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Give it All You’ve Got

  • Posted on February 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”

Erma Bombeck (1927 – 1996)

American Humorist

I can’t imagine using up a talent, especially all of our talents. The more they are used the more they develop.

When I was in my 30’s I remember observing others in conversation and admiring their wit and rapid fire repartee. I was intimidated by their cleverness and felt I had no right to participate.

Somewhere in my subconscious it sparked a fire in me to gain the knowledge and confidence to develop my own communication skills. Along the way I became an author, speaker, trainer and mentor.

I am now one of those who others look up to and hopefully I inspire them to look within and discover the dormant talents they possess. That is the main reason I love speaking.

One never knows what fire might be sparked, just by showing up. It is a blessed skill to embrace and one I am most fond.

I can not imagine ever running out of things to say. I can not imagine ever not wanting to say what might help one more person live their life to the fullest!


  • Posted on February 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

“Here’s a rule I recommend. Never practice two vices at once”

Tullulah Bankhead (1903-1868)

I grew up at a time when vices were natural and accepted whether someone drank or smoked, no one paid much attention. Then in the 80’s everyone became more aware of the repercussions of such unhealthy habits.

I quit smoking on Easter Sunday after 15 years of cherishing the habit. I used to tell people “It’s really easy to quit smoking, I do it at least once a month!.”‘

The only reason I actually decided to finally quit for good was I had to put  a cough drop in the back of my throat so I could continue to smoke and then my throat began to bleed. It was obvious I had to quit.

I also came from a long line of alcoholics. Again it was always viewed as it was just a thing people did.

Both of my parents were dry alcoholics. What I refer to as having the personality of an alcoholic but they rarely drank.

I drank profusely in my 20’s. But then so did nearly everyone I knew including my brother and sister.

I’m not sure what the turning point was, but eventually I decided I didn’t care for the feeling of being out of control the way over drinking made me feel.

Now, I am comfortable drinking socially and rarely over indulge.