I was tempted to do a "clip show" and talk about my favorite blogs over the last 2 years, but it was a helluva week, and I don't want the events to pass without comment, so I'll save the "clip show" for another column. Like I said, it was a helluva week. In the last 7 days, I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary, my 47th birthday, had one of my best annual check-ups, held our 15th successful golf tournament, and oh yeah, wrote my 100th blog. Weeks like this kind of make me wonder what I do all those other weeks. I'll break down these events one at a time.....
So 25 years ago I tied the knot with the most beautiful person that I have ever known. I was only 22 at the time, and admittedly that's a little early to commit to someone for the rest of your life, but you don't pick when people like this come into your life, but if you are smart, you don't let them out of it when they do come
|We've held up pretty well|
workable. I aspire each day to be a better person, and some days I am, and some days I lose my focus. I'm surrounded each day by inspirational people including my children sometimes, and that's a head-scratcher. A few weeks ago, I sat with my daughter Molly and she told me, that if she passed away tomorrow, all she would want her headstone to read was that she was kind. It made me embarrassed for what I may have said to that same question had it been posed to me first. A week later, my son Nolan, after having a rough day in school and subsequently finding out he was unexpectedly going alone to a Scouting camp-out, came home with a "Most Cheerful" award that he earned over 160 others. At 12, he reminded me that some days all you have control of, is your attitude. I can't leave Dan out, so I'll just comment on how I've gotten prune-like in our hot tub listening to him and his views on a plethora of topics. That is one thing I'm better at, at 47, than I was before, appreciating that wisdom can come from a variety of people. I used to think there was only one right way to do things, and now I know there are a myriad of ways to get to the same goal. I'm not saying that I'm not stubborn on some things, my family would spit out their morning coffee if I tried to say it, but I am saying that I'm more open to other ideas now than in any other time in my life. As to my recent check up, I'll summarize it by saying that never before have my parting instructions been, "Keep doing what you are doing", but this time, they were.
|My 2012 team|
Lastly on how I feel about my 100th blog, I don't know how long I am going to keep it up, but I think it's had a good run thus far. Readership builds as people settle in to their patterns of viewing it. I'm really excited about some blogs that I have written, and others feel like I've phoned them in. The site has had 54,000 visits since I started it, and I suspect of the 500-600 hits that it gets each week, less than a third are regulars that came to the site on purpose. That's not to say that the "accidental" hitters don't appreciate the site sometimes, because I've had a comment or two that tells me that they do. I've kept this blog pure in the sense that I have not taken advantage of any money making mechanism that I could with it and I've let no one influence what I post. I did get a note the other day that set a dollar value on my blog at $900. By my calculations that means that I'm making about $3.00 an hour for my efforts. It will be nice when I get that to the minimum wage threshold. As always, if you like a post, please share it, and this week pick an old one and read it too, you've now got 100 to choose from. Which is your favorite?