Don't Ask What the World Needs

I first read this quote in Wild at Heart by John Eldridge.

"Don’t ask what the world needs.

Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

                                            - Howard Thurman

Remembering Pope John Paul II

PopesmallI liked this Pope.

He seemed to be a man of principle.  And a man of courage.  He spoke his mind.  While Reagan was on this side of the iron curtain calling for Mr. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall," the Pope was behind the iron curtain planting the seeds of its destruction. 

He seemed to be a man of peace.  He survived an assassination attempt and the child molesting scandals that came to light on his watch. 

I'm not a Catholic, but I think this man should be honored.

I'd Rather Be Real than Great

Ev2Props to the Hughtrain for the point to Evelyn Rodriguez' blog, Crossroads Dispatches, specifically the post entitled What is Real?

Here's an excerpt - I'd rather be real than great. I have never gained anything I truly wanted from a pure pursuit of greatness. I'm not saying these two are mutually exclusive, but the focus can lead one astray. Nothing kills relationships - personal and professional - quicker than when I stop being real. It's costly in the tangible cash realm too.

Enjoy the read.  And, be sure to read Evelyn's bio here.

Mountain Without Summit

MountainwithoutsummitThis week's Monday Morning Memo from Roy Williams at Wizard Academy is thought provoking.

Here's an excerpt -

"I wandered over to Academy Hall to peep in at a guest lecture in progress. There, on our mammoth projection screen, it read: "What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?" An interesting question, it immediately triggered a deeper one: "What would you attempt if you knew nothing you did would ever work out?"

The first question urges you to dream big. The second, to be truly committed."

Read the whole memo by clicking here.

Yes, I am thankful

16884happy_thanksgivingI could go into a long list this Thanksgiving. My wonderful wife, my awesome kids, a grandson on the way, great friends, . . .

But, here’s what I am most grateful for this year – time. Without time, I couldn’t enjoy all the rest of it. I couldn’t learn, grow, work . . .

Even health, without time, is moot.

Thank you, God for time. What I’ve had so far has been great.

For whatever’s left, thanks for that too.