25 July 2007

Going downtown

Someone was thinking when they combined Toronto's telecom fiber optics with citywide internet access... I wonder if this can happen in Chicago?

Milk in a Bag

Oh Canada...

07 July 2007

iPhone Test Drive

For about 5 minutes I was able to hold and test out a new iPhone. From the short time we had together... I think it likes me. Now comes the hard part... waiting. I think I will wait and let a few of the kinks get ironed out. It sounds like there are a few future apps that will be added to a new and improved iPhone.

04 July 2007

4th of July

Happy 4th of July. Here is the grand finale of the fireworks display where we were.

It was a nice night. I found that the bathrooms were over the river and through the woods...

My favorite part of the night didn't have to do anything with the fireworks. My daughter skinned her knee on the way back to the vehicle. On our drive home we were discussing how her knee would heal. In a flash, she attributed the healing to Jesus and asked if we could pray that he would continue to heal her knee. About two minutes go by and my daughter exclaims, "Jesus is healing my knee"... "I can feel it!" The amazing faith of a child! How sad it is that as adults we have lost this awe inspiring faith. I am so proud of my little girl! As young as she is and she has such a grasp on God's love for us. If she only knew how awesome her faith is.


03 July 2007

The Big 5

Leadership Wired has a great post on the Big 5 challenges in life...

Successful people do not have less challenging lives than those who do not succeed. In fact, they may go through even greater challenges. What causes the separation? Successful people respond to difficulties differently. It’s easy to have a great attitude when things are going our way. Attitude doesn’t become the difference maker until challenges arise.

1. Discouragement

Every leader gets discouraged. However, not every leader responds to discouragement the same way. Attitude dictates whether a discouraged leader will give up or get up.

2. Problems

Every leader runs into problems. When facing problems, adjusting your attitude can be a precursor to adjusting your situation. Remember: change on the outside always follows the change on the inside.

3. Change

Change is an unavoidable and often unwelcome part of life. Change pushes us away from comfort by refusing to let us settle.

4. Fear

Fear has the ability to exaggerate itself and spread throughout our life. When fear grips us, we are frozen and incapable of action. Worrisome thoughts fill our mind with distractions, and we are powerless to be productive.

5. Failure

I have seen many leaders with self-sabotaging traits stemming from an unhealthy perspective toward failure. Some leaders live with a nagging sense of impending failure. They don’t believe they are good enough to succeed, and sooner or later they fulfill their self-expectations of failure. Other leaders refuse to take risks. By sticking to safe paths, they assure themselves of failing to have significant impact. Still other leaders allow failures to derail them. They see failure as a personal indictment rather than a step in the ongoing process of their growth as a leader.