If only I knew

This is an unsolicited letter written by my current self to my self at age eighteen. Feel free to share with young adults in your life if you dare. Dear Younger David: This is your future self coming back to give you some advice.  Yes, those science fiction movies are true and time travel is…

The gold-plated rule

Regardless of your religion, you’ve surely heard a version of this Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”  I bet  you agree that this “gold standard” of behavior is a good idea.  A society is more civilized if most people follow it.  But dang… it sure is hard to live up to!…

High anxiety

Clouds appear to be solid from a distance, especially dark, menacing cumulo-nimbus clouds rolling in over the foothills.  I was just out walking after lunch and I watched a plane flying through those dark clouds… shooting straight through that mass of water vapor without hesitation.  Imagine how terrifying it must have been for early aviators…

What do you know?

We’re surrounded by uncertainty.  It’s a destabilizing force that keeps us on alert, keeps us focused and keeps us from becoming lazily complacent.  In a way, it’s a good thing.  The trick is to NOT let it devolve from destabilizing to debilitating…. to NOT let it paralyze us with fear.  I think I just learned…

Just keep going – the video

I compete annually in the Toastmasters’ international speech contest. It’s a guaranteed way to raise your game if you speak in front of audiences of any size. My journey this year ended at the district level, but I took away several lessons along the way: I set out to do an “important” speech this year.…

The eve of deduction

Well it’s Saturday, May 21 and I’m still here. Therefore A) I do not qualify for heaven, or B) Harold Camping was a little off on his end-of-the-world prediction again. Though I must say he certainly got a lot of people talking and mocking.  I will also add that just because the end of days…

The fish of 10,000 casts

I’m chasing the sunset on a 737 headed back to San Jose.  I just spent some quality time with my dad and brothers on our annual fishing trip in northern Indiana.  While I thoroughly enjoyed scooting around Lake Webster looking for muskies, I couldn’t shake the feeling of déjà vu.  It’s been exactly a year…

Giving up is hard to do

I recently heard a friend say “I’ve been through a rough couple of weeks… sometimes I feel like just giving up.”  His comment really got my attention.  The urge to stop pushing forward in the face of adversity is human nature and I bet you’ve felt that way at times too.  So what really keeps…

Ripples bounce back

You’ve all heard the analogy… even a tiny pebble thrown into the ocean creates ripples that eventually become waves. The point is that when you do a seemingly small thing for another person, it can have a much larger impact than you ever thought possible. Now imagine the “water” is in a confined space. I…

Inspiration is contagious

Nothing makes me prouder than to see inspiration passed on to the next generation.  The letter below was written by my son Evan.  He was inspired by my marathon fundraising run last year, and is now inspiring his fellow students to join the fight against cancer. (I hope the dance group posts a video on…