The Secret

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” the Apostle Paul – Philippians 4:12

Ask me what I want for Christmas, and I’ll respond with the same answer I give my wife and my children: “Nothing. I have all I need.” While not very helpful, and likely a tad annoying with Black Friday just days away, it’s absolutely true.

Daily reminder in our kitchen.

My heart’s desire is to be grateful and content in all circumstances. While I fall short more often than I’d like to admit, when contentment is at my core, freedom and generosity rule the day.

When you and I learn and live out the “secret of being content”, grateful at all times, everything looks different:

  • Health concerns are real, but not defeating.
  • Job security/fulfillment doesn’t dictate joy.
  • Financial goals become rightly ordered.
  • The welfare of others trumps our own. Every. Single. Day.

May this Thanksgiving set the tone for a life of contentment, peace and joy. (139 words)

VIDEO CLIP “It’s Just a Foot”: Charlie’s perspective is one I’d like to have and be known for…give it a quick view.

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Why “Looking Back” is Trending

While all alone the other night, I had the option of watching football, hockey, the news or any number of my fav cooking shows.

Instead, I watched a cartoon. Why would a 50 year old do such a thing?

Because, I’m tired.

Though I’m a forward thinker and embrace change of all kinds, I sometimes find myself needing something familiar.

I believe it’s a key reason why pictures and memories of “days gone by” are so popular on social media today, including 250 million photos tagged with “ThrowbackThursday” or “tbt” hashtags on Instagram alone.

With so many unknowns in our life (insert Ebola scares, the economy, political landscape, health issues, job security, relationship navigation, etc.), we’ve grown to long for the expected. It requires no thinking, no adjusting, no surprises…just familiarity.

Delight in your future, but make time to relax in your past.

Your mind and heart will thank you for it. Happy Halloween! (140 words)

Is It Just Me? Am I just getting old, or do you notice your mind needing a rest? (I sure hope it’s the latter)

To Try: Establish holiday traditions that give you familiarity and comfort. Browse through your photo albums and take your time telling stories about the pictures with family or friends. Watch an old sitcom from your youth and try explaining to your kids why it was funny back then.

A Star Wasn’t Born

My Hollywood acting debut hit the big screen nearly ten years ago today as Walt Disney’s Mr. 3000 opened up in theaters nationwide.

 Sitting with my wife and boys in that small theater, my heart was pounding. I wondered, “Will people around me recognize that I’m in the film?” “Will this lead to other acting opportunities?” “Will I be able to drink this mega-soda without a poorly timed potty break?”

Nope. Nope. Aaaand, nope.

The director clearly defined my role from day one, “Your job is to allow Bernie Mac to shine. He’s the star. Less of you, more of him. Less of you, more of him.”

Job well done, I guess.  (If you pause the DVR and squint, you’ll see me from time to time. Rats.)

True leadership occurs, not while being IN the spotlight, but by HOLDING the spotlight.

Who are you “leading” today? Shine on, my friends, shine on! (137 words)

EXTRA: I enjoyed my time with Bernie and liked the movie. You can get a glimpse of the story via the trailer. If you don’t see the trailer below, click HERE

 

 

That Thing You Do

You amaze me. What you do for a living, for work, is something I’m quite certain I couldn’t.

Our trash collector, Donny, wakes up each day and does his thing. If I was a garbage man, I’d live in San Diego. He battles the snow, rain, and bad drivers while smiling. Seriously.

 Redd cuts our trees. He’s half monkey, I swear. Hard, sweaty, dangerous work. He loves what he does and is grateful for the opportunity.

Those reading this today are financial planners, insurance agents, stay at home moms, teachers, musicians, construction dudes, factory workers, truckers, pet groomers, realtors, fry cooks, environmental educators, health professionals, telemarketers, farmers, territory managers, administrative types, counselors, day-care providers, plumbers and more.

On this day, I raise my glass to you and say, “I need you to do what you do. Thanks for making life work.” (140 words)

Who’s Running with You?

17 years ago today, I nearly ran myself to death. Literally.

During a half-marathon, I collapsed at the 12 mile mark only to awaken in a hospital bed, connected to lots of wires, nurses scurrying about and my wife crying beside me. 

“Wait, am I dying? From running?” I would way rather die from playing hockey.

I had trained well, but made a costly decision near the start of the race.

Rather than running with my pack of friends, I broke away to lead the charge. I was running fast, and it felt good. Well, at least for 12 miles. Stupid pride.

What I really needed, was someone to tell me to slow down, stop for water, enjoy the scenery and finish together.

Leadership doesn’t always happen from the front. It might actually be best experienced when side-by-side. I’m still learning that. (140 words)