Lessons Learned Along The Way

This post is taken from an email I received via The Listserve on March 1, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. I keep it hanging on a board in my office and I wanted to share it with others in my life. Thank you “NTB” for writing the following message:

Want to share several things I have learned along the way.

Show the persons that you care about that they really matter.

If you do not ask, you cannot get a yes.

Do not put off until tomorrow, what you can do today, especially when it comes to telling someone what he/she means to you or settling a quarrel.

Make time to call and/or visit your family and friends just because and attend celebrations whenever possible.  Means a lot more during life than scrambling to make the funeral.

You only live once. Take risks; wear your good clothes; use the fancy dishes for family as they are your best company; do not save whatever it is for tomorrow as tomorrow may never come.

Whatever you do, do your very best from the smallest detail to the largest detail, both in your personal life as well as your professional life. And be sure to read things over a few times before sending.

Be true to your word; follow through; do what you say you are going to do.

Always RSVP to invitations on time, if not early. Do not take people’s kindnesses for granted. Say thank you. Acknowledge gifts. Write thank you notes.

Give your children roots and wings and then take pride when they fly as high and as far as they want. If we are lucky, we only have the privilege of renting our children for 18 years, although we have the honor of being their parents for a lifetime.

When your children or grandchildren call, always take their call and give them your full attention.

Be polite and treat people with respect. And remember what author Mark Twain said, “If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember what you said.”


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Watch the World Cup

Maybe you are one of my friends who has complained about the World Cup “bandwagon” over the past few weeks. There are a lot of you, trust me, so I am not trying to single one person out. Instead, I want to give you some motivation to change your attitude and watch the United States-Germany World Cup game tomorrow. Well…as long as your boss says it’s okay, use this note if you need to.

America is getting excited about soccer games and there is nothing wrong with that. Actually, it makes sense. The number of youth soccer players has been growing exponentially since the mid-80s, and individuals are growing up with personal soccer experience. Even if you didn’t play soccer, you probably have friends that did. In 1980 there were about 800,000 annual youth soccer registrations, in 1985 there were just over 1 million youth soccer registrations, and in 2000 that number broke 3 million. (source) My friend put it eloquently in a recent Facebook post and I wanted to share his words, instead of trying to write something myself.

“To any of you out there finding yourself criticizing how excited everyone is getting over the World Cup, consider that people look for opportunities to be excited and proud for something, especially given the not-so-inspiring and not-so-proud things we constantly see in the news. Let us be excited — even obsessed a little. How does this hurt anything? How does this have any impact at all on you? If anything, join us — bask in this excitement and see if it puts a smile on your face. I promise, it will provide a smile a lot quicker than your cynicism.” – Mike Dilbeck, Response Ability

The World Cup only happens every four years. Yes, some people are hardcore fans and some people are only fans during the World Cup, or only when their country is playing. But what I’m telling you is it does not matter. World Cup fever is fun and exciting, and much better then the typical news story on my timeline or newsfeed. Celebrate! Be happy! And GO USA!!!