What Christmas Means to Me

Not work but friends and family…

Not Religion but Faith

Not Heartache but Joy

Not stress but a time to refresh

Not adult frustration, worry and disappointment but a Child’s hope, openness and ecstatic excitement!


In all the hustle and bustle… this time is a time to stop, take stock and appreciate the year, the people in your life and to shut up about your problems.

If you are blessed enough to have some discretionary incomes, to have a family…

If you have anything that 80% of the world may be lacking… it is a time to quiet and appreciate. To share what little or huge amount you have in things, spirit and love…

…with others.

What Christmas Means to Me…

If you have children… then that is all it has to mean.


But if you have hope, a heart, and a need to be selfless… then Christmas means giving more then just a physical gift, but giving the gift of yourself in any small or big way you can.

Be blessed, be good, be you, and just love one another.

We have an opportunity to contribute to others  lives, work, play and hardship.

Life is too short to be an asshole. It’s too long not to be good to each other.

Merry Christmas & happy holidays

We were not meant to work…

…for a living. We are meant to LIVE for a living!

We are not meant to drive business metrics. To deliver on a mission or vision. We are not meant to clock in at 8am and leave at god knows what time or to allow the faults, frustrations and worries of the day dwell in our minds when picking up our kids or spending time with those that are important to us.

Your jobs may be important to the day to day but your job is NOT the reason you are here.

What we were meant to do…

We were put on this earth to affect other peoples lives. Our sole purpose is to build, cultivate, commune and love each other!

YOU are the reason you are here! WE are the reason we are here!

Don’t forget that. Life may get you down but don’t allow that small time of frustration and meaningless moment of nothing get in the way of doing for others.

We were meant to love each other!

The following is a short film from Matt Morris’s  Mr. Happy Man which tells the story of 88-year-old Johnny Barnes, a Hamilton, Bermuda native who spends six hours every day, “come rain or shine,” standing at a local intersection telling drivers he loves them. And oh how they do love him back!

Click on this Mr. Happy Man link to see the video from Matt Morris Films on Vimeo.

Anything about Leadership you can learn from Dr Seuss!

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More and more I am being reminded that life and learning can all go back to childhood.  That who we were, are, and could become, stems from the simplest ideas. I am now a firm believer that nothing can reinforce life’s lesson’s more than being a parent. Nothing can test your levels of leadership in work, with colleagues, friends and people more that the tests with your child.

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

This mindset is reinforced everyday in the conversations and scenerios I witness in work and especially in the interactions with my 3 year old son. Every night he has a routine that he plays out with me. Part of this routine is a story before he lays down for bed. It can be short or long but a story Can Has to happen before he goes to bed. One of the books he always chooses is from Dr Seuss called “The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories.”

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One of his favorite stories is The Sneetches which tells the story of odd-looking yellow creatures with stomachs that tend to stick out. For some reason, half of the Sneetches boast stars on their bellies, which they believe makes them superior to those who lack stars. “With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort. ‘We’ll have nothing to do with the Plain-Belly sort!’ Overall Seuss shows just how ridiculous the “we’re better than them” mentality can be while illustrating the Classic Divide between us and them.

Often this is why we have issues with projects, conflict in relationships and failures in communication: the mentality that somehow I am better than you or I am right and you are inherently wrong.

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr Seuss

Leadership, while hard to believe, is actually simple. It is just how we react and act to the situations and people we face? So with that I leave you with some Dr Seuss quotes and stories! Enjoy!!!


“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”


“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”


“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own.
And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”


“I’m afraid sometimes
you’ll play lonely games too,
games you can’t win
because you’ll play against you”


“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed).”


“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”


“Changing their stars every minute or two. They kept paying money.
They kept running through until the Plain nor the Star-Bellies knew
Whether this one was that one or that one was this one. Or which one
Was what one or what one was who.

“Then, when every last cent of their money was spent,
The Fix-It-Up Chappie packed up. And he went.
And he laughed as he drove In his car up the beach,
“They never will learn. No. You can’t Teach a Sneetch!”

But McBean was quite wrong. I’m quite happy to say.
That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day.
The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches.
And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether
They had one, or not, upon thars.”   ~ The Sneetches - Dr Suess

Merry Christmas, but…

santa working on a computer Merry Christmas, but...

…you really should not be here. I mean, I think it is great that you visit this online site fillied with fact, opinion and rant but it’s Christmas time. Get off the darn internet, your phone, tablet, kindle… and get with the people you rarely talk to or see. Get busy spending quality time with the people who matter!

Merry Christmas…

… Happy Birthday Jesus and God Bless (yeah I said it)!

Note: I wrote this on Tuesday!


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