We all need to Press ‘Pause’

Another Saturday, another day of skiing.  It was an incredible day at Apex Mountain so I thought I would snap a few pictures to share.  As busy as we all are it’s easy to get caught up in what’s next…my next tweet, my next blog, my next link.  Today I decided to press ‘pause’, appreciate the moment, and see my mountain for the first time.  I live in a beautiful part of the world (I’m sure you do too) but sometimes I take it for granted; today I didn’t. My challenge to you is to do the same.  Press ‘pause’ every once-in-a-while and live in the moment you’re in…it’s good for the soul!  Have a great weekend!

Are You as Good the Truck Driver?

On my way to work this morning I was reminded that excellence is everywhere and that if we pay attention, we can find inspiration from anyone.

Taking my usual route to work I was confronted by the sight most drivers would dread…an 18 Wheel Truck attempting to back into an unforgiving lane adjacent to the business he was delivering to.  As I approached and saw the driver pull up into the “ready” position I thought, “This is going to take forever.  He’s probably going to need 4 or 5 attempts to get this right.”  Wrong.

With amazing precision, the driver backed the truck up with supreme confidence, effortlessly made the 90 degree turn, and parked his rig exactly where he wanted it.  To top it off, he did it virtually one-handed, with his left arm hanging out the window, as though he were parking a Smart Car.  One shot…less than 60 seconds…and I was on my way.

As I resumed driving I kept thinking, “I hope I’m THAT good at what I do today!”

We can either ignore the little things or see them; today I chose to see it and it reminded me that excellence is everywhere and that truck driver put me on notice that for the students and staff of School District 67,  I need to bring my ‘A’ game every single day!