Thursday, September 13, 2018

Like Father Like Son


Remember The Andy Griffith Show where a boy named Opie Taylor (Frank Howard) and Andy were walking through the woods going fishing? Yep, those were the good old days when a father and son had fun.

Every boy likes to go to a baseball game with his dad, and I wouldn't exclude the girls. Sharing all the excitement with thousands of other baseball fans while munching on some hot dogs and sipping ice cold soda, what could be better? Added to the fun is scribbling on scorecards while listening to the old man talk baseball strategy. 

Max was a carpenter by trade. When not at work he often puttered around the house repairing screens or mending a step on the back porch. Then there was John, the younger son, whom with gawking eyes loved to watch his father pound those nasty nails into the wood only to be interrupted fetching another box of nails or hammer. 

Hunting was a traditional event around Thanksgiving at the Parker house. While the ladies stayed busy preparing a delicious turkey dinner for hungry appetites, the men loaded up the car with rifles, sandwiches, coffee, and hot chocolate.

Meanwhile, two hours later, the men and boys, three uncles and a half dozen cousins, were marching through abandon corn fields when their dog stalked and scared some pheasants out of a bush. Quickly, aiming their rifles with no time to waste, three gun shots aroused young gawking eyes.

The kids back in school boasted while telling endless stories about their dad. Captivated and intrigued, I wish I could share with their adventure stories but that was not meant to be.

My dad died when my sister and I were only two years old. Even though we heard many good stories about our dad second-hand, we missed the experience dearly.

The moral to all this is, if you are so lucky, cherish the precious  moments you have with your dad. Enjoy every minute of it, don't take it for granted, and live happily ever after.


 
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What Is Your Talent?

The dictionary describes skills to be an ability to do something well from acquired knowledge, practice, and aptitude.

Talent on-the-other-hand is natural ability and focus' on those things in our DNA.

This clears up a misconception about the relationship between skills and talent that many people don't understand. Try as they may they fall flat on their face every time. It's like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Allow me to share a personal experience with my own family.

Debbie loves music. Without any formal lessons she was playing the piano like a pro within a year. Today she owns her own studio and loves to teach deserving students how to play the piano. Good job!

Denise teaches English from her home to international students in China via the Internet. These aspiring students hope to attend an American college or university some day. Prior to all this she taught French in a local high school and later continued to teach English at the University of Illinois, Springfield branch. 

Jerry is a Landscape Architect whom launched his career from Iowa State University. Since than he has successfully traveled all over the world and it all started in his DNA: grandfather (Electrical Engineer and artist); grandmother (whom like Abe Lincoln could name every leaf on every tree); and a gifted mother (professional artist). 

The playing field is level for everybody with skills and talents. Turn over every stone. Don't count your DNA out. Identify your natural abilities and learn how to perfect them. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hope for the Future

Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. It may include a feeling of trust. The dictionary describes it very well.

There are lots of things that I like to hope for and when I do my future is bright. Is hope one of your greatest assets?

Some people hope to meet the right girl or boy someday and get married. Life would be so much better with the perfect girl or best man. And they live happy ever after. There's lots of love to go around for everybody.

To other lucky people attending the best college or university gets top priority. Halls of Ivy; Graduation; Cap and Gown; The Whiffenpoof Song; could there be anything better?

Then there is the real world. Yes, the world is our Oyster. With a college degree along with some hands-on experience and hard work, the sky is the limit to our accomplishments. 

When I was young and good looking many years ago, I wanted to be a baseball player. It was my wannabe dream when I grew up. Unfortunately, fate had other ideas. Instead I coached a Little League baseball team and eventually wrote some baseball stories. Life is so good to all of us. Has life been good to you?

Hope helps us to keep our sanity. Without it we'd be dead in the water. Life would be dull and uninteresting and who wants that?

Hope is a main component of our human make-up. Without hope there would be no success. Without hope there would be no achievement or accomplishments. It is the driving force of life itself. Don't leave home without it. Enjoy the privilege to have hope, use it wisely, and don't take it for granted.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Stereotype Frustrations

Nothing could be more frustrating than being stereotyped into the wrong category. It's like struggling to put a square peg in a round hole.

Whether during childhood, middle school, high school, or college, people have a tendency to be categorized into a specific group with great expectations according to which ever group they fall into. 

And what about age? The old school theory is once 50 it's time to put you out in the pasture. Wow! Who wants to eat grass for the rest of their life? Then as you continue to move up the longevity ladder you become even more useless. Really?

