Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down

As the old Carpenters’ song goes, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.”

Not really.

Fridays are my favorite day of the week; but Mondays don’t really bother me. I’m happy to have been given another day to live, laugh, and serve.

You too?

Growing up in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, I loved (and still love) the songs of Richard and Karen Carpenter.

Monday’s aren’t bad days by default; however, today was somewhat of a double-whammy kind of day. And it may not end well, either.

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2014 : A New Year = Promises + Plans + Possibilities


2014 block of green


Ah, welcome to 2014.

A new year full of promises, plans, and possibilities.

Yes, I’ve been away for a while (too long) and my blog has a gaping hole in it.  But I’m not going to fret about things in the past.

And you shouldn’t either!

Let’s make this year a time for focusing on the important stuff.  {Click here to tweet that thought.}

For me, the next twelve months will have laser-beam focus on the following:

Grace — I want to extend grace and forgiveness to my family, my co-workers, and to the world in general.  God has extended so much grace to me.  I want to do the same.

Gratitude — I take too much for granted.  It’s time to look at the smallest things and feel thankful for them.  Examples:  the heated seats in my car on a morning where the temperature is hovering around 11 degrees F; when my kids get along.  They are great kids, don’t get me wrong; however, it is pure bliss when they can be in the same room with each other for more than 15 minutes and co-exist.  Oh, how I love that.

Giving — In 2014 I want to ‘give’ by helping out more at home.  My wife handles SO MUCH of the day-to-day home-keeping tasks.  She needs a break.  And I need to step up and do my share.  I also need to be a better manager and coach at work.  I depend on my team members to do a lot.  And I need to be there for them — teach them, nurture them, and discipline them so they can become better at what they do.

Simplification (which continues to include some major de-cluttering projects) — This seems to be on my list every year.  I struggle with keeping my world clutter-free.  The plan is to simplify:  file away papers, keep my closet in good shape, keep clutter from accumulating in all the popular places (kitchen counter tops, dressers, in the car, and a few hundred other places.  It never used to bother me — but now — it does.  There are plenty of opportunities for de-cluttering my world.  {Click here to tweet that thought}

What about you?  What are your plans for the new year?


What’s your Life Purpose?

Whats your life purpose

Preface:  This post is a bit longer than most.  But…it’s an important topic and I had to get it out there.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.


Over the past weeks, months, and (yes) years, I’ve been asking myself (and others!) what my Life Purpose is.

Some days, the question seems to take on a life all its own and absolutely puts me out of commission.  My mind is in a funk.  And I feel like I can barely breathe.

It’s a scary feeling.

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Life Lessons at College

Life Lessons at College Banner

College Days

My wife and I took our oldest son to college this weekend.

We’ve been preparing ourselves for this big event for many months.  And, we thought we were ready to ‘let him go’.

Let me tell you:  it’s a tough, tough act.

Oh, but the life lessons you can learn at college.

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