Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Love Your Neighbor

"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The Second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment great than these" Mark 12:30-31

I am 99.9% convinced that if "we the people" spent more of our time loving our neighbors versus trying to change things that are nearly out of our control (I have a few in mind if you want to ask me about them. We are all guilty.) we would:

1. See more positive results
2. Develop stronger communities
3. See the needy's needs met better, faster, and more genuinely
4. See personal accountability go up
5. See violence go down
6. See overall quality of life skyrocket

If you grew up like I did, you were taught to plan ahead by thinking at a higher level, and knowing how do get down into the weeds when you need to. I think the best approach to making Chicago (and other hurting areas, even the entire US) a better place to live is by building from the ground up, or from the weeds. Be a neighbor, be a mentor, coach a team, have people over for dinner, share your values, listen to other's values, have a bonfire, generate genuine relationships with people around you, do life together, love your neighbor as yourself and ultimately BE THERE. Very few can influence an entire organization, but everyone can influence their neighbor.

For betterment's sake, we must humble ourselves and learn to serve the people around us, and not expect others to do so. Be the hands of change, there are already plenty of brains. Anyways, what is the point of doing anything if it's not rooted in love? Everything else is temporary...

“You don't need a plan; you just need to be present.” - Bob Goff

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

60 Seconds of Wisdom - Making Your Bed

I do not remember why, but months ago I was watching a University of Texas commencement speech given by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven. I recently heard his name come up in a podcast I was listening to, and decided to share a practical thought from his speech:
"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right."
If you haven't already noticed, I have great respect for our armed forces. I believe they do a dang good job in what they do. Therefore, considering what these men and women have to say is well worth your time. Link to Adm. McRaven's Speech

PS. Adm. McRaven was not the first to say it.
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." Luke 10:16


Sunday, April 2, 2017

DOG TAG BREWING - Beer With A Purpose

About a year ago, I heard of Dog Tag Brewing. I recently made it a point to go pick up some their Legacy Lager. 100% of Dog Tag's profits are used to partner with Gold Star Families who are building legacies of our nation's fallen soldiers. WOW! Additionally, each can shares a dog tag of a recent fallen soldier, building their legacy and paying respect and gratitude for their service.

In a broken nation, and a broken world, it is great to hear about Dog Tag bettering communities by starting with family's and America's servicemen and women. May these fallen soldier's legacies live on.

Check out dog tag here:

PS., the beer is good.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Five Seconds of Wisdom III - Success by Preparation

I think a common component of success, or even survival, is having the foresight to see what can go wrong, and being prepared for those things.

The new locks MWH designed for the Panama Canal are located near two major fault lines. Earthquakes can be very severe in the region. In order to build a successful product, these new locks had to be designed to withstand catastrophic earthquakes and remain in operation. A large earthquake has not hit yet, but the new locks will be ready.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Five Seconds of Wisdom II - Embrace the Suck

Embrace the suck. It's a side effect of growth. Don't let difficult things stand in the way of your goal, mission, or calling. Instead, channel it and use it to your advantage.
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