Mid Life Celebration is about making the most of the hand we’re dealt

MWS International Parade 2014


Middle School play


(photo: Middle Schoolers practicing their Fall International Parade performance, October 22, 2014)

Sometimes our second choice is better than the official choice.

Will miss tonight’s performance, but didn’t miss yesterday’s final practice session.

Mid Life Celebration is about making the most out of the hand we are dealt.


Insight: Unknowingly, to be the only parent at the final rehearsal was inspiring to the students.

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Attitude is everything, blah, blah, blah…

Uncle Grandpa title slide


(photo: Last night during the Cartoon Network premier revealing of the Aunt Grandma character… a big deal to a 14-year old)

Conversations are endless. And everywhere. Short ones. Long ones. Happy ones. Not-so-happy ones.

Dad: Son, it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond to what happens to you. Bad things happen to everyone, and for their entire life.

Son: Silent, but obviously his mind is working overtime.

Dad: We are in control of our attitude and we create the habits that either favor us or don’t.

Bottom line, another in a long list of deposits into the mind of a future adult.

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The opportunity for unbelievable days is limitless

Main Street USA early morning


(photo: Is 7:30am the right time, on a Tuesday?)

When is the time right for an unbelievable day?

The opportunity for unbelievable days is limitless. What if we began the day praying, reading, thinking, writing. What if we acted as if we had actually made time for this?

Sharpening the saw as the saying goes. Could an ordinary day be given new life?

Instead of simply driving directly to the hotel parking lot and making a bee line for the classroom we did this…

We rethink the start of the day.

We drive first to the city shuttle, park there instead of the hotel and ride the shuttle to the north end of town. Then we could walk beneath the city and come up on the south end, down by Main Street. Take a brief stroll down Main Street before traffic gets busy, then cut over to the local Hotel to get to the classroom where we’d be a student for a week learning from one of the world’s most admired companies.

Simple pleasures taken for granted.


No, not really.

This is a common privilege, rarely taken.

But not yesterday.

And so it goes, one day and then another.

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Dear Son, wait until you can instantaneously articulate what inspires you


Can we instantaneously articulate what inspires us? Movies can inspire us, like the one last night, Safe Haven, the catalyst for today’s post.

Starting a business, publishing a book, representing the United States at the Senior Olympics, becoming a Father, celebrating three-plus decades as a husband, revolving everything around Jesus, annually donating and recycling things once thought to be important…

These things have made jungle jeff an exponentially better Cast Member.

And remarkably…

Being a Cast Member has exponentially made jungle jeff better at all those things.

It has been nearly eight months and 1,100 posts since the word me has been used.

Permission to become exceptionally self aware (not perfect, simply aware) is THE most under rated gift you can give yourself.

Live like you mean it. Life is not a dress rehearsal.

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Potential 2014 Middle School Yearbook dedication

youth riding bike in central Florida neighborhood
Keep moving forward.


Dear Son, a tree does not grow overnight.

But it does grow.


And some years it grows faster than other years. This has been one of those years for you.

For the past decade we’ve been focused on honesty above any other attribute.

In 2014, we built on that for a total of four key life attributes:

  1. Honesty.
  2. Behave admirably.
  3. Self-control.
  4. Personal responsibility.

You have done well academically, and maybe more importantly, personally.

Be well and remain amazed.

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