If” by Rudyard Kipling is one of my favorite poems. What’s one of yours?

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

Oftentimes, we’re guilty for going too hard, too long without a break.

Yes, it’s necessary to give things a break for awhile and pick them up later. I think it’s healthy to say “time-out coach, I need rest.” This helps us catch our wind to go the next mile or miles of the journey in life. Don’t let anyone tell you that a vacation isn’t necessary.

The ability to have the Super Wal-mart always on light switch isn’t possible. The giant store even closes one day out the year- Christmas Day.

Taking a break helps us to become recharged, revived, rejuvenated, and restored. It’s essential for the soul.

What areas of your life are suffering because you won’t let the clock run out to resume again when you’re fresh?

Walk with God?




Ask yourself, when was the last time I took a vacation?

One of the most recognizable groups of all times…… The Temptations.

I’ve been thinking lately about expanding the dialogue here on my blog to include some discussionabout relationships. Since it’s Saturday night, and many couples go to the movies, dinner, cook-outs, awalk in the park, or a walk on the beach on this day. I thought I’d make this brief post.

So here it goes…. fellas- if you’re struggling in some areas with your relationship start by Treating Her Like A Lady.

Leave a comment. Let me know how it goes…

The FIFA World Cup is here! I’m excited because TEAM USA is playing, I’m a sports, and it’s an opportunity to learn about something new. Growing up, I wasn’t exposed to soccer as a sport so I never really took an interest in it. I saw it on TV, and we played a few times in P.E., but it wasn’t something that I took up.

I’ve been told it’s the toughest sport to play because of the demanding physical activity involved.

But here’s one of the great things I’m looking forward to: I get to learn something new. Not just for knowledge sake, but to add value to your life. I’m not sure who said it, or maybe I’m just making it up, but it’s true: “If you stop learning, you have nothing to share with the world.”

I can’t write much about the FIFA World Cup, because I don’t know much about it. Except- GO USA!

Here are three reasons why you should learn something new:

1.  It gives you something else to talk about as opposed to the same old stuff.

2. You don’t have to smile and nod without knowing what’s going on.

3. You can share the new knowledge with someone else.

With Father’s Day soon approaching I thought I’d add a little humor to drive home a point about the significance of Fathers. We should never underestimate the fact that our children our watching us and listening to what we say. Our presence in their lives is more important than we’ll ever know. :)