Thursday, June 21, 2018


How do you have a sense of urgency if you are not the one being oppressed?
How can you really appreciate what you have if you never experienced being without it ?

For example my daughter taught in a innner city high school with many kids that came from poverty and some from other countries, one young man was born and raised most of his life in a part of Africa where they had very little.
As a young boy he would get up very early every morning and do his chores and then walk miles , in all kind of weather, to have an opportunity to go to school and get an education.
Here in the United States we have public transportation to take our children to public schools and many of our children take it for granted and complain and resist getting an education.

How can you teach appreciation?

My grandparents grew up in a small house with no indoor plumbing and grew most of their food.
My grandmother had this cookie jar on the top of this metal cabinet and when I would visit as a very young boy it was a huge treat for her to hand me a cookie from this jar.
My aunt lived next to her sister, my grandmother, and was very poor and if my grandmother had a ham she would share it with her sister and her sister would take the bone home to make soup out it.

How can a child today ever really understand and appreciate what is in their kitchen and refrigerator if that is all they have known.

How can we install or teach a sense of urgency to help those less fortunate if we never really lived their lives and saw the world through their eyes ?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Shoe on the other foot

Always try to live by the “ shoe on the other foot “ theory.
Before you judge or you take your stand think about in in different terms -
What if whatever the situation is closer to home and more personal.
Don’t think about as THEM or something that does not or will not ever effect you -
Think about it as if it did effect you , as if it was your daughter, your son, your mother .
People speak of religion and most think they are “ good” people but they separate things and people very easily if it does effect them personally.
It is easy to be tough if it is not your child, your family or your life.
How will you be judged in the end ?
It is how you treat the needy , the poor and the defenseless that matters .
What if the shoe was on the other foot ?

Saturday, June 16, 2018


An excerpt from a book I am reading ...
Driving leadership into every corner and every communication-
“ We would teach that great leaders are -
(1) people of integrity and decency;
(2) confident enough to be humble;
(3) both kind and tough;
(4) transparent; and
(5) aware that we all seek the same meaning in work.
We should also teach them that
(6) what they say is important, but what they do is far more important, because their people are always watching them.
In short, we would demand and develop ethical leaders.”

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Choose wisely

Choose your leaders wisely.
Do you run a department or crews ? Are you a boss or Director or VP ?

If you are in a position where it is your responsibility to make things work than you need to be sure you have the right people doing the right job.

You do that by paying attention, watching and listening- YOU need to take responsibility and do not procrastinate, if it looks as if someone is struggling fix it. You need to evaluate what they are good at and what are their weaknesses and either reassign them , encourage them ,  help push them up the ladder or if you have say good bye then do it- just don’t procrastinate.
You do harm to the process and the team and the person themselves if you are not honest.

Not every good employee is a good leader - that is ok, you do not need all leaders and some people either have it in their DNA or they don’t.
It is up to you to see IT and encourage it or move  things around.

And you need to understand is it the person or the process that is failing ?
Was the person trained properly ?

Honest discussions and moving people around or having tough reprimands are very hard but if you are not having them then YOU are the problem- maybe you are just not cut out to be leader.
That’s ok too - be honest with yourself is most important and will lead to you are not only doing a good job but being happy.

And at the end of the day isn’t that what we all want?

Choose Wisely

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Killing Stone

I heard a preacher man speaking on the radio
Remember thinking that I'd like to tell him where to go
Go back to that book that you've been waving around
Open it up, and go to that part about
You without sin, pick up that stone

He's turning it over, to the other side
He's turning it over now, ‘cause now you can't hide
All that lies beneath, all the lies beneath
The killing stone

Saw another fella talking on the TV show
Trying to tell me how to live and just how I should vote
He says he believes in the sanctity of life
100, 000 died
Tell me are you sanctified 

Now you without sin, pick up that stone
You without sin, pick up that stone
He's turning it over, to the other side
He's turning it over now, ‘cause you can't hide
All that lies beneath, all the lies beneath
The killing stone, 

We're all looking for redemption
But is it for our souls
You without sin, pick up that stone

He's turning it over, to the other side
He's turning it over, turning it over now ‘cause you can't hide
All that lies beneath, all the lies beneath 
You can't hide beneath
The Killing stone

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


How can you really appreciate something if you never not had it ?

I remember the first time my wife and I bought a car that had “ electric “ windows we thought we were big shots, it was probably a car already 10 - 15 years old but we appreciated power windows.
Then we bought a car with power windows and intermittent windshield wipers.... ooooh .. that was a bid deal and then the big one- air conditioning!

I actually still appreciate today the cars that I drive and all the extras , now they even have Bluetooth and hands free cell phones - cell phones another thing that this generation just takes for granted.
It was not that long ago that we worked without computers and cell phones and people take them all for granted- how can you really appreciate something you were just born in to ?

I guess my parents could say the same thing as they were born with no indoor bathrooms and very few had an automobile never mind “ power” anything.
They appreciated much more of the little things that I was born in to and took for granted.

Look around and appreciate everything around you - Yes- we are rich - try to take everything for granted and try to take the time to appreciate the little things.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

What’s important

“ And every day , the world will drag you by the hand, yelling,
“ This is important!
And this is important! And this is important!
You need to worry about this ! And this! And this!
And each day , it’s up to you to yank your hand back , put in on your heart and say,
“ No. This is what’s important. “