Point to Ponder
People often ask
me where I get the creative sparks for my writing. Simple,
I just keep my eyes open and ask questions.
example, earlier this past week I mentioned to Irene that
there was a wasp inside the hummingbird feeder outside our kitchen
window. The hummers were gone but somehow this wasp (yellow
jacket/hornet) had been able to crawl in. She said she had seen it
the day before and it was dead. I told her, no it wasn't. I had just
noticed it swimming on top of the sugar water.
Later that day I looked
out and it was still swimming. I noticed the water level had
dropped. My observation, the wasp continuing to swim was pushing the
water out through the 4 'flower' openings. His fellow wasps were
coming to take advantage of it. I checked back a couple more times
that day and the levels were still dropping and the wasp was still
For the record, after being stung last
year (Irene - twice and me -once) and being inundated with thousands
of these nasty insects - I HATE WASPS! In fact I love to trap
and kill them, as I did literally thousands last year. But,
in spite of that, I had to admire this wasps determination to
live and find a way out.
The next morning the wasp was gone
and so was all the sugar water. Hmmmm!
Determination is a success
trait and one we can acquire. For example, this is
my 114th issue since we started so many years ago. I have to
admit there have been times I wanted to quit, but then I would
get a note from one of our readers and it would inspire me to
In yesterday's news (Mon. Sept 2nd, 2013)
I read that 64 year old U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad waded
ashore Monday in Key West, Fla and became the first person to
swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.
A 53 hour swim that I couldn't imagine even attempting. She
is my age and she is a very courageous woman. I'm sure lots
of people told her she was crazy to attempt this swim. However,
I'm sure she had some, including those who helped her, who believed
in her and encouraged her to swim. This was her 5th and final
said on the beach, "I have three messages. One
is, we should never, ever give up. Two is,
you're never too old to chase your dream. Three
is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team," .
I echo Diana's hard won words of wisdom.
What can you do with your life, regardless of what age and what
circumstances you face? When will you jump in and start
Until next month
August was a productive month outside
our place in the country. Finished the work under the back
deck (will redo the uppers including a solarium and greenhouse next
year), built and installed a portable garage, cleaned and regained
most of the other garage (will finish it this weekend) as well as
rebuilt a fence section. I built a new one along our driveway.
Nice to get some of these projects finished
before fall. Whew!
I was even able to do some work on the business...
Irene and I took 5 days off and went to Kelowna,
BC for a 'longer' weekend and a peach run. Had breakfast with our
friends Wayne and Brenda Cotton in Winfield and a coffee with friend
Hugh Culver another day in Kelowna. I am blessed with some amazing
people in my life. Also
some 'floatie' time on the lake reflecting on ideas for the fall and
forward. (Pictured above)
Took a couple of day
breaks and tours this month. For example, we went to the Reynolds
Museum the other day. Wow, some amazing vehicles and
September is going to be a productive month. We have a
Kindle promotion giving away free copies of our Legacy of Leadership planned for later this month.Stay
We have added a series of special leadership packages to
the site and leadership development programs.
Also doing some promotion to associations about Bob's speaking
services.Hey, if you know anyone who is planning an event, pass
along my name.
I have been asked to run for School trustee and need to
make that decision in next week or so. School district has gone
from 7 trustees to 5, so it might be a challenge.
I have another book on the go
and some client work including a closing keynote for 100 Outreach
teachers who give students a second chance to finish high
school at the end of this month.
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Pic: Irene found a car to
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