A Bodey in Motion

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Becoming Wise

There once was an old man known for his great wisdom and a young man asked him how he became so wise. The old man said, “I have good judgment.” The young man said, “How did you get good judgment?” The old man replied, “I have experience.” Of course the young man asked, “How did you get experience?” The old man answered, “Bad judgment.”

– Dave Ramsey, EntreLeadership

A failure is a project that doesn’t work, an initiative that teaches you something at the same time the outcome doesn’t move you directly closer to your goal.

A mistake is either a failure repeated, doing something for the second time when you should have known better, or a misguided attempt (because of carelessness, selfishness or hubris) that hindsight reminds you is worth avoiding.

Seth Godin

Trying something and failing is fine. It gives you a chance to learn something new, which gives you experience, which leads you to become more wise.

Mistakes are fine, too, but they’re an indication that you didn’t close that loop when you were given the first opportunity.

How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

– Proverbs 16:16

What mistake are you making again and again? What do you need to learn from it?

October 15, 2012 Posted by | Past and Future | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Becoming Wise

Quick Hits of the Week

  • So, here’s an interesting development. Due to changes in banking regulations, a lot of the once “free” services offered by your local bank’s checking account are now incurring monthly fees. Consumers are seeking safer and cheaper options, and retailers are more than willing to step up. Walmart is now offering a prepaid American Express card that works a lot like a credit or debit card. They’re accepted the same as a regular AmEx card,  can be used to withdraw cash from a network of ATMs or to “get roadside assistance, bank from their smartphones and, eventually, write checks out of an account linked to the card.” This has the banks worried, and rightfully so. The market might still bring some truth to the lie of being ‘too big to fail.’
  • A while back, Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, and NYT best-selling author, released his new book Platform. I’ve thought about picking it up, but I was a bit intimidated by it. I can’t be Hyatt, and I doubt my road to success will look anything like his. In fact, the road to success gets lost in the brambles more often than not. Over at Hyatt’s blog, Lucille Zimmerman has a guest post talking about just these problems, and she offers six ways to stay focused when things get overwhelming. Numbers two and four nailed me. How about you?
  • On tattoos: It doesn’t matter what your profession is, or what piece of skin needs a little art on it, it seems like everyone is getting a little (or a lot of) ink these days. Personally, I’m not interested, and my wife doesn’t want me to be interested (10 Marital Harmony Points earned). If I were, though, I would have to get something practical, and my first instinct would be one like this. However, given how often I find myself lost during sports conversations, maybe a tattoo of this would be more helpful.
  • I’m getting a little tired of all the discussion of genetically modified food going around in hushed and sinister tones, like the world’s agricultural industry is out to poison all of it’s customers. I’m not saying there aren’t problems, but the benefits of GM crops are being way under-reported.  Remember, when it comes to the news, fear sells more ad space. We live in a better world than we’ve been led to believe.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

October 11, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week

Top Posts – Third Quarter 2012

Only three more months to go in 2012. Since the last time we did this, I went to Nashville and got trained as a financial coach by some seriously talented people. We started a new round of FPU (It’s only 9 weeks now, you should check it out). I took a week off for vacation, and now we’re back to your regularly scheduled blog.

Here are the top five posts from the last three months:

  • Kick the Ends Out – The two most irresponsible concepts propagated in the modern era.

October 9, 2012 Posted by | Top Posts | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Top Posts – Third Quarter 2012

A week in California

Last week’s vacation rocked. I wanted to share a few pictures we took, and just a touch of what we did there. Mainly, it gives my mom something to look at and share with her friends, but I’ll try to keep it interesting for the rest of you.

First, I want to say a big “Thanks!” once again to my wife’s sister and her husband, Karen and Doug Yingling, for opening up their home and giving us a place to sleep. Here’s a picture of all the kids together on our first day there.

Everyone's ready to head out to church. Chaos immediately to follow.

You can find out more about Karen and the three beautiful girls she’s adopted from China on her blog. She shared a bunch of her own pictures in her latest post, which includes a beach trip I’m not going to show here.

Her oldest girl, Cami, and our daughter, Karen, really hit it off.  Cami suffered severe burns as a very young child and she is going through several surgeries to repair the damage. I would be lying to say that all of that damage isn’t difficult to see in a child so young, but I’m an adult. All of my kids just saw another kid to play with, and I was very proud of them. If you want to learn a little bit more about Cami’s story, it was covered by the local CBS affiliate in LA and you can watch the video here.

Our first trip to the beach involved tide pools. Starfish were the big hit.

Everyone wants to show off their mussels when they head to the beach. Here are my kids showing off theirs.

We took a couple trips to the local beaches. Our first afternoon there, we headed out to see our good friend Amber Martin at the Portuguese Bend Club. We got a chance to explore some tide pools and get wet in the salt water.

Oh sure, she looks like a happy go lucky beach kid here. Then the water knocked her down and dragged her across the sand. She has a healthy respect for the ocean now.

All the pictures look like everyone had a great time. To be honest, though, neither of the girls were into the ocean that first time out. They both got in deeper water than expected and ended up soaking their clothes. They both got knocked around by the waves. They had more fun on the playground than in the water. My son on the other hand…

The rock he's standing on is surrounded by thigh deep water full of slippery rocks that I had trouble getting across. That's my boy.

...and here he is risking his butt on a rock that was repeatedly splashed by waves while he was out there, posing like a boss next to Amber. Son, you are totally busted, and you don't even know it.

Apparently, my son loves the ocean. A lot. We thought we were raising a big old desert rat, but we learned that he was just getting used to the feel of sand between his toes because he was dreaming of how it would feel with salt water. Silly us.

Speaking of big rats…

Everyone into the spinning pink teacup of doom!

That’s right. We couldn’t get that close to Disneyland without giving the big rat some of our money. (Alright, a lot of our money.) It had been a few years, so we spent three days there. Of course we paid cash for everything. You have to love a vacation that you’re not paying off three months later.

Big Thunder Mountain was a big hit with the older kids. (No, I don't know why he's doing that.)

Disneyland tip #1: Always go in the off season. During the weekdays when California public schools are in session. A month after the school semester starts is excellent. Avoid the holidays and the holiday season.

California Screamin' was a big hit with me and the kids, too. (No, I have idea why she's doing that.)

Disneyland tip #2: If your kids are old enough, ride the coasters using the Single Rider lines. You don’t get to ride together, but you’ll all get to ride more often, and they’re more convenient than Fast Passes.

This little one couldn't get enough of the carousels.

Disneyland tip #3: Never eat at the burger joint in Tomorrowland. Seriously, avoid the quick, fast-food style eateries entirely. They’re outrageously over-priced, the food quality is low, and the service is usually lousy. Eat at the high quality sit down places where they serve you. You’ll pay more, but you’ll walk away pleased with how your money was spent. For example, I highly recommend the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square.

Tinkerbell! Apparently, in her winter clothes. Which include lacey tights.

The Little Mermaid!

Cinderella! AKA: The princess who has no backbone. How I loathe her.

Disneyland tip #4: Little girls love princesses and fairies. Not so much a tip, I guess, but it’s important to remember when going to Disneyland. You’re not just there for the fun rides. Take the time out to get photographs with characters.

Totally staged this shot. We're at the top of the ferris wheel in California Adventure. On the left you can see a blurry Space Mountain. I'd show you the view from the other side of the car, but that would spoil the magic.

It's the biggest Teddy Bear ever! And it hugs back! She had no fear of the characters at all.

Good trip. Hopefully some great memories for the kids with the family.

Now, back to work.

October 8, 2012 Posted by | Marriage and Family | , , , , , | 4 Comments