Sunday, May 22, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Author unknown
- Give Yourself a Swift Kick in the Pants, Put Your Head Up and Move On. Probably not what you expected for the first tip but it is probably the best of the bunch. Things could always be worse – Look around! Nobody wants to hear a hard luck story. They usually have one of their own. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” English Proverb
- Maintain Your Sense of Humor - Find things to laugh about or make them up if you have to. Laughter is the best medicine for the soul.
- Be a Net Giver, not a Net Taker – Always be on the lookout for someone who needs a helping hand. Give them hope, listen to their story. Leave them better off than when you found them. "Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again" Stephen Grellet
- Surround Yourself with Positive thoughts. people, ideas and quotes - "Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
- Rent Rocky and Watch it with a Friend – I saw it in a movie theater when it originally aired and the entire audience stood up and cheered at the end. I have never seen anything like it. Before or since.
- Divorce Yourself from Negative Thoughts, People and Ideas Do it Now – Do it Right Now – Negativity Kills!
- It’s OK to Fail " Never Give Up - Never, Ever, Ever Give Up !" Jim Valvano
- Focus on: Faith, Family, Friends, Fun, Fitness and Finances
- Move out of your personal comfort zone. Take a different route. Meet new people. Read different books. Learn a language. Talk to different people. STRETCH your zone. Audit a class or two. Check inspirational books or tapes out of the library. Try a new hobby. Learn a new skill. Meet ten new people and give them hope and encouragement and maybe a lead on something they are looking for. FOLLOW UP ON YOUR PROMISES. Hang out with some kids or old folks or somebody out of your normal sphere of influence. Ask questions. Take a sincere interest in their lives.
- Take Responsibility for Your Life. Ultimately you are the only person responsible for your destiny. Not the company who let you go, not the greedy shareholders or the government or your spouse or your parents or whoever else you want to blame for your situation. You decide how you will react to what life hands you and you are the one who has the Power to Take Charge of YOUR Future. Play the hand you are dealt. No Excuses.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Zachary is a natural born athlete. What many kids struggle with, Zachary does naturally. We figure much of that comes from his dad and mom who are both very athletic in their own right but it is another trait that has been passed down from previous generations.
Several years ago, a bunch of us were playing baseball and Bompa stopped by to take a turn at bat. He grabbed the bat with one hand and swatted the ball further than any ball I ever saw hit by anyone. I think Zachary is just one recipient of the athletic ability Bompa never had the chance to utilize. He was already working to support himself and family when most other kids were out playing ball and having fun.
Everyone marvels at all the facts that Joshua can reel off about whatever is his current passion. He can tell you about all the baseball players whoever had anything to do with the Boston Red Sox, his favorite baseball team. Even after they are traded he keeps up with them. For example, Johny Damon used to play center field for the Red Sox. He got traded to the Yankees and then to the White Sox and now plays for the Rays. (This is coming directly from eight year old Joshua)
He has an uncanny ability to remember facts and details and I believe at least part of that comes from, you guessed it - Bompa Burghardt. Like Joshua, Art has a unique ability to recall facts and figures - something that is an inherited trait from a member of the Greatest Generation.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
This is an effort on my part to give back to our ancestors and to help our descendants understand the important role they have played in helping us become who we are. My in-laws don't even own a computer so the stories will have to be printed for them. But that's OK - just think of the changes they have witnessed and experienced in their lives - Who needs a computer!
I have plenty of stories of my own that I will share as this evolves but if there is one thing I have learned in my 60 plus years it is that EVERYONE has valuable ideas, suggestions and experiences. My role is to facilitate, extract and synthesize that information into a story.
And this is NOT limited to this particular "Dirt Farmer and His Wife" you will come to know and love as Art and Dot. They are the cornerstone of what will eventually be a very large building. A building that will house the stories you contribute about how members of what Tom Brokaw called "The Greatest Generation" have effected you, your family and your life.
So when you have discovered this BLOG, please add your comments, stories, ideas and suggestions - (and by the way by contributing you are giving me permission to use the information in the book with no expectation of compensation).
The stories are everywhere - They are compelling, energizing and uplifting so BLOG ON!
Monday, March 28, 2011
That trait has been handed down from a couple that have never seen the spotlight nor enjoyed the trappings of conventional success. They are humble, hard working examples of what Tom Brokaw called "The Greatest Generation" and this series is about the continuing impact their descendants have on the world around them.
It as at the end of a season where he has already scored 13 goals and led his team to victory after victory. He is NOT a "ball hog" yet seems to always be where the ball is and does what needs doing. He shares with others, passes, saves and does all the things that make us proud but when the game is on the line he transcends time and takes charge.
We have all seen it in others - The Larry Birds and Jerry Wests and Michael Jordan's of basketball. The Joe Montana's and Bart Starr's of football. The stories are everywhere around us. When the game is on the line, the "go to guys" get it done. Well, Ryan is destined to be that go to guy.
There was 1 minute and 27 seconds left in the game when Ryan looked at the clock and you could actually see him say to himself, "there has not been a single goal scored in this game, time is running out and I need to make it happen." And make it happen he did. He got the ball, dribbled through traffic and delivered the winning goal.
What lessons can we learn from a seven year old? Never give up. When the game is on the line, be focused and do whatever it takes. I look forward to learning more life lessons from my seven year old grandson. A direct descendant of "The Dirt Farmer and His Wife."
Oh, and the subtle fist pump for his Dad after the winning goal was scored? That must have come from the other side of the family - Not seeking glory, just getting the job done. That is an O'Connor trait I have witnessed first hand. Father Mike is a go to guy for whatever needs doing.
Life lessons all around us from people of all ages and all generations. Tune in and take the time to realize that our collective spirit will once again rise above whatever challenges we face as a family, a town, a company, a country and a world.
Hopefully video to follow.