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Agree to Disagree

Agree to Disagree


We all have different opinions, thoughts, and ideas of how to get from point A to point B.  In the end, the only thing that matters is that we get there.  It is okay to be passionate about our perspective, but it is not okay to judge or be critical of those with opposing views.  In the words of the great Charlie Brown can’t we all just get along?!!!“We can agree to disagree, but we don’t need to be disagreeable.”  John WoodenThe only thing about a man that is a man is his mind.  Everything else can be found in a pig or a horse.  Archibald Mcleash
Life can be challenging and to succeed we must get a little dirt on us sometimes.  The determining factor between success and failure is whether we allow the dirt to bury us or provide nutrients for us to grow.  
 “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” is a quote attributed to Winston Churchill that has wisdom beyond its short appearance. Recognizing that it might currently feel like hell, but there is a future beyond it, helps us remember that pain is fleeting. It won’t be here forever, but neither will we, so keep going.  Unfortunately, many of us extend our stay because our we continue to struggle for control of things that are not within our power.  It is when we are in our lowest valleys that we are better to let go and put our faith in the hands of someone who can drive us out.   
 On July 6, 2022 to a tornado ripped through my hometown and left a devastating aftermath in it's wake.  It tore apart structures, but it also brought the hearts of a community together.  I have seen the human spirt rally like I have never seen before.  People didn’t cry victim, rather they immediately rolled up their sleeves and went to work.  Reaching out and helping one another.   There were no judgements or discrimination, just a genuine outpouring of care and love for the fellow human being.    The storm was dark and strong, but it could not extinguish the light in the heart of GOSHEN OHIO!  
Pledge Of Allegiance

Pledge Of Allegiance


We live in the greatest nation on earth, but she can only retain that greatness if we continue the things that made her great:  Trusting God for guidance, staying true to the constitution that our forefathers gave us, and always pledging our allegiance.HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!
We all have dreams and they are as unique to us as our fingerprints and DNA.  We are born with them in our heart and will die with them.  God placed them there, but the choice to manifest them and share with the world is ours.  Be a day dream believer and chase your dreams!  We are all chasing something in this life, so it might as well be our dreams!  “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  Harriet Tubman
Life is full of circumstances outside of our control, but how we handle those circumstances is always 100% within our control.  We are not affected by what we know or what happens to us, rather we are affected by how we feel about what we know and how we choose to handle it.  If we live our life with great expectations that is what we will get.  If we live our life in despair that is what we will get.  Every aspect of our life is gauged by our attitude.  Choose to be happy in spite of life's challenges!“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”   Dale Carnegie
Growing up I was always confused when I heard the pastor talk about staying humble and striving to be all God created us to be.  Seemed to be a contradiction.  However, I have learned that staying humble doesn’t mean staying poor, weak, or meek.  Actually, it has nothing to do with the amount of success or wealth one achieves, rather it has everything to do with modesty that comes from understanding our place in the larger order of things.  Always knowing that no amount of success or riches could ever make us more or less than our fellow women and man.  "The most difficult thing about being humble is not being able to brag about it"  George Patton Jr.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, not a lack of resources, but rather lack of will.  We have a growing culture in which a sense of entitlement is being instilled instead of a strong work ethic.   We were all created to be productive for one another.  Being lazy is not only the key ingredient for personal failure, but it is also disrespectful to those around you.  Life is too short to be lazy!  
Greatness is not a rare magical thing that is only given to a chosen few.  Greatness exists in all of us!  Unfortunately, we often suppress it because we either don’t recognize it or we allow our environment to convince us that we cannot achieve it.  If we seek greatness, it will find us, and we just need to open the door and BE GREAT!  “Surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself” Zig Ziglar
Til You Can't

