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Carving Out A Life

Inspiration To Be Organized Can Come From Anywhere

Out for a jog, 2,300 miles from Orlando and Walt Disney World, I could have run under this banner and never given it a second thought.

But what I do is provide readers (you) daily reminders.

It’s a charity and mission work that feels as good giving as it does receiving.

Being organized is it’s own reward.

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Growing Up

But Not Too Busy

Know Where We Were?
Know Where We Were?

Of course, we are all busy. But not too busy to seize the moment. You know how challenging this is. We all do. Sometimes we win and sometimes we get “buried”.

Last night was a “victory”.

Started the day writing five blogs, with a Pastor shadowing me. Then worked a corporate job (which I love). Then picked up our son at summer camp. Then drove to the Apple Store for a one-to-one session. Then dinner at the Mall food court. Then the long drive home.

The sun was setting as we drove through town. We stopped at the north end of town to have dessert and catch the small town parade as it passed by.

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Small Town stuff

Self-Indulgent Drive Home?

 

 

Saturday my son and I ran errands and spent the day doing stuff.  I constantly remind him that were we live is a special place.  Some people only get to visit once or twice in a lifetime. We drove through it on our way home.

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Nine Months Later

Longfellow Quote

Is More Better?
Is More Better?

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This Longfellow quote came to me in a most unusual way. A piece of mail from Senior’s First, a Central Florida charity to help seniors who can not help themselves.

But what is so powerful is recently, I was talking to someone about what happened on Christmas day, while we where doing our 11th annual Christmas day tradition – delivering Food for Families.

The month before doing the same thing on Thanksgiving day, we had a van full of food, and got lost, spending several hours making deliveries.

But on Christmas morning, as we pulled away from Ocoee High School, Cheryl said all the deliveries were on the same street.  We found the street in about 15 minutes, delivered the food and were done.

Cheryl asked if we should go back and do more.

And I said, “No. We shouldn’t let the amount of time determine the value of our efforts. We should feel good about what we did to help.”

And so it goes, the constant battle to listen to society’s stereotypes and what’s in our hearts.

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Nine Months Later

Strength Is Your Responsibility

100 Years Old
100 Years Old

“Strength is something you forge from within.”Eugenia ‘Jean’ Finnegan Biden

Watching (not really, more like listening) ABC Evening News a few weeks ago, Vice President Joe Biden spoke of fond memories and important lessons he learned from his mother.

She had died the day before.

Of all the things Vice President Joe Biden said, it’s his mother’s advice at the top here, that resonated the most.

Why?

Personal responsibility is really the key to success.  I’ve known this all my life and you have too.

Having a ten year plan has really helped me see what’s still possible, but not guaranteed.

Not six months.  Ten years.

PS. This is the first dupe post.  By accident. Seems it posted January 9 at Lane 8, but for some reason it also sat in jeffnoel.com   It is a major rule to not recycle content here.  I’m gonna let this one ride though.

Why?  Because one dupe post ain’t gonna end the world.  Besides, the endings are different, unbeknownst to me.