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September 04, 2013

Funny What Happens when you Run

Funny what happens when you are outside. I went for a run the other day around my neighborhood. No marathons or anything, just a few miles. I'm running down the sidewalk and stub my tow on the sidewalk. In the next several seconds here is what was going through my mind... - What the heck? - Ouch - I start stumbling - I realize i am going down - I'm thinking how can I make this graceful - I remember who I am and realize it won't be graceful - I start my drop and roll technique (OK, stumble and drop like a rock technique) - I hit my hands and knees on the sidewalk and roll over on the grass between the sidewalk and street - I look at the sky and think it looks like it might rain - The pain (minor but my story is on a roll) hits my brain - My pride starts wondering if anyone saw me and will stop their cars or run from their houses to check on the old guy laying there - I quickly sit up, check for blood, and the tough guy in me says to get running again - Now that I'm moving I'm hoping people will see the blood pouring from my open wounds and think "Wow, he's a machine!" - I check my wounds and realize I'm OK with nothing more than a scrape on my knee and dirty hands - I laugh at myself the finish the rest of my run and think who can I tell this to?! Isn't this really an example of life? Don't we always stumble and maybe fall? We worry what others will think? Don't we think things are worse than they really are? Next time you stumble think of me running. Get up, brush yourself off, and finish the run. Laugh at your mistakes and keep moving. Remember it's not the fall that matters but the graceful continuation of your efforts that does. Make a Positive Difference in the World Today! www.PowerofPositive.com

September 03, 2013

Raise them the best you can and pray like hell

School is back in session this week. Chelsea is at Oakland University this year and Emily is at Central Michigan. With the new school year and the girls on to new challenges it reminds me of the best parental advice I've ever heard.... Raise them the best you can and pray like hell! As parents, we don't know everything. What we do know is the mistakes we've made and we pray like hell our kids don't make the same ones. We aren't perfect and know our kids aren't either. However many times we know you can do better even if you don't. What you think may be nagging is really mom and dad pushing you a little harder because we know you can do it.. All those times you made a mistake, got caught, and were punished. We took no joy in this but only prayed you learned the consequences of your mistakes. When we wouldn't buy you that toy or cool clothes unless you completed your chores, it wasn't because we were mean. We wanted you to learn the value of working for what you want. Nothing is free and hard honest work is what will make you successful. When we wouldn't let you leave the house wearing "those clothes" it was only because we cared. It really isn't your clothes that define your beauty. We didn't care what the magazines and TV said and still don't. When we see your successes in school, work, and life. We look on with pride, not pride in the things we have done but pride in you. We hope and pray for you. We pray every day that you will be safe and have continued success. We did the best we could and when we look at you we know we did something right! Make a Positive Difference in the World Today! www.PowerofPositive.com

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