Thursday, August 28, 2014

O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small…

This Old Breton prayer was inscribed on a block of wood on the desk of President John F. Kennedy. Admiral Hyman Rickover would give it to new submarine captains and also presented one to the President. Kennedy loved the quote and used it in his dedication of the East Coast Memorial to the Missing at Sea, May 23, 1963. He always kept in on his desk in the Oval Office and it is now in the JFK Presidential Museum and Library.
Here is the poem in its entirety:
Thy sea, O God, so great,
My boat so small.
It cannot be that any happy fate
Will me befall
Save as Thy goodness opens paths for me
Through the consuming vastness of the sea.
Thy winds, O God, so strong,
So slight my sail.
How could I curb and bit them on the long
And saltry trail,
Unless Thy love were mightier than the wrath
Of all the tempests that beset my path?
Thy world, O God, so fierce,
And I so frail.
Yet, though its arrows threaten oft to pierce
My fragile mail,
Cities of refuge rise where dangers cease,
Sweet silences abound, and all is peace.
~Winfred Ernest Garrison

I love the ending, “Cities of refuge rise where dangers cease, sweet silences abound, and all is peace.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Some more quotes...

Continuing to clean up my random notes on my desk...  :)

-  I don't know what I don't know

- Let's work in a spiral evolutionary form

- I am all for helping the needy, just not the lazy

- It's impossible to be biased when you think everyone else are idiots

- Post Hoc, ergo Propter Hoc (After, therefore because of it)

- Can't Loose what you never had

- We make plans and god laughs

Hard Work...

I am no stranger to Hard Work.
Hard Work makes no excuses
Hard Work shows up everyday
Hard Work might fall down
Hard Work gets up & keeps fighting... 

A Man

A Man should always be able to provide for his family... 

Phil Robertson

Product of our Past

It's not easy to change the past, but it's definitely conceivable to change the future - and that's based on what you do today.

What i do today CREATES my tomorrow

I am a product of tomorrow because of what i did today.


8.  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him.  And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to keel with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the Earth.

Revelations 6:8

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Decisions... Decisions...

Don't make all decisions in haste.  Sometimes the need is there to research a more complex issue to fully understand to enable you to make a sound decision.

I've noticed that in today's society - there is a great push for instant gratification.  You enter a web address onto your smart phone and expect that web page to immediately pop up, that video to immediately start, etc.  There is a need to slow the roll a bit.  Not every decision has to be made right then and there.  There is an eloquence that has been lost in the solutions that are recommended based on the lack of preparation that folks want to put into a recommended solution.

Working Less

Working More is never the answer.

If you start working less, you will have to think really hard about what you will spend your time doing.

I've struggled with how to accomplish what I perceive I have to complete in a day with the amount of hours I have to complete it in.  End result is I carry a lot of stress about what I am not getting done.  I think the trick is figuring out what I need to accomplish, and what I need to let my team handle.

Friday, August 1, 2014


Society has a right to protect itself.
Society has a right to Punish.
Society does not have a right to kill.

It's an interesting quote that i heard today.  While i agree with its principle, i am a proponent for the death penalty and yet at the same time I am not.

I disagree with paying for someone to live in prison for life.  They should be given the option to live or die.  Life will equal work.  There should be jobs selected and determined for these people to do and they can then work for the rest of their lives.

Thought for the moment, I am sure more of this to come...