Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Country Wave


Dear Jack ~ Out in the sticks we do things a little differently.  You’ll notice different modes of transportation, certain types of dress and unique phrases only reserved for God’s flyover states.  But one thing you will find in common, is the country wave.

Out on rural roads, anytime of the day, you will notice that all drivers give one another a polite “hi” gesture when driving by.  I think this signifies something a little larger than suggests on the surface.

It’s an optimistic, enthusiastic, and emphatic way of life.  While I don’t know my fellow driver, I do share a kindred bond.  Trust.  I trust that they are safe to drive and operate machinery.  I trust that they won’t swerve and hit me head on.  And I trust they respect and honor my prescious cargo on board.  It’s a small sign of approval and for this I am grateful.

If you’ve never tried the country wave, I suggest you do so.  Signal your pleasantries and notice a brighter day and lighter steps.  Say hello and watch the world (and others) open up.

The $10mm Man


Dear Jack ~ A young man dreamed of being an actor, but in the early 1980s, he wasn’t getting the big parts he wanted.  Broke and discouraged, he drove his beat-up old car to the top of a hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles and did something unusual.  He wrote himself a check for ten millions dollars for “Acting services rendered.”

This young man had grown up so poor his family lived in a Volkswagen van at one time.  He put that check in his wallet and kept it there.  When things got tough, he’d pull it out and look at it to remind himself of his dream.

A dozen years later, that same young man, the comedian Jim Carrey, was making fifteen million to twenty-five million a movie.

Studies tell us that we move toward what we consistently see.  You should keep something in front of you, even if it’s symbolic, to remind you of what you are believing for.

Let Peace Be Your Umpire


Dear Jack ~ We all have a still small voice inside us.  Yield to your uneasiness and life will begin to take shape.  Ignore it, and your almost guaranteed and tumultuous ride.  9 times out of 10, it’s right.

It speaks to us quietly.  It’s not going to boom down lightning to get your attention. It’s going to be subtle. If you’re going to hear a whisper you’ve got to get close, it’s got to be a priority.  You’re not anointed to be everywhere…

You’ve got to be a risk taker but you also must always take heed to that miniscule feeling in your gut.  If the though is reasonable and right, DO IT.  For it’s this voice, that will take you from the back to the front and unprecedented, abundant, far and above favor.

When you don’t know what to do, slow down and get quiet.  For it’s this silence that will posess your answer.  Careful and calculated reflection triumphs the day.  Perhaps it’s in your favorite chair over a cup of coffee, or maybe it’s underneath your favorite tree outside.  No matter what it is, the solution has to be a priority and you have to yield to that still small voice; and be open for the answer.

Man won’t always be around to help.  For it’s these types of personal decisions that cause you to rise up, achieve greatness and seperate the men from the chaff.  Now put your shoulders back; aim high, shoot straight and your world will begin to take shape.

Last Words…


Dear Jack ~ Life is short.  This concept isn’t designed to be negative, dreary or driven by despair.  On the contrary, it is meant to be inspiring, mindful and uplifting.  Your Aunt (my sister) works at the Hospice House which gives her a unique perspective into the final moments and thoughts of folks that are leaving this earthly world.  Below are the last words of one of this world’s most “successful” human beings (notice the quotes); successful by society’s standards.  This advice is timeless, practical and these final thoughts are worth reflecting on repeatedly.  Leave a legacy…

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world.

In other’s eyes, my life is an epitome of success.

However, aside from work, I have little joy.  In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on a sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of God drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…

Should be something that is more important:

Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days…

Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person intwo a twisted being, just like me.

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me.

What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.

That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles.  Life has not limit.  Go where you want to go.  Reach the height you want to reach.  It’s all in your heart and in your hands.

What is the most expensive bend in the world?  The sick bed.

You can employ smeone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.

Material things lost can be found.  But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost.  Life.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize there is one bok that he has yet to finish reading.  The book of Healthy Life.

Whichever state in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, and love for your friends.

Treat yourself well.  Cherish others.”