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Time Management (not)…

25 March 2012 Leave a comment

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Friends

13 March 2012 Leave a comment

ImageI’m not sure who said it. “When a friend does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right.”

I know all about emotional bank accounts and how they work–they work nothing like monetary bank accounts. If I take $5 out of my account and deposit $5 in to my account, I’m right back where I started. However, if I withdraw one mistake from someone’s emotional bank account, I have to deposit several (six?) kind deeds to balance the books.

Often times it feels like our friends (and coworkers) have quite a positive balance in our accounts, but we let one mistake overdraw them. Be more patient, more understanding, and more forgiving.

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I Can’t Take the Stress!

After a particularly stressful and arduous 36 hours, I’m reminded of a quote:

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Thank you Peter Marshall for keeping my life in perspective.

 

Wednesday, Hump Day. Let’s hope your day is…

7 March 2012 1 comment

Live & Learn

As beautiful as this day…but less steep!

My youth hockey coach used to say: “You’ve got to keep your feet moving” when they clutch and grab you to slow you down.  (Implying that you will get free and be able to press and attack or they will get a penalty if they pull you down.)

In many ways, life is no different.

Keep moving forward – One foot in front of the other – Grind it out – Persevere, even when headwinds are stiff…

Thank you slumscape

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I Voted….At The Caucus

7 March 2012 2 comments
I am not known for my political prowess. I research candidates and issues and propositions. I vote in every election. However, I am not loud with my opinions or vocal with my views. And then, last night, I went public and it reminded me of this quote by one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson.
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.

I had the opportunity of participating last night in Idaho’s first Republican Caucus. I stood (and waited for a long time) with my fellow citizens to cast my vote for the republican candidate. There were so many people at the venue (~3000) that they had to turn people away because they ran out of ballets. Still, there was less pomp than I expected. Only two candidates were represented, Paul and Romney. You would think the candidates would be a little more selective about who represents them. Romney’s representative read his entire speech, head down, barely understandable. Paul’s did better, but this was the first caucus he’d ever attended. With Idaho being an all-or-nothing state and 32 delegates…I expected better representation.

Notwithstanding the quality of the speeches, it was a fascinating process, and a great opportunity to rub shoulders for a few hours with neighbors, friends, and others that believe the way I do.

Thomas Jefferson had it right. The monument that stands in his honor in Washington D.C. is my favorite. He stands in the center of the rotunda surrounded by the quotes of his past. You can almost hear them echoing across the centuries. He was a man of honor and a man of God. He knew that this country needed the people and he knew that the people needed God. He knew that the people needed to be involved to make a difference.

So, get involved; make a difference; be excellent.

The Mantle of Leadership

2 March 2012 1 comment

Each of us can be a leader….The mantle of leadership is not the cloak of comfort, but the role of responsibility.

Thomas S. Monson.

President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Happy Leap Day!

29 February 2012 1 comment

Today is leap day! Leap days have been a staple of calendars for over 2000 years. Julius Caesar first introduced them in the Julian calendar. Leap days occur once every four years, except if a year is divisible by 100. However, if a year is divisible by 100 AND 400, then it IS a leap year. The years 1600, 2000 and 2400 are leap years, but 1900 and 2100 are not. Leap years are inserted into our Gregorian calendar because we have divided our calendar into 365 days. However, the year (one full rotation around the sun) is actually more like 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. So, once every 4 years, we add an extra day in February to make up the difference accumulated over the last four years.

What does any of this have to do with Repeating Excellence? There is something special about February 29. It is rare. Not as rare as unicorns, but rare nonetheless. At least more rare than other days of the year, say December 25, for example. If we only celebrated Christmas or New Years once every four years it would really be something special. Can you imagine the commercialism that would occur? We already see Christmas components materializing in stores early in November, or sooner. A leap day celebration would be hitting the markets a good 12 months in advance.

Assuming I live to be 80 years old, I’m only going to experience about 20 leap days. What else might I only experience 20 times in my lifetime? I might own 20 cars (I’m already at 12). Attend 20 ballets (up to about 10, so far; I’ll probably see far more than 20 in the next 40 years!). Hmmm….I’m having a difficult time coming up with things I might only do 20 times. There a few that will happen a lot less. Getting married, for instance. I only intend on doing that one time. I’m perfectly happy and content with my first wonderful wife. I’ve only purchased three homes in the last 40 years. I can’t see myself owning more than one or two in the next 40 years. Technically, banks have owned all of them. If I’m lucky, maybe I’ll own one before D-day. I’m not going to have more than three children. I’ve only ever owned a handful of dogs and I doubt I’ll personally possess any more. (For the record, I have nothing against dogs.) It is obvious to me that if something only happens 20 times (or less) in a lifetime, it is special.

February 29 is one of those “specials”. So treat it like something special. Do something today that is far from ordinary, a long ways from extra-ordinary. Do something beyond your comfort zone. Make today, a rare day. Be the most productive you’ve been in 20 years; make amends with someone that has offended you; go skydiving (this author cannot be held liable for any injury or death); cook dinner for your spouse. I don’t know what your special is. Only you know that.

Whatever you do to make today extra extraordinary, be sure to post a comment and share it with us. Have a happy Leap Day!

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