When passion is alive and well

Do you ever wonder what it is that motivates us to do something? That one thing that you know at the core of your very being is the thing that you were meant to do. You go through life with that burning desire, yet there is just never the opportunity for the outlet you need to fulfill that desire. Then, before you know it, the chance to do what you love presents itself in ways that you never knew were possible. Such is the case for me with writing.

From an early age it was a passion. I used to sit in my room at night and write poetry. I would cut pictures out of magazines and then write poetry that matched the pictures. I still have one of my early books that I did when I was about ten years old. When I look back on them they are simple, yet heartfelt and still messages that resonate today.

When I took the chance to start this blog I was faced with all kinds of questions. Am I good enough? Will my messages resonate with anyone other than me? Will it take too much effort? Most of all, will anyone even care? After a little over a year, those fears have now been laid to rest and the passion within me grows even stronger. However, it is not still without fear.

As I face a new week knowing that I have committed to delivering three messages weekly (on top of my podcast) I sometimes am a little fearful that writer’s block will set in and I won’t have anything to say. Yet, life has a way of giving you ideas as you go throughout the week that eventually find their way on paper. The amazing thing is the number of times that I hear from people that I “must have been in their head” that day because the message I delivered was something that that’s they really needed. That in itself is good for the heart and soul.

Years ago I was actually written up in my work evaluation for the quality of my emails. Email was new then and it was not uncommon for people to send emails with spelling and grammatical errors. A wise boss told me that what you write is a reflection of who you are and your capabilities and that emails full of errors were not a good representation of my capabilities. From that point forward I focused of making sure that I double checked everything that I sent. Am I perfect? Absolutely not! Even when I do my posts I can go back and reread multiple times and still find something that I change after the post goes live. I am not and will never claim to be the best writer in the world, but I do know that my messages resonate, simply because you have told me so.

We all have passions within us that are just yearning to come out. Allowing them to live and thrive are not only good for your soul, they are good for the souls that you touch as well. Getting a following is no easy task, but I know that if my post makes a difference in one life, then my job is done and I am motivated to continue that passion for as long as it lives within me. Today I wish the same for you! Find your passion and let it shine.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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Have your 30 minutes of something wonderful!


If you have ever seen the movie Steel Magnolias then you know this quote well. Shelby says this when she finds out she is having a baby despite her struggle with diabetes. She understood the issues that she could face but she made the choice to enjoy one of life’s beautiful joys despite the risk. My friend and I were talking about this quote the other day and I happened to think about when opportunities in life are scariest and how not taking them could leave me with a lifetime of nothing special.

We all live our lives in varying degrees. Some of us take life by the reins and do everything that we can to make it all that it can be. Some of us live life in fear that if we attempt to do something that we may fail. Others choose the sheltered approach and decide that a lifetime of nothing special was just their destiny. How unfortunate is that?

Every morning when we wake up our life can take many different paths and can be full of land mines that we may not even expect. However, sometimes on the other side of those land mines can be something that can truly makes our life spectacular. Taking the risk that could result in us having that thirty minutes of something wonderful makes navigating those potential landmines worth it.

When I look back over my life there were many instances where I made decisions that didn’t turn out so well. However, there were just as many where I took the option that was in front of me, faced the risk and would up making my life just that much more special. Using my gut as my guide, which rarely lets me down, allows me to live a life that is complete and full rather than one that really is nothing special.

The next time you are facing the option of that 30 minutes of wonderful or a lifetime of nothing special, I hope that you do yourself a favor and choose the former. I always say that we get one chance at life and there are no do overs. We all deserve a life that is fulfilling and amazing. That is my wish for you.,

Have a great day and remember to be the reason that someone smiles.


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Who we are becomes who they are!


This quote was on a friend’s Facebook page recently and when I read it I thought to myself how meaningful and true, while at the same time simple. I don’t think we have any greater responsibility outside that which we have for ourselves than the responsibility to set an example for our younger generation on what makes kind, cooperative and responsible adults.

I am married to a third grade school teacher and I can tell you first hand some of the stories that make their way home are not only horrifying but astounding in regards to what these children know and present at such an early age. Children are not born unkind, uncooperative or irresponsible, they learn it. In those years where they are most impressionable, our responsibility to give them the tools necessary to become exemplary teenagers and adults is at its most critical. The unfortunate thing is that some of the stories about the parents are equally as horrifying and you wonder how the child stands a chance.

