Living Out An Almost Life
“I think I may be the king of the Almost Life. I should change my name to Mr.90%.”
It was a perfect answer to an almost perfect question.
For several weeks I had been contemplating the phrase, living out the almost life.
It drives me out of my mind to even consider that I might be over mid-way toward the end of an almost life.
My own life.
You may be wired with a similar psychological schematic.
The greatest failure of life I think, would be to get to the end and realize that I almost lived out
the life I was supposed to live.
How many phrases have we heard that apply to our almost existence.
“You almost hit a home run.”
“She came so close to winning the election, and almost darn near did.”
“If only he had been less than a second faster he would have almost won the race.”
I can find nothing celebratory about almost doing anything.
As was quoted by legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, “Second place is the first place loser.”
The Life We Almost Led
Hope, life and who we were meant to be.
It struck me that when I push, prod and encourage others to pursue what their dreams, then I am
pursuing my own.
And that to assist others in achieving their often unspoken and unrealized dreams.
My friend, Matt Puckett, asked me once, “What is your worst case scenario?”
“That I would stand before God and He would say to me that I never came close to living out the
life he intended for me. That I missed his divine design for my life.”
That is, without question, my worst case scenario.
Nothing to me could be sadder than to get to the later years in life, and look back at the life I
In the book, Moneyball, by Michael Lewis, which became a movie, starring Brad Pitt, was the
true story of Billy Beane, former General Manager for the Oakland Athletics.
As Beane transitioned from ball player to Major League Executive, he discovered that most of
the decisions in his life, had been made for him, and now he was facing middle age.
From Michael Lewis’s book, Moneyball.
“The brown mop of hair had thinned, and been trained, poorly, to part. Otherwise the saggings
and crinklings of middle age were barely discernible on him. The difference in Billy wasn’t
what had happened to him, but what hadn’t. He had a life he hadn’t led, and he knew it. He just
hoped nobody else noticed.”
I enjoy interacting with others as they vocalize their dreams, some for the first time.
An executive with a large international shipper (think Brown in color), wants to go back to
college and start his own freight and cartage business.
Another executive in a large international financial institution, (you’ve got one of these in your
wallet), wants to one day operate his own coffee shop.
Even another executive, also with a large international financial institution, (think global), wants
to open an antique furniture store.
And even another executive, with an international presence, (maybe the color orange comes to
mind), told me, “I am drowning in my work and in my life. I am wasting the years and I want to
be out there where people are, serving them, helping them to be more successful.”
If I have anything to say or write at all, it is this.
You only get one life.
Why would you want to waste yours living out somebody else’s?
My Ending…His Beginning
I am, at times, my own worst enemy when it comes to seeing good things for my future.
I tend to believe what I think I saw, what I think I heard, what someone kind of said, what I made
up in my own mind and made decisions based upon half of anything and everything…sight, sound and self-fabricated.
This makes living out a successful life so difficult at times.
Because a successful life in only achieved when we step out into the unknown.
It is quite possible that my greatest days are behind me.
It is quite impossible that my greatest days are ahead of me.
And it is the impossibility of my future that I choose to pursue.
The masses believe in and pursue the probable.
I want to believe in and pursue the improbable.
That which seems hopeless is where I want to present hope.
That which likely has a “snowball’s chance” of happening.
If you are like me, you may feel extremely isolated at times from mainstream thinking, or even
those voices which surround your life which can be so loud they drown out the quiet voice
within you that say, “Keep going.”
My hope is that the impossible and improbable things I have stored up in my heart are quite
possible and probable for the plan that has been prepared for my life.
“I” is possibly my least favorite word.
Actually the word “you” is one of my favorites, and I desire for my vulnerability today to cause
you to hold on to the impossible and improbable promises that have been placed in your heart for
your future, for your family and for those around you.
“What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
I asked God just last night, “Why in the world would you give me compassion for people,
passion for You and Your Word, all these thoughts, presentation ideas, and have no outlet for
any of it?”
It seems like such a wasted effort and a vain attempt at making a difference.
It seems impossible for me at fifty five years old, with little monetary resources at this point and
no platform to make any difference whatsoever in this world.
God then planted this thought in my mind, “That makes you perfect for me to use. You are old
enough with experience to validate what you are saying and writing, you have no self-made
resources, which means you are solely dependent upon me,
having a current platform allows you
to listen to my voice and not the voices of men. Your ego
we still have to work on, but you are doing better.”
