What I taught/What I learned – Week Ending January 10, 2014

by John on January 10, 2014

This was the first full week back in the office for several folks, and while Monday seemed like a wash, Tuesday through Friday have been nothing but a whirlwind. Holy crap it’s been busy and it’s only going to get busier.

I’m making a concerted effort to try and keep this weekly serial, well, weekly. Who knows, I’ve made this statement before, only to get cramped in the brain.Crest

So without further ado, here’s the rundown

Here’s what I taught:

  1. You need to know how to shake hands. I’ve had to correct a few students this week and it bummed me out.
  2. In the unlikely event you find yourself camping, always pitch your tent in the higher ground. I’ve woken up a few times floating on the inside and outside of my tent.
  3. You need to approach things one bite/one day/one week at a time (especially when you’re only 9 years old).

But more importantly, here’s what I learned:

  1. The laughter of a 3 year old is one of the best cures for a crappy day.
  2. There is only a finite amount of time in the day and yet you still need to shove 10lbs of crap into a 5lb bag.
  3. How you shove the crap into the bag is truly an art and a science.
  4. The best thing that I read, and re-read at least 5 times this week was by Heather Bussing. This post was awesome
  5. When you get out of your own way, you can accomplish a heckuva lot.

Finally, I’d like to end today’s post with a congratulations and a sincere thank you to my college fraternity. Today, the organization Tau Kappa Epsilon celebrates the 115th anniversary of its founding. I’ve shared that I am a proud alumni member, and truly believe that my involvement in the organization has made me better both personally, and professionally.

Yes, there are several negative “frat boy” stereotypes that hit the news cycle however, there are several positive stories that are never shared ; stories of men making a difference by sharing their time, talents and expertise. Young men who gave their lives for our country or who were taken from us too soon. Men who are better sons, husbands, and fathers because of what TKE instilled in each and every one of us. For those reasons, and for the friends I’ve made, I’m proud to be a Teke!

Happy Founders Day!


“But if we keep Tau Kappa Epsilon intact, the Teke spirit, like Tennysons brook, will flow on forever…we are assembled here as Tekes, and if you are in the same spirit I am tonight, we shall be Tekes until the moon shall wax and wane no more” – Wallace McCauley, October 19, 1907

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