While I have never had children, I have always tried to set an example for my nieces, nephews and those children whom I have had a part of my life in one way or another. My parents and grandparents taught my brother and I to be gentlemen who were compassionate, caring and helpful. They put us both in programs and situations that strengthened our character and allowed us to use the tools they taught us to make others’ lives a little better. Both of us are Eagle Scouts, both served in the military and both have gone on to form our own not for profits. We weren’t born with those traits, we learned them.

One of the unfortunate things in our society is our lack of understanding that education is one of our most important responsibilities. Teaching the generations of tomorrow is  a critical task that deserves the appropriate respect, compensation and funding. However, when budgets get created it is often education that is the first that loses in that process. Children, who are our most precious commodity in a world where they often spend more time with teachers than they do their parents, deserve better. Teachers who are entrusted with preparing the next generation for life deserve better.

How we model ourselves to younger generations is an incredible responsibility. When we do it right we all win. When we fail in that endeavor we all pay the price.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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Does someone always have to win?


Without a doubt there will be people who read this quote that will respond that there is nothing wrong with a little friendly competition. We see it in school, sports, among siblings, in contests and in many other ways. Imagine with me for a second that competition isn’t about winning, but encouraging each other to be the best that we can be?  The avid sports enthusiast would likely have me committed, but sometimes it is that very competition and winning at any cost that often leads to us feeling our worst rather than our best.

Having worked in the business world for many years, I have seen my share of people who have climbed the corporate ladder on the backs of others. Everything from taking credit for other people’s work to ruthless endeavors that just takes everyone out in their wake. There are people who refuse to share knowledge for fear that others might get ahead of them or wind up taking the very positions they hold. Usually, people with those dispositions aren’t quite as secure in their own role as they might think they are. My philosophy has been quite different.

As I led teams over the years, I knew that the time in my position had an expiration date. I also knew that there had to be those in the wings that could step in should I decide to leave or move on. For them to be successful they needed to know what I knew. Not to mention as an effective leader, I knew that I couldn’t do everything myself.  Fortunately for me, I had many superiors that lived by the same philosophy and that allowed me to go far.

While I enjoyed competitive situations growing up like speech and debate, band competitions and such, it was much more about doing my best than it was about beating others. Band competitors were especially my favorite as each band was judged on their individual performance rather than against each other. When we received a superior rating it was because we earned it as a group and it didn’t mean that someone else had to lose for us to earn that title.

Imagine a world where we all succeed. I don’t believe for a second that there have to be losers to have winners. A world where we are all winners promotes happiness and success and a much more meaningful life journey. Done the right way and with the right attitude, healthy competition isn’t wrong.  When winning is required at any cost then a little change in perspective might just be necessary.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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Live and love your life!

This was one of the wonderful cards that we received from one of our card angels in the Bring Smiles to Seniors program. It not only made me smile, but made me think. How simple is the saying “Love Life”? Simple, but oh so powerful when you really think about it. However, what does Love Life really mean?

Society, social norms, other people’s opinions and keeping up with what everyone else is doing has become the mantra for how we live our lives. We have because others have. We wear clothes because it is what other people wear. We go in debt to make sure that we are keeping up with those we associate with. We put ourselves under so much pressure as we strive to conform to what everyone else thinks that we should be, that we forget to live a life that is one that is our own.

Over time society and others have dictated the way we are supposed to live, the things we are suppose to have and actions that we are supposed to take to receive everyone else’s approval. Time and time again we have fallen for that and put pressure on ourselves to make sure that we live up to all those expectations. To society and others I say hogwash. Over the years I have learned that trying to live a life that is pleasing to everyone else has only served to be a detriment to living a life that is satisfying and good for my own soul.

Who is to say that because a few people have gotten together and decided their criteria for what a life should be like means that we are required to live that life? It’s not our life and truth, it is theirs. I agree that there are certain rules in life that are designed to keep us safe, punish us for acts that harm others and are designed to keep peace within a society. Outside of that if you are living a life that is true to your soul, who cares what anyone else thinks? Whether you have a little or a lot, what you wear and how you live is a decision for only you to make. If you are living a life for you, nourishing your soul, creating your own satisfaction and following your truth, only then are you truly living life….your life.

The most important thing we can do when we wake up each day is to make that day ours. We have to fill it with those things that provoke our minds, inspire our heart and feed our soul. We never know what unexpected thing life will throw at us and living a life that is true to ourselves prepares us for when those times come.