That is when Luke 18:27 came back to me again and again.
Your improbable is God’s probable.
Your impossibility is God’s possibility.
Your “no, no and no”, is God’s “yes, yes and yes.”
Your imperfect nature lends itself to His perfect plan for your life.
You may be on what you believe to be a highway to nowhere.
God promises you are on a pathway to somewhere.
Maybe all you have is hope at this moment.
And hope for the moment is all any of us need.
If hope is what you do have, then give it away.
On my down days, and I certainly have them, is when I purpose to give away what little hope I
do have, to someone else.
Last week, I was surrounded by thoughts of challenges in my life.
That I was never going to be who I once was, (thank goodness), nor who I thought I was intended to be.
It’s okay, King David, from the Bible, had these thoughts all the time.
Read the specific Psalms that David penned.
David was on a lifetime ride of highs and lows.
But in my hopeless moments, on two separate occasions, hope began to rise up in me, and I
became confident in that hope.
Here are two excerpts from notes or emails I sent to two individuals at a low moment in my own week.
“Take the word, “rush”, out of your vocabulary. God did not rush when He laid out the
plan for your life. You are being aligned with the very people you have a “divine design” to
meet. What you are supposed to do and where you are supposed to be is headed straight
“Heard a rumor that today is your birthday. Just think, thirty one years ago today, over 5
billion (at that time), people celebrated your birth. And even from before that day, God
had planned out your life from beginning to end. And even though life, at times, looks a
little upside down, you were born so specifically, so uniquely timed, that if you knew the
details of that plan from beginning to end, it would absolutely blow your mind.
‘Coincidence’, ‘fate’, and ‘happenstance’ are man-made words.
‘Divine design’…now those are God made words.”
Your greatest days are headed straight toward you…as are mine.
A Passing Shadow
Those who often live out the almost life are those who pretend as though life just goes on and on.
It does not.
That everyone under thirty years of age is invincible.
They are not.
That there is plenty of time to correct our past mistakes, to offer that apology, to right our wrongs.
Time simply runs out.
This makes each day that we live even more valuable, each moment to be counted as
investments into the lives of others.
Take this passage from the Bible into consideration.
“The more I mused, the hotter the fires inside. Then at last I spoke and pled with God; Lord,
help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a
moment more. My life is no longer than my hand! My whole lifetime is but a moment to
you. Proud man! Frail as breath! A shadow! And all his busy rushing ends in nothing.”
David, King of Israel was describing the almost life.
The life that does not realize its own brevity.
None of us, including myself, especially myself, would conduct ourselves in the manner that we
do most days, if we truly knew the extent of our days.
My words would be kinder.
In fact, my words would be less.
I would listen better and more often.
I would sincerely treasure the words of another.
What kept David’s description of life from becoming an almost life?
The next nine words of that passage.
“And so, Lord, my only hope is in you.”
Those nine words keep any of us from living out an almost life.
If you take out the three words at the beginning and you take the three words at the end, you
have these three words left.
“My only hope.”
No other chance.
No remaining wish.
My only hope.
Hope is the key to not living out an almost life.
I always strive to be a sharer of hope.
Hope is the most undervalued commodity in the world today.
Every single person needs it and no one can live without it.
I could give a person one million dollars in one lump sum and I would not have given them one
dollars’ worth of hope.
However, if I offer them hope, then they can turn one dollar into one million dollars with one
Yet, life still comes back to the investment into each day.
A passing shadow the writer penned.
And the shadow passes so quickly.
Late Bloomers Still Bloom
A phrase popped in my head a few days ago and I have been rolling it around and exploring the thought.
“Late bloomers still bloom.”
The thought came to me as I was running.
The run came one day after I and a group of fifty something’s sat and discussed our lives, our
dreams, disappointments and what we each still want to be when we grow up.
The same thought applies as to when I am speaking with a college student, or anyone under the
age of thirty, and they begin to hyperventilate as to the lack of direction for their life.
They are surprised that the historical figure Moses did not even know what he was supposed to
do with his life until he was eighty years old, and even then, argued with God regarding the plan.
As my research developed, I began reading about individuals who bloomed later in life, authors,
business leaders, actors, artists and those in many other categories and professions.
