Prioritizing Family and Relationships

Sep 8, 2014 by

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A few months ago, NBA great, LeBron James was dominating the sports news channels. Now even those of you who do not know anything about basketball have heard about this LeBron guy. He is the best basketball player on the planet currently, and arguably one of the best of all time. In fact, he has stated that if there is a Mount Rushmore of basketball he hopes he would be one of the few on it.

He recently left the Miami Heat where he took them to 4 NBA Finals, winning two of them. He has returned to his home area of Cleveland. Why?

It’s all about relationships!!!

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How to Train Your Kids to Finish Well, Part 1

Apr 21, 2014 by

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I can hardly believe that our youngest, Gabby, finishes her sophomore year of college tomorrow. Unbelievable.  Now, I understand, some of you are just finishing spring break and have a little while to go yet. But all of our kids, from kindergarten through college are in the final days of this school year.

Our children are finishing up projects that they have put off since at least January. They are freaking out about cumulative finals and wondering why on earth anyone expects them to remember everything from the beginning of the year. Some have just succumbed to the long-awaited Spring fever and checked out completely.

Wherever your children fall right now in their attitude and perspective on school, we as parents need to help them finish well.

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Making a Difference At All Ages

Jan 13, 2014 by

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In an August article in USA Today titled, “5 must do’s as age wave bears down on USA,” author Sharon Jayson describes what is happening with living longer lives…

Because of increased longevity, many older workers will be able to stay on the job longer, work part-time or volunteer, experts say. They may have as many as 20 to 25 years after the typical retirement age — too long to lie around on the couch.

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Mariano Rivera: A Man of Character

Nov 18, 2013 by

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“One of the most iconic careers in major league history is ending: Mariano Rivera, two months from turning 44, has thrown his last pitch (italics mine).”  Rivera pitched for the New York Yankees. He became the greatest “closer” of all time. (Closer is a pitcher who enters, typically the 9th inning, to finish the game).

“The end of his career, however, is hardly the end of his imprint. Rivera’s personage is so humble, godly even, that his legacy will go on. Few players in any sport have retired with more reverence from his peers…Rivera has become an enduring ideal, a template of what it means to be a pitcher, a teammate, and a friend.”

There are several stories related in this Sports Illustrated article, but two of those about his character stood out.

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Success vs Significance

Sep 9, 2013 by

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One of our family values is raising children of Significance. We want our kids to live a life of significance, which means living beyond themselves. It is about relationships and investing the time and effort into others. We often say, “It’s all about relationships,” and it is so true. I would often say to our kids when dropping them off for school, “Give someone a smile, they might just need it today.” Mother Teresa says, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” The significance of an act of kindness can go a long way.

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