A Life Lived

Fearless by Eric BlehmI just finished reading the book Fearless by Eric Blehm. This book is simply incredible! Adam Brown, the Navy Seal who the book is about, was simply incredible! I could hardly put the book down. Adam Brown is a man to be looked up to and admired in all areas of his life. I would encourage anyone to read this book and be inspired.

The author spent countless hours interviewing friends, family, co-workers, and others who knew Adam and he puts together a detailed look at Adam’s life, both the good and the bad. That’s one of the amazing things about Adam Brown. [Read more…]

It’s a Self-Centered Life

Thank You for Your Trash

Photo courtesy Daniel Slaughter

My family and I were taking a walk down a nice new path that they made next to a “bypass” from the southern to the eastern side of our little town. It’s only been open for a month or so. There’s still straw in all of the ditches not grass. What really struck me is the amount of litter in the median and ditches. After such a short time, people are already throwing their bottles and cans and other miscellaneous trash out their windows onto the freshly graded land.

What is it that causes people to do that? I believe it is self-centeredness. They are thinking of only themselves and their convenience. If you really think about it, a lot of societies’ behavior can be explained by this. Ever get mad at one of those drivers who insists on flying by the traffic backup in the merging lane waiting until the last possible second to cut into traffic and create a worse backup? They’re self-centered. How about the person driving 10mph under the speed limit down the LH lane of traffic on the highway? Yep, self-centered. What about you when you’re standing in line and getting impatient with the person in front of you who waits until their total is read off before even beginning the search for their checkbook? Okay, we’ll chalk both of you up as being self-centered on that one.

What would happen in our society if everyone started thinking about everyone but themselves for a change? I’ve got a pretty good idea what that would be like. Any chance that is going to happen?

Change the World

The Boy Who Changed the WorldThe Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is a colorful children’s book that talks about the impact even a small action can have on the world. The book is adapted from Andrews’ inspirational book The Butterfly Effect in order to bring it down to a child’s level of understanding. It is graphically and colorfully illustrated by Philip Hurst.

In order to illustrate his point the author tells the story of the development of a hybrid corn seed that has saved the lives of billions from starvation. He traces the events that led up to the development backward through time to the small act of a simple farmer who rescued a small boy from the hands of outlaws and brought him into his own family.

This story does a good job of showing how everything we do can have an impact. Every child needs to learn the lesson that they don’t have to be a president, or CEO, or Military Hero to change to world. They just need to be themselves and do what they can for others.

This book was provided at no charge for review via Book Sneeze

Man Up BP!

BP Not Responsible for Spills

Photo courtesy f2n_downtown

I just read an article on CNN.com about the oil rig that had an explosion and sank in the Gulf recently. Following is an excerpt from that article.
A separate report by a different Transocean consultant on the Deepwater Horizon’s equipment cited at least 26 components and systems out of 129 categories on the rig that were in “bad” or “poor” condition, according to a report in Thursday’s New York Times.
Transocean’s spokesman told CNN all equipment on the Deepwater Horizon was in line with government guidelines. “Every device met regulatory standards,” Colasuonno said.
Can you believe it? They have nothing better to say than “Every device met regulatory standards”? I am so tired of blame shifting and finger pointing in society today. The oil rig exploded. People died. Animals and fish are dying. The fishing and tourist industries along the Gulf are set back an unknown number of years, and all they have to say is that they met the minimum guidelines that the government set. Since when is the government an expert on the oil industry? If reports that they commissioned themselves stated that things were not at their prime operating condition, shouldn’t they, being the experts, have done something about it?
And worse yet, now that the worst has actually come to pass, shouldn’t they take the responsible route and say “we screwed up. Here’s what we’re doing about it.”? Once again I come back to the book QBQ! by John G. Miller. What we need is a return to personal responsibility. I would have so much more respect for a company that owned up to a mistake and dealt with it head on. Don’t follow the poor example set by BP. When you make a mistake, or even if you didn’t make the mistake, but there is something you can do about it, skip the blame game that’s more fit for a 4 year old and address the issue head on. Come on BP, man up!

What’s the Big Deal?

Baseball in glove

photo by adwriter

Have you heard about the recent Detroit Tiger’s game controversy? The umpire, Jim Joyce, blew the call on the last play of the game costing a rookie pitcher for the Tigers, Armando Galarraga, a perfect game. Jim Joyce called the runner safe on first when he clearly did not beat the ball to the bag.  But that’s not the big news. Controversial calls are made all the time. The big deal is what happened afterwards.

The umpire later reviewed the play in the locker room due to the uproar, and he saw that he was clearly in the wrong. He then took the initiative to apologize to Armando Galarraga for the blown call. Armando then graciously accepted the apology. Isn’t that simply amazing?

The real question here is “should it be amazing?” Both men did what they should have. The umpire recognized his error and apologized for it. The pitcher saw that he was being honest and sincere and accepted the apology at face value. That’s how we should react, right? So why is it such big news? It’s because we see so few examples of it in this day and age. Egos get out of control. Everyone things they’re right. Everyone thinks the other guy shouldn’t make any mistakes.

What is your reaction when something like this happens to you? When someone wrongs you but then apologizes in sincerity, how do you react? Do you send them away without accepting the apology? Do you half heartedly accept but still hold it against them? Take a lesson from these two honorable men and make a difference.