Colonel Sanders is a name we all recognize. The vastly successful enterprise, Kentucky Fried
Chicken was not founded by Harlan Sanders until he was sixty five years old.
There are also examples from the Bible.
As was stated earlier, Moses being eighty years old before he realized what God had prepared him for.
“Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three at the time of their confrontation with
Pharaoh.” Exodus 7:7
Another example, Caleb, who was mentored by Moses.
“Now, as you see, from that time until now the Lord has kept me alive and well for all these
Forty-five years since crisscrossing the wilderness and today I am eighty-five years old. I am as
strong now as I was when Moses sent us on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as
I could then.” Joshua 14:10-11
And then there is Sarah and Abraham.
In the book, Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur, and the chapter entitled Sarah:
Hoping Against Hope, MacArthur writes:
“Scripture remarks repeatedly about how stunningly attractive she was. Wherever she went, she
instantly received favor and privilege because of her good looks. By the way, the biblical
account of Sarah’s life doesn’t really even begin until she was already sixty-five years
old. Amazingly, even at that age, her physical beauty was so remarkable that
Abraham regularly assumed other powerful men would want her for their harems. And he was
Sarah goes on to have her first child at the age of ninety with Abraham being one hundred years
Note this exchange.
“So Sarah laughed silently, ‘A woman my age having a baby?’ she scoffed to herself. ‘And with
a husband as old as mine?’”
Then God said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like
me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for God? Next year, just as I told you, I will certainly see
to it that Sarah has a son.’” Genesis 18:12-14
Age cannot be denied.
Nor should one be discouraged by their length of days.
We are all learning how to live.
When Billy Graham wrote the book, Nearing Home, he was quoted as saying, “All his life, he
had been taught how to die. No one had ever taught him how to grow old.”
So whether you are in your twenties or your nineties, God has a plan for your life.
It is an awesome and specific plan.
Take a big breath and be open to the possibilities.
In the coming days, let this be a prayer for each of us.
“God, guide my steps and guard my heart. And let me be in the very center of your will, no
matter how long it takes to develop the plan for my life.”
I Want…I Wish…What If…
What if everything you wanted…
…was given to you?
What if all that you wished for…
A simple thought really.
We often stop short in our efforts to gain what was in our hearts and minds to achieve.
We gave up because the other person did.
We gave up because all those around us said it could not be done.
We gave up, because other seemingly high achievers did not make it happen.
We got tired.
We became weary in our efforts.
We could not see the treasure which was buried only a few feet away.
Like the picture of the man with a pick, we stopped digging inches before we discovered what
we have worked so hard to find.
We walked away inches, feet, a day, and a month, too soon.
If it is a God given dream or vision you have, you will not have to worry about there being a big
crowd, also working toward the same dream or vision.
There will be few believers.
There will be many critics.
Those critics and naysayers may look familiar.
An encourager will come by every now and then.
You will at times feel totally alone in your quest.
Do not let others take away your focus from your pursuit.
In the book of Nehemiah, which is a very encouraging book in the Bible, the enemies of
Nehemiah, come or send a message to him, on five separate occasions.
Nehemiah was leading many Jews to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
His enemies, Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem the Arab, discouraged him, threatened him, lied
about him and with much effort tried to stop the rebuilding of the walls.
So much so, that the men on the walls, doing the work, labored with a tool in one hand and a
weapon in the other to protect themselves.
Nehemiah made this bold statement, directed to his critics.
“So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why
should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”’ Nehemiah 6:3
Do not fear.
Do not be intimidated.
Do not stop.
You are only inches away from your divinely designed destiny.
Or Do You Want A Chance To Change The World?
“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to
change the world?” Steve Jobs asked John Sculley
In 2012, I was totally caught up with the book, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson.
The above quote and question was how Steve Jobs convinced John Sculley to join Apple at that time.
John Sculley was the head of Pepsi, very successful, a global name, yet, something about the
possibility of changing the world caused John Sculley to re-evaluate his career.
Maybe we should all stop and ask ourselves this question, “Do you want to spend the rest of your
life (you fill in this part), or do you want a chance to change the world?”
If you ask yourself that question, it will give you a sobering look at where you are and what you
really want to do with the rest of your life.
Creates pretty rainbow formations when applied to an empty aquarium.
Gives bowling balls less grab on the lane.
Spray on bathroom mirror to help keep from fogging.
