Real Rest

Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective. Doe Zantamata “Alright, let’s go walk on the pier,” my wife announces. It is late in the afternoon. Our Australian Labradoodle, River – who completely understands southern drawl  English—is already up and jumping like crazy at the door!  One of his favorite things to do is to walk on our 960-foot pier that protrudes over the wetlands, ending at Alligator Bayou. The attraction is the marshland, with its distinctive smell and its … [Read more...]

Ten Words

“Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking tartar sauce with you.”     Zig Ziglar Standing at the end of the long hallway – the entrance to the kitchen where my mom is busy cooking – I point one finger in the air, and with great confidence, shout the 10 words that will forever change my life. I have decided that I am going to accomplish a special goal today. It is unlikely (I am only 10 years old). The odds are greatly against me. Even some of the most renown … [Read more...]

Squeezed for Time

“I am definitely going to take a course on time management. . . just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.”       Louis E. Boone How do you manage your time? Do you have a strategy? Maybe a tactic or two? I would love to hear your ideas on this subject. Here are some ‘best practices’ that have helped me over the years.  I continue to employ each of these tactics. Plan tomorrow today Before you go to sleep, pinpoint the three most important tasks or activities you need to … [Read more...]

Someday

“My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry ‘till a more convenient season.”     Mary Todd Lincoln “Someday when I grow up, finish school and get a job, I’ll start living my life the way I want . . . someday after the mortgage is paid off, the finances are on track and the kids are grown up, I’ll drive that new car and take exciting trips abroad . . . someday, now that I’m about to retire, I’ll buy that beautiful motor home and travel across this great country, and see all there … [Read more...]

Romona

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill Is it possible to learn something about goals on Facebook? Here is a recent post by cousin-in-law, Romona Leslie: “So today I'm starting my 3-month challenge to do 200 miles either walking, elliptical biking, treadmill or just the elliptical before my 5 yr. appointment with my back doctor in Oct.! Today, so far, I've already finished 7.75 miles! It's one day at a time that finishes the race!! I'm posting this for myself to stay accountable!! … [Read more...]

Small Steps

“. . . A journey of a thousand miles must begin with one single step.” Lao Tzu My wife Carol and her cousin-in-law, Romona, are discussing the subject of steps.  This conversation – about the total number of physical steps made during the day – is actually a dialogue that occurs often when visiting our beach condo which is less than 100 feet from where our cousins live.  Such close proximity provides an opportunity for frequent chats between these two ladies of kindred spirit. In some of … [Read more...]

Start

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”   Aristotle How you handle the first hour of your day may in part be affected by whether you are a ‘morning person.’  After living most of my life with my wife Carol, I do recognize that some folks wake up at a more moderate pace than others. My wife does indeed fit the description of the ‘unhurried starter.’ Recognizing this fact, I have adjusted my early morning interaction with her. Less is more when it comes to … [Read more...]

Frequency

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”                                                                                                                     Ralph Waldo Emerson What do you do every single day? What tasks, throughout your life, seem to command more frequency? If you are like most of the ‘electronic people’ of this modern world, you probably check your email multiple … [Read more...]

This time, it will be different

‘Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.’ John F. Kennedy The numerous holidays that close one year and launch another often become the catalyst for serious reflection on our current status and the future ahead. While this may be the time we search our souls for wisdom regarding the future, I believe that anytime during the year is a good time. I heartily encourage doing this at least once a year. Recently I had the opportunity to answer the following question: How … [Read more...]

Don’t Waste Your Life

I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.” Maj. Gen. Neil A. Armstrong (USAF, Ret.) My wife Carol and I are enjoying, with family and friends, Jimmy Buffett in concert at The Wharf in Orange Beach.   Even though his origin as a well-known entertainer was in the early 70s, there are, surprisingly, many young people in attendance at this performance. I guess parents are passing on ‘their music’ from t. hat bygone era. One of Buffett’s … [Read more...]