Out of Breath

“It takes 25 minutes to recover from a phone call or an e-mail, researchers have found, and yet the average person receives such an interruption every 11 minutes, Which means that we’re never caught up; we’re always out of breath, running behind.”     Pico Iyer, M.A. Lying on the gym floor, I cannot catch my breath! In an aggressive play to secure a loose basketball, I land prostrate on the floor. Seconds later, two tumbling players from the opposing team land with all their weight on top of … [Read more...]

Oh, No!

“Entire books are being written about the distractions of social media.” Howard Rheingold Tuesday morning marks the final moments of a wonderful fun-filled trip; it is time to return home. Before walking our six-year old pet companion River, who accompanied us on this journey, Carol organizes her morning prescriptions, a routine scene River knows quite well – he patiently waits. Nine days ago, the three of us left our home in Theodore, Alabama, for a two and one-half hour trek to the … [Read more...]

Hall of Fame

“Forget the lottery. Bet on yourself instead.” Brian Koslow The introductory remarks of Gil Carpal – who pioneered the Hall of Fame Award for the Customized Logistics Delivery Association (CLDA) and former CLDA Board member – are soon followed by the same words he has used in past conventions: “This year’s Hall of Fame inductee is . . .”  I am sitting in this audience gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana as Gil declares our new inductee -- Ronnie Burns, one of the original creators of our … [Read more...]

Donor

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”  Henry David Thoreau The offshore fishing team is 13 people, including me as captain. My cousin-in-law Steve drives the boat to our first stop, about an hour away. He also drives back to Perdido Pass, the entrance to our home port in Terry Cove. On this trip, thanks to the driving duty of first mate Steve, I actually take more time to talk to other passengers. One conversation is completely … [Read more...]

Three

“I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.”      Lou Holtz Do you believe there is anything special about the number 3?  Some say it is magical. Others suggest a spiritual connection. Even if you find nothing special about the number 3, you are aware of frequent references to it. Here are some examples: Mind, body and spirit The Wizard of Oz movie themes: Brains, Courage and Heart Earth, wind and fire Three-legged stool of a … [Read more...]

Phubbing

“Our kids are actually doing what we told them to do when they sit in front of that TV all day or in front of that computer game all day. The society is telling kids unconsciously that nature’s in the past. It really doesn’t count anymore, that the future is in electronics, and besides, the bogeyman is in the woods.”   Richard Louv Many of my newsletter editions focus on achieving success through best practices based on positive life principles. And my definition for success is being and … [Read more...]

Make It Right

“The power of forgiveness is huge; it is really big, and it can save the world.”               Immaculee Ilibagiza You messed up. Perhaps, you did not intentionally make a mistake that caused discomfort or agony to another person. But, you still fumbled. Now, you need to make it right. But, how? We have all witnessed well-known individuals further bungling an already precarious situation while attempting to apologize to the public and to their family for an unfortunate act they have … [Read more...]

Reading

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”    Joseph Addison On occasion, I am asked for reading material recommendations. The most influential, notable books I have read throughout my life include: The Bible Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Viktor Frankl The Laws of Success, Napoleon Hill The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven R. Covey The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill Gung Ho, Ken Blanchard The Road Less … [Read more...]

Plant A Tree

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”  Chinese Proverb Hopefully you are different than most people. But, by now – in mid-March – many New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside for a great number of well-intentioned folks.  The fact that it is still early in the year can be an uncomfortable reminder of something we really meant to do, yet have once again failed. This year was going to be the year we get it done! Lose weight. Exercise weekly. … [Read more...]

Triggerfish

“He listens well who takes notes.” Dante Alighieri It is one of those hot August days that we are known for in the deep South. Once again, I am enjoying one of my favorite roles - captain on an offshore fishing trip. The targeted fish is red snapper. Thanks to the regulators, the past limited nine-day red snapper season has been expanded to over forty days. A huge bonus for the recreational fishing population. We are fishing some reefs where we have caught red snapper in the past. … [Read more...]