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School Today

Little Madison and Makenzy blast into the house. “We’re hoooooome!”

“How was school today? What did you learn?” The kids eagerly recount their exciting day of geometry, English, physics, history, and more.

Adults are immersed in school-of-life subjects such as relationships, work, dreams, finance, health, etc. However, we rarely do the “what did you learn today?” routine even though we attend our schools every day. Read more

Huntington Hartford

On May 20, 2008, a man named Huntington Hartford died. His death made page one of that day’s Wall Street
Journal:

“Died: Huntington Hartford, 97, A&P supermarket heir who depleted a fortune chasing his dreams, in the Bahamas.”

The New York Times said:

“Huntington Hartford, who inherited a fortune from the A. & P. grocery business and lost most of it chasing his dreams as an entrepreneur, arts patron and man of leisure, died Monday at his home in Lyford Cay in the Bahamas. He was 97.”

“Depleted” a fortune… “lost” most of it… “chasing” his dreams. The Times said, “He inherited an estimated $90 million and lost an estimated $80 million of it.” Doing the math… he wasn’t exactly destitute, with $10 million left.

Certainly Mr. Hartford was lucky to have had enough money to do as he wished. Was he a failure, though, as
“depleted,” “lost,” and “chasing” suggest? Why didn’t the Journal and the Times congratulate him posthumously for “spending” his fortune “living” his dreams?

Would Huntington Hartford’s life have been better if he had not “lost” so much money? If so, why is it bad to “lose” money?

Is it “better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”?

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Or is it better to give up and do something else?

How would you recommend that your friends and loved ones live their lives? Do you use the same recommendation for your life?

The Briefcase

I took a cab in New York City. I asked the driver, “How’s your day going?” He responded, with some aggravation, that he was still looking for his briefcase. I asked him about it. Here’s the story he told me.

“I heard about a cab driver in New York whose fare left a briefcase in the car. The driver opened the briefcase and found half a million dollars in cash in it. That’s the briefcase I’m looking for. I want my briefcase.”

He didn’t know the other cab driver. He believed it was quite possible that someone would leave such a sum behind and not look for it afterward. He was adamant that there was another fully stocked briefcase out there, ready to show up in his cab, and he wanted it. Read more

Dare

How dare you!

Good question. How do you dare? And what do you dare?

No, not the dares about eating some icky-gooey-ugh stuff that someone presents as a delicacy or a test of your mettle. Probably not the dares about jumping a shrieking motorcycle over a line of deadly monster trucks. Definitely not the dares about betting your life savings on a coin toss or hot-stock tip. Maybe not even the dares about asking that scrumptious human out on a date.

Not the prove-yourself, thrill-seeking, bet-it-all, why-not dares. Rather, the improve-yourself, life-seeking, get-it-all, why-I-live dares. Read more