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Monday, November 16, 2015


Faced with a decision today? If so, read on, you will find some encouragement!

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To be stuck in the middle, between decisions, can be killer. There’s nothing worse–it seems–than not being on a planned track.

You want to find that perfect, planned track…the road you were meant to be on.

Are you facing a decision in your life… worklife or otherwise? There are more people than you might realize who are.

Decisions can be viewed like this: You are standing in a train station. There are many trains leaving in all different directions. Once you board one of those trains, you cannot turn around. You have to be armed with as much information as possible about the destination before you get there, before stepping onto the train. Such is the path of life.

We can look back at all the forks-in-the-road in our life now with clarity. After all, hindsight is 20/20. But wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have the same view on our future decisions? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way.

So what to do? The next best thing, which is look at all the given options, analyze best as possible, and then make the decision. Don’t over-analyze.

Study what is available to you on this end of “the fork”, talk to people who have been in your shoes, then go.

Don’t be stuck in a position of indecision for weeks, months, and yes–even years. Ever heard of paralysis by analysis? Don’t wind up there.

(By the way…to not decide is to make a decision anyway. So choose already.)

Let’s make this an awesome Monday!


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Monday, November 9, 2015

Why Am I Here?

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Why Am I Here?

There is a reason why you are here. “Here” meaning where you are in your worklife at this moment.

[I hesitate to say professional life, because some people misinterpret a professional to be only someone in a business suit. To say worklife covers us all.]

Remember that when you walk into work today, there is indeed a reason you are there. Knowing that you are in the midst of a plan already in action helps to motivate. No, you are not just randomly wandering. Be encouraged.

When I look back at where I was professionally 10 years ago, I can safely say that the good Lord was  preparing me for what I am doing right now. At that point, I owned my own business and I was gaining a mountain of experience. I go back further (back in the late 90s) and still remember valuable lessons I learned from working with an electrical contractor.

I could go on. The point I’m making is this… Don’t think that you have failed (or are even wasting your time) if you are in a dead-end position, or one that simply provides little-to-no job satisfaction. Knowing that you are there at this moment in time to absorb as much knowledge and experience possible will motivate you. You are being prepared for a much greater task down the road.

Think of this. At the very least, you are in the process of eliminating what you don’t want to do for the rest of your life. Simply despise where you are at? You have identified one more company or industry you will not go to work for ever again.

Remember how many times Edison ‘failed’ when inventing the light bulb? He has been quoted: “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”

Think about it.

Enjoy where you are at today, you are there for a reason.

Thanks for reading. Let’s have an awesome Monday!


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Change is a Good Thing

Summarizing today's post: Change is good.

Change is inevitable. It can also be frightening. But when you get down to whether it is good or bad, I have to say it is good

To be stagnant is not where you want to be in this day-and-age. With things constantly changing in the world around you and I, we need to be able to bend and flex to keep up. 

Changes are coming to the blog and the little space I have created over at, so stay tuned. I am tweaking and redirecting my core message just a bit, and will be posting on a more consistent basis very soon.

Have a nice Tuesday!



Saturday, April 18, 2015


Summarizing today's post: Morning sky, hope in new things.

Morning sky
shot at 60mm, ISO 200, f/4.8, 1/125th of a second

Hope is a powerful thing. And I find hope when I get up in the morning usually. It's a brand new day after all.

When I get to the end of a long workday, there doesn't seem to be much hope left some days. I know this is reversed for a lot of people. You may drag yourself into work in the morning, and as the day goes on, things seem to "brighten up". This is simply due to the fact that you get to go home.

Careful tho, because that's how we fall into the 'Oh God it's Monday, Thank God it's Friday' mentality. 

What is the difference?

It lies in job satisfaction. If you are satisfied with your work, you will not be so thrilled-to-pieces just because you get to go home at the end of the day. No, not at all. You will be happy at 6pm because you feel like you have made some sort of a difference in someone's life during the course of the day at your job.