Spray a watch band to keep it from pulling out your hairs.
Many give up, just days before discovery and seconds before success.
Some simply have the will to keep on fighting.
Others have determination which will not be denied.
And many, including myself, are just too stupid to accept that something cannot be done.
Even stupidity can be strength.
I use it all the time.
The will to continue against successive shortcomings is what separates the great from the good,
the magnificent from the mediocre and the leaders from the laggers.
In the early 1950’s, the Rocket Chemical Company failed over and over to achieve positive
results from a water displacement formula they believed at that time would have specific uses.
After having failed at thirty nine attempts, on the fortieth try, they succeeded, and they
named the product, Water Displacement Forty.
You might know it as WD40, which uses include those listed previously and also thousands of
others, both practical and just plain weird, but all successful.
You may have a thought, a dream, an invention, a book, a new way to approach an old problem.
Keep attempting and succeeding at failure until you achieve success.
One last successful failure may come right before you fail to give up on your next attempt
“And let us not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap if we do not
give up.” Galatians 6:9
Looking To The Past
A timeline can be a depressing review of history if you are solely looking backwards.
There is a reason why rear view mirrors are the size they are for looking back, and windshields
are the sizes they are, for zooming into the future.
What’s Your Dream?
Some interchangeably use the words, “dream”, “vision”, or “calling”.
However you refer to it…protect it.
You may feel it is the very reason for your birth…
…but not everyone will share your passion and excitement about your future, no matter how you
Considering leaving your current position to try out an entrepreneurial adventure?
Your already threatened and insecure boss may not be the best sounding board.
Your family who has seen you poke your head out of the sand before, looking for your place and
your purpose may not be the best audience to present your next great idea.
A friend who may not be your friend at all?
Those we see as our closest supporters may actually be our nearest detractors.
When I produced in the television and film business, our team would at times quote the opening
and closing lines from the movie, Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
A man who appears to be homeless, is walking among the “beautiful people” of L.A. saying to
anybody who will listen, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody’s got a
You may never express it to another person in your life.
But you have one.
No matter how deep you try to suppress that dream, your heart beats faster when you
think about it.
Your mind immediately sees at least the initial steps to take when you put it down on paper.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step, before you can see the whole
Nonetheless, you do have to protect your innovative spirit.
Often, from others.
One of the most discouraging realizations is to find out that those you had hoped would be your
base and foundation for positive feedback, may in fact be your center of negative reaction.
The greatest obstacle you face every day, in pursuing your vision may be your parents, your
spouse, your best friend, your boss, your own inner circle of advisors.
Here is a perfect example.
He was the greatest visionary, being able to connect the dots between the past, the present and
predict the most positive outcome for the future.
He began a public relations campaign that has yet to run its course, and only continues to grow.
He was the center point of the greatest revolution in recorded history.
He was the most prolific story teller.
He could inspire doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants and blue collar workers.
He could influence those with affluence with the message of benevolence.
He set up the most extensive not for profit organization, never again to be duplicated.
He would speak to crowds that did not even know his name, and yet, they would walk away,
with a new dream of their own.
He was the ultimate recruiter, recognizing the hidden talents in total strangers.
Yet, it is recorded in historical accounts that those closest to him did not share his vision.
They could not grasp what he was attempting to achieve.
In fact, his own family could not grasp his dream.
“For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” historical accounts would record.
His outer circle of encouragement was found far beyond his immediate boundary of
You have to get to your outer circle of encouragement many times before those closest to
you will believe in your extended reach for excellence.
Protect your purpose.
Defend your dream.
Do not vacillate regarding your vision.
Continue in your calling.
Does it seem at times that you are the only one that believes in what you are attempting to do?
Then you are on your way and going in the right direction.
Move with confidence toward fulfilling your destiny, and others will find their destiny,
“You did the impossible, because you didn’t realize it was impossible.”
That was a quote by Debi Coleman who worked under Steve Jobs in the early days of Apple.
I loved the book, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson.
I am not a technical kind of guy, but I, like you, use a computer every day of my life.
What was fascinating to me as I read this book is that Steve Jobs was driven to leave a mark on
The manner of which he drove people to the breaking point is famous.
However, many of those same people would also say that he made them believe they were
changing the world, they were leaving their mark, they were achieving the impossible.
What causes one to settle for the possible?
What causes one to settle for an almost life?
