If

Posted: May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

“If” by Rudyard Kipling

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 impostors 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 worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all 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!

Unlevel Pouting Field

Posted: May 15, 2015 in Family
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Unfair

We have a rule in our house: “Happy or Bed.”

It is a matter of great consternation to my wife and I that this rule can only (unfairly in our opinion) be applied to the children and not the adults.

Goals vs. Dreams

Posted: April 26, 2015 in Life

I recently read the following quote by Gene Donohue (self-improvement guru):

The difference between a goal and a dream is the written word.

I would say the true difference is action, but writing them down is a type of action, a step in the right direction. It makes them actionable.

The Good Life

Posted: April 25, 2015 in Faith, Life

The following are lyrics from Know Hope Collective’s song “Good Life”. These lyrics speak to me and where I am. They also caused me to remember key transitions in my life and the songs I wrote about those occasions. I trust that eventually (hopefully sooner rather than later) I’ll have a chance to do some more recording and perhaps the theme of the album will be momentous life change.

This is the good life
I’ve lost everything I could ever want and ever dream of
This is the good life
I found everything I could ever need here in Your arms

I’ve watched my dreams all fade away
And blister in the sun
Everything I’ve ever had
Is unraveled and undone

I’ve set upon a worthless stack
Of my ambitious plans
And the people that I’ve loved the most
Have turned their backs and ran

This is the good life
I’ve lost everything I could ever want and ever dream of
This is the good life
I found everything I could ever need here in Your arms

Loneliness has left me searching
For someone to love
Poverty has changed my view
Of what true riches are

Sorrow’s opened up my eyes
To see what real joy is
Pain has been the catalyst
To my heart’s happiness

This is the good life
I’ve lost everything I could ever want and ever dream of
Oh, this is the good life
I found everything I could ever need here in Your arms, oh

Good, good life, good, good life
Good, good life, yeah
Good, good life, good, good life
Good, good life, yeah

Oh, this is the good life
I’ve lost everything I could ever want and ever dream of
This is the good life
I found everything I could ever need here in Your arms

Good life, good life
(This is the good life)
Good, good life
(This is the good life)
Good life, good life, oh yeah

Supersitious

Posted: March 13, 2015 in Music

Today is Friday the 13th. Not that I care much. In fact I didn’t even realize it until the cashier said something about it. In honor of the day, however, I decided to post the lyrics to an unrecorded song titled “Superstitious” which I wrote two decades ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Not Today

Posted: March 9, 2015 in Life

There are days when I feel like I absolutely must have a drink. These are the days when I know I must absolutely not have a drink.

The Bottomless Pit

Posted: March 7, 2015 in Family

We just finished brunch during which my six-year-old son ate some eggs and about a quarter of a pound of bacon. Ten minutes later he came and asked if he could have a snack.