The Letters

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Into Every Life a Little Rain Must Fall

“Into each life some rain must fall” - Ink Spots. I’ve had rainy days. I’ve had rainy years. In fact, my late forties were mostly rainy.  But throughout, I’ve been blessed. What is the best way to live your life so that when times are tough, when nothing seems to be going your way, you can come through those times stronger, wiser, more capable, and remain optimistic and energized for the future? What’s the best way? You know guys, my life has been pretty darned good.  Even though my Dad’s anger issues weren’t fun and I was sexually molested [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Personal|

Suitable Helper

“Hey Dad?” “Ya, bud.  What’s up?” “Can we have The Talk?” “Uh, you’re twenty-one years old.” “No, not that one, sort of. I want your thoughts on this girl I’ve been dating.” “I’ll give you whatever I’ve got.” “I know that. Alright so you know I’ve been with my girlfriend a while, and I want…” “My blessing?” “No, too soon for that. I just want to know your thoughts on whether the person you’re with is ‘The One’. I mean, you and mom have a great relationship. How did you know she was the one you wanted to marry?” [...]

By | February 16th, 2018|Personal, Relational|

Mental Economics

“He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything looks like a nail” is my misstating the Maslow observation of “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” My thought describes a kind of confirmation bias as you increase your competence in a given area. Today’s Letter today is designed to highlight this human tendency and to propose a course of action that will increase the likelihood of success in all areas of your life. Many of you are going down the path of specialization choosing to work in medicine, in the military, [...]

By | February 9th, 2018|Personal|

Old too soon, wise too late…

“If I only knew then what I know now” is the all too common lament.  As it pertains to health, it doesn’t have to be this way.  You can gain benefit from someone else’s journey regarding their health insights in a much shorter time frame than you can in other aspects of life.  My journey has been pretty good, but it could have been much better. When I wuz ignent (ignorant for you who don’t speak stupid) I did whatever came to mind. I ate whatever I wanted and lived the charmed life of youth.  Since the brain doesn’t [...]

By | February 2nd, 2018|Personal, Physical|

The Matrix

In The Matrix, our post-apocalyptic hero Neo is introduced to the idea that he is living in a dream world by Morpheus (named after the Greek god of dreams). He is told his senses are lying to him, that what he is experiencing wasn’t real. As Neo confronts this new thought, the Matrix fights back. Old ideas die hard. Neo’s guide, Trinity, helps him navigate this dark world and helps Neo come to the fork where he must determine if he is the One. At the climax, Neo is betrayed by the Judas-like Cypher and he battles the forces [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|Personal|

$quare 1 with Money

I’m no money manager, so get professional advice elsewhere.  But I have been blessed with a few shekels that I could rub together that has allowed me to learn some of the pitfalls and upsides.  I’ve also been in the business of selling money for the last 25 years, so I’ve had to explain my thoughts on how to make financing decisions several hundred times (but never written in a page and a half). At different times of your life, you’ll focus on different techniques of managing your money.  In general, there are two main factors to think about [...]

By | January 19th, 2018|Economic, Personal|