Professional league baseball organization are youth orientated. Have you ever noticed? Only managers, coaches, and sportscasters have nine lives.

In my men's small group we often sat with fear and trembling pondering the thought: Life is downhill past 50; Beyond 65 it is unthinkable; No more room for opportunity.

But not all is lost. I'm a senior citizen who is very active and highly productive. Isn't that why God gave us two arms, two legs, and a brain? Don't let a good thing go to waste.

Ronald Reagan became our 40th president at 69. Surrounded by key men he ended the cold war and was liked by millions of people. Yes, it was a proud day to be an American. 

The stereotype philosophy can be a powerful persuader. Sorta like struggling to fit a square peg in a round round. But it doesn't have to be that way. Instead, learn how to ride above the circumstances.   

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Practice Makes Perfect

Never had the right skills to make a difference in the world? Yes, that's me. I was born on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. Nothing turned into gold. Wrong!

When I look around it appears that all my friends are better off than me. I must have been born with two left feet or something.

Finally, after pondering this problem for many days, perhaps years, I learned that I was just as good as the other guy.

So I had to cure the lazy bug inside me. Do something, learn how to ride above my circumstances, and sure enough it will open up a whole new world. 

Professional league baseball players strive to be good hitters. Nothing captures the attention of a baseball fan more than a player getting hits and scoring runs. The best way to achieve this enviable position is practice. Yes, practice makes perfect.

The sharp shooter in the circus can only thrill an audience if he hits the target. Like Robin Hood, the celebrity positions his bow and arrow correctly before shooting. Then, while his audience looks on in awe, the arrow leaves his bow and travels toward his target. Bull eyes? Maybe! Yes, with practice he makes the perfect shot.

Often times in the midst of our struggles, we give up. We get discouraged and quit. But quitting is failure in an attempt to do better. Don't be a quitter. Instead, identify with your goal and work hard to turn it into a reality. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish. And remember, practice will make it perfect.

  


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Element of Surprise

Everybody likes to be surprised, especially if it's good. If it is not so good we just don't want to think about it. There are many examples that we can easily identify with.

An assortment of colorful balloons dangled from the ceiling with lots of chatter from house guess in a room. Only a beautifully decorated birthday cake could distract their attention.

A birthday party was a welcome site with gawking eyes staring at all the gifts. With red, yellow, blue, and white, and pretty bows, the birthday gal pondered about the contents inside.  The element of surprise had to wait. Darn!

A beautifully decorated Christmas tree wouldn't be complete without all the packages that filled a room. The Depner family celebrated the annual holiday event with friends and family. As the clock ticked away the waiting game to open the gifts was painful. More element of surprise.

No one would ever think that playing baseball is a dangerous sport. But when a batter steps into the batter's box he was required to wear a hard protective helmet. No player ever wanted to get hit by the beam ball. 

Quickly the white ball with stitches sailed toward home plate. "Ball 1,2,3, strike!" the ump shouted before another baseball traveled toward a head. Then suddenly the batter ducked while twisting his body around and landing flat on his back. More element of surprise.

Unfortunately not all surprises are good. The lost of a job, illness or death in the family, among other things is a rude awakening in the real world.

Surprises are a part of life, whether good or bad, that we must learn to live with. They don't just go away and in the end help us to build character.


   
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Who is Calling for Help?

The buzz word is Help. Don't we all wish we had more of that once in awhile?

A fire is burning out of control while a lady screams from a bedroom window. A boy slips out of an inner tube in deep water at the beach. A twisted mindset needs a counselor. The lists of scenarios goes on. 

The solution is to get help. A fireman sprays water on a burning house. Without hesitating a lifeguard rescues a drowning boy. Countless therapy sessions help correct a twisted mind. No task is too big to conqueror. 

The St Louis Cardinals are sinking. Once a team that thrilled thousands of Red Bird fans is now competing for last place in the National League Central Division. What happened?

While some starting pitchers got off to a good start, unfortunately by the 7th inning the Cardinals were struggling to regain a lead. Even the Bull Pen couldn't save the day.

Although it was debatable, the head office fired their manager. I disagree with that decision because there are other people at the top who are responsible for major decisions that could contribute to their failures. Let's give credit where credit is do. Nevertheless someone thought morale was low in the clubhouse and some new action was necessary. Who knows?

The obvious solution to the Cardinals problem was better pitching, fielding, and hitting. A good offense and defense wins ball games.

One day I woke up and saw a hand on my bedroom wall. It reminded me about help from friends and family. Yes, in a messed up world like we all live in help is not too far away. 



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