Why I don’t swear

A couple of friends recently remarked about how they never hear me swear (you know… the F-bomb, S-bomb, A-hole… words that so many use to punctuate their moments of extreme anger, frustration or joy.) I don’t judge anyone else for saying whatever they want to say, but I’m feeling the need to explain why I…

The World

Age 10: “The world revolves around me.” Age 20: “I want to change the world.” Age 30: “The world is more complicated than I thought.” Age 40: “Maybe I’ll just change my own world.” Age 50: “The world is a pretty cool place.”

The Life-Driven Purpose

Finding a role model and reading about what they do will make you rich, right?  If you do something that brings you joy, it won’t feel like work, right? Just find the right purpose and everything falls into place, right? No, no and no. I have found that knowledge, joy and purpose are not enough.…

Believing in yourself

After another informal, unscientific poll of my Facebook friends, I feel compelled to share a few thoughts. I posed this question, “If I could travel back in time and give one piece of advice to my 18-year old self, I would say ________.”  There was one theme that ran through many of the answers… “Believe…

In Vulnerabillity

I never really identified with Superman. I loved Marvel’s universe of heroes instead because they had flaws and real problems that I could relate to. Superman was super everything, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal boys like me. You could weaken him with Kryptonite, but come on… those space rocks just weren’t…

Bodies in motion

A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. So how do you get your body started? The catalyst that generates exercise inertia is different for everyone: it could be wedding photos, fundraising, doctor reports or relationship status. For me it was reaching an uncomfortable milestone…

Swingin’ for the fences

I stepped up to the plate and kicked my cleats into the dirt. After three short practice swings I was ready for the pitch. My Little League coach was an active advisor during batting practice, and he watched me intently. My buddy Roger was on the mound and he was known for adding sound effects…