Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

Hello my fellow traveling companions. A new year and a fresh start. My wife said it best regarding 2016 for us, 'see ya, don't let the door hit you on the way out'. It was a challenging year for sure. I'm grateful though, we learned a lot, we became stronger, I grew in my faith and I realize that I'm stronger and more capable than I realized. Always easier looking back after challenging times to see the good...but I'll say this, that was a tough one!

I wanted to pick up where I ended the year. I started sharing 'Refreshing Stories'. It was my attempt to share positive information at a time when it seems like so much negative crap is pouring in. The doomsday folks are spreading the fear, the news and media sources continue to generate fear based negative content. This disjointed world and the tragedies are valid but we need some positive to balance things and keep perspective.

I'll be busy writing and speaking about my favorite four topics; relationships, improving communication, making organizations more cohesive and revenue through client retention! This is going to be a good year!! Keeping the cork in the Dewar's White Label the battle with resistance will rage on.

I'll keep the positive stories coming...feel free to share and/or comment if you want to join in with the conversation and positive movement.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Refreshing Stories Part 2

The story is the same, the news is still dripping with fear and negativity. It 's unhealthy to soak this up. Stop! Go outside and take a walk, get some fresh air. When you come back in check out the site below....more good people doing good things. I love it!

Brave Choices. The mission, to bring awareness and education about the deadly consequences of heroin.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Refreshing Stories Part 1

The news is horrible! Consuming that information for even 5 minutes will bring darkness and fear into your heart. What a way to start the day. So much negative!

So here's the thought, lets share and consume information about people and groups who are doing positive things. Powerful positive things!!

I'll keep it simple, check out this group. They are touching and changing lives. Look at what they are doing to fight local hunger.

As the Beatles said, I do 'Get by with a little help from my friends',

Check out the link, soak up some positive stuff!!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thank You!!

Just a simple thank you, for the friendships and opportunities -

Kathy Selker
Stephanie Jaffe
Greg McGrath
Sheryl Schultz
Lawain McNeil
Jack Howard

and the biggest thank you to my wife Lisa!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Inspired Me... A Great Debate on Goals

I hope everyone is having a good week.

good debate with Leo and Tim

and cool quote...

"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"
 J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, October 28, 2013

A great quote, worthy material and a thank you!

Good afternoon.

The quote...

“Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.” 
― James Joyce

Good stuff

Help out

Thank you for the prayers and thoughts for Jim, he continues to show improvement, it will be a long healing process.

The Hand continues to help people in two areas, if you are a business owner or know an owner who runs a small or mid sized company and are frustrated with a lack of new clients, feel free to touch base...we can help!

I also continue with speaking opportunities, I won't let you call me a motivational speaker but people say it does motivate....I like to call it sincere encouragement!!

Have a good week.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Encouraging Updates & Setbacks

I'll go back to the spring of 2012, I was filled with energy, ready to take action. While my nose is always buried in a book I was only half way thru Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk, my willingness to take action in pursuing a little idea that I believe could change the world in a small way...look out!!!

For those who have heard the message in the last year, I've been sharing an idea backed by practical action regarding persistence and a new perspective on the problems and challenges we face in our lives. Two friends were going through their own challenges at this time, one battling cancer and the other battling multiple addictions. I observed and listened to these guys while I launched my ideas on persistence and how we view challenges. As their stories unfolded I found my beliefs being challenged, I questioned what I believe about my program. My friend with cancer battled for a couple years. At times there was a hope and good news, sometimes then followed up by devastating bad news. The roller coaster went up and down. For him and those who love him, we went up and down with him until the end.

He passed away last year, on July 17, 2012. In his last few months we talked. It taught me a few things. I learned about a side of cancer that I didn't know, horrific stuff! Those who have gone thru it themselves or with loved ones know this, but they don't always share it. But equally horrific is the untold stories of broken relationships. As he went through this, battling for his life, another battle was taking place around him. At a time when love and support should have been a sure thing, it wasn't. The broken relationships rotted away on one side while the cancer devastated his body on the other. He felt and communicated the indescribable pain of both of these.

And the friend with multiple addictions..don't judge another man until you walk in their shoes. The silent battles that we wage. I guess we all  face our demons, at different times and at different levels. For those battling addictions you've seen a different kind of darkness,  it's dark and scary.

I'm naive. Hope? Persistence? A different perspective on problems? These two stories have made me ask if I really believe in hope? Do I really believe in what I say about persistence? These two stories have made me ask a lot of questions.

But wait..

For the last two years Journey4YOUth has been committed to providing lunch for 36 of the neediest children in Kaswanga Village, Kenya.  Journey4YOUth now provides food directly to the families, giving 174 people and 11 babies enough food to eat once a day.

Journey4YOUth aims to invest specifically into each family so they can have what they need to be able to take a step out of poverty, provide for their families and improve the local economy of their village.

Journey4YOUth has met with each family along with 4 widows.  The families shared with us their needs, hopes, struggles and ideas.

But wait..I'm filled with a little hope. A little hope hearing about what other people are doing to make a difference.

I read hope grows

Check out what Brian and Katie Ernst are doing if you can.