If you are not satisfied with your job, if you are not feeling that good and satisfied feeling at the end of the day, know there is hope. And don't give up that hope. Just know that there is some place for you out in this world of ours. 

Thanks for reading and have a good weekend!




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flying Alone

Summarizing today's post: Going along with the pack or not, having your camera handy at all times.

birds, photography
shot at 170mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1000th of a second

What do you see when you look at the photograph above? Interpretations can vary from one person to another. That is what makes art so interesting. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words, but those words are can be heard in different ways by different people. 

What I see and think about when I look at this image is a young bird struggling to make it on his own. There is a whole flock of his peers right behind him, but he chooses to branch out.

Sometimes that's what we have to do to find the fruits of life. Dare to be different for a change, test your creativity, and see what happens. You may find that simply shaking things up a bit and changing your routine of doing the same things that everyone else is doing may give you an epiphany of some type.

I took this photograph on Thanksgiving Day 2010. I didn't imagine that I'd find new meaning to it years later. That's why it is so important to keep your camera handy, because you never know what you may capture and what it'll mean to you later. 

A challenge to you: Do something different -- away from "the pack" -- today. Turn off social media for one day. Don't check your email. Stay off the phone as much as possible. Then focus on what you can do to better your life. Get creative and make a few goals. 

Realize that you don't always have to fly with the pack...not every single day.

Thanks for reading and have a nice Sunday!


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Friday, March 6, 2015

A Winter Wonderland

Summarizing today's post: A few photographs of our winter wonderland.

snow, photography
shot at 90mm, ISO 200, f/5.3, 1/640th of a second

I hope everyone survived and stayed warm thru all the winter weather we have had over the past few weeks here in NC.

As much as all of this white stuff (at was mostly ice for a lot of people) throws our schedules for a loop, I still love it. I makes me feel like a kid again.

snow, photography
shot at 135mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/640th of a second

I simply wanted to show a few photographs I took last Thursday after I opened my blinds to my back patio. So simple but so beautiful. 

snow, photography
shot at 170mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/640th of a second

I hope that you stopped for just a moment and truly enjoyed the gift and simple pleasure of a winter wonderland. My wife and I found a couple of hours that Thursday morning to do just that before I headed off to work. 

There's just something about snow that seems to purify things.

Have a nice weekend and thanks for reading.



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Can You "Bear" It?

Summarizing today's post: Can you "bear" what life throws at you? Yes you can.

photography, bear
shot at 200mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/60th of a second, WB set to shade

Sometimes the things and happenings in your daily life can almost run you aground. Or, to be more plain, it may be the things that try to hoard in on you while you are trying to live your "daily life". 

There you are minding your own business, doing what you normally do during your daily grind, and WHAM...something hits. Your boss asks you to work the weekend and you have to cancel family find out that your little one is sick...or you get a call from your tax guy and he tells you "Oh, about that refund you where expecting...yeah, you actually owe a thousand bucks this year". 

The list goes on and on.

Can you "bear" it? Yes, it turns out you can.

I took this photograph of a brown bear last year while at the NC Zoo in Asheboro with my wife and son (see more here). Everytime I look at it, I think to myself what a magnificent animal! Most people are scared to death of his kind and just want to kill them so they don't harm anyone. But is it his fault he was born a bear?

And you thought you had problems. 

The reason I am writing on Sunday instead of Friday this week is that I got very ill very suddenly last Thursday and my plans of publishing a new blog post got ruined. My world got turned upside down for about 36 hours. I'm sure you have gotten a stomach virus too, so you can imagine.

It was a bad ending to a not-so-good week. I almost couldn't bare it. But with the help of my bride, I am back on my feet again. She helped nurse me back to health so that I could tackle life again.

I was going to scrap this week's (now last week's) blog post, but then that would be giving up. I had a little time this morning, so I thought better late than never. 

Life isn't perfect. You will get a wrench thrown into your plans from time to time. I think the point is to learn to bend and flex and not get so stressed out when that happens. Plans change and life's events get postponed. Big deal. We'll make it.

Can you "bear" it? Sure you can.

Thanks for reading.


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