What causes one to desire to achieve the impossible but fall so miserably short and never even
realize the potential of which God has placed within them?
“But with God all things are possible.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
I cannot take those verses out of the Bible, nor can I take out the words, “all things”, from either
one of those verses.
God intended for us to achieve, to seek, to strive, to make ourselves and at times those around us
absolutely miserable until we find our mark.
I am good at both of those actually.
Making myself miserable and making those around me miserable as well, in my pursuit of
But that is part of the process in desiring to achieve the impossible.
Move off your position of possible and strive to visualize, recognize and achieve the
God is already there…at the point of impossibility…
…waiting on me…waiting on you.
Our Failure…God’s Progress
Many of us, probably all of us, have at one time, tried to do the right thing at the wrong time.
Or we had the timing right but did the wrong thing at the right time.
In each circumstance, we…failed.
We almost succeeded.
Failure is not bad, detrimental to personal growth, nor is it permanent.
We each fail hopefully.
Because we take chances, we risk, we set goals to achieve.
And hopefully, when we fail, we keep going until we fail again.
Earlier today, I received a text from a close friend.
He was responding to a blog at, www.johnhembree.com, entitled, A Past Life Person To A
Future Life Person.
Our text exchange went as follows.
“He: Thanks for today’s blog. Needed it more than u could know.
Me: I am glad it was helpful. I wrote it because I need to move forward myself in many areas.
He: Wish I could learn more about humility just so I could move on.
Me: Our continual failure is God’s continual progress.
He: He’s making a LOT of progress with me then.
Me: Me as well.”
My friend will be fine and will move forward.
Because he realizes that he, along with the rest of us, we fail at times.
We do not live up to the standards we have set for our life, or that have been set for us.
When we fall short, we may not initially see what God intends to gain out of our failure.
As I texted my friend, “Our continual failure is God’s continual progress.”
I won’t even try to list the ways we each fail.
The list is endless.
Every time you continue forward after failing, you are making progress.
Progress is not measured in micro-measurements of length.
If you are further along now, after you fail, than you were then, before you failed, then you have
And you fail again, and again, and again and again.
It has been said many times, but without failure there is no success.
The key is to recognize the cause of the failure, admit it, and correct it and progress from there.
It sounds trite and almost flippant, but……today’s failure is tomorrow’s progress.
“A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and
forsakes them, he gets another chance.” Proverbs 28:13
You Were Meant To Stand Out
There are so many books, articles, blogs, millions upon millions of words used to promote the
“uniqueness of you”.
I guess this book is no different.
Except, finding the you, in you, is not necessarily supposed to bring undo attention to you.
It should however, cause, others to pick you out from the crowd.
To distinguish you from all the rest.
Have you ever been in a crowded room and it is as though Moses has parted the Red Sea,
someone just stands out?
We all have.
You were meant to stand out.
You should walk in confidence.
You should look into people’s eyes when you speak.
Firm grip with the hand shake.
Dressed nice to fit the occasion.
Personal style does not negate having the stylish sense to understand your surroundings.
When entering or exiting, do so with your head up.
Body language is everything!
You are sending messages to everyone around you, whether you ever utter a word.
Seek out a book on body language in business and social settings.
You will be amazed not only at the signals you are sending, but the signals you can also read
Be who you are.
And develop further who you wish to become.
Be the orange fish with the bright white stripe standing out in a sea of green.
You were designed to stand out.
Be prepared to do just that.
Earlier this week I sent someone a text that said this;
“No matter how big you are thinking regarding your future, you ain’t thinking big enough. Think
much, much bigger.”
We each limit our thoughts, our expectations, our prayers, and our dreams, all that we imagine for
We make it so it is acceptable to our little brain.
To be achievable for our little faith.
We set ourselves up to live an almost life.
As though it is our destiny.
There is a reason why the followers of Christ said, “Lord, we believe, but help our unbelief.”
It is as though they were saying, “We almost understand and we almost believe. Help us, we are
so close to understanding.”
We don’t pray to a God who shares our little expectations.
Previously, I was talking to my daughter, and as I do each morning, I was praying for her
regarding matters of the day.
We have a pretty large need that was getting ready to come up and we were in no way ready for it.
I actually asked God to meet that need, and then immediately began to clarify my prayer so that,
just in case it did not happen, I would not be disappointed.
