Saturday, June 29, 2019

GOT SCHOOLED AT THE BARBER SHOP


Got a haircut yesterday and my barber schooled me.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the slang word, schooled. It means to be taught something in an embarrassing way.

My barber, Chris, is a good guy, laid-back, and has been my barber for years. Yesterday, we were comparing notes on the summer. 

Chris said he had only a few plans and asked what I had coming up.

I said, “Not much going on. Might go to the beach. But, I’ve got a book I’m writing that I’ve just got to finish.”

At this point I was schooled: Chris said, “Oh yeah, you told me about that.”

Now, I only see Chris every 3 weeks, or so, and it takes about as long to cut my hair as it does to eat a reasonably decent cheeseburger. So, if Chris can remember sayingI had to finish a book and I only see him every 3 weeks I’ve probably said something about the book a couple of times. 

In other words, I’ve shot my mouth off about it and have done very little.

Simple. Seven words. “Oh yeah, you told me about that.”

Schooled.

Wisdom—true wisdom—is stunningly valuable. As such, we should take wisdom anywhere we find it. 

Thanks, Chris. I’ll finish the book by the next time I see you.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Just Get Me to 5 O'clock

I’m sure you’ve had one of these days.

Have a 10 am meeting so I’m up and at’em.

Get in the car and the tire light is on. Get out and check and, sure enough, one of the rear tires is almost flat. Nearest air pump is at a local convenience store so I take off. 

Realize on the way that I have no cash for the air machine. But, YES! the machine takes an ATM card! Fill tire so it’s good. I’m rolling.

Make a stop and need the ATM card. Nowhere to be found. Search throughout the car and even call some friends and tell them to look out for my card. 

Than, I realize I left it in the air machine!

Get back in the car and the tire light is on again!

Call my meeting friend and we reschedule.

Head to my local BB&T and Allison, the welcomer, couldn’t have been nicer. Temporary ATM card and am now at the tire place getting the tire checked.

And, it is not even 10 am.

This is one of those days on which you thank God, in all Her wisdom, that today is Friday.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

National Vanilla Milkshake Day!


Today, June 20, is National Vanilla Milkshake Day! 

Now, I'm all for being healthy and eating right and getting some exercise. In fact, for me, today is a gym day.

But, sometimes we get a little too tightly-wound about life issues and miss the fun of life  

I don't drink a vanilla milkshake every day even though it might be healthier than some of the other things I consume. 

However, I AM going to have one of those vanilla treats today.

Find a simple, fun, easy-to-accomplish activity today and do it; we're only in this ride that is life for a short while, we should enjoy it.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Aaaah!!!!! My Eyes!!!!


God Bless those of you who love to awaken early enough to see the sun rise! Sunrises are beautiful! 

I just wish hey happened later in the morning. 

I get the fact that rising later doesn’t fit with 8-5 jobs. But, if you control your schedule enough to decide when you get up there may be benefits you haven’t expected.

One study says late sleepers are more intelligent than those “meet the sun” advocates; another says we are more creative. I like that.

Winston Churchill spent the first few hours of the day in bed…working. His secretary would sit in a chair across from him as he dictated. He held meetings with a wide range of people while in bed.

Simply go online and check out “famous late risers” and you’ll see a Who’s Who of art and business.


Stop feeling guilty about rising a little later. If you get the job done, who cares what time you get up?

Saturday, June 15, 2019

And, In This Corner!!!!

How’s that black eye doing? Or, your bruised ribs? You know, the ones you gave yourself by beating yourself up in that boxing ring in your mind. 

Be honest, you've been smacking yourself about who you are, what you are doing, what you did in the past...one thing and then another. We all do it and we do it too often.

As long as you're occupied trying to knock yourself out you can't really get anything done. 

Don't you think it's about time to ring the bell and walk to the corner and give yourself a rest? 

Here's a simple suggestion: Anytime you hear yourself in your own head starting a thought with, "I really wish I hadn't..." or, something similar, that's you taking a swing at yourself.

I'm not saying you shouldn't try to learn from the times you stumbled. Yes, when you see areas in which you can improve that's a good thing.

I'm just saying we spend waaaaay too much time pounding ourselves for things that are already done. 

Try this: Stop swinging in your mind for just a second. Put your mental bare fists on your hips, stand in the middle of your ring and think about my new favorite quote, "Maybe, life is not about finding the straightest path to success. Or the simplest. Or even the smoothest. Maybe, it’s about finding one, just one, that allows you to get there at all. But that requires letting go of our old beliefs.”  Nikolas Goke

Your old beliefs are smeared on the knuckles of those mental fists. Every time you pop yourself with a fist you are punishing yourself for those old stumbles.

Now, go to your corner, sit on your stool and take a breather. Forgive yourself by putting some ice on that eye.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

All I'm Asking For Is One Hour



Here’s a simple challenge: Can you be the best you for one hour? 

Not the best you you think you’re supposed to be, but the best you as you are. 

Most of us simply zoom through every day trying to deal with all of—IT—and we rarely approach our potential. The pressure crushes our motivation. 

So, for today, pick one area; health, work, family, mental, social, spiritual or financial and do the best you can for one hour.

I'm betting you'll amaze yourself.