Monthly Archives: September 2015

Miracle on the Hudson


Dear Jack ~ On Januar 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 piloted by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made an unpowered emergency water landing in the Hudson River after multiple bird strikes caused both jet engines to fail.  In an undeniable and remarkable feat of flight, All 155 occupants, including captain and crew, were unarmed and emerged unscathed.

As passengers submerged in the chilly waters began to surface, many of them were interviewed.  One, in particular, caught my attention.  “I was alive before but now I’m really alive,” he exclaimed.

Are you really alive?  Keep the fire in your heart roaring by feeding it the right things.  Get your passion back.  Keep your enthusiasim burning.  Sometimes it takes an event, a life altering event, to give us perspective.  At any moment, in any situation, you can step back and breathe and notice.  Just witness, are you using your braing for creating and serving right now, or are you using it for reacting?

When you shift [up] from reacting to creating, you are now using more of your brain… higher levels of full capacity brain power… imagination, innovation and creativity are now yours to access.  Free your mind and the rest will follow.

Got Grit?


Dear Jack ~ Grit is the most accurate predictor of success in achieving life goals. Grit is about sweat, not swagger, character, not charisma. Grit is the result of a hard-fought struggle, a willingness to take risks, a passionate pursuit of one’s goals, and the perseverance to continue against all odds. Hone it. Own it. The End.

Strong Like Bull


Dear Jack ~ Today’s topic is going to be short and to the point.  Here are some ideas, tactics and strategies that the mentally strong use.  Embrace them, implement them, and life will never be the same:

  • They move on.  They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
  • They embrace change.  They welcome challenges and see them as opportunities.
  • They stay happy.  They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control.
  • They are kind, fair and unafraid to speak up.
  • They are willing to take calculated risks.
  • They celebrate other people’s success.  They don’t resent that success.

There you have it.  Keep your intestinal fortitude strong, battle armor hardened and ax sharp.

Above the Snake Line


Dear Jack ~ There is, in nature, an invisible, yet very real and definite, line above which you will never find a snake. Early settlers in America referred to this line as “the snake line”. Often, when they were purchasing a property, they would ask the seller where the property was in relation to the snake line.

They knew the land on the mountain was rockier, harder to clear, and not as fertile as the land in the valley. But, they also knew the land in valley was infested with rattlesnakes, adders, and copperheads. Many settlers chose to raise their families on the higher ground, above this line, rather than risk snake bites for themselves or their families.

In a similar way, we must also rise up.  Just as these early settlers knew the altitude at which risk was measured, so too do we need to evaluate our potential risk/reward and shift vertical on the playing field and enter a land of certainty and fortune.

There is no doubt that we’ll miss it from time to time but let’s make it a habit of pitching base camp above the snake line.  That simple act alone can limit our failures and maximize our opportunity and that is something we should take any day of the week.

Take a Deep Breath



If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.

– Amit Ray

Dear Jack ~ Spirit is a low flame inside us just waiting for the pump to bring the oxygen in. Outside circumstances do not activate the pump. We do. We can pump it any time we want.

That’s why taking a deep breath always improves any circumstance we are in. It dilutes fear. It focuses the mind. It relaxes the body. It expands thinking, so it feeds the spirit. The word “inspire” literally means to breathe in.

Breathing is so universal and continues that it can be easy to forget about ~ until we can’t do it anymore.  Then it becomes symbolic of life itself.

Oxygen is sustenance for the soul; it restores our body and sharpens our mind. It is the lifeblood of all existence and, without it, we are mere shells.  Harness the power, breath deeply and deliberately and you will soar.