I immediately asked God to forgive me for my lack of faith.
My daughter was probably confused and thinking, “Dad, either you believe God can or you don’t
believe God can, but make up your mind.”
God can do this.
He actually can do this.
If He chooses to is not my part of the process.
I am not talking about a genie in a bottle type of God.
But I am talking about letting God be God.
You only have one future and it always starts right now.
So, why not start thinking bigger, much bigger about your future and your life.
What are your dreams and aspirations?
Are they simply attainable by your standards without God’s help?
Then that’s not God.
Great goal but you can do accomplish those type goals without Him.
Are they beyond anything you can think or imagine?
God loves over achievers who know that their accomplishments are only through His strength
and His purpose.
List some ideas, projects and dreams that are beyond your ability to accomplish, but are for some
reason burned in your heart and will not go away.
God’s plan for our life will always be bigger than we can think or imagine.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think (or
imagine), according to the power that works within us.” Ephesians 3:20
That should be all you need to know.
What We Could Have Been
I was thinking back on a prayer I read recently from the book, Thou, Dear God, which are some
of the recorded prayers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from a radio broadcast in 1953.
There were many that were beautiful and inspired me to meditate upon the conveyed thought in prayer.
One in particular though caught my attention.
The specific words were these.
“Forgive us for what we could have been, but failed to be.”
In this day, where good moral people and especially Christians find their voices weakened, when
they can find their voice at all, it is often not what we do say, but the silence of what we do not
say that speaks the loudest.
Silent truth can be as deadly as a proclaimed lie.
People Who Are Crazy Enough
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the
square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no
respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify
them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They
push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see
genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the
ones who do.”
What an amazing statement.
A historical account of industrial visionaries?
A recounting of the turbulent sixties?
Steve Jobs, Lee Clow and the creative team of Ken Segal and Craig Tanimoto of
TBWAChiat/Day, came up with that statement upon the return of Steve Jobs to Apple and for
the Boston MacWorld of that same year, and it is quoted in the book, Steve Jobs, by Walter
A friend of mine, Kendall Cameron, said to me once, “What if no one ever told me along the
way that it was impossible for me to play in the NFL, and then I would think it was possible.”
I asked our oldest daughter, Savannah, what her plans to change the world were.
She said, “Dad, not everyone is supposed to change the world.”
Why would God give any of us breath and life and passion if we were not supposed to change
the world in which we live?
God has wired us so specifically and so uniquely.
My friend and fellow writer, T.J. Brand put it this way, “Do not let anyone around you simply
Take a look at the world in which you live.
Forget about yourself for a moment.
Are there people in your life that are simply existing?
And if so, why are you allowing that to happen?
If you give them hope for today, and a passion for tomorrow you will have changed the
world for the future.
And then, they, like you, will be people who are crazy enough.
Never Give Up
Maybe your morning has not gone like you thought it might, or should.
Alternate your plan and mental approach for the afternoon.
Maybe you are disappointed by those around you.
Seek out new people to surround yourself with.
Maybe you are dismayed by circumstances.
A bleak outlook does not equate to a weak output on your part.
Maybe the obvious is staring you in the face.
Stare back until the obvious blinks.
I came across this quote from Babe Ruth earlier today and will post it near my desk.
If you simply refuse to give up you cannot be beat.
I had a friend in high school, Bobby Craddock.
Bobby was a magnet for trouble.
Trouble found him or he found trouble.
Trouble found him or he found trouble.
Either way, they would find each other.
Bobby was one of those people you meet in life that would cry with you one minute and be in a
fight with someone else shortly thereafter.
Fortunately, Bobby always seemed to be watching out for me, except when he was pounding me
at football practice.
I remember Bobby getting in a fight on a Friday night after a football game.
Bobby, as he was prone to do, would come to the rescue of someone smaller, being picked on.
Again, fortunately not me, as I was inside the Pizza Inn eating pizza and trying to be witty with
It may have appeared to some that Bobby was losing the fight.
I knew different.
What the other guy did not know, and if he would asked me before the fight started, I would
have informed him, “Pal, you can’t win, because Bobby will not quit. He does not know
how. You sir, should prepare yourself for a whupping.”
So today, in my own life, I am going to take the same approach that Bobby Craddock and Babe
Ruth took…as long as I am fighting, then I am winning.
I cannot be beat because I will never give up.