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Climbing the Ladder….

Posted on Jan 19, 2016

Climbing the Ladder…. So you’ve had another birthday…you’re what? 31, 42, 57, 68, or maybe 85? Does it really matter how you’ve spent your time? Of course it does, because we all leave footprints. Does it matter what you do thereafter, and how you spend the days, weeks, months, and years that follow? Oh yes, indeed it does, and then some. You’re climbing that ladder. You can view your birthday as just another day and another year behind you; another one “under your belt;” relishing on past accomplishments and what a wonderful run you’ve had. Depending on your place in life, you might even think you’ve finally “made it.” You’ve conquered the beast and fought the great fight. You’ve climbed that ladder. And, FINALLY, you can kick it back and relax. But wait, maybe you have the self awareness to know that, while it is another day, another week, month, or year gone by, you can never take it for granted.   You can’t afford to be comfortable and think that it’s all, or even partially, downhill from here.   You have another step to climb on that ladder. Some of the greatest athletes in history said, in their own way, that they continually looked over their shoulder; that someone else just as talented was out there working just as hard, or harder, than they were to reach the top of that ladder. You can live with the attitude on that leads you heading downhill, or you can keep climbing to the top of that ladder. Are you climbing that next rung on that ladder? Never Leave It...

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That Rough Patch…

Posted on Nov 11, 2015

For many of us, most days we are heads down, and hopefully eyes wide open, our sights clearly set on the future and the promise it holds. Yet, we might have a day here and there that leaves us scratching our heads, wondering, and maybe knowing, what we could or should have done differently or better. And oh by the way, “better” being relative to what might be important to us at the time. It’s just to be expected. For the most part, life takes us along a fairly even plane, an even keel that becomes a habit, maybe even an expectation. We have an enduring belief, or a faith, that if we just work hard enough and keep our nose clean and our hands dirty, good things will ultimately come to us. After all, isn’t that what we were brought up to believe and what we deserve? Yet, along the way we will have those tenuous times, some feeling painfully longer than others or maybe what we feel we can endure, that we cannot remotely envision. Not only will we scratch our heads, we will pull our hair out; we might even think we are being singled out for something we did in our past and we’re paying for our transgressions; we are befuddled beyond belief, and yet, we have no explanation, no rationale, no matter how hard we try. We have experienced that damn rough patch. That stretch of our journey that makes us feel grounded, when all we want to do is fly. It might feel like that ultimate kick in the gut. But maybe the trick is knowing that the rough patch will come, and oh by the way it has friends and cousins, and they tend to raise their heads when we least expect them, or when they least expect we are ready. It will often come out of the blue with a force we don’t recognize and think we’ll never anticipate it, or be ready. So, what’s the point?  Be ready. They say you should live in the moment, which we rarely do, or know how to do. But even if you do, be ready for that rough patch because ultimately it is temporary.   And though we might not know it, we are all equipped to overcome that damn rough patch....

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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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