Playing Catch

One thing many of you don’t know about me is how much I am like my father and how much my life is mimicking his. Some of the big similarities is that we were both in sales, loved talking to others, etc but we both faced a major neurological medical situation at about the age of forty. My father started losing feeling and strength in his hands and limbs having to retire from work in his fifties. I don’t have any memories of playing sports with my dad as a youth. I remember him struggling to shoot a basketball as that was my main sport as a kid. My memories are of him sitting on a lawn chair watching me practice and going to my games always supporting me in that way. I felt bad for him but I never felt “cheated”. Although I’m sure he felt bad as a parent he couldn’t do those things with me.

I bring this up because I often wonder what my kids think about as we go down our journey. I really watch my ten year old son Evan and listen to what he says. Recently we were talking about cures for ALS. He is convinced they will find one soon and when they do all he wants to do is play catch with me. Although he did say I get 30 days to get in shape. Thanks son. Of course my heart sank as I know without a miracle that won’t happen. So I asked him what others things would he rather do and he said “nothing I just want to play catch with you”. So I decided to ask the older boys and they said the same darn thing. It made me realize that a bond between a father and a son can be as simple as playing catch. I also know that despite wanting to do this they will never feel cheated later in life. My experience gives me comfort because seeing that disappointment in his eyes is tough.

So enjoy the simples pleasures with your kids. The trips and toys are great but if my childhood proves anything and my kids are any proof, a simple game of playing catch will impact them and create a lifelong bond.

What Are You Looking For?

Are you content with your life or are you still searching for something more? I ask this because people always ask me what I want to do next. When you are living on a timeline, which we all are by the way, it seems more important to never settle with where you are. I try… Read more.

The Front Line

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How can you really appreciate a battle without going to the front line? There often is a disconnect that occurs. This can often happen in corporations. As a field rep, we would often get our direction from corporate and oftentimes felt that they didn’t really understand our needs or issues. The good leaders would travel… Read more.

Reverse Inspiration

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It is very humbling when someone tells you that you inspire them. Through my public speaking engagements I’m often told how I inspire others to live a better,fuller, and more inspired life. That makes me feel empowered to continue my efforts to share my story with others. What they don’t know is that I am… Read more.

Happy New Year

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What does happy new year mean to you? For me it means opportunity. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and refine ourselves in the present to provide a better future. For those who work outside of the home it is like your year end review. We have our strengths, areas… Read more.

What an Honor

This is the most difficult time I’ve ever had writing a blog. I know this because it has taken me over three weeks to write. The reason it is difficult is because I’m writing about myself and an award that i recently found out I won. Anyone who is competitive wants to win. I’m no… Read more.

Heroism and Suffering

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Life continues to amaze me. Every time you get content or feel sorry for yourself, something happens that wakes you up. Problem is we don’t always see it. In this case, it was very easy to see.   Today is Veterans Day. On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, the… Read more.

Who do you listen to?

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One of the greatest lost arts is the simple task of listening. My biggest success in my professional sales career was when I listened more than I talked. Most sales people walk in with an agenda of what they need to say and in the process never listen to what the client needs. The greatest… Read more.

Finding Small Miracles

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Lets face it, for most people life is hard. There is a daily struggle that occurs for everyone within the 24 hours that make up our day. That last sentence may cause some of you conflict.   We all have neighbors, friends, or people we see that don’t seem to have an ounce of the… Read more.

Birchwood Days

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A tradition came to an end this Labor Day as our family spent its final vacation in Birchwood. Birchwood meant many things to my family. For my wife, it was the only place where I saw her truly release the stresses of work and home life and really relax. For me, I relaxed as well… Read more.