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One Question A Day?

Should We Be Grateful Life Is Hard?

Burying Two Beloved Pets Were Two Of The Toughest Days Ever

Not a trick question. Bottom line, life is hard. Therefore, we can either be grateful or ungrateful. Can you imagine living a hard life AND being ungrateful?

Perhaps the depths of our grief stem from the heights of our joy.

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One Question A Day?

Why Can’t We Pick And Choose?

Ignore The Hype (BS) and Never Get Bored With The Basics

There are basic requirements to survive. Take your que from nature. Nature has been surviving for eons. The basics work. Never get bored with the basics. Master them. Teach others. Then, and only then, try to do them better: more effectively, more efficiently.

Dear Son, if you ever get off track in life, go back to the basics. Build your strong foundation on mental, physical, spiritual, financial and organizational responsibility.

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Doug Landis Mouth Art

Is Motivation The Key?
Is Motivation The Key?

Do you have days where you think, “It’s just too difficult”? We all do.

What’s the solution? One solution is to look around and realize there will always be someone who makes your challenges like amateurish.

Doug Landis was a high school wrestler, until a wrestling injury left him a quadriplegic.

His brother said he was watching too much TV and presented a challenge to draw and placed a pencil in his mouth.

Click here to view the “mouth art” that Doug draws, with a pencil in his mouth.

We are all here for a reason. What is not obvious, is what we are here for. We must discover this on our own.

What do you think? If you know this to be false, will you help the rest of us understand?

What’s Your Favorite Song?

A Song Can Takes Us Places
A Song Can Takes Us Places

What’s your favorite Christmas song of all time?

I mean, if you could only pick one, what would it be?

My wife’s Grammy, who died in my arms at age 93, always said Little Drummer Boy was her favorite. She went to Heaven in September 1989.

It never occurred to me back then to ask her why. Why would it have occurred to me?

Well, all these years later, “Why?” is a fun and purposeful question.

Why do you enjoy your favorite Christmas song? For no reason? Or, for some special or purposeful reason.

Hey, I realize some of you may say, “Jeff, not everything has to have a purpose.”

Right. And this is the fundamental difference between those that drift through life and those that make a difference.

I enjoy listening to “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” as much as anyone. It’s funny, unexpected, and way not serious.

But Little Drummer Boy is not only Grammy’s favorite, but mine as well. Why? because I Look for little ways to help our son understand his family’s history.

His Grandfather, Jack (not the bear), my Dad, was a drummer. He started playing drums from the moment he could hold drumsticks in his hands.

He hitch-hiked 100 miles to Philadelphia, from his row-home in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, just so he could take drum lessons from a particularly talented drummer.

He played drums in the Army band while stationed in Japan, during the Korean War.

He taught 30-minute drum lessons Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, year round.

He played gigs on Friday and Saturday nights, year round.

As a young man, he had business cards printed. His title – “Drummer”.

From one stupid little Christmas song, a piece of our son’s family history is told, year after year.

But only if I put some thought into it.

And at Christmas, as it is all year round, it’s the thought that counts.

Is This Your Year?

Is this your year to do something great?

Hope so.

It sure has been a great year of blogging. The blogging has been inspired by the realization that the clock is ticking.

If this hasn’t been “your year”, why not? What needs to change? What is the missing link?

If we knew this, maybe we’d be acting on it already. Not necessarily. For example, I know what I need to do. But doing it is the hard part.

New Year’s resolutions. They hardly ever work. So start making plans to do it differently. Start now. Today. Seriously.