As you gather your thoughts I think it is important to constantly pick one or two reminders, mantras if you will that you say all the time to yourself to pump yourself up.  And keep you on task.

These change over time.  You are not the same person when you were 15, or even 3 months ago.  The things in your life around you change too, so you must constantly adapt your mind to your surroundings.

I feel these sayings keep you focused, grounded, motivated, and make for great changes.

I’ve used one recently… good!… discipline equals freedom… control the controllables, influence don’t control, surrender the outcome…and dozens more thru the years.  Sometimes they resurface in my brain, sometimes they don’t.

Currently here are my two.  I almost become obsessed with them as I go through this process in my brain.  Over and over every day I repeat.  I am not saying that is healthy or normal, but it is what I do… and I do think it helps me so maybe it will help you.

It’s one of the reasons to read… to find nuggets like this on your journey.

  1. 1. “It’s easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life.” – Bob Goff

  2. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the workers to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”  – Antoine de Saint-Exupery



This weekend I was reading a book

“COACHING BASKETBALL SUCCESSFULLY” by Morgan Wooten, one of the most acclaimed high school coaches of all time.

(Hey I need all the help I can get.  Just recently Al Waldschmidt and a few weeks later Craig Johnson coached vs me and both went on to crush my soul by about 30 points… and that was being kind… moving on… )

He has 4 objectives for each team, each year.   These never change.   How true these are for Drexel and life as well.

  1. Play Hard.

  2. Play Smart.

  3. Play Together.

  4. Have Fun.

These week just work on these four.

How a team approaches “the game” makes all the difference in the world.

Give it your all.  Do it wisely.  Work as a team.  Win or lose, no matter the conflict, HAVE FUN.

Sounds like it’s gonna be a great week if we all do that.


Peace and Grace,





This past weekend I noticed my shrubs were overgrown.  I thought to myself, uh, they ain’t that bad.  But maybe they need just a little work.  I almost just ignored them, as I’ve done over and over again.   I got to work…   I filled my 55 gallon garbage can 6 times! … the mission was complete.


You see it all the time.  An old home on Mainstreet is sold to a new owner.  First thing they do… clean up the bushes.  And wow, what a difference.  The old owner was tied to the past of what the bushes used to look likee, or too “busy” to care, or simply couldn’t see the problem.

The whole time I am thinking.  This is just like life.  Things that we need to eliminate, tasks, people, material goods, waste, junk, clutter… yet walk past every day…and barely notice.

I seriously found 7 baseballs in the clutter.  Perfectly good things, lost in the clutter.  Boy that sure sounds like life sometimes…

Not actual picture of my house…

It was hard work.  The bushes are now SMALLER.  But BETTER.  Less IS more.

What do you have to cut out of your life?

What are you walking past daily… that is growing out of control.

What do we need to let go of?

Are you actually going to prune them?

It won’t be easy.  It will be worth it.

Peace and grace, Joel