Did you know, “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”
Erma Bombeck called it and added, “Any man who watches three football games in a row should be declared legally dead.” Welcome to Thanksgiving—a day filled with food, football and a hopefully a side of gratitude.
Impact! I think about creating impact every day. If you have thought for a moment about how you will be remembered, you have too! It’s your legacy—the level of impact you created with your time, talent and resources.
A few years ago, I read 20,000 Days and Counting. On your 20,000th day birthday you are 76 days shy of your 55th birthday. If you are short of this milestone, be forewarned it will arrive much more quickly than you think. If your days have stretched beyond 20,000, no one needs to remind you of the brevity of life.
To even think about it would be bold—bordering crazy. Did he really say what I thought he said? Surely, I must have misunderstood—maybe he is bit crazy?
I arrived at Hudson National with high expectations about playing one of the finest golf courses in the country. For a golfer few things can be grander than walking 18 magnificent holes of golf with a good friend and not having to carry your own bag.
What do you think I am a short-order cook?” My mom said this to me more than a few times when I was growing up. I am sure I didn’t really think about it at all until she said it. Surely a not so subtle reminder of how I just assumed she would step up to do what was needed or necessary to serve her kids.
Isn’t that what moms do? They love, support and nurture regardless of the circumstances and whether their contributions are acknowledged. It is the very reason Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day in 1908.
It is powerful, impactful and life changing. We are drawn to focus on it once a year, but rarely reap its full potential because we get absorbed in daily routine and don’t sustain it. It doesn’t cost anything to acquire, but is priceless when it is shared.
On a crisp fall day, in 1863, in Northern Pennsylvania, a boy was selling goods door-to-door so he could pay his way through school. After nearly a full day of work he was getting hungry. Reaching into his pocket he found only a single dime. As he approached the next house, he decided he would ask for some food.
In the fall of 1967 a young Air Force Sergeant receives his new orders. He arrives home to share the news he will soon be leaving for Vietnam. His young wife is only 29. His kids are eleven, eight, and four. Thinking through future scenarios he wants to assure the safety and security of his young family.
He buys a house they can call home, and enjoys moving them in. They celebrate the house, but the homecoming will have to wait.
The carols ring in a season to be jolly and full of cheer, but Christmas and holiday preparations can be very stressful. One of the commonly sited sources of stress is shopping. So here is a stress reducing look at, “The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Gift Giving.”
Or at least a guide to thinking about gift giving that may put gift giving and shopping into perspective.
“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”
– Harlan Miller