Some paths are cold, rainy, muddy, and just freaking wonderful.

If you always take the paved sidewalk, you won’t get dirty, but you won’t find the real adventures, you won’t get to experience all this life really has to offer.

You’re not always going to do things perfectly;  consistent, purposeful effort will put you at an advantage over everyone else.

Most give up before they start, and if they do start, they give up when it gets hard. Brother, it gets hard early on in the journey, and it stays hard for a long time. 

The size of your vision is more relevant than the size of your person

Face it, we have been too lazy, too slow, too little belief in ourselves to do anything with our lives, and dang it, we don’t want anyone else to reach theirs either. If they do, it only makes it more apparent we gave up too soon, we didn’t try hard enough, or even at all.

Take the responsibility of teaching seriously.

Today’s fathers need to spend LESS time playing Call of Duty, and more time on their “calling” and “duty” as fathers.

 
 

Time spent in reflection is always well worth it.

It’s hard, really tough to just “stop” sometimes. Life gets all up in your grill and demands your attention, demands you run not walk, demands you get up OFF the chair and do something, and do it right now!

Sometimes you find the most interesting things when you cross over to the other side.

When was the last time you took the time or spent the effort to put yourself in someone else’s seat? To “walk a mile in their shoes?”

Peace doesn’t always come when you expect, and often must be earned with purpose and hard-fought battles.

Peace is something built on the maturity and deep understanding of who you are. 

Gratitude often rises to awareness in moments of stillness.

People stab you in the back; deals fall through, stocks don’t go up, your pipes start leaking right when you don’t have the money to fix them. 

Keep the childlike energy and optimism, it looks darn good on you.

Here’s the thing, as time moves on we can react and interact with it in one of two ways. Let the hardness of life turn us into bitter old asses, or embrace time passing and enjoy the life we have.