POEM – Connecting Vines

POEM – Connecting Vines

Cody & Erica – I am truly grateful for the beautiful love you are creating in your family. I love watching you raise beautiful Savannah. Your love has inspired this little gem. I love you both. Dad CONNECTING VINES By Les Patterson The simplest of moments Become those that bind An afternoon in the park An eternal connecting vine. Simple yet important These little times will be Nurturing beyond words Helping us each to see. That moment in the future…

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Monday Morning Boost: Are You A Faucet Or A Lurker?

Monday Morning Boost: Are You A Faucet Or A Lurker?

Are you a creator, or a consumer? Do you add more than you take away? Are you part of the 20% that does 80% of the work? Are you part of the 1% creation force? Or are you simply a lurker? PARETO PRINCIPLE – THE 80/20 RULE Many of us are familiar with the 80/20 Rule where 20% of anything is generally responsible for 80% of the result. Formally this is called the Pareto Principle. In business, it’s generally thought…

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Monday Morning Boost: To Shame Or To Praise, That Is The Question

Monday Morning Boost: To Shame Or To Praise, That Is The Question

I have talked about a variety of difficult subjects in the past nine years I have been writing the Monday Morning Boost. Suicide, addiction, cancer, incarceration, death, and war are just a few. While several have created great discussions, none have spiked the response barometer like last week’s “Your Name Is Safe With Me.” The sheer number of private and public responses has been incredible. More importantly, the level of thoughtful discussion truly has been heartwarming. I am honored my…

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Monday Morning Boost: Your Name Is Safe With Me

Monday Morning Boost: Your Name Is Safe With Me

I recently was called out for associating with someone who some feel is not a good person. In fact, quite a few people. I was caught totally by surprise. Not because I wasn’t aware of their concerns, which I wasn’t, but by the incessant nature of those trying to save me. Some were kind and respectful in their approach, truly concerned that my name and the Red Edge brand not be tarnished by association. Others were more insistent, telling me…

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Monday Morning Boost: I Trust I Will Receive

Monday Morning Boost: I Trust I Will Receive

I wrote a poem yesterday about the challenges we go through while on this journey we call life. May this little gem bless you as much as it has blessed me. I TRUST I WILL RECEIVE By Les Patterson Oh the challenges of life Be they large or kindly small May my heart wax confidently That in faith I may conquer all. May I look with courage strong Upon the obstacles in my path To see them as stepping stones…

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Monday Morning Boost: A Thirty Year Love Story

Monday Morning Boost: A Thirty Year Love Story

Thirty years ago yesterday a love story began. It’s not a perfect love story, it’s full of challenges, mistakes, and rough patches. But it’s also full of joy, happiness, wonder, and amazement. Most importantly, it’s full of kindness, forgiveness, hope,¬†and love. Elisa