A Letter to My Future Wife

Dear Future Wife,

I don’t know where you’ve been or where you are, but optimistic that someday we will find each other.  My high school and college friends would never have believed me had I told them I’d be searching for you through an online dating site today; many of them expected me to be happily married with kids by now…today I am over 40 with degrees from Yale and Northwestern, a successful career, and still childless, unattached.  My life has been spent helping and taking care of others, focusing on building my great career making a difference in society and completing an enviable education.  In some ways, I feel like George in It’s a Wonderful Life, except that I put my personal life on hold.  So here I am, putting it out there, I’m ready for you now, and truth be told, I’ve always been ready for you, but you just ever came along, although I still blame myself for not putting more effort in finding you earlier.

Some day when people ask me about my wife, I’d like to say that she’s beautiful and a great partner who makes me a better person!  Like all men, I’m going to be attracted to you because of your physical beauty initially; you might have caught my attention because of your beautiful smile, amazing breasts or captivating eyes, but over time, it’s the size of your heart and bubbly humor that ultimately makes me fall in love with you.  You accept me for my flaws (I’m only human…and a man after all), you appreciate and get my humor, whether it’s witty, sarcastic, or even at times perverted.  You value my honesty and know that while I might not be a big fellow at only 5’3″ tall, I have integrity, compassion and morals and I would protect you and all those I love more effectively than any giant can.  My track record of overcoming obstacles and genuine compassion for making a difference would attest to that.  I may not be the most attractive fellow, but my looks won’t break any mirrors and I’m sure our interracial kids would be adorable because they’d have their mom’s looks.  Even though you’re white, my parents would accept and welcome you knowing that you’d make me happy.  We would create and collect memories together, because that is what life is all about, rather than material things, whether it’s walking the beach, kayaking at my little lake house in Michigan, globetrotting the world to learn about other cultures or just snuggling on a cold snowy day next to the fireplace as we binge watch Netflix.  You take good care of your health and stay in shape, motivating me to do the same because we want to be around to see our kids’ grow up and start their own families; we’d create family traditions that we can pass on to them.  You are less impressed by my career or educational achievements, but more by the impact I have had on others; just as I will not care what you do for a living or what school you’ve attended (although I would always support you in whatever you want to pursue) and more impressed by your passion for something and our shared natural sense of curiosity to continue to learn and growth with each other.  It matters less where we are or end up geographically, and more important that we will be together and how we don’t let life’s challenges break our bond but rather make it even stronger.

So my dear, when you are ready for me, let me know…I am ready and waiting for you.
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Patiently waiting…

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Another New Year

The Art of Writing

 

I work to eat,

I eat to live;

I live to write,

I write to inspire!

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Lesson on Knowing Your Customers…from Kids

For Easter weekend, my brother and his family visited me in Indianapolis for the first time. This was the first time any of my family members had ever visited me in Indianapolis since I moved here seven months ago to join Lumina Foundation; I hadn’t seen my two nephews who are now seven and nine years old, respectively, for a long time so I was super excited to say the least. We would only have a couple days to spend together, so I wanted to make sure they got to see the most well-known attractions in Indy, namely the renown Children’s Museum and the Garfield Conservatory/Botanical Garden as well as Monument Circle and took them to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant for pho, which is their favorite food. We did all of the above, got gelato and even watched Ice Age: The Meltdown on Saturday night on my 65 inch 4K HDTV. I want to maintain my favorite uncle status, so I was pulling out all the stops.

Come Easter Sunday morning before they had to head off to catch the 11am flight back to Dallas, I asked the two of them what their favorite part of the visit was. My seven-year-old nephew Jonathan immediately replied…getting to wear my tiger paw slippers and running around my home with them! With all the effort into planning and thinking about what would make their short time in Indy enjoyable and fun, and genuinely believing I had nailed it, it was incredibly humbling to discover I had completely missed the mark! In return for that valuable lesson, I let him keep the pair of tiger paw slippers which he gleefully packed in his little backpack to take back home to Dallas.

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Do you REALLY know your customer, or do you just think you do??

(This was also posted on my LinkedIn page earlier)

Appreciation

There are people who have everything, but appreciate nothing; I would rather have nothing and appreciate everything…

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How you know

Falling in love is easy, staying in love is the hard part; that’s how you know you are with the right one but the majority of people today get it wrong…my parents got it right

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Mom & dad married 50+ years

Caged

A long day during a short business trip;

I sit in The Edgewater’s lobby, warmed by the fireplace flames while staring out at the passing ship;

The gentle waves reflect the glistening rays of the setting sun;

Some seabirds swoop by the wall of windows, a few gracefully glide high up in the sky;

Looking down at me, the little suited man, as I slump exhausted in the wooden chair on the other side;

Whose entire days center around career and taking care of others;

Caged by the metal exterior, and nature-themed interior walls of the famous hotel where The Beatles once fished from;

Envious of the freedom and simplicity that is true nature, whose goal is simply to live.

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Words

Lies are easier with words than with actions.  People say things they don’t always mean, and mean things they don’t always say.

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Young children are not only adorable but also consistent with their words and behavior, as adults we think it is our job to teach but in this case they have something to teach us.

Math genius may reject award–things that make you go hmmm…

I hadn’t written anything in over a year as life has gotten more complicated and busy, but when I saw this article, I just had to put in my 2 cents on the topic.

This is the article I am referring to: Math Genius May Reject Award

So apparently the guy is a math “genius” but his actions (or lack of actions I should say) make me wonder how smart he really is.  I understand if he was already wealthy and didn’t need the money, but even then there’s always something he could do with it like donate it to charity (or to a poor bum like me trying to get a start-up going…as a loan of course, I’d pay him back with interest or make him a partner!).   Yet he’s just a poor bloke with an elderly mom and he can’t seem to add the two simple points together:

$1 million prize/award + poor financial situation = better financial situation and happier healthier elderly mom.

While I’m all for maintaining privacy, he could just use some of that money to buy a cave somewhere to be reclusive, let alone a basement apartment somewhere.  I feel bad for the elderly mom because she gave him too much mathematical intellect and too little common sense.

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