Today marks the first day of the second half of the year, or as I like to think of it, halftime. Halftime is that time when teams reflect on the events of the first half, analyze what went right and what went wrong, and make adjustments for the second half. As both the Falcons and the Patriots can tell you, success in the first half does not necessarily mean you can coast the rest of the way. So, six months down and time to look back and plan forward.
We started our blog on the first of the year not really knowing how it would go or where it would take us. We knew we wanted to leave a recording of our thoughts, ideas and advice for our kids and the generations to come. Some may consider that a little egotistical, but we have been known to be a little egotistical, and, more importantly, even with that, our thoughts, ideas and advice are still pretty good…so far. Since that kickoff, we have traversed a number of subjects, taken a trip to Cooperstown and our youth, learned a lot about posting from a cell phone on a plane, and many other things. All in all, it has been a good start, particularly when you realize that we each choose our topics from anything at all each day. I know our anarchic approach to writing and concepts may aggravate some of you, but it has really freed us up to be relevant, rather than canned.
As we start the second half, we have a number of interesting events ahead of us. We will celebrate our nation’s independence, which is always a good topic of interest. We will have another wedding and a major job change/move. We will experience highs and lows, and we will walk through it all day by day just as we have in the first half, with humor, hopefully insight, and a little nostalgia.
The first post gave us some good quotes to start our year, and so, I’d like to kick off the second half in a similar fashion. Time to start the second half…
“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket” -Will Rogers
“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” -Sydney Harris
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.” -Benjamin Disraeli
“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” -Ray Kroc
“The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” -Will Rogers
“Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.” -Winston Churchill