I remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting in second-period algebra class, during my freshman year of high school. We were reviewing factoring, and the teacher was going around the room calling on students. As the teacher got closer to me, she called my name.
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“Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth.” — Proverbs 5:18
Hugh Hefner died of natural causes at the age of 91. The founder of Playboy magazine was the envy of men the world over. His home—Playboy Mansion—was the location of frequent parties attended by celebrities, politicians, millionaires of all stripes, and of course numerous gorgeous and scantily clad women.
The definition of a Leader is: “the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.” What word jumps out at you in that definition? For me, the word that stood out the most was…“commands.” We’ve all been part of a group that when it’s time to pick a captain or leader, it’s not always the best person that is selected. Just because you may be popular, funny or loud, doesn’t mean you are a leader.
It’s goal setting season, which prompts an important question. Do you know the difference between a goal and a dream?
Dream: I want to lose 20 pounds, so I’m going on a diet.
Goal: I’m going to lose 20 pounds by July 1st by changing what I eat and exercising three times a week. I have monthly and weekly milestones to help me achieve my goal. With hard work and support, I’m going to do it!
Confession time. I struggle with passivity as much as any other man. There is something inside of me that likes to check out. When I say check out I mean: back down, ignore, disengage and take the path of least resistance. Passivity is a compulsion or learned tendency to live at half-speed.
What does an old man out walking his dog, an elementary school kid riding his bike, and a father mowing his lawn have in common? Chances are they are all your neighbors. Unless you live in a very rural area or have a high wall around your property, you likely live ridiculously close to a lot of people. These people come from all walks of life, have different beliefs, make up different races, and all have very different stories.