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A Ego Lost Can Be A Good Thing :o)

06/16/2016   |   No Comments »

A ego lost can be a good thing :o)

Palm Springs tram to San Jacinto peak (11 miles + 2,300’ gain, all above 8,500 feet)

San Jacinto Tram

Palm Springs Tram – Photo by Don Graham Flickr

When I hike I don’t stop to pick any buttercups. Hiking up I don’t get passed very often. I was really surprised when two charming young girls caught me. I usually hike alone so having companions would have been fun. But the taller gal, the frequent marathoner, motored away right away. Dutifully; the young gal stayed with me for a mile before sprinting to the peak.

On the summit we shared the view and chatted a few minutes; but then it was TIME! Running down I less often get passed. To reduce the chance, I bolted while the ladies were fussing with their gear.

Halfway down the hill I was still fresh and making really good time but I hadn’t seen a person or a sign in thirty minutes and the trail had flattened out then disappeared. A trail in the forest is not hard to follow if you’ve already hiked it, but not if you are going the opposite way and you didn’t take the time to look back or read the signs. When I tried to retrace my steps I saw many trails, most of which I tried; some twice. None were helpful. My orientation was completely scrambled.

An overnight stay was looming large. An hour later the shadows were shouting, “This is feeding time for cougars.” I wondered if the one who got me would consider me special or just food. And what would he or she do with my new state-of-the-art cell phone and running shoes, or the T-shirt and shorts I would otherwise need for warmth during the night.

Why that old geezer was running there in the middle of nowhere I will never know. He wasn’t easy to catch on the other side of the wash or grasp what he said in the few minutes he gave me before he split. His directions were so vague. They pointed me into a canyon far more desolate than the one I was in. A mile in I was to hike along the base of vertical granite walls above steep canyons. The series of cliffs seemed to go forever. The game trail I was supposed to find near the end was not there.

Looking back from the wrong side of the next canyon I saw a segment of the trail I thought I had missed. I doubled back, found the entrance, and followed it to the footpath that would eventually get me to the tram. With less than three minutes to spare I joined the tram workers as they boarded the last tram for the bottom.

That was a far cry from the triumphant rendezvous and tram ride with the ladies I had envisioned. Without knowing they were racing, they beat me by two hours and gave me a lesson in humility so thorough and unexpected that three years later it still brings a smile to my face.

The Imperative – Those who track their time while training do 15% better overall than those who don’t.

Ego - Hiking San Jacinto - Photo by Mitch Barrie - Flickr

Ego – Hiking Up San Jacinto Mountains – Photo by Mitch Barrie – Flickr

It causes you to press the limits of your abilities more correctly and completely.

The take-away – If you go at life as if you are competing (even though you may have embarrassing setbacks on occasions) you will make better use of your capabilities and your turn at bat.

The laugh – When you’re leading with your ego it is easy to miss the signs.

Tip – A Small Brain Work on Important Things

06/04/2016   |   No Comments »


A small brain working on important things will accomplish MORE than a big brain working on things that are not important.

Tip – Don’t Be Fooled by the Packaging

06/04/2016   |   No Comments »

Dont Be Blindsided by the PackagingDon’t get blind-sided by the packaging,

There will be serious surprises.

Take your time – Do your homework.


04/26/2016   |   No Comments »

Pregnant Mom with Daughter



Mothers are a special lot

there’s nothing mine wouldn’t do.

She’d give her life without a thought

of what it’d put her through.

No sacrifice is ever too great

no group of them too many.

When a mom sees a need

she gives; and gives up plenty.

Paltry was the thanks she got

that never slows her down

She stood and she deliver

when no progress can be found.

My world is quite together now

her lessons did come back.

I’m healthy and I know it.

I’ve got my life on track.

Her plan for me is working

and she is living on

in what I say and do

to those I happen on.

Her essence is all over me

her influence profound;

I’ll will share the love she gave

as long as I’m around.

© David A. Dunn 2009


Your Car is a Window Into Where You Are Going?

04/16/2015   |   No Comments »

Your Car is a Window into Where You are Going

Three Cars

What Kind of Car Are You

Our emotions play a huge part in everything we buy. The objects we buy are icons for the feelings we expect to get from have them. Our cars can feed our egos, entertain us, reward us and help us in everything we do. While they tell others what we would like them to assume about us we also use them to tell ourselves how we are doing.

Even those who shun self-analysis can have fun analyzing themselves through the cars they drive, notice or wish they had. How well have your cars aligned with where your life was while you had them. The purchase of a new or different car often signals your entry into a new chapter in your life.

  • Of the cars you’ve owned or driven a lot, what car was the most “YOU” or least “YOU” at the time?
  • Which car best describes the way you perceived yourself on the way to where you are?
  • What kind of car would your friends say you were most like?
  • What car would they say you are most like now?
  • Which of your cars would you most like to own today?
  • Which of the cars you’ve owned holds the most sentimental value to you?