Whatever you do, don’t just exist in life. Don’t be a part of it just because you have to and don’t live a life that is designed to be what others think is appropriate. Live YOUR life, and make that life everything that you want it to be.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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We are there because we are meant to be


Sometimes I question where we get our strength when the curve balls that life throws at us continue to come from unexpected places. They say that things often come in threes, but when that starts to multiply and they come in fours and fives, you wonder how you will find the strength to help all those that need you in their time of need? It is in those moments that you find out just how strong you are and exactly how much energy you can muster. There is a reason for that.

When we are connected through family and friendships, we form bonds that allow us to dig deep inside and be there for each other when they need us most. Even when it “piles on” you know that when you made that commitment to be a healthy part of a family or friendship, you were all in for the good times and the bad. You celebrate the up moments and support in the down ones. It is part of the true bonds that we form in life.

The thing about these unexpected moments are that you never know when you are going to need those very people to be there for you. We can never predict what tomorrow will bring and that is why it is so important to keep all our relationships healthy and alive. When you truly unconditionally love someone, you never have to think twice when they need your support. The sacrifices that our family and friends make to ensure that we have a better life means that they in turn deserve us to make the same sacrifices when they need us most.

I am a firm believer that we don’t travel life’s path with a certain group of people by chance. We are meant to be together and there is a reason for it. Some arrive early in life and some come later. However, they always come at exactly the time they were meant to be there. Showing mutual compassion for those that we care about and love are what makes our incredible lives just that much more awesome.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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Letting them into your peace creates true friendship

Picture Credit: The Contemplative Monk

Once again I took another quote from my friend Tim’s Facebook page. He always seems to find what I am thinking just as I am preparing for my next post and this was no exception. We all deal with our demons and issues. Some have been with us for years, some are self imposed, others just seem to find us because we keep ourselves open to letting mire infiltrate our lives. Often those issues are so intense that we can’t seem to keep them from being part of our daily lives and we continuously bring others in to suffer the mire with us. Then when we start to see those individuals less and less, we wonder why it is that they have distanced themselves.

We all need support from our friends and family at many times throughout our lives. It is a part of the love that we share that we are willing to be there for each other in our times of need. However, the issue comes in when we expect everyone to continuously be a part of our issues and never make the effort to solve any of those issues on our own. We expect everyone else to fix what may be wrong because we just can’t find the strength and willpower to help ourselves. Then we begin to wonder why it is that we don’t see them as often, or not at all when they have had enough.

Friendship and love are two way streets. We should be there and help each other. However, we should also provide the opportunity to participate in each other’s lives when things are going well. When we “pull them into our peace”, we are providing them validation that their help is supplementing the help that we are giving ourselves and that we are not expecting them to solve all our problems. When they have the opportunity to celebrate our joy, then they have more incentive to participate in our pain. That is the very nature of life.

My friends know that I would be there for them at a moments notice. I also know that they would do the same for me. However, there are moments when I am “in my head” that I just need to work it out on my own. I don’t need them to be a part of my every storm, just those where I need that little extra help to get me through the situation or event. By making each other a part of our successful and peaceful moments, we know that we are truly integrated into each other’s life in a healthy way.

So, if you have that one person that is your dumping ground and you only seem to bring them in when the times are tough, maybe it is time to give them a break. Let them share in the good moments as well and offer them the opportunity to not be a crutch, but rather a lift for a change. The more you make them a part of your whole life, the stronger your friendship will become and true wholesome friendship is a beautiful thing.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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Sometimes we need a little validation

As much as we do things for the good of others and the satisfaction that brings, there are times that we just need a little validation for what we do. It can be a sign, a note, a comment or some little thing that just tells us yes, you are on the right path and doing the right thing. Such is the case with our work in the Bring Smiles to Seniors program.

Our volunteers, decorators and card angels work tirelessly to keep our program going. Many have full time jobs in addition to the program, along with responsibilities for families and other things. Yet, we continue to grow and reach more seniors each and every day. Once in a while a note from a senior, letter from a senior community or personal message from someone gives us the fuel that we need to continue the work that we do even when we are tired the most.

Yesterday, we received one of those messages that I am referring to. It was the perfect validation for what we started and what we do every day. It validated our mission and goals and reminded us why we keep prepping envelopes, preparing packages, speaking and creating even when we are exhausted, our backs hurt and bed seems more appealing. There isn’t much more that I can say as the letter speaks for itself. It validates why we do what we do, “One card, one smile at a time”. I have removed the personal information from the letter for privacy purposes, but you can see that it is from one our Florida communities that receives our cards.

