John Wooden (Weekly Inspiration #8)

Last week legendary basketball coach John Wooden died at the age of 99.  Few people have walked the earth, with more inspiration living inside of them than Coach Wooden.  It seemed every time he opened his mouth, a new inspirational quote emerged.  This weeks inspirational blog is in memory and in tribute to Coach Wooden.

Coach wooden often said that he did not believe basketball was one thing and life was another.  He believed that what made you successful in one would make you successful in the other.  For this reason he spent as much time teaching his players how to be good people, as how to dribble and shoot.  Did it work?  Hard to argue with 10 national championships including 7 in a row.  Here are some of his most famous teachings.  Read each one twice and reflect. Continue reading


Lesson For Life (Weekly Inspiration #7)

Here is a good one I would like to dedicate to all of my friends and former students who just graduated from Dubai American Academy.  I am sure you got a lot of advice this past week, but as you go out into the “real” world, this might be worth keeping in mind.  For the rest of us who are not graduating……it is just as good…. Continue reading


I inhaled several bugs on my run this morning.  Maybe they didn’t like being bugs.   Maybe they were hovering over the trail in suicidal swarms, waiting for someone like me to run past and breathe them into the afterlife.  Maybe they are insect adrenalin junkies looking to tempt fate.  Several bugs lucky enough not to evade inhalation ended their insect existence stuck to my sweating chest as they drown in salty perspiration. Continue reading

The Dash In Your Life (Weekly Inspiration #6)

This week’s inspiration is another one of my personal favorites!  Enjoy! Continue reading

The Friendship Compass

“Surround yourself with good people” is perhaps the most important piece of advice I have ever received.  I took it to heart and put it into practice.  The following blog is a tribute to my four best friends who have increased the quality of my life with the quality of their character. Continue reading

The Wisdom in Hot Chocolate (Inspiration #5)

I heard somewhere that life gives you back more than you give.  This could not be more true since I started posting “Weekly Inspiration”  It seems for every inspirational story I post, I get 2 or 3 people sending me their favorite stories!  I happily add these to my collection and will probably end up posting most of them, so keep em’ coming!

The following story was sent to me by my friend Cindy. Continue reading

Two Wolves (Weekly Inspiration #4)

Here is a short story I must have heard at just the right time in my life for it to sink in.  Believe it or not, I think about this story often.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that was going on inside himself.
He said, “My son, it is between 2 wolves. One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith…”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one I feed.” Continue reading