Obstacles and Mountains

Trips taken at midnight, and calls taken at 4am.  Words delivered to lift upward, received as “drama.”  Ideas meant as solutions, sitting idly to the side.  Soothing words and tough talk.  Pleas to see a professional acknowledged – and only acknowledged.  Projects and dreams put on hold for a little while. But there are milestones…

Baggage

I can’t remember her name, but I can still see her face. After class she walked up to me and said, “I’m so glad you asked that question.  I was wondering the same thing, but was afraid to ask.” The weight came off my shoulders, as baggage was lifted away. If you’ve traveled on an…

Pacing

They say patience is a virtue, but it has seldom been one of mine. In fact, some of my friends would describe me as a little “restless” when I have something in mind that I would like to accomplish. When it comes to telling time, I’ve always believed that the time is “right now.”  In…

Plus a Little Bit More

Each time I’ve ever visited Gwinnett Technical College, I’ve ended up leaving the campus feeling much more energized than when I first arrived. Today was no exception. I was fortunate enough this morning to serve on a panel of five judges representing the business community.  We were given the difficult task of choosing one winner…

The Weight of Uncalibrated Scales

For many, one day after a very contentious election, it feels as if the scales of fairness and justice have been placed back in the box, left uncalibrated and again forgotten. I say for many, because the vote was nearly split evenly on a night when the pundits and pollsters projected an easy win for…

Endurance

With such little time spent talking about actual issues during this presidential race, it’s almost certain that neither of the candidates could possibly claim a mandate victory. I’m fine with that. While I’m less than impressed with both candidates, I remain impressed with the resiliency Americans have shown over time. Let’s face it, we’ve had…

Tangible Signs

Feelings of doubt have a way of surfacing during the quiet times – during the still of night, or times when we allow our minds to wander a bit. And as expected, doubt appears during the times when we need it the least. It seems that during the times when we’re working towards tackling life’s…

Uncharted

Stories of persistence need to be told, not only for the sake of the one telling them, but also for those  who need to hear them. Why is it that we’re so interested in hearing about the person who gets knocked down three times, and gets up four? The stories give us examples of people…

Run Through!

As I upload this post on a beautiful Friday afternoon, I know how many of us are feeling. Maybe you are watching the clock and saying, “This week is nearly over!” Not so fast. If you know me well, chances are you’re expecting a baseball analogy to follow. Like all good baseball coaches tell their…

Entering the Fast Lane

Rush hour traffic in the Atlanta area sometimes reminds me of navigating through some of life’s challenges. A traffic accident here or there, mixed in with road widening, and drivers who seem to be at the wrong place at the wrong time – slow drivers in the fast lane, and fast drivers in the slow…

Crying and Baseball

I wanted to get out of the car to give her a hug because she was sobbing, but the line behind me was very long. Having traveled the route we had, I understood her deep sense of sadness. Through Midtown Atlanta we drove.  Past The Fox, and to The Varsity we traveled as we had…

Personal Fouls

Chances are that if you turn on your television tonight, you’ll be exposed to plenty of fumbles and personal fouls. The Atlanta Falcons (my favorite team) are in New Orleans to play the Saints in a game guaranteed to have plenty of intensity. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that the…