Til You Can't


The essence of life cannot be found in the minutes, hours, or days that we have. We all have a different amount of time and it isn't given to us for consumption, but for contribution.  As we look back at our journey, we will not see time, rather only the moments that we made along the way.  These are the steppingstones along our path that we leave for others to remember us by and follow.  Life is series of moments and the quality of attention we give each one determines the quality of our lives.  We often miss cherished moments due to the fast pace of daily living.  It is important to slow down and remember how precious it is to live and love.  
The true definition of success is happiness and contentment.  This is what we all seek and it is right under our nose in every moment.  We struggle to find it because we have been conditioned to subconsciously always be in the next moment and discrediting the present one.  As if the next moment is more important than the one we are in.  The secret to achieving this can be learned from farmers and old dogs.......  If you are angry, you are focused on yesterday.  If you are worried, you are focused on tomorrow.  If you want true peace and contentment focus on today.
God gave every one of us gifts, hopes, and desires.  However, he left it up to us to open and use them.  He didn’t hide them.  They are right there in plain mindsight.  Our minds are the most powerful tools we have.  We can achieve great success if we put our mind to it or we can accomplish nothing if we put our mind to it.  The choice is ours!  I choose to unwrap every gift and pursue my dreams until I reach the last step of my journey.    "I may not be able to change the world I see around me, but I can change what I see within me."  John C. Maxwell
It’s okay to be broken!  We all have brokenness, but we sometimes create more distress, sadness, and hurt for ourselves trying to hide it.  It’s okay to show others the chinks in our armor.  When we do we will not only help ourselves but may be surprised how we help others around us.  Let the world know the true you with your light shining through all the broken pieces.  “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Rumi
If you have chickens, you know that a critter in the area is a literal real concern.  However, this can also be true metaphorically for every aspect of life.  My Dad taught me this at a young age.  We didn’t have chickens and I had never seen (or smelled) a weasel.  However, I knew exactly what he was talking about and this parable has helped me throughout my journey.  Our instinct is one of our greatest gifts, but also one of the easiest things to ignore.  When we really want something or someone we often suppress what our heart is telling us and when we do this it ends in regret 100% of the time!  So, when we smell or feel something isn’t right, IT'S NOT and we should lock up our chickens!   "The best advice you will ever get comes from your instinct "
50 episodes!  WOW!  I have learned so much doing these and the responses I receive truly touch my heart. This was intended to be about business success, but that changed during the first episode.  I just share experiences that I have had along my journey and it is such an awesome feeling when someone says they were inspired or it helped them in some way.  I have never done anything more rewarding in my life!  I can sum up all 50 episodes in four words:  Hard work – Faith – Gratefulness – Grace.  That is the guaranteed formula to be successful in business or any aspect of your life. For this episode I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the messages and answer a few questions that I receive.  If you look closely at the podcast cover photo you will see a moon pie.  When I started these, I said I would eat that pie at 50 episodes.  Well it’s a little crumbly now, but I opened it up and accompanied it with an RC Cola (of course) and turned on the mic.   Lets go!  
We have always been taught to put others first and to never be the center of attention.  That is good advice, but we should not suppress our true selves to do so.  We now have a generation that is being taught to choose one side and hate the other.  In doing this we create an avatar for what we feel we need to be successful or accepted.  However, our need for acceptance can actually make us invisible.We will never find true love, peace, and happiness until we step out from behind the character we portray.   It is scary to take our shield down and allow others to see us for who we are because we fear rejection.  Some may reject us, but our true friends and family will love us just the way we are.  The most daring and most meaningful approach to life is being who we truly are!  Dare to let your true light shine!  Don't change so people to like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love you.
Sometimes the most difficult part of moving forward is letting go of what is behind us.  This can be a loved one, a job we lost, or a home we thought we would live in forever.  As we go throughout our life we will encounter people, places, and things that are necessary for a part of our path and others that will be with us for the entire journey.  While we may not understand the reason for the ones we lose, we must keep moving forward.  We can never reach our destiny if we keep looking for what is behind us.  It is difficult to let go sometimes, but we cannot grow new roses if we use all of our water on dead plants.  So, let go of the past and focus on the garden you are growing today!  “Don’t worry about people from your past there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future”  Adam Lindsay Gordon
A mountain goat and an elk were in a forest with many Aspen trees.  The elk was eating the fresh delicious leaves to its heart's content, but the goat was too short to reach the lowest branches and had to settle for whatever fell to the ground.  The goat thought to himself "lifes not fair".  That evening a bad storm blew in and the goat sought shelter in a nearby cave.  The elk was too large for the cave and had to stand out and endure the cold pounding rain and wind.   As it looked at  the goat cozied up in the dry cave it thought "life is not fair".  As humans it is sometimes easy to feel that we are not getting a fair shake compared to others around us.  We can always look around and find someone with seemingly more than us and others with seemingly more struggles than us.   The fact is, we were all created equal and given unique gifts and purposes.  However, if we waste time comparing our lives to others we can lose focus of our own journey and never reach our full potential.   Life is fair if we focus on what is within us and not our environment.    “If life is unfair with everyone, doesn’t that make life fair?” — Thabang Gideon Magaola
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