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The Revolution of Man

This past weekend the United States of America celebrated the 238th anniversary of its independence from England. I know I have readers from all over the world and I don’t want this to become some kind of geopolitical history debate. But the holiday had me thinking a lot about the men and women who fought in the revolutionary war. They were outnumbered, poorly armed, less experienced, and generally at a major disadvantage. Some of the colonists thought it was easier to just keep things the way they were. But for those who fought, the idea of keeping things the same was unacceptable. They had caught the idea of freedom and they were going to fight until they had achieved it.American Revolution

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that those revolutionaries weren’t so different than you or I.…

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Life Lesson from a Competitive Athlete

Cross Country Lesson

I found this through social media this morning and love the lesson it teaches:

Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

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The MVP’s Mother – The Powerful Influence of Mom

Kevin Durrant with Mom

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend I wanted to share this video of professional basketball player, Kevin Durrant, after winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award. The best part of the video starts a little after the 2:00 mark.
Is there any doubt what effect mothers can have on their kids? Please enjoy this video and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Kris

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I Am, Because We Are

This came across my feed on Facebook this morning and I wanted to capture it because I really like it. I’m not sure if it is a true story or not, but I’ve spent time in Africa on a couple occasions and this would not surprise me. The people in those tribes are among the kindest I have ever lived with and they really do look out for each other in this way. Enjoy!

- Kris

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.…

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Amazing Advice on Happiness at 92-years Old

Age and Positivity

This delightful story was shared with me on Facebook this morning and I wanted to make sure I captured it so I wouldn’t forget about it. Great words of wisdom from an elderly lady. We could all learn something from her:

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.…

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Don’t Scratch the Itch!

Itch 2All people are tempted. There is no one that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot. – Henry Ward Beecher

I found this article from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and I absolutely love it. It talks about avoiding those urges that keep us from getting the things done that we need to. Enjoy!

Don’t Scratch the Itch

One thing I learned from a week-long bout with poison oak … is a lot about itches.

I’ve become somewhat of a minor expert on itches.

I’ve learned to watch the itch and not scratch it.

Now, why  is that useful or even noteworthy? Because if you can learn to not scratch an itch, you can do anything.

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The Rise of Your Empire – Building on Your Best

Ancient Athens 3“Good is the enemy of great.” – Jim Collins

In the fifth century BC the Greeks and Persians had a series of major battles which basically determined the lasting success of a new idea called “democracy.” At the heart of the struggle was the city of Athens, the “birthplace of democracy.”Athens had become a major power in Greece and a melting pot of cultural ideas from all over the Mediterranean. Its art, architecture, and culture was a mix of the best from all around.

Ancient Athens 4Even though the Greeks eventually won the war with Persia, the city of Athens was abandoned and later burned by the Persian king Xerxes. This struggle has been recently depicted in the movie: 300 – Rise of an Empire.

When the war ended, the Athenians returned and began to rebuild their once-great city.…

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Regret

Regrets

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball

I’m a pretty conservative guy.

I usually play it pretty safe.

And that’s one thing I don’t always like about myself.

Sure, there are times when it is better to be cautious and not jump into everything with eyes wide shut. But usually the problem is not the risk, it is that I lack the self-confidence to see myself succeeding at the great task. Self-doubt tries to creep in whenever it can.

I watched the pattern happen over and over again: guy in the glass 2

  1. I’d get an idea
  2. I’d start playing it out in my mind and making plans to execute it.
  3. I’d get really excited about the potential.
  4. I’d think of one possible scenario that would make it not work perfectly.

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Which Ladder Are You Climbing?

Ladder 5“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”

- Thomas Merton

Everybody is climbing a ladder. It is a figurative ladder of course …unless you’re a painter or roofer. But we are all moving one direction in life, whether it be up or down.

Most of these ladders we scale intentionally, like education or developing a talent, running a marathon, working our way up in a company, writing a book, etc.

Some ladders we climb just because we never chose another one. These could include addictions, laziness, or complacency.

No matter what, you are climbing a “ladder” in some direction.

Ladder 4But what would happen if you get to the top of your ladder, looked over the wall and realized that it wasn’t what you thought it would be?…

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