Hurdles, obstacles or challenges?

Life is full of hurdles.Life can be a race against time.  Is yours?  Most of us, in today’s energy filled environment feel that we’re racing against the effects of time, on us.  To one degree or another, we are.  Let’s look at the race and make sure we’re in it for the right reasons.

What is the right reason?

The answer will vary for everyone.  For example, a young couple could be racing against time to insure they have what they need before their new baby is born.  Someone else may be up against a school due date for homework that will affect their entire grade. Still others are trying to live life to its fullest and communicate what’s important in less time than you can imagine.
Life is full of hurdles or obstacles.  Everyday people are losing their individual race with time.  So how are you spending yours?

Today, I received word that a good friend of mine is going to lose his wife to cancer.  She has an inoperable brain tumor.  Last year, my own sister, Diane lost her battle with cancer that began a number of years ago and ended at age 59.

At the age of 19 we lost our father to a heart attack.  He was 42 years old.  We lost our Mother two years later at the age of 44 to cancer.  Both of these events had a profound effect on me.  Most of my youth was spent thinking that I would only live until approximately that same age.  I am the oldest of four.  When 42, then 45 had come and gone, I realized that all of that time could have been spent enjoying the time and actually being where I was at any moment in time instead of mentally being someplace else. [Read more…]

Define an Example, Define Intregrity and Character

Walter_CronkiteMy Father and my grandfather were both heroes and an example of what a man should be.  Most everyone that knew them believed them to be honorable and certainly someone that could be trusted.  Losing my Father when he was only 42 and I was 19 had a profound affect on me.  Who will be my example, who’ll teach me how to be that man I must become?  Older men simply weren’t present in my life.  I was in the military and everywhere I looked, there were young men like me.  The drill Sargent was only a few years older than me and I certainly didn’t want to emulate him!

My Dad always watched the news and in our home, it was CBS with Walter Cronkite.  His style was more like that of my Grandfather, steady, deliberate and straight in the eye.  When men met my Grandfather, they instantly knew that he could be trusted and that he had wisdom.  People always commented on it later after the encounter.  Walter Cronkite was exactly that way.  While growing up, Walter Cronkite was an example and a source and resource for me.  Maybe I identified with him even more because we are both from Missouri. [Read more…]

Liberty, Freedom and Tweets?

Statue of Liberty - SmallThe events of this past week are still freshly resounding in my ears.  Do you feel threatened?  Do you feel challenged?

Whenever I think about the challenges that lay ahead and think of all that must be done in our country, I’m reminded of the sacrifices made by those that have gone before us.  The previous post (on this blog) was a very small attempt to bring your attention to those who have made sacrifices.  Those that have gone before us.  The Statue of Liberty has been the symbol of freedom as much as any other in the world.  Liberty, freedom, a new start, the opportunity of a life time.

A couple of years ago I created the Seal of Liberty Society.  It’s purpose was to help others share their principles and values.  The liberty is the freedom to express them.  One cannot be held accountable for principles and values that aren’t stated.  The Seal of Liberty Society is a place where you can not only take upon you the principles and values as established and agreed upon by all those who are members, but you can also share additional principles and values.  Here’s mine. [Read more…]

If you’re through changing . . .

DR_Rawson_Top_Down Every once in awhile we all have to face it, we’re getting older. Our oldest son will be 41 in September. My Father died when he was 42. Our youngest (of six) is 28. Time passes so quickly. In hindsight it always passes faster than at the time we’re living our life. Still, it seems (to me) that I was 45 a few months ago and I’ll be 63 in September. Amazing.

So besides lamenting on my age, what does this have to do with anything remotely important? If I may, I’d like to comment on those around me that are my same age. I deal with people of all ages every day. Attitude is such an important part of who we are. The people I deal with are by nature happier than most. I’ve long since learned that those that are unhappy, don’t need to be in my life. I have way to many things to be thankful for to allow all of that doom and gloom into my life. Have you ever noticed how many people complain? People my age and up spend a lot of time doing that.

jackRecently I was rereading Jack Canfield’s book on the Success Principals. He was talking about those people in our society that complain because they know there’s something better but are unwilling to go for it. This is a very good point. [Read more…]

The Big Three Bailout – Another Point of View

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The Big Three requesting a bailout has been on the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. As a disclaimer, my wife is the Controller for Coast Cadillac in Long Beach, CA and I spoke to all GM dealers in 2005.

However, there has to be a firm voice of reason. There has to be a balanced message and most of the articles I’ve seen get it wrong. It’s as though most journalists are delighted that there is so much to write about. And it’s negative. How great for them, how bad for you and me.

Mr. Jackson’s’ are the best comments I’ve seen because it does a good job of focusing on what the Big Three have done right in the past few years.

Dear Editor (all of you):

“As I watch the coverage of the fate of the U.S. auto industry, one alarming and frustrating fact hits me right between the eyes. The fate of our nation’s economic survival is in the hands of some congressmen who are completely out of touch and act without knowledge of an industry that affects almost every person in our nation. The same lack of knowledge is shared with many journalists whom are irresponsible when influencing the opinion of millions of viewers.

Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama has doomed the industry, calling it a dinosaur. No Mr. Shelby, you are the dinosaur, with ideas stuck in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. You and the uninformed journalist and senators that hold onto myths that are not relevant in today’s world.

When you say that the Big Three build vehicles nobody wants to buy, you must have overlooked that GM outsold Toyota by about 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and Ford outsold Honda by 850,000 and Nissan by 1.2 million in the U.S. GM was the world’s No. 1 automaker beating Toyota by 3,000 units.
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