Dear Son

Old after-Church routine

Disney FastPass app
Yesterday, a trip down memory lane….get FastPasses to Peter Pan. By 1130am Peter Pan was out of FastPasses for the entire day.


Mickey Mouse shaped drinking straws
After securing FastPasses, we had lunch at Columbia Harbor House. Our favorite meal was underwhelming. Everyone has an off day – but it’s never supposed to happen at Disney, right?


florida storm map
This storm front was hours away from our Magic Kingdom plans.


Columbia Harbor House view
We always sit in the alcove “bridge” – a table with a view.


Magic Kingdom mobile app map
My iPhone and watch mark our location.


Disney bad show


Disney's Dumbo ride


Disney Keynote Speaker
A final “we were there” shot.


Old after-Church routine we haven’t done in years….

Go home, change, go to Disney’s Magic Kingdom to ride Peter Pan and have lunch at Columbia Harbor House.


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Uncommon Sense

Back To The Lesson My Church And Disney Taught Me

Walt Disney said, "Keep moving forward". I hear ya loud and clear, Walt. Thanks.

Looking carefully at the Church’s model and Disney business model, it helped validate my intuition that life has five big choices: mind, body, spirit, money and hq. In trying to envision a balanced life with one or more of these missing, I can’t.

Insight: Mind, body and spirit are readily perceived as crucial, but what about where we spend a third of our life (career) and were we spend the rest of it (home, the headquarters of our life)?

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Uncommon Sense

I Used My Church And The Chain Of Excellence As A Benchmark

The door(s) to opportunity are not clearly marked, so literally try every door you can get your hands on.


I used my Church and the legendary chain of excellence as a benchmark for creating my personal priorities, in a dramatic effort to become a great parent. I call these five priorities “Life’s Big Choices“.

Common sense Insight: Some truths only become self-evident when you try to live without them.

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End Of The First Year

Bothered Not Bored

The other night I told our son, “I’m bothered, but not bored.”

I’m bothered by the work load I put on myself.  Career, home, church, gym, home, family, retirement.

I’m not bored by any of it though.


Because I love it.  None of it feels like work.  So, being bored is the last thing on my mind.

Except for one small detail, and I must confess, “I’m bored with being bothered!”

Peak Hurricane Month

Rules For Being Human

I’ve had this article for ten years, given by a friend. The author is unknown. Here it is in it’s entirety:

The question remains, despite all the work and inquiry of the researchers discussed in this column and countless others: How can we build committed, competent people and workforces?

I received the following as a handout at a class I attended;  the author is unknown.  Because these reflections give me solace, I am sharing them.

1.  You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

2.  You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time information school called life.   Each day in this school you will have opportunities to learn lessons.  You may like the lessons, or you may think they are irrelevant or stupid.

3.  There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error, of experimentation.  The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately work.

4.  A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.  When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain lessons.  If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6.  There is not better than here. When your there has become here, you will simply obtain another there that will again look better than here.

7.  Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8.  What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the resources you need.  What you do with them is up to you.  The choice is yours.

9.  Your answers lie inside you. The answers to life’s questions lie inside you.  All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all this.

jeff here again.  How was that for the first installment of “Too Long Tuesday”?