Archive for May, 2009

Playing The Game

May 27, 2009

As I was enjoying game four of the Eastern Conference NBA Finals last night with my sons, I realized that a game without real challenges is not very interesting.  Life is a game.  The object of this game is to learn things, gain experience, and have joy.  As you are playing this game, there will be turns when you draw a card that reads “Bankrupt,” or “Go Back Three Steps,” or “You Lose a Loved One.”  Other cards will say “Payday,” or “Fall in Love,” or “Advance Token to Disneyland.”  Whatever card you have drawn this turn, the objective remains the same – learn something, gain experience, and have joy.  Win this turn, regardless of the card that is drawn!

It is in this whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning.  Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure.  Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed they create our courage and our wisdom.

 – M. Scott Peck

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P. S.  Today’s message is dedicated to my twin sister, who is celebrating another birthday today – love ya Pam!
For a spiritual perspective, enjoy this video starring my good friend Will Rodgers – 

Follow The Lights

May 19, 2009

Have you ever been out driving in the fog or the rain or snow, and it gets so heavy that you can barely see where you are going?  I remember several times like this when the best way to keep moving forward is to follow the lights of someone ahead.  Life gets murky at times and it can be hard to see clearly the road ahead.  Find wise mentors and be humble enough to look at their experience.  Keep moving forward, you never know who is following your lights.

 A ship in port is safe, but that’s
not what ships are built for.
 – Grace Hopper

Knowing Where To Hammer

May 2, 2009

My good friend, Kirk Weisler, shared this thought this week.  A man was suffering a persistent problem with his house. The floor squeaked. No matter what he tried, nothing worked. Finally, he called a carpenter who friends said was a true craftsmen. The craftsmen walked into the room, and heard the squeak. He set down his toolbox, pulled out a hammer and nail, and pounded the nail into the floor with three blows.

 The squeak was gone forever. The carpenter pulled out an invoice, on which he wrote the total of $45. Above the total were two line items:

 Hammering , $2
Knowing where to hammer, $43

 Don’t short sell your expertise and knowledge.  Charge for knowing where to hammer! 

 The purpose of our lives is to give birth
to the best which is within us.
 – Marianne Williamson

 The touch of the master’s hand makes all the difference – take a moment to enjoy this video!