Dear Mr. Tyson,

Yesterday, a box of your beautiful cards found its way to my desk.  As the Director of Lifestyles for Palmetto Landing, a senior living community in Winter Springs, Florida, serving both assisted living and memory care residents, I was delighted to learn of your organization.  What a beautiful tribute to your late grandmother, and how fulfilling it must be to you, knowing how many smiles her inspiration has brought to tens of thousands of seniors across the nation!  

To say our residents were deeply touched upon receiving the cards is an understatement.  Some rarely, if ever, get a letter or cards – and were absolutely delighted to receive something in the mail!  Others were touched by the fact that total strangers – some as young as seven – had written a note especially for them!  Each and every resident in our community has now received a card, and those which remain will be used from time to time for residents who do not receive mail otherwise, or who just need a “pick-me-up.”

Thank you, again, for your thoughtfulness and for this special ministry. It has been a true blessing to me to be able to “partner” with you by bringing One Card, One Smile at a Time to the residents of Palmetto Landing!

With heartfelt gratitude

Thank you for all you do each and every day. Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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Family togetherness…while you can

This year we had the privilege of attending two graduations. My oldest nephew graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and my youngest from a high school in Michigan. At the high school graduation my niece orchestrated a photographer to take family pictures of all of us for the first time ever. This got me to thinking about the importance of capturing those family moments when you have the opportunity to do so.

When we are younger, there seem to be many moments that families come together as a whole and for various reasons. Times when then opportunity presents itself to capture the moment, but for one reason or another we simply don’t take the time or put in the effort to ensure that the photo opportunity happens. Sure, people snap one off’s with their phones or cameras, but we never seem to bring everyone together to get that single great shot that includes the family as a whole. Then everyone starts to grow up and everything changes.

Marriages happen, people graduate and move off to college, families are living in multiple states and the reasons to bring everyone together become less and less. One by one we start to lose people in the family and the ability to capture the family as a whole becomes impossible. In those rare moments when you are able to assemble everyone in the same place at the same time, it is incredibly important to take advantage of that opportunity and capture that moment for posterity. Not just for ourselves, but for future generations that will want to look back on those that came before them and have the history that is an important part of their own lives.

The day before this picture we had a really bad day with my dad as he continues to deal with his Lymphoma and the effects of the trip from Florida to Michigan. However, come picture day he mustered the energy to be there and be part of the special event. There on that lawn on a beautiful sunny day, we captured four generations together in one place and it was magical.

So, as you attend family gatherings in the future and have an opportunity to get everyone together in one place, take advantage of it. When I look at the pictures they make me smile, fill my heart and remind me that you have to take every opportunity to enjoy every moment you have with family when the ability to do so presents itself. People won’t always be here to be a part of those amazing photos and tomorrow is never guaranteed. Grab today and make it special.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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The touch of a hand

On Friday, I was on a flight when I had the most adorable couple sitting next to me. As I gazed over I noticed that the elderly woman had placed her hand through her husbands arm and was gently resting her hand atop his. This warmed my heart and got me to thinking about my mom and dad. It is not uncommon to see them walking together holding hands even after 57 years of marriage. Finally, that thought path led me to the moment that is in this picture when I was with my grandmother the last week before she passed. I had just finished feeding her some water with a sponge on a stick and she placed her hand on top of mine as if to say thank you and show her love without uttering a single word. What is it that is in the power of a touch?

As human beings we have a need for contact with others. We can share words and glances, but it is ultimately that touch that gives us the validation that we have truly made the connection necessary to cement the feelings that are being portrayed. Unfortunately, in our current society we have made the human touch harder to accomplish. At work we used to greet others we had not seen in a long time with a handshake or a hug. In today’s environment that has been made almost impossible because of the risk that a person may take your greeting in a way that it was not intended. We can send heart, hug and love emoji’s through our electronic devices, often without offending. However, those electronic emotions have now replaced our ability to show our in person affection for another with the gentleness of a touch. Those who have abused have ruined it for those who would never thinking of purposely offending.

When I am down and sad sometimes I need someone to put their hand on my shoulder or pat my back and let me know that everything is going to be OK. When I am feeling lonely I need that hug to remind me that I matter to someone and that I am not alone. When I am having problems and issues I need someone to take my hand and let me know that everything is going to be OK.

One has to wonder if a world devoid of the human touch is part of what leads to the lack of compassion, love and understanding that we often see today. Is it possible that a little more human touch could remind people that they matter, they are not alone and in the end everything truly will be OK?

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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