Celebrating the Simple Things in Life Earlier this week, I came home from walking the dog and stumbled across my son Patrick sitting in a chair, underneath a tree, with a wonderful look of joy on [...]
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My son’s 4th grade class had a “Celebrating famous Missourians” day at school. Each classmate came dressed as their favorite famous Missourian, complete with props. They then shared a three minute biography about their person.
Patrick picked Jack Buck. A man who broadcast has favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals, for almost five decades. A man who also impacted his daddy directly when I was a little boy.
One of his little, awesome buddies picked Harry Carey. Harry also began his career in St Louis... before leaving (for various reasons not to be unpacked here) to head north... and eventually a chance to broadcast the rival Chicago-Cubs.
So, what do you think?
Go crazy folks, Go crazy!
Which catch-phrase better speaks to the baseball team for which you cheer?
Either way, it’s good to see the old nemesis with their arms around each other, smiling, working together. Maybe we can each can be a bit more like Harry and Jack this afternoon!
The great Zig Ziglar wrote, "You can have everything in life you want, if you'll just help enough other people get what they want."
In my experience of speaking to hospitals, schools, businesses, etc. over the last 13 or so years, I've found that the leaders who are most successful AND most significant are the ones that live this quote in their daily lives.
Today's #LiveInspired vlog highlights one of the greatest such leaders I know, my good friend @Tommy Spaulding. And it shares the remarkable, true story of how his kindness toward a bartender lead to a $50,000 scholarship.
It's a story- and an example- that's sure to inspire. And as we climb the ladder of success, I hope it reminds us all to ask the question, "Who am I helping?"
“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen.” RN Remen
Thought about this truth while in a taxi being driven by my newest friend, Naser.
He recently moved to Salt Lake City. As we drove together we chatted about life. He just started driving and is only 18-months into learning English. (Although I am pretty sure his English is already far better than mine!)
He’s a dad. He’s married. He loves his mom. And he’s enjoying his adoptive city and country.
You see, Naser grew up in Pakistan, but chose to leave after his brother’s recent death.
His brother worked in security and was positioned outside of a church when a suspicious car pulled up. A man got out and began walking quickly toward the church.
With heightened tension already in the community, his brother asked the man to stop. When he refused, he move quickly to stop the man from moving any further. And when he saw that the man was wearing a suicide vest, tackled him to the ground, laid on top of him and refused to get off.
It was the last thing his brother ever did.
After the mighty explosion erupted, the stunned church community ran toward the commotion and chaos. One of those who ran outside was Naser’s mother.
Because her other son had just laid down his life for the community.
My friends, love is greater than hate; faith greater than fear; and unity greater than divisiveness.
But we’ll never hear this truth if we’re yelling at one another.
The most basic and the most powerful way to connect to another person is to simply listen. Let’s start today.
"Wow! You're really lucky. They only bloom a couple days each year!"
Had the honor of speaking in Marana, AZ earlier today. When I checked in late last night, I noticed the cacti all around the hotel. When I came out this morning to deliver the presentation, I found that all of them had turned into flowers.
As I took in their beauty, one of the staff members walked by and shared the above quote, so I asked her to take a picture of me in front of them.
My friends, these flowers only bloom a couple days a year. It's true for the cactus in the eastern Arizona desert. But it's also true for all the important things and people in our lives.