There are a few times in life where you do something totally innocent… that turns out to hurt someone else or mess up someone else’s efforts. I hate the fact that I’ve done that. Back last fall I wrote a post called “Top five things I love about fall” and listed my top five along with some pictures. One of my top five things was walleye fishing. I went to google images and picked an awesome looking picture of a walleye. I wasn’t looking to make any kind of money off the picture or even to use it to drive traffic to my site, I just wanted to use a legit picture of the fish. I usually get my like 10 readers (all people I know) so this didn’t seem like a big deal, but for whatever reason that post blew up and I was getting hits left and right. What I didn’t realize was the fact that the picture of the walleye I used was a copyrighted picture by Jon Q Wright. Apparently this artwork is how he makes his living. Being a little bit of an artist myself, I knew that this was a big NO-NO. Upon finding this out, I have permanently removed the picture from my site because I would in no way ever want to take credit for someone else’s art or steal someone else’s way of making a living. I also wanted to use this post to publicly apologize to him. It was an innocent mistake that I will never do again. I’m sorry. On another note, Jon Wright’s artwork is amazing, that’s probably why I liked it so much. You should check it out. His websites are www.jqoutdoors.com and www.jqgreetings.com.
so I’m going to go ahead and say it… I’m a HUGE FAN of how the cleveland cavaliers are playing basketball this year. This year in the NBA reminds me of the days of the early to mid 90’s for NBA basketball. It’s going to be a great playoffs. Which begs the question… Who do you think will win?
I was talking with a friend the other week about “embracing the process” in his life. I think too often that we view the “process” we are going though as something to be endured. That maybe the process is just a season that will lead to bigger and better things, so the process really has little to no value; it will one day go away. I have seen the exact opposite in my life though. It is usually in the “process” that I find the most progress. Whether it is a season of looking for a job, or interviewing, or internship, or pregnancy (my wife), or whatever it is, there is validity in the process; there is reason to embrace the process. Process brings progress. My prayer for you is that you would learn that whatever “process” you find yourself in, that you embrace it.
Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that those who are great leaders didn’t accidentally evolve into that? Every great leader that I know or have read about has apprenticed with a great leader. Behind every great leader is another great leader. I have had the privilege of hanging around some really good leaders in my life, and the one thing that I have learned is that they have had great leaders that they have hung around. My prayer is that I would lead well because I have been led well, and that one day my sons would lead well because they have been led well.