courage by john wayneMan can I relate to this!  So many times in my life, I’ve been terrified, almost frozen with fear.  My hands shaking, heart pounding in my ears, butterflies in my stomach, and a cold sweat.

What’s surprised me over and over again, is that in nearly every case, the fear was much scarier than what I feared.  The saying “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself” is certainly true in my life.

The last time I remember being really scared was about a year ago, when I had to have a very difficult conversation with someone, who I knew wouldn’t want to hear what I had to say and would probably be very angry.  I dreaded making that call for several days and I tried dialing the number a few times, and hung up before I dialed the whole number.  I was near panic.

Finally, I just took another deep breath, dialed the number all the way, and had the conversation.  It wasn’t a pleasant conversation to say the least but it certainly wasn’t worth all the heartache I put myself through, dreading the call.  I was so relieved when the call was over and in retrospect, it was actually a pretty funny call because the person was so much more upset than the situation called for.

Long story short – try to remember the next time you’re scared, to just keep going.  The fear is almost always worse than what you fear.

Be well,



My Favorite Top 10 Movies of 2012

Happy New Year, everyone.  In honor of today’s Oscar nominations, I thought I’d share my list of my 10 favorite movies of 2012:

1. Argo








2. Silver Linings Playbook






3. Moonrise Kingdom






4. Ruby Sparks








5. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World





6. Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol






7. Skyfall







8. Bernie







9. Safety Not Guaranteed






10.  Looper






Agree/disagree?  What did you like?

Sauna Concert featuring Rihanna

Special shout out to the guy in the sauna room this morning, who was listening to his iPod and unknowingly favored us with a private concert; including remarkably off-key renditions of Rihanna, Katy Perry, and one more I couldn’t place. Something between Metallica and Taylor Swift. Quite possibly the late, great Andy Williams.

I usually try to get my “zen on” in the sauna and at first, I was irritated but then I realized how hilarious it really was. Thanks, bro, for making an otherwise forgettable workout a memorable one.


Sweetest Statement of Love I’ve Ever Heard

When I was 17 years old, I was talking with an “ancient” married guy of about 28, who was married and had a small child.  I don’t remember how we got on the subject, but he said, “You know what, Greg?  I know my wife wouldn’t win any beauty contests, but there are days when I come home from work and I see her, and she’s the most beautiful woman in the world to me.”

Truth be told, when he said his wife wouldn’t win any beauty contests, in my 17 year old mind I remember thinking, “Ah…yeah…you got that right!”  But when he finished his statement, even then, I realized that I’d just heard something really incredible, profound, and something I’d never forget.  And I haven’t.  It’s still the sweetest statement of love I’ve ever heard.

All the best,