Passionate Pursuit of Purpose

Why I love my Wife

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in Character Development, Faith, Parenting | 0 comments

Why I love my Wife

My wife has the most amazingly beautiful skin, but it isn’t why I love her.

My wife is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, but it isn’t why I love her.

My wife is very determined and hardworking but it isn’t why I love her.

My wife is an amazing cook, but it isn’t why I love her.

My wife speaks multiple languages but it isn’t why I love her.

My wife worships the Lord with all her heart, but it isn’t why I love her.

My wife makes good money but it isn’t why I love her.

My wife is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, but that isn’t why I love her.

My wife has connections with high ranking government officials, but it isn’t why I love her.

My wife gave me 4 amazing children, but that isn’t why I love her.

My wife is humble and doesn’t self-promote, but that isn’t why I love her.

My wife is a fabulous hostess, but that isn’t why I love her.

My wife makes me a better investor, but that isn’t why I love her.

I love my wife because….  Everyday I choose to love her.  My love isn’t dependent upon her actions, looks, or wealth.  True love isn’t a feeling, it is a choice to overlook shortcomings and slights.  Love responds with respect, care, concern, and affection.

Happy Birthday my wife.

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Relax and take a Knee

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Leadership | 0 comments

Relax and take a Knee

The Genesis of the blog is from my following facebook post.

“Usually I skip the Anthem for NFL games. But Sunday Morning I was watching online. I looked at the Ravens players who were kneeling during the anthem…
I looked at them and became curious, They grew up in an America that I don’t fully understand.Their Experience of being an American is substantially different from mine.

Perhaps we should listen rather than shout. Seek to understand their concerns and see if we can’t find a way to make this an America that we all can be proud of.”

It not that I agree or disagree with taking a knee, I can appreciate and respect the opinions of many voices in this discussion.

I can appreciate our President’s opinion and those who share it. (We live in one of the most amazing countries in the world, we should be grateful we were born here)

I can appreciate the NFL owners, players union, and commissioner telling the president don’t tell us how to run our business

I can respect John Harbaugh forhe indicated that the Ravens’ decision to “express themselves” was theirs to make, and he said he didn’t know whether players would protest before Sunday’s home game against the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

I can respect Mike Tomlin for not wanting to participate in politics and keeping his team in the tunnel

I can respect Ben Roethlisberger  for regretting that decision

I can love the image of Alejandro Villanueva standing with his hand over is heart

I can respect Richard Petty for telling his employees failure to stand would result in being fired.

I can love Jerry Jones and the Cowboy response

There are also some opinions and expressions I can’t respect:

  • If you wear the shirt of a dictator who systematically repressed his people and destroyed his country’s economy
  • You tell me there is no Police brutality
  • You tell me there is no such thing as racial discrimination (I have been both victim and beneficiary of it).
  • You can’t succeed in America because of (insert excuse here….  Your race, your gender, your sexual preference, your religion, your hair color, Your weight, your parents).

We are all allowed to have our opinions and they usually represent our feelings.  Your feeling are valid and your reality. Your opinions aren’t facts. Your opinions aren’t as important to others as they are to you. (most people don’t care about your opinion).

My opinion shall remain a mystery.  I shall seek to understand why those amazing Black athletes don’t feel represented in our nation.  I will encourage everyone I can to be the best person they can be….  No Excuses

 

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2 lessons from Frozen

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Character Development, Faith, Finding Destiny, Leadership, Parenting | 1 comment

2 lessons from Frozen

WithFrozen 3 young girls I get to watch frozen on a regular basis. Of all of the Disney animated movies, this is the only one I will let the watch as often as they want. There are 2 themes I reinforce and teach them from this movie.

Don’t keep your gifts and talents hidden:

Each of us has a unique talent and skill set that if used properly will make this world a better place. Don’t let fear allow you to keep them hidden. You will be miserable. When you unlock and use your talents, you will find your destiny, and be happier.

Sometimes others will do things do encourage you to hide your talents. They could be well meaning teachers, parents, or friends, and they will try to steer you into a “safe” or “normal” life. “If you are to busy living the life someone else wants you live, who will live your life?”

You owe it to the world and yourself to pursue your passions and talents.

You talents can be used to help or hurt others:

She used her talent to help her sister have so much fun. Her anger and frustration almost destroyed her city. It almost killed her sister. It all depended on how she chose to use her talent.

A persuasive person can help others by helping them search and buy the perfect product that meets their needs, or they can con someone and take advantage of them using that same skill. The strongest kid in school can stand up for the oppressed or be an oppressor. We choose!

 

 

The beauty of that tower she created is awe inspiring. (Yes I know it is magic and not possible in the time she did it.) Your life will be a “swirling storm inside” until you unlock your true calling.

My most important job as a parent is to help my daughters find who God created them to be. I can’t let my desires for them or thoughts of what they should like affect my responsibility.

Your Life’s work should be a thing of beauty!

When you unlock your talents and passions you will find yourself dancing to work. You don’t have to live in misery. Don’t let others hold you back from the life you were created to live! 

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