to Succeed

“Our struggles determine our successes.”  Mark Manson Life is not a straight easy road with margarita stands and The Lollipop…

Autumn’s Dusk

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”  -William Cullent Bryant The sad smile after love has faded is beautiful nonetheless. The last…

Cycle

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”  -Chad Sugg The season…

Amor

“The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” – Andrea Gibson There…

Leaves of a Book

“Another fall, another turned page…”  Wallace Stegner Schools have begun and baseball is ending.  Pools and golf courses are closed…

Harvest Time

“Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.” – Hal Borland After…

Last Burst

 “The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.”…

Fall of the Soul

“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”  Friedrich Nietzsche The wind turns colder and…

Just Keep Going

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.”— Dean Karnazes You don’t…

Fun Run?

“Running a marathon is not a question of whether it will be painful, but when it will be painful.” — Will Ferrell…

Run For Health

“If we had a drug that did what exercise did, it would be the biggest revolution ever and would be…

Running With The Devil Within

“Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance.” — Noel Carroll It is through adversity that we discover ourselves, through…

Faster!

“Fast running isn’t forced. You have to relax and let the run come out of you.” — Desiree Linden The…

Trick Yourself to Succeed

“I’m all about breaking mental boundaries, and training for a marathon falls right into the Jedi mind-training I need.” —…

Quick Fix

“Running is the quickest endorphin hit I can get.”— Julie Bowen We all want that hit, that high.  Be it…

Like Life

“Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.” –Vince Lombardi I can think…

Conquer Yourself

“I don’t think it’s about who you play, I think it’s about who you are.”  Nick Saban It doesn’t matter…

Keep Climbing

“Stay hungry, remain humble, and get better today.” – Pete Carroll The greats are happy but not content.  They win the…

Good or Bad?

“Every experience, good or bad, you have to learn from.” Patrick Mahomes Shakespeare observed that nothing is neither good nor…

Character Counts

“Talent sets the floor. Character sets the ceiling.” Bill Belichick Talent can carry you far, even into the ranks of…

No Excuses

“You cannot make progress with excuses.” –Cam Newton You cannot improve if you believe you are perfect, nor can you deny…

MVP

“The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.” –Peyton Manning Every great team has that one…

Do You Like Jazz?

“Life is a lot like jazz…it’s best when you improvise.” – George Gershwin “Oh, you have a plan.  That’s nice.” …

Let There Be Light

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” – Robert Schumann…

It Is Never Easier

“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me.” – Wolfgang Amadeus…

Hard Work

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.” – Johann Sebastian Bach One of…

Dream On

“Imagination creates reality.” – Richard Wagner The ability to dream, to mold reality in our minds and then bend the…

Eldest Tongue

“Music begins where the possibilities of language end.” – Jean Sibelius Music is older than language, older than thought.  It…

A Better Truth

“To copy the truth can be a good thing, but to invent the truth is better, much better.” – Giuseppe…

Different

“I’m not mad at all. I’m just differently sane.”— The Joker Some people just see the world differently.  This is…

Nature Or Nurture

“I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.”  -Bane You might have been…

Few Words

“There are two rules for success in life.  One is never reveal everything you know.” – Edward Nigma The art…

Imperfectly Perfect

“If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.”  Bizarro One insight into the human psyche is the concept of hedonic…

Dance With The Devil in The Pale Moonlight

“I love him not for the way he silenced my demons, but for the way his demons dance with mine.”…

We Are Family

“Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.”  Talia al Ghul Family is those who love you, no matter what.  It…

Devilish Angel

“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” -Harvey Dent All relationships…

Control

“I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.” – Neo There are many things we…