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Final 120 Days

It’s often good to wait, and think, before deciding

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After a good night’s sleep and a normal Friday morning two-hour workout including the usual four-mile roundtrip walk to the gym and the hour at the gym, i had the (obvious) answer.

The 20-year lifetime recording ban was not in jeopardy of ending.

We shared a few emails Friday afternoon and then…

Scheduled another impromptu call with the event owner and told him i can speak but not be recorded. Period. Gave him a synopsis of the reasons.

He was frustrated and began a discussion (that ultimately repeated itself three times) that led with how he/i would be letting attendees down.

My stance was simple: since 1999 there is no video or audio recording. Period.

This speech was not going to be the first.

i suggested he frame up my speech as an “intimate, unique, attendee-only” opportunity. You know, be creative.

Through what in hindsight was manipulation and a “personal values based” guilt trip, the pattern was established on that initial call to graciously decline the opportunity if he refused to not record.

Record, then no speech. No speech, then there needs to be some public relations measures implemented.

Easiest way to ensure the speech happens, no audio or video recording.

Simple.

Clear.

Right?

As the call progressed and the guilt/manipulation took effect, i agreed to do a live audio podcast.

He was at a no-deal stance but said he’d think about it over the weekend, but didn’t expect to change his mind.

Not only was it good for him to take two days to think, it was good here as well.

Son, a cooling off period is hardly ever a mistake.

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The great summer of 2012

Why is there is no rest for the weary?

this was just the appetizer...we could eat and eat and eat...(or spend and spend and...)

Why is there is no rest for the weary? Why do we gain weight if we overeat? Why do we go into debt if we spend more than we earn? Why don’t we get the promotion when we’re not willing to outwork the others? Why is my desk a mess? Why? Because there is no rest for the weary. Some things are painfully obvious.

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November 2009

The First Ministry

The first ministry starts at home. Not sure where I first heard those words. But they seem to make sense.

How often am I tempted to want to do this helpful thing or volunteer for that important thing? Often, right?

Sometimes, well, I feel like I need to stop, catch my breath, focus for a minute and say the magic word, “No.”

Today is one of those days.

Was feeling guilty until I realized that saying “no” to one thing, means “yes” to my Family.