Back in the day, hitchhiking was a legitimate means of travel for the young, broke and adventurous. It turned out the skills I acquired to make it from one town to another made for excellent rules to move me along life’s highway.
Have you noticed how people fall in two broad categories: those individuals who share themselves after careful consideration and those who come to us totally unfiltered? Bradley, a longtime friend, belongs in the first category. I definitely fall in the second.
Purpose: Keep the wolves away
Priorities: Protect the lambs, round up the strays
Qualifications: Courage and speed
Evaluation: The head count in the morning
Compensation: A pat on the head
There are so many lessons to learn about human behavior at an airport. Today I’ve invested some “bonus hours” in a cozy terminal in Des Moines, Iowa. Three hours after my flight was supposed to take off, I’ve created an interesting and evidence-based list of human behaviors:
They still haunt me during lonely moments: those times when I really messed up. I can’t find a secret spot in the recesses of my memory to hide them. Maybe I shouldn’t try.
What a discovery! When most people ask for my advice, they really want me to just stay quiet and listen.
If you could go back in time and change one personal behavior that affected your relationships with others, what would it be? For me, I wish I’d given more wiggle room to my family, friends and fellow workers.
I Am an Alcoholic
I am an alcoholic.
I am a painter and a priest,
a baseball player and a bricklayer,
an engineer and an English teacher.
My mother wanted her four children to have gumption. My hunch is she received an oversupply of it from her father, Joseph Duffy, and felt obliged to pass on nuggets of aggressiveness, adventurousness, initiative, spunk and moxie to the next generation.
Willie Wilkerson was a real whiner. He wouldn’t last a day at The Change Companies, where we’ve posted a corporate sign promoting a unique solution to life’s challenges. It says: “Buck up. Eat a banana. Walk around the block.”