You have everything you need

There have been a few times recently when I’ve said myself “I really wish I could fix X, it has been a slight annoyance for a long time.” You stop for a moment and realize right there, just feet from where you are standing you find the solution.

You already had what you needed to fix that slight annoyance, now look to see what other annoyances you have the tools to fix.

Here’s my story. I wanted to bring my cell phone to my bedroom because I needed the alarm. I didn’t want to unplug the cord and bring it back, because it is in a good place. I realized I already have another charger so I pulled it out of the drawer that was RIGHT NEXT TO MY BED.

Now I’m all set.

What I needed was within feet of where I needed it. And it is just a matter of being just barely outside of consciousness. We might be just a little too busy or hurried. But by slowing down just a bit and analyzing the situation a solution was readily available.

Such is life.

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Loss

Sometimes when you lose something (like a job) you might think it is the end of the world but it is really a new opportunity waiting for you in the wings.

The difficult part is letting go of the fear enough to be open to those new opportunities.

What we need to remember is simply that wherever we are right now is exactly where we are supposed to be.

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I am that I am

Anytime I’ve had to write a brief bio of myself, even if I will write more later, I always start “I am that I am.”  The ultimate meaning of this phrase is what you see is what you get.  In other words, the person is secure and knowledgeable enough about themselves that they are comfortable to be able to accept themselves for who they really are.  The good bad and ugly as they say, which really none of it is good nor bad, nor ugly, it just is.

The Sage Imhotep from the 27th century BC in Ancient Egypt implored us all to “Know Thyself.”

In short, to pull this all together without going into  too much detail, the meaning is once you Know Yourself, and accept yourself, you are able to say “I Continue reading

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National Anthem

I have been standing for the National Anthem but I fully understand and support Colin Kaepernick and others for kneeling.

If the Nation isn’t going to stand up for what the flag represents, why should we stand for the flag?

My grandfather on my father’s side fought Continue reading

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The Culture of Community

When I was in High School I went to visit a friend’s family in Lagos, Nigeria.

The father owned a bank and was very well off.  To give an example, Lagos was (is?) so congested some days only even numbered license plates could drive, the rest odd.  My friend’s father had two Mercedes one with even license plate one with odd so he could drive every day. Or more correctly, be driven.  He had a driver.  He also had a cook, a groundskeeper,  a nanny, security guards (they may have simply been police officers) and other people who just seemed to be there in the house/compound.

As an American my first thought was wow, how extravagant to have all of Continue reading

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Lessons

Lessons you are trying to teach people are usually the lessons you need to learn.

I wrote a post about coaching from the sidelines and then I realize I’m doing the same thing.

I was at a soccer game this weekend and I not only coached from the sidelines but I yelled at the ref.

Wow!

Okay, lesson learned.

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