You Only Get One Life – Do It!

by Byron on June 26, 2021

Guys-

Be big and bold and a little crazy and as fucking fearless as you can muster.  You get only one life.  Do it.  Do.  It.

Life will give you what you ask for.  No more, no less.  And you have to really want it.  Really, really, really want it.

The Bird was running to get to his next post, but we were as assertive as we could be, and the Bird stopped for a picture.  And now I’ll have this little gem forever.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Self Talk is So Important

by Byron on June 24, 2021

Gibson- you recently developed a pattern of negative self-talk.  In your head, you were far too often saying things like, “I can’t do it … I’m the worst … I’ll never be able to…”

We put in a mantra…

“I will do my best.  And my best is ALWAYS good enough.”

I admit- this is one of those easier said than done things.  Negative self talk is a poor habit that many spend too much time in.  I certainly have before.

Furthermore, how do we know when something has been our best?  Because best truly means “our all.”  Our best is always good enough, but it needs to be our best.

But then, once it really is your best, that really is ALWAYS good enough.  It’s your best.  You can’t do more.

Our best isn’t always world class.  Of course it isn’t.  It’s not meant to be.  Dad will never be a world class basketball player … or baseball player or golfer or doctor or crossword puzzle doer or a trillion other things.  That’s okay.  My best might be world class in legal marketing.  And just maybe in being a Dad.

But our best is our best and that’s enough.

We play a lot of tennis these days.  What I ask for is not skill but attitude and effort.  Great attitude and effort is our best.

Gib, you are enough.  Decker, you are enough too.  You are both awesome, incredible people worthy of so much time and love and energy.

Your best is always good enough.

Love,

Dad

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

School’s Out for Summer!!

June 20, 2021

Guys- If I wasn’t so busy living life with you guys, I’d probably write more!  But hanging out, playing sports (football, baseball, tennis), going to the beach, […]

Read the full article →

Gibson, You’re Awesome!

April 19, 2021

Gibson, This letter is just to you.  I think you are such a special person.  I love watching you interact with the world and get excited by […]

Read the full article →

Busy Sports Schedules and a New House

April 17, 2021

Guys- You are both loving sports.  We play nearly every day.  We play football on the field next to the tennis courts.  We’ve started playing baseball catch […]

Read the full article →

Lately

December 3, 2020

Decker has said two really funny things in the past week that I wanted to memorialize. 1.) When we were at the beach for covid/quarantine Thanksgiving, Gibson, […]

Read the full article →

Hey Guys, What If…

July 14, 2020

What if There’s no heaven. There’s no hell. Your religion is just a connection with people and the stories are just that- stories. What if There’s nothing […]

Read the full article →

Work, Life & Money

July 12, 2020

Guys- In a perfect world, you will labor on behalf of something you are passionate about.  Work will be enjoyable because it’s the pursuit or furtherance of […]

Read the full article →

Getting Excited About Little Stuff

July 11, 2020

Warnken Boys- I just had my 42nd birthday.  I spent the day with you guys and Mom down here in Bethany.  We went to the beach, as […]

Read the full article →

A Nation on Fire

May 30, 2020

Boys- I’ve been wanting to write to you for a few weeks about what it’s been like in the time of CoronaVirus or COVID-19.  I’ve been wanting […]

Read the full article →