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Sunday, February 14, 2010      3 comments

For two months I feel like I have been taking, taking, taking. I gobble up a lot of blogs and digests and fitness postings and the like. Yet I have always had the feeling I am not really contributing anything to peoples continued improvement. B... Read more

Two Months Of Spark Today: My Thoughts

Saturday, February 13, 2010      10 comments

I found two months ago today. I wasn't looking for them. I had started tracking my food consumption and I was searching online for the elusive nutritional value of some item or another. I saw a small add on a web site off to the ... Read more

Reaching Out: A Challenge of Sorts

Friday, February 12, 2010      9 comments

I ran into my friend Angus at the grocery last night. We hadn't talked in close to six months. Angus is the youth minister at one of our local churches and the most unassuming down to earth ministers I have ever met. (That's a lot for a Catholic... Read more


Thursday, February 11, 2010      8 comments

An angel of another sort knocked on my door around 8:30 yesterday morning. She worked at the hotel. She told me I had about a four hour window of opportunity to get home before the next arctic blast headed in. So I did. Sometimes God does not ha... Read more

Be Careful What You Ask For

Wednesday, February 10, 2010      10 comments

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes." Zig Ziglar My grandmother used to tell me that "God writes straight using crooked lines." I always thought that was a "nice thought" until this morning. I have no earthly i... Read more


Tuesday, February 09, 2010      7 comments

It is very cold and the rain is making it worse. The client I came to visit got some really bad news while we were eating lunch. It appears that his wife has lung cancer. He is within 11 months of retirement. As eloquent as I am and as much as I... Read more

In A Hurry..........

Tuesday, February 09, 2010      4 comments

Sometimes honoring your commitments means you have to ask God to add another hour to you day. I am running behind this morning. i'll post more later. Just letting everyone know I am alive... Read more

The Workout Blues

Monday, February 08, 2010      5 comments

I tossed and turned last night. My legs were really sore from my cardio yesterday. That's not why I was tossing and turning. I kept going back in forth in my mind whether I should get out of bed and do my 45 minute work out in the morning. I had... Read more

Sincere Motivation

Sunday, February 07, 2010      4 comments

I look forward to Sunday mornings. I look forward to going to church. It's not that I am some great and holy person. To be honest there are weeks I do not go. I look forward to going to church because it means in many ways I have that one solita... Read more

Odds and Ends (Or A Glimpse Inside My Mind!!!)

Saturday, February 06, 2010      8 comments

My wifes birthday is Valentines Day. Two of my daughters stopped over the other evening and we all were sitting in the living room talking about next weekends plans. We have six children and only three live here in town. Most of the discussion c... Read more

Never Underestimate The Value Of Humor

Friday, February 05, 2010      8 comments

I have a client who over the years has become a close friend. We met under less than "friendly" circumstances. His company hired me to help him create strategies to improve his job performance. He was extremely close to losing his job, after twe... Read more

Creating Real Change In My Life

Thursday, February 04, 2010      8 comments

I sat at my desk late yesterday afternoon very frustrated. I felt like I had accomplished absolutely nothing the entire day. It started with my daughter calling at seven AM asking me a really big favor. She left her work shoes at home and needed... Read more

Goals and Objectives

Wednesday, February 03, 2010      5 comments

One of my team leaders did an exceptional job of inspiring me to set some goals and objectives for myself over the next sixty days or so. I have some long term goals and I believe I have shared them in past postings. I am going to run in a 5k on... Read more

Sometimes You Learn The Hard Way

Tuesday, February 02, 2010      11 comments

One of the benefits of being self employed is that you can set your own schedule. If you want to take a long weekend you can. It also means that after you have spent all day in the car you come home, change your clothes and go to a very late aft... Read more

The Past Is Past

Monday, February 01, 2010      7 comments

I drove over five hundred miles one way to see a band perform this weekend. They are not a band whose name you would recognize. I did it on a whim. Well okay, I planned it out for three weeks ahead of time but trust me I dont do things like t... Read more

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