Finding Balance

Bill and Pam Farrel, internationally-known speakers and authors, say it this way: “men are like waffles.” In non-culinary terms, men tend to compartmentalize things…everything in our lives is neatly organized into little squares. We see the different spheres in our lives as separate, and when we plan and process, [...]

By |2017-03-02T22:45:38-05:00June 8th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be In the Moment|Tags: , , , |

This journey we call fatherhood is extraordinary…

This journey we call fatherhood is extraordinary. In every way. From the birth of my first child, to the adoption of my second, to the arrival of my third, I am in awe of the little lives that have been entrusted to my care and my love. As much as I hope to teach them, they, by far, have taught me way more than I thought even possible. Through their adventures, I see the world in bright, new colors. Through their sleepy eyes, I am reminded, myself, to slow down. I relish in the pure bigness and unencumbered love they radiate towards me. How can I possibly hope to live up to their expectations of me? What can I possibly give to them that is more valuable, or at least of equal value, than the bursting joy they so freely share with me each day?

By |2017-03-02T19:55:34-05:00June 7th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Empowered|Tags: , , , |

Poverty Mentality

I was raised with a poverty mentality. Do not get me wrong. I am thankful for how much my parents provided and invested in me. And I want to show gratitude for what shaped me in the past no matter what happened; however, there are certain traits in your personality that you keep as a result of where and how you grew up.

By |2017-03-03T00:01:35-05:00June 3rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be In the Moment|Tags: , , |

Teach your kids: Resilience

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:17:34-05:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Confident|Tags: |

Teach your kids to ‘Remember those who serve!’

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "50¢," replied the waitress. The [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:17:34-05:00March 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Teach your kids to ‘Stop in the Rain!’

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man [...]

By |2016-07-10T22:40:07-05:00March 19th, 2016|Categories: Be a Good Steward|Tags: |