The Packer Sweep

As many of you know I am a big Green Bay Packer fan. Being born in that city means it is in your blood. I recently watched a documentary on Vince Lombardi who many believe is the greatest coach and motivator who ever lived. His players would follow him anywhere. One of the bread and butter plays of those teams was the sweep. Pulling linemen from one side to the other side to provide more blocking and creating a bigger hole for the runners to go through. Even though the defense knew it was coming they couldn’t stop it because of the precision of eleven men doing their job.
It got me thinking of who I have followed in my life. As life comes at me who is creating the holes to go through and leading me to a greater good. Obviously for me the person providing the greatest opportunity to follow is God. Then I think of all the people who have led and motivated me.
My parents guided me for many years growing up and still are to this day. My mom is always there to lend an ear, and although my father has passed, his lessons and presence still resonate. I learned many business and sales techniques from the different bosses I have had. When I was diagnosed with ALS I had my faith, family, and friends to lean on but still something was missing. I had no one to relate to, no mentor to guide and lead me through this process. That all changed with one phone call from New Orleans a few years ago. Whether he wanted it or not, on that day Steve Gleason became my “pulling guard” leading me through the hole and showing me how to continue to lead a full life. I thought I was but see someone going through the same fight in the matter Steve did was very motivating. Trust me, there are many days it is easier to quit or give up but then I think of him and I push on. I don’t know how he feels about this role in his life but I’m not the only who feels this way about him.
I have since met other ALS patients who motivate me by their actions and I’ve been told the same by many others. It is like a relationship, when one is down the other is there to pick them up. We all need people to help lead us through life and if my life is any example I’ve had many people fill that role. Like the Packer Sweep it takes a team effort to find the greatest success. We can’t do it alone. And like Vince Lombardi was to those Packer teams, Steve Gleason is a leader to many of us fighting ALS.

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.

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.

A Man, a Meal, and a Mission

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  A little event took place in March for the 20th consecutive year called the Evening of Hope. Jeff Kaufman founded this event with the hopes of making a difference for patients and families affected by ALS. I would have to believe Jeff would be proud the way his family and the chapter have carried… Read more.

Desire to Inspire

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  People come in and out of our lives all the time. If you’re lucky every once in a while someone will not only come into your life but they will change your life for the better. I consider myself lucky because this has happened to me two years in a row. In 2011 when… Read more.


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Unless you are fluid in speaking Italian you will not know what the title of this blog is about. Sorpresa means surprise in English. When it comes to surprises, it is pretty much black and white. People either like surprises or don’t like surprises. My wife is the latter. She enjoys giving people surprises but… Read more.