Why Not You

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Someone will obliterate the status quo.

Someone will rise above what’s common and take hold of what could be.

They’ll discover the outer reaches of their capabilities,

Breaking the glass ceiling,

As the rest of us watch in wonder.

 

Why Not You?

 

Someone out there won’t be confined by boundaries drawn for them by someone else.

They won’t be stopped by the word no.

They won’t be limited by adversity or fear.

They’ll rise against the odds, in spite of very real obstacles,

And will inspire those of us following steps behind.

 

Why Not You?

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Forever, A Day At A Time

Apart from my parents, no one in my life has demonstrated to me the best of what love and marriage can be more than our friends, Mike and Nancy.  In a hundred ways, they’ve given Jennifer and me something to reach for.  So I took it seriously when Mike sat me down one night and said, “Chance, you’re changing and you’re about to screw up the best thing that’s ever happened to you.”

 

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What Makes Us Rich?

gold and dollarsI live in a nice house.

 

It’s located in a neighborhood filled with SUVs and white picket fences, in a town with great schools and all the comfort and convenience of life in middle-class America.

 

I’ve got more space than I need.

 

I’ve got more things than I need.

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Like Daughter, Like Father

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Last week, I was catching up on some emails after Jen and I put the girls to bed. About an hour later, Jalen got up to go potty and she came in to cuddle with me before she headed back. That’s not technically allowed, but these moments are growing rarer with each passing day, so I wasn’t about to deny her. I closed my computer and set it to the side. Half asleep, she crawled into my arms, closed her eyes and began to drift. Who was this way too big 6-year old curled up in my arms? How did we get here? In that moment, I recounted how much she’d grown and changed in these short years. A happy thought and a sad one too.

 

I held her for a few minutes more and sang her favorite bedtime song. Jalen opened her eyes and smiled as I sang. When the song was finished, she sat up and gave me one of those hugs you wait for as a parent. Before I sent her off to bed, I looked her deep in the eyes and said, “Jalenboo, I could make a BIG ole list of all the ways you’re special. Do you know that?”

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