Category: My Thoughts on Life

My 2012 “To Do” List

My 2012 “To Do” List

Here I sit, on January 1st, and find myself again thinking about what I want to accomplish in the New Year.  2011 was a year of great change, great excitement, and great stress – but all in all, it was a pretty good ride.  When I sat in this chair on January 1st last year, I put together a list of 15 things I wanted to accomplish in 2011 (you can read it here.)  I didn’t get to them all, but I’m proud to say I was able to cross 10 of them off the list.  In particular, I’m proud to say that I lost a total of 65 pounds last year, was able to do another interview with a NY Times Best Selling author, saw Rock of Ages twice more (both with Constantine), and tried my best to be a better father, husband, brother, and son.

 

So what does that leave for 2012?  I’m glad you asked.  It’s going to be another exciting year (I hope), as long as those pesky Mayans are wrong.  I have lots more change coming my way, but also have lots more opportunity to try new things and embark on new adventures.  Just as last year, I’m going to put it all out there and trust you to hold me accountable for my success or failure.  Who knows, I might even remember to give a mid-year update this year.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So, without further adieu, here’s my list for 2012.

 

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Reflections on Christmas: The Best Of Who We Are

Reflections on Christmas: The Best Of Who We Are

Sitting there on Christmas night, listening to carols by the light of the tree, I kept telling myself I should get up and go to bed.  It was after 2:00AM and it had been a long day.  The thing was – it had been a great Christmas and I really didn’t want it to end.  It’s curious, that – finding moments in time and wishing they could last forever; holding on to the assurance of “now” and avoiding the uncertainty of “later”.  I really didn’t want Christmas to end this year.  “Maybe just one more song…”

 

This was probably the last year my son will believe in Santa Claus.  Truth be told, I think he may have figured it out already, but I can’t be sure.  Knowing this was likely the last year he would truly see Christmas through a child’s eyes, I couldn’t help but be a little melancholy.  Christmas will still be special – but something will never be the same for him after this year.  A piece of his youth will pass away into memory, and he’ll never be able to quite recapture that feeling again. 

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Hold On To The Nights

Hold On To The Nights

Have you ever had one of those moments when a song comes on the radio and, in an instant, you find yourself in another time and another place?  Just a few seconds of music and you begin to relive a fragment of your past with perfect clarity?  The sights, the sounds, the smells – everything comes rushing back to you?

 

I had one of those moments last week while on my way to the airport to catch a flight.  As I came barreling into the parking lot, “Hold On To The Nights” by Richard Marx came on the radio – and just like that, I was back in high school.  It was a moment that took me by surprise with its suddenness and intensity – and it brought my mad dash to the airport to a screeching halt.   

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Zombie University – It could save your life

Zombie University – It could save your life

As we all get ready for the Holiday season, it’s important to be prepared.  The chances of a zombie outbreak are always greater when you find yourself in a shopping mall.  As you all get out to brave the masses over the next few weeks, make sure you are alert for signs of the undead.  For those not as conversant in all things zombie, I’ve found an informative and video to teach you Zombies 101.  Please take time to watch this video and share it with your family and friends.  It could be the difference between becoming a survivor and becoming bait.

 

Ten Things I’m Thankful For This Year – 2011

Ten Things I’m Thankful For This Year – 2011

Last year I shared with you ten things I was thankful for on Thanksgiving.  It gave me an opportunity to sit down and reflect on the year and really served to start my day off well.  So, in the spirit of giving, I’ve decided to make it an annual event and share ten more things I’m thankful for this year.  It’s not an exhaustive list (and I’m still thankful for almost everything from last year’s list), so consider this more an expansion of that list, not a replacement.  Either way, I hope you enjoy it. 

  • I’m thankful for the new opportunities and challenges I’ve been given this year.  I’m not one to enjoy standing still – it’s good to have motion in my life.


  • I’m thankful for the support of my family and friends.  Those new opportunities have come with a healthy dose of change – and without the support of those closest to me, I wouldn’t have even considered them.


  • I’m thankful that my wife has a love of scrapbooking.  She is capturing so many moments, both large and small, that we will be able to savor again and again like a fine wine in our old age.


  • I’m thankful for the time I got to spend with my grandfather before he passed away this year.  Saying goodbye is never easy – but it’s far better than not getting the chance to say anything at all.


  • I’m thankful for the light in my daughter’s eyes as she greets me at the door when I get home from work each night.  It always makes my day better.


  • I’m thankful for books.  I am still able to lose myself in them every single day.  They open up new worlds to me, provide me with an escape when I need it most, and make me think about the world around me.  They’ve helped me meet some very cool people over the last 18 months.


  • I’m thankful for my grandmother’s strawberry cake.  It is, quite possibly, the perfect food.


  • I’m thankful for afternoons working on piano with my son.  He doesn’t always enjoy it (especially my clapping to keep him in tempo), but sharing music with him brings me great joy.


  • I’m thankful for warm blankets on a cold winter’s morning and cool sheets on a hot summer’s night.


  • I’m thankful for my freedom.  Okay, you’re right – this one was on last year’s list as well – but it’s so important, it bears repeating.  Without freedom, we’re all just colorful paper puppets dancing at the end of someone else’s strings.   



Take a moment and think about all you have to be thankful for this year.  You may find it’s more than you thought.  I hope all of you have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the food, the family, the friends, and the football!