Month: May, 2012

Following The Leader

Taking the Lead

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

Going through some old files, I found a letter I wrote to someone I admire.  It got me thinking about some of the other people in my life I see as role models, and I figured I should take a moment to acknowledge and thank them for being awesome.  More often than not, guys can be douchebags, present company included, but every now and again, we can surprise even ourselves.  And if we’ve learned nothing from Pavlov’s dogs, it is that positive reinforcement works best (that and food).

Open Letter To The Men I Admire Most,

Sitting here thinking of what I want to express to you feels insignificant and unimportant because of the impact you’ve had on my life, which you weren’t aware of.  The words, ‘thank you’ don’t seem to fill the overwhelming gratitude your guidance has given to me.

You’re one of the few men of great humility and compassion that lives with unfathomable dignity.  I worry about the man I am and the man I’ll become; those fears remain inescapable, but I’m grateful for your example of  how to be a good man, a strong man, a man who loves and is loved, an artist, a husband, a father, a provider and ultimately a complete man.  Allowing me to experience your life, frailties and all is a privilege I can’t begin to repay.

During your time here, the experiences you’ve shared have taught invaluable lessons for people of every generation, race and creed.  Your struggle gave me strength, and your story gave me hope.  My hope is to one day inspire others as you have done for me, and set an example for others to follow.  But, how does one  follow in the footsteps of a legend?

With Gratitude,


Despite the myths and suggestions of the disappearance of ‘all the good men’, I’m certain there are scores of great men still out there who are actually focused, present and genuinely good people.

Make sure you let’em know it!


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Tell Me About Yourself Award…

I can’t believe you’re not bored of me yet!

Imagine my surprise and delight when I checked in on my little blog to see that I had been nominated for a new award!  The ‘Tell Me About Yourself Award” seemed funny to me because I didn’t think people really wanted to know about ME, just the foolishness about my life.  I was nominated for this cool award by a fantastic blogger, whom I’ve found strength and inspiration from, theforgottenwife who, if you haven’t already, should check out immediately…. I’ll wait for you to return to my blog– I’m sure she’s got a more interesting topic to share with you….

…Oh… you’re back (or you didn’t visit? [shame on you]).

The rules for this one are pretty simple: Thank the person who awarded it to you (go and visit, theforgottenwife blog dammit!) and then tell the world 7 things about you that you have not yet shared.

Here are 7 things you probably couldn’t guess from reading my blog:

  1.  I’m 6′ 3″, but for the longest while I told everyone I was 6′ 4″– I’m not sure if I had ever reached that height, but the number looks cooler when filling out forms that require such information.
  2. I always check out people’s hands and feet– For some reason, I always think I can tell what ‘type’ of person they are by observing a person’s extremities.
  3. In a past life I was an actor.  (Replace ‘past’ with current, [but it was a long time ago]).  Sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if I actually stayed on that course, but…. meh… C’est la vie.
  4. I wanted to be a quantum physicist… Until I realized how much math was required…
  5. Favourite cartoons growing up were Thundercats, Transformers, and Scooby-Doo.  I always wondered what would happen if I ate a Scooby-snack. Sadly, nothing but an upset stomach.
  6. I love to cook, but never want to be a chef.
  7. My body of work is greatly influenced by Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung– That’s right, most of my inspiration comes from dead people who aren’t religious figures.

I waited to celebrate this award so that I could find some new blogs I believe are worth checking out. And I wanted to get to know the writers of those blogs a little more.  There are so many awesome blogs I’ve come across, and it’s always a difficult decision to make about who will be nominated… So I nominate the following 7 blogs for the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Award:

Karmic Diva – A woman with style and grace blogging about life, love and … well whatever needs to be discussed!

Here I Stand, Smiling Darkly – Wickedly hilarious blog from a very talented writer…

Pressed Grapes – This is a great blog for when life keeps handing you lemons…

Through your eyes – Insightful, and inspirational writer with a strong voice and strong conviction…

Angelic Maria – The name says it all… great blog!

The Unsolicited Memoirs of an Infrangible Writer –    Always gotta sport my fellow screenwriters! Check it her adventures.

Moths to a Flame – Single life + dating = ensuing hilarity. Check it out!

Thank you again for joining me on this journey, and if you haven’t already I encourage you to enter my contest.  The deadline is approaching soon!
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