I Dew Win!

I never win anything. Ever. Until today when I got a package from Mountain Dew! (actually New Media Strategies) They teamed up with BevReview.com for a Win Dew Stuff contest – all I had to do was comment on a post about Mountain Dew. (not too difficult!) Next thing I know, I’ve won a hat, a flash drive and a cool light up pen. My day is off to a good start!

Operation Order!

OK! I finally have a completely free day without meetings or anything toooo urgent, so I’m at the library to try and get a grip on my life and the swirling tasks, projects and never ending to-dos! In one sense, I’m in a good place. I’m doing a lot better at putting family first, but now work is starting to slip into the chaos of the tyranny of the urgent. That’s better than when I never got around to some home duties, now I’ve kinda flipped the other way where every day at work is driven more by my e-mail inbox than intentional strategic tasks. Well, that ends TODAY with Operation Order. (Operation Chaos is concluding) I’m blogging this for my own accountability and to outline my plan, which may overflow into two days: Step 1: IDENTIFY A stack of 3×5 cards awaits the names of products or areas or people clammiring for my time, attention, thought and action. Step 2: DEFINE A new blank notebook will donate a page to each area identified in Step 1 to define it’s purpose, priority and place in my life. Step 3: DETAIL Next I will detail the tasks and action steps required …

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Watermelon Joy

There’s just something about a boy and his watermelon. I love how everything Luke does he does with so much joy. There is nothing mundane or normal to him. What is routine for us is pure excitement for him. Whether it be simply getting dressed, taking a bath, picking up toys or eating a watermelon – he approaches everything with such a sense of adventure and joy that I wonder sometimes why we lose the pure satisfaction from the simple things in life. Why do we need vacations or thrill parks or something “new” or risk to excite us? What if we could find deep joy and satisfaction in something as ordinary as a watermelon? My boy has taught me that. My joy comes from sharing in his. The next time you have to do something ordinary or mundane… smile. Your Heavenly Father is watching and delighting in your life too.

God is Just Too Cool

Well, with this Chicago white out and freezing rain and snow I was almost stuck in California. My flight was only delayed but I didn’t want my wife and boy driving in bad weather to the airport to pick me up so I resolved to take a cab, which could have been over $100 with the distance and conditions. Then my sister calls (before departure) and her husband Keith is flying back from New York on business and also facing delays, but has a car at O’Hare. Well, as God would have it, we BOTH JUST LANDED at the same time! What are odds of that at O’Hare and in these conditions?!? We are both now just taxiing waiting for a gate to open, but I got a ride home! (Keith and Melissa live four houses down from us) Anyway, just had to share this little example of God’s provision today. I might still be sitting on this runway for awhile, there is a long line of planes waiting to deboard and the ones at the gates are still de-icing. Life is an adventure! Karl Bastian Sent/Posted from my iPhone UPDATE: Landed at 10pm, and sat on the runway until …

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