The Olympics are a place for miracles – past, present and future.
In the past, the US Olympic movement was for those who were driven by the love of their country and their commitment to excellence.
The US Olympians were “amateurs” who devoted their lives to training over money, and national pride over personal gain.
Thank God things have changed.
After several years watching our “Iron Curtain” rivals rewrite sports (Nadia’s perfect 10, Soviet Basketball, and even weight lifting), we decided to unleash our ultimate weapon: not the “Dream Team”, but the “Free Market”….
We have all heard it before, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.
It sets the stage for everything to follow.
It jump starts your brain and applies the nutrition necessary to maximize your time until your next “refueling” (i.e. lunch).
Breakfast is also fun, especially in the South.
Anyone who has ever enjoyed a real Southern breakfast can tell you that it is a feast.
From scrambled eggs to biscuits and gravy, cheese grits to peanut butter toast, it is an awesome way to start your day….
It’s that time of year again.
The countdown to football Playoffs and Bowl season has begun, and the days are growing with excitement.
No matter who you pull for, everyone seems to find a reason to celebrate.
Oddly enough, it doesn’t mark the end of a season, but the start of something special.
The excitement of the college football playoffs is unique because it does not signal a “transition” to an end, but a new beginning….
Just kidding, it’s not that hard being so smart, it is great.
Ok, just kidding again, but I hope I got your attention.
You, like me and countless other cool people and otherwise progressive thinkers, have to deal with a world who accepts that things can be wrong. Some people actually fail and even expect it.
How can they live that way?
As a smart person, you have to fight these arrogant imbeciles “tooth and nail” to succeed….
A few years ago, something wonderful happened – one of my most elusive “bucket list” moments finally happened.
The day was spectacular and I had the honor of sharing it with my son Nick.
Before our galactic encounter, we stood there with breathless anticipation, hoping it would happen.
We looked at each other with anxious hesitation, almost accepting the fact that circumstances could change, and the meeting would never happen.
Then, there stood our “bucket list” with an outreached hand, a big smile, and kind word….
As history would have it, this week is a big one. It is a week where we all remember where we were, and how we felt when we heard (or saw) the news that day.
On a beautiful Tuesday morning in September, with a crisp hint of fall in the air, the world once again was reminded of those who seek to destroy that which is good – life itself.
There is no need to explore the aftermath of what happened….
Most people know about my dog Eddie. A three legged, Jack Daniels drinking, Labrador Retriever. He was my best drinking buddy and always knew how to cheer me up.
His life was great and we were with him Monday evening when he fell asleep for the last time.
As I think about the impact he had on our family, it struck me that he actually guided me through our time together and taught me a few things, so I thought I’d share them with you….
We have learned that great leaders know that there are 3 good things everyone needs in their lives in order to make wise decisions. Let’s explore it a little deeper.
The Need for Good Advice
The first is good advice. I’m talking about the kind your parents and grandparents give you. It’s the concepts, ideas, values, and wisdom you take in as a child and build upon as you grow, learn, and mature….
I had the honor of hearing one of America’s great visionaries and leaders this week. He welcomed this year’s freshmen students of Georgia State University to a life of courage and leadership.
Bryan Stevenson is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the author of one of the decades “must read” books Just Mercy.
As he spoke to the new students, he challenged them by giving them the “4 Things” necessary for them to lead the world to change….
The world seems to finally be getting the picture. Giving can be rewarding and it is possible to challenge others to experience it, too.
Best of all, dare I say, it can be fun.
How can “fun” and “giving” go together without conflict? How can something that many believe is supposed to hurt, feel so good?
How does “sacrifice” generate so much enthusiasm?
Well, if you ask those who are experts in giving, you might get an odd response….