This is the life application of the Expections blog...what do expectations do to me in my life? Ready? 


Freedom. It is more than not being in a prison. It's a hard earned, elusive state of being. A unnatural and deliberately attained state of mind, heart and body. The...

Living up to expectations. I read an article once that suggested the essence of Nirvana is to live free of expectations. Without expectations I can't be disappointed, and no one can be disappointed in me. And what of expectations? Where do they come from? Do I make the...

I'm convinced that the closer we get to what we enjoyed in childhood, the more authentic, genuine and thus happy we'll be. As I reflect on my childhood, it was more than just the bike I lived on. It was also more than the sense of accomplishment after a long ride or a...

"If you want to be interesting, be interested."


I was raised in an expatriate community in Brussels, Belgium where people would move in for a short period of time, torn from familiar circumstances and thrust into a world where everything was different. Even the McDona...

“Run through the man!” That’s my football coach yelling at a 50 pounds lighter, eight steps quicker version of myself years ago. My coach wanted me to hit an imaginary mark beyond my target. Aiming beyond the target made the impact that much greater and my success that...



Trust me, I'm completely enthralled with Michael Jordan and the success he had. I love his character, his drive, his work ethic, his confidence and optimism. I want those. I always have. I can't argue with anyone that these qualities lead to good relationships, achie...

As I've observed what makes me feel most fulfilled in life, it is always others focused. Self-satisfaction is deepest when satisfying others. It's infallible. I've experimented enough to rely on this as truth.


I've spent countless hours digging deeper into what it is e...

This is how I got to NJ bike tours. Keeping it real. One of the most liberating realizations in life is that we all share the same frailties, limitations, and needs as humans. Those limitations and needs make us, everyone, extremely valuable to each other in some way....

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

- Henry Ford


Starting college, I decided to study engineering. I was good at math. It was a marketable skill. It would lead to stable, well-paying jobs, and seemed the perfect means to the end of being a...

"I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. But, and that is the great question, will I ever be able to write anything great..."

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