Spring Grove mindset

Small town sign

Dear Son,

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania revolves around a massive, 160-year old Paper Mill.

Your Great Grandfather worked there. Your Grandfather worked and retired there. Your dad worked there for two summers during college.

Spring Grove is a small town, never needing a traffic light. Eventually, however, it got its first traffic light on the East end, a flashing yellow caution light, in the 1990s or maybe the 2000s.

road sign
The yellow caution light alerts drivers to the new roundabout that replaced a three-way fork in the road. There is 24/7 Tractor Trailer traffic bringing in lumber and hauling out paper. As the rural area attracted city folk, it became increasing difficult and dangerous for school busses, trucks, and rural residents to coexist without a more fluid traffic flow at this pinch point.

The mindset growing up there was laid back, hospitable, and as stereotypical small-town as you can get. Nothing fancy. Practical. Slow.

Laughman’s Market (and gas pump) was the size of a 7-11. Across from the High School, it parked maybe 15 cars tops. Eventually we got a grocery store, Kenny’s. An Arby’s followed years after Kenny’s.

While our High School was one of the smallest, our geographical region was one of the biggest. Why? Beyond the small town and Paper Mill was nothing but Farms and Farmland. Definitely not a growth-mindset community.

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Chain of destiny

magic kingdom toll plaza entrance logo
Work has always been a priority.

Priorities drive decisions. Decisions drive habits. Habits drive results.

dad

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Dear Son,

Family hiking in mountains
Siyeh Pass Trail 2021. Mt Reynolds left. Piegan Mountain and Piegan Glacier right.

Dear Son, you can do anything.

dad

After telling you that your Freshman Fall Semester, you thanked me, “Thank you. I needed to hear that.”

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Passion erosion is avoidable

empty desk with a pen
If you wait to publish you are not a writer you are a waiter. What do you gain by not changing?

Playing it safe insidiously erodes your passion.

dad

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Best time to worry mentally

Father and son
Not quite halfway through 8th grade. Retired the same Fall he became an 8th grader.

The best time to worry is when you don’t need to.

dad

Think positive, read positive, write positive, watch positive, speak positive, have positive friends. Seems obvious. But.

But what is even more obvious, ridiculously more obvious, is doing the opposite. Watch how this reads, sounds, feels:

Think negative, read negative, write negative, watch negative, speak negative, have negative friends.

Worry in advance. Take climate change. We needed to worry about it before we needed to worry about it. That’s the only way to prevent it.

When you don’t prevent a negative, closed mindset, you eventually (by the magic of slow and steady compound interest) find yourself in the proverbial emergency room.

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