Trying So Hard Not To Cry

My attention was grabbed early this morning by an article in

INC. magazine entititled “Trying So Hard Not To Cry.” The article

chronicles the story of Bill Murphy Jr. and his one day journey in

his worst job ever.  When interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning about that

day, the reporter noticed on his notes from that terrible day the words, “Trying

so hard not to cry.”  I’VE BEEN THERE. So have you.  Sadly, I find

myself there all too many times these days.  It comes when I turn on

the news. One network. I’m there. The other network, same feelings.

It’s all based on that 4 letter word that seems to run our WORLD these days.

H A T E .

I’m TRYING and TRYING to just run my life on LOVE 24/7 during these times.

Politics?  Default to LOVE . Religion? Default to LOVE. Sports?  Same…..

I don’t know if I’m making any difference or not, but I’m dang sure gonna try.

Because I’m TIRED of feeling like I’m trying so hard not to……You know what.

 

 

Opening Day!!!

Nope. It’s not baseball opening day. That’s another 82 days away. It’s opening day at iCoachLife. The Bill Speight Company.  INSPIRE Inc. Franklin TN. is our new location, and I’m officially in love. The atmosphere. The Vibe. The new office complex, The Reserve at Cross Creek. Amazing people, all of them.  We exist here to help you. Change you. Lead you. Push you. Make you new. Renewed. Restored. Come see us.  The coffee is brewing. We stand ready…..ready to lead your life to the CHANGE you so need and desire. It’s opening day around here, and it feels Like the Yankees and Red Sox. Play ball!!!

The End and The Beginning

It’s that time of the year. The END of 2018. Heading toward the Beginning of the NEW YEAR.  All those questions come floating up. Did I do enough? Did I ACCOMPLISH enough?  Did ANY of my Dreams for 2018 come true??  Here’s what I know: You TOOK STEPS.  Maybe small….maybe medium…..maybe a HUGE one or 2.  But you are now closer to that dream of yours than ever before!  Time to keep stepping.  Time to keep working.  Plan. Pray. Step. REPEAT. 2019 is coming!  It CAN be your year. Roll up your sleeves, put on a pot of coffee. Plan. Pray. Step. REPEAT.  Now…….GO!!

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The reward in rest

“Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
                                                                                                                              -Mark 2:27

I try to read my Bible often, but I’ve never seen this verse before.

Lately, Bill and I have been focused on the word “rest,” and what it looks like to do so in a world—and job—that is so demanding and never-ending.

In our culture today, resting is almost viewed as a sign of weakness. With technology that keeps us connected 24/7, it’s nearly impossible to “turn off”…and so even when we’re resting, we’re most likely doing so with a phone or an iPad or laptop in hand. In other words, we’re never fully unplugged.  

Mark 2:27 gave me an entirely new way to look at the importance of rest. When we make the connection between this verse and the 10 Commandments (keep the Sabbath day holy…) we realize that God doesn’t just want us to rest, he demands we do so! (After all, even He rested after creating the world…)

Sunday doesn’t have to be your day of rest, but one day does. How can you adjust your lifestyle to make rest a priority?

The countdown is on

What do you get when a 26-year-old dreamer and 62-year-old goal-setter meet? The answer is movement…and not just in terms of progress, but in our case, a literal movement.

As we’ve been preparing the roll-out of Project 26/62: Age-old wisdom for young dreams, we’re finding that the road ahead is steeped in possibilities and filled with opportunities.

For you, the audience, it is an oasis of tools and experiences designed to get your dream off the ground, to the finish line, or anywhere in between.

Our hope is that it will equip you, empower you, and inspire you to put one foot in front of the other and take the next small step.

Project 26/62 is coming soon…

 

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Lace up

By: Bill Speight

In case you haven’t heard, I’ve recently welcomed Jordan Oliver to iCoachLife. Jordan is 26 and I’m 62…and together, we’re quite the team. (And the way we joined forces is quite the story, too…but that’s for the next post…)

In the world we’re living in today, a team this different wouldn’t look like it stands a chance…and that’s exactly why we’ve partnered up.

Jordan and I may have years between us, but we both have one thing in common: we want to see if unity and healing are possible in such a broken world. One way we’re beginning our experiment, is by launching Project 26/62: Age-old wisdom for young dreams; a creative platform for a 26 and 62-year-old like us to discuss our points of view on relevant topics. The website is currently under construction and will be ready for launch next month.

As we’ve been writing and recording, planning and discussing, we’ve found that although it can be challenging to step into the others’ shoes, it’s necessary.

It’s necessary to have the experience and wisdom of those who walk ahead of us; and it’s necessary to have the passion, energy and relevance of those before us if we want to watch our dreams manifest.

So this is our official invitation to join the journey. Grab your walking shoes, but don’t tie them too tightly…you’ll be trying on a few other pairs along the way.

 

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Pruning and blooming

By: Jordan Oliver

Spring has sprung; and as much as we’re anticipating the “May flowers,” there’s no getting around the “April showers,” first—(even though we’d like to skip that part).

As we’re stepping into the first week of April and looking forward to warmer weather, let us be reminded that in order to “reap a harvest” of success in any area of life, we have to be willing to go through the pruning stage—we have to learn to handle the rain. Before we can enjoy the gift of satisfaction, there must be a reason to feel satisfied…and that reason must come from you.

We all have goals, we all have dreams, and we all have our own way of getting there. No matter how different those paths may look, there is one thing that is the same for everyone: there will be trials and stumbling blocks along the way, and it will be up to you, alone, in choosing how to maneuver around them.

As long as we don’t quit despite the “rain”, we will reap the harvest of our efforts. Take one day at a time, and remember that “this too shall pass”…the flowers are only days away.