With a five-year-old son, who apparently has no fear of injury, there are plenty of moments of pain. Now sometimes he will whine because he wants a popsicle at 7:30 am or can't believe we have to sleep again today, but occasionally there are real moments of vulnerability and pain, whether physical or emotional. Sometimes … Continue reading Weakness
I listened to a podcast the other day that posed an interesting question... Is it better to be right or loving? Of course being both would be nice, but let's have a thought experiment. If you had to choose one, which would it be? Loving, right? I think most people would say loving if asked … Continue reading Does being right matter?
Sometimes I daydream about doing something really charitable or nice that makes a really big impact on the world. It's hard to do that without envisioning the praise I would receive. It is a weird world we live in. I get on Twitter a decent amount, probably too much. A common theme on Twitter is … Continue reading Take Credit
I don't read. I've always liked the idea of reading, but when free time comes around I watch sports or scroll Twitter or text friends. I've heard that reading can make you more patient, self-controlled, etc. I don't know if it's true, but I could sure use some of that. I have a lot of … Continue reading Read something
I've been thinking about writing a kids book about a squirrel. But three squirrels is certainly better than one. I'm a huge fan of multiple squirrels hanging out together. Here it goes... There once were three squirrels named Frank, Jack, and Leo. Always planning and plotting, a mischievous trio. Frank was in charge of collecting … Continue reading More Squirrels
I read my son books every night. It used to be one book a night. He tries to get away with 5-8. A few observations... Books that rhyme are way better than books that don't. Kids books seem super easy to write. I'm not smart enough to write a real book. I might be smart … Continue reading A Squirrel
You know when someone tells you something that's hard to hear? Maybe it's a character flaw or "improvement area". This has happened to me a few times recently. My initial reaction was to dismiss it. Without giving hard thought to what was being said, I automatically assumed it wasn't correct. I wouldn't say it aloud, … Continue reading Filter or No?
When I was in high school I remember saving up $15 or so pretty regularly to purchase an album I had been anticipating for months. There was no greater feeling than unwrapping that plastic and putting the disc in my car system. Over the next few months I'd listen to the same 10ish songs over … Continue reading The Whole Thing
I am in sales. I don't have an office. I get up everyday and start driving. Over the course of each day I have small conversations with dozens and dozens of people. I was gonna say hundreds but that might be a stretch. Why is there not an easily referencable number between 12 and 100? … Continue reading Quarters of People
I lost my job last week. It wasn't all that dramatic really. A simple downsizing issue. My performance was adequate, good relationship with my boss, etc. But from a team of eight I was the only one laid off. The "powers that be" chose me, which is fine. I've had a little time to digest … Continue reading Pride Hit