Serious On Steroids

Mostly, I’m very intense.  Serious.  Focused.  Determined.

My Finnish Master’s Track & Field friend, Juha, posted this on Facebook yesterday and while watching it with our son (9) and his friend, well, I …..

Diversification is so important. In business. With investments. And sometimes, even with blog posts.

Funny How Things Work Out

Mom, Dad, Two Brothers
Mom, Dad, Two Brothers

Last night I mentioned to our son (9) that earlier in the day I had been thinking about Carter and almost cried.

Thirty-eight days ago, we laid our canine son to rest.

We all have those moments when we think about loved ones who’ve passed on and sometimes we maintain our composure, sometimes we simply smile, and sometimes we almost loose control.

And just before we went to bed, as I was doing a final email cleanup, there was an email from a college buddy.  The Dog he mentions below was Luther (1986-1998), our first Lab. Here’s an excerpt.

“I’m happy that you and Cheryl were blessed with a son. The last time we visited you was prior to your son being born; I knew you would be a great dad. It might sound funny but I noticed how much you and Cheryl loved your dog and treated him like a member of the family I even said to Patty, they’ll make great parents someday, I’m glad your prayers were answered. He’s a lucky little boy.”

It’s amazing how coincidence can illuminate the simple blessings we enjoy every day.

But in today’s tough economy, we can easily forget.

Impossible Milestone?

Mile Marker or Milestone?
Mile Marker or Milestone?

Do you celebrate little (or big) milestones in your life?

Most people do.  Why?  Because it reminds us of things that were:

  • Special
  • Significant
  • Impossible
  • Meaningful
  • Fun
  • Unique
  • Joyful

Some milestones happen by chance.  Some by sheer determination.

Some by both.

In one week, I’ll share two that fit this description.

How The Camel Got It’s Hump

That's My Boy (in brown)
That's My Boy (in brown)

Friday. March 19, 2010.

Orlando, Florida.

School play:  How The Camel Got It’s Hump

Our son was a narrator.  He said he was not nervous being up on stage the whole time, microphone in hand.

Wonder where he gets that from?

No Fear (in brown)
No Fear (in brown)

Happy Spring

Yesterday, March 21, marked the first official day of Spring.

For most people it came and went, just like every other day.

Here are a few photos from yesterday, as we consciously embraced the subtle change.