never leave it short

Change The End Game…

Posted on Sep 14, 2015

So, they say you have to deal with the hand you’re dealt; that a tiger doesn’t change its stripes. We’re told not to “rock the boat” and “don’t upset the apple cart.” That all of “this” is about a pre-determined “end game” over which we have limited control and that we have to play by the rules. We’re often held, or maybe we hold ourselves, to what we believe is some sort of standard, of what is expected. Maybe what might be considered “normal”. But you will have those moments, those glimpses into what can be changed. You’ll start to believe that you can shuffle the deck and change the direction of those stripes. You’ll envision a time when you can not only rock the boat, but also right the ship and set a new course. And realize that you don’t need that cart because you’ll plant your own tree. Sometimes it’s about looking at your life through a different lens, and thinking about taking the opportunity to change that “end game.” Are you changing your “end game”? Never Leave It...

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Make Your Path…

Posted on Jul 14, 2015

Day in and day out, year in and year out, we are presented, maybe even tempted, by the path we should walk. Some of us are taught to follow the path that is worn, walking over the tread marks and footprints of others. Maybe it’s what we do out of habit or expectation? And yet some of us, sometimes for reasons we can’t explain even to ourselves,  are intrigued by the thought of creating a fresh new path and footprints that only we can create. It’s what only we are convinced is worth the walk and kindles an exhilaration that you can know only if you’ve been even partially there. We wonder what’s at the end of that path and the difference it might make.  At times we might just hesitate and peek around the corner expecting that we’ll get some form of approval and that it’s ok to stretch, maybe be different;  but we never lose that feeling that the end of that path might just be worth it and bring what we won’t regret. It’s up to you to choose that worn path or create that new one that makes you peek around that corner. #NeverLeaveItShort…...

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Sold…So What Did You Learn?

Posted on Nov 13, 2012

This past Friday, November 9, 2012, the house I lived in and around for almost 42 years was passed on to the next generation.  It will be a wonderful home to the new family and I only trust that they will enjoy, and embrace, the blood, sweat and tears that went into making it a very, very special place. It’s filled with the handiwork of my Dad,  a Korean War veteran, and the unending love and support of my mother and their marriage of 60+ years.  It’s filled with the hand-crafted cabinets and bookshelves Dad built in his workshop in the basement as well as the memories of the homemade apple pies and chicken noodle soup (the noodles for which only my mother could make). It’s also filled with the many wonderful memories of so many experiences that shaped me,  like walking home from middle school after  winning the 9th grade county basketball championship; the patio basketball court and flood lights Dad built and installed to let me pretend that I could, maybe, one day be the next Peter Maravich or Larry Bird; the summers that my buddies and I spent thinking we could actually build a raft out of old, empty oil barrels that might somehow float so we could spend a few minutes on the the pond behind the house; and the many holidays we all spent as a family doing the Yankee Swap, often with homemade crafts scraped together and carved from the remnants of scrap wood from Dad’s workshop in the basement. The life lessons from those 42+ years is indescribable and very personal. They provided a foundation, and instilled a work ethic and a belief that anything was possible if you rolled up your sleeves, got dirty, and didn’t mind the sweat dripping off of your forehead. Those life lessons and that foundation have led to  a  journey that, for me, is nowhere complete. It’s about knowing what you’ve learned, never losing sight of what got you here, but taking those next steps to realize what you have to offer and believing that their are no limits and you have to take your...

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