Ripple in the water

Last week, a very prominent leader in the hotel industry passed away from pancreatic cancer. When I say prominent, I mean probably the most recognized and important person in the hotel industry. He was my age and a great leader but more importantly, a very good man.

The day after his passing there were many news articles about him that was good to see but within a couple of days, it seemed that the hotel industry, and the news media simply moved on. It was almost like pulling your figure out of the water. It just closed back up quickly, and it was as though it never happened. This really saddened me to see this.

Clearly, for his family this was not the case where I am sure his presence will be mourned for years. The point I am making is this. Sometimes it seems that we pour our lives into the people that will remember us for the shortest amount of time and not the ones that will carry our memory with them. We all have obligations, jobs, and responsibilities we must do but as we go about our days, it is important to plan time with the ones that will remember you the longest. Certainly for me, and i would guess for you as well, is our family. KT

Our dogs never have a bad day

Our dogs consist of a little 5lb Yorkie and a short fat Sheltie. The Yorkie has the body or a squirrel and the heart of a lion. The Sheltie is just happy to be there.

Over the past year of the pandemic when business was questionable and loses were an everyday occurrence, the thing that never changed was how our dogs reacted every day went we came home.

They didn’t care what happened that day in the stock market. They didn’t care if someone got slighted or there was some stress at the office, or some company went bankrupt. They didn’t care what clothes you wore that day or if you even combed your hair. The one thing they did care about was if you were wearing your mask when you came home. Ha

Regardless of the day’s events, our dogs welcomed us home with unconditional love and acceptance. All they needed to complete their day was us at home. They tell you that one year in a dog’s life is the equivalent to seven years in a human’s life. I think I know why. They never get stressed, never say the wrong thing, never hurt someone’s feelings or get their feelings hurt. They are quick to forgive and their love is unconditional. I guess things like that is why a dog gets the same amount of love, joy, and peace in one year as the seven years it takes us humans.

That may be why when God created a dog, he gave them a name that was his name spelled backward. KT

Difference between a teacher and an educator

You may have seen this before but if not, here is a great story of the difference between a teacher and an educator.

A certain private school was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the restroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night the janitor would clean the lip prints off and the next day the girls would do it again. Finally, the headmistress decided, enough was enough.

She and the janitor met and came up with a plan.

The next day she called all the girls to the restroom to meet with her and the janitor. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the people that had to clean the mirrors. As she is telling the girls this, there were little yawns from the sweet little princesses. They were most likely thinking, “whatever.”

She asked the janitor to demonstrate how he cleaned the mirrors. The janitor took a long-handled squeegee and dipped it into the toilet and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror. KT

Getting out in front of your skis

The term getting out in front of your skis, refers to someone trying to do more than they are capable of. Basically, getting ahead of themselves. Another similar term is, letting your mouth write a check your body can’t cash

In the world of social media people can say or boast about anything because they are hiding behind a screen. You let that same person be in the real world and chances are, they would be more careful with their words.

There are 73 bible verses that speak about humility. The point is, it does matter how big and important you think you are; the key is recognizing you are still subject to God. The best I can tell, no matter how big your house is, how successful you are, how much your car cost or how much money you have, when we die, all our graves are the same size.

Life is much better for yourself and those around you if you keep your life in check and don’t get out in front of your skis. KT

Taking the kids to school – Tom Brady

During the Super Bowl last night on February 7th, 2021, Tom Brady took the newbies, rookies, Jr’s, and NFL neophytes to school. He was the show master and believe me, he put on a show. I believe this is correct,,,,, Tom Brady is the 10th oldest player (43 yrs. old) to ever play in the NFL and I believe he plans to keep going.

It makes me snicker when you see (and hear) these younger players saying things about him being an old man and they are going to show him what real football is like, yada, yada, yada. Brady just takes it in stride and says “ok, we’ll see” and then goes out there and just blisters the other team.

He has played in 11 Super Bowls and (wait for it,,,) won 7 of them! The greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game (Montana, Young, Bradshaw, Aikman etc) were all probably sitting on their couch last night watching Brady at 43 years old win his 7th Super Bowl ring. He has not only won more Super Bowls than any other player, but also any other team.

Brady was drafted the 199th overall pick in the 2000 draft. The coaches and smart people in the room said he was too slow, too weak, couldn’t run fast and couldn’t throw a tight spiral. Well, 20 years after that draft, Tom Brady took them all to school yesterday and it was  sight to to behold. This should tell everyone reading this blog, not to always listen to what other people say about you. KT