The Promise of Following the Prompting

  This week one of the greatest men and givers of time, service, and compassion has passed to the other side.  He was the President of my faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I had the honor of knowing President Thomas S. Monson and my heart is equally grieved and grateful at this time. A story that struck me, as recounted by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the Deseret News as follows, pertains to my message of serving and caring for The One, which President Monson did as a lifelong rescuer of men: As an inexperienced, 23-year-old
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New Year, New You, Yeah Right

  You’ve been waiting for my “Don’t set GOALS this New Year, make a….” yeah, I think I’ve overdone that a bit on this blog. For which I apologize only to those that have unsubscribed from it being too much. For those that hang in there with me, I thank you and hope my posts bring you smiles, thoughts, new perspectives, and the occasional tear (either from sentiment or laughing a lot). You’ve probably heard or seen “NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!” I don’t like that so much. Why?  Because it usually involves me in only my shorts standing under hot
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Thank You for An Amazing Year in 2017

  Many of those that read this blog are clients and employees of the awesome companies I have had the chance over the past year to speak to, perform for, and play master of ceremonies.  On behalf of my family, both the one at home, and the one at work with JHE, we are so grateful for your business and the incredible, unforgettable experiences. In years past I have done a Top Ten list of my favorite events.  Instead of that today, here are some of the memories that will always be associated with 2017 (not all events listed): Houston
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What We All Have in Common with Clark Griswold

    In the Christmas Classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, Chevy Chase plays the infamous Clark Griswold, a character of such heartbreak and struggle, who is also eternally optimistic and always makes light of the toughest situations, that fortunately makes us realize our life is ok. When he loses it there is a good reason.  In the first “Vacation” movie, Wally World was closed.  Certainly I can relate to his blow up there, especially after our crazy RV trip across the US this summer.  In the third installment, this about the holiday season, Clark has not only been planning on
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How To Add Meaning To The Holidays

  I’m a dreamer and a big believer in the thought of Christmas. 2 years ago I flew my family, and extended family, to Kauai for Christmas.  It was an incredible trip spent at the home of one of our dearest friends.  Christmas Eve we found ourselves singing carols on the beach at Poipou while flying a kite in the warm weather, kids splashing in the water, and then attending the most amazing Hawaiian non-denominational church service in celebration of the night.  It was so special. Christmas morning the kids came rushing in to the living room and gathered around
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The Promise of Gift Giving

    It was January 29, 2001, the one month anniversary of our first date (when you’re in love you celebrate those things). I took my soon to be fiancee, and eventually wife, to a concert I knew she would love and should confirm for her that she had the same feelings I did.  It was Billy Joel & Elton John.  We were about row 10, incredible seats, my ego sky high. Before the concert I said that I had a gift for her.  Reaching around the seat I revealed the present that would go on to live in infamy
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The Disappointment That is Black Friday

    Did you get a black eye on black Friday? You and everyone else. Unless you were smart and stayed home, where more than 60% of shoppers turned online sales (from their phones!) into higher numbers than brick and mortar buildings can boast. Jeff Bezos of Amazon finally reached over the $100 Billion mark.  (Hey bro, I’m here for you if you need anything) This leaves Bill Gates at a “measly” $89 Billion.  The saddest thing I’ve heard all year. If you went to Macy’s, who sponsors that one parade we all watch muted because it’s too loud over
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The Promise of Gratitude

  As we celebrate the holidays forthcoming, especially with Thanksgiving upon us, may we make the promise to be grateful for all we have. Gratitude for health. Gratitude for family. Gratitude for blessings. Gratitude for trials which make us stronger, which make us more grateful for the good times. There is nothing more attractive than gratitude.  When I have served someone and they thank me to the degree that I want to thank them for how they thank me, that is the amount of gratitude I’m talking about.  Layer upon layer of gratitude, like a stack of donuts with raspberries
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The Promise of The Descent

  My Friend,  You have had an incredible year.   Perhaps the greatest year of your life and career.   You stand proud on the top of the mountain, able to see your great accomplishments surrounding you, joyously lifting you up, to know you gave your all in a most harrowing ascent is your reward.   Where do you go from here?   Do you remain on the peak, savoring the goodness and awaiting the inevitable storm that will roll in?   Or do you safely descend, to the valley of home, and return to your loved ones, whole, well, different, and transformed?   As this
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The Show Must Go On: The Promise to Your Client

  The other day I finally had a moment to bag my first peak of the year.  Hiked 3 miles up to Grandeur Peak, an 8,300 ft summit, had a great time with my friend as we breathed in the crisp Utah air and felt extreme gratitude to live in this beautiful place. As you normally do upon descending, we were halfway galloping and bouncing as we went down.  And then suddenly I found myself on my face, in the dirt, having stepped wrong on a rock, my ankle snapped and rolled underneath me, leveling this large fella completely. I
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