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Things can change in seconds

One month ago, he and i were in Glacier National Park. Yesterday, we ran into each other.

Things can change in seconds.

While at the airport yesterday, a last minute Glacier trip (in four days) emergency created a frenzy of internet searches and purchases for alternate accommodations during the busy end-of-Summer travel week.

Looking up for a few seconds now and then, i spot someone who looks familiar.

No way it could be my cousin. He lives in California and we are on the East Coast in an airport 1,000 miles from our home.

Had i looked up three seconds later, he would have passed by unnoticed.

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The difference between bad and good habits and rituals

Hidden dad note.

The difference between bad and good habits and rituals is simple.

Bad habits are “impossible” to break because they bring us pleasure and or avoidance of discomfort.

Good habits are “impossible” to establish because they rob us of our pleasure and thrust us into discomfort.

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Unfathomable odds

Unfathomable odds happen.

Sounds cliche, but when you least expect it, (and never when you desire it) you experience something that has unfathomable odds of happening.

For example, getting into Granite Park Chalet is literally impossible because of supply versus demand, and timing (the entire season sells out in about five minutes the first Monday in January).

Yesterday i wore a Glacier t-shirt and at the end of the day while speaking with the college president and the Board of Directors Chair, a fellow father came into the mix.

Turns out, he (Bill) and his family were at Granite Park Chalet the same time i was there with our son. Not only that, but our rooms were only one room apart.

And his youngest of three daughters is one floor directly above our son’s room.

We talked for nearly an hour.

Bill’s wife said she was feeling melancholy before our conversation and now she’s inspired. It is a mutual feeling.

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If you could say one thing (spirit)

i should know what this pose means but i don’t. i do, however, know about peace and contentment.

If you could say one thing (spirit)…

We love you.

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Your community mindset

Nice messages. Important messages. Critical messages. Ignored messages.

Your community mindset, what does that mean?

If you embrace the belief in the power of we (photo above), you understand and embrace the power of community.

The smallest community is a Family of three.

Then a table of lunch-mates.

Perhaps a dormitory wing in a Freshman Residence Hall.

Maybe an entire campus.

A city.

We often think of the largest types of community.

Similar to going the extra inch versus going the extra mile, what untapped power resides in a (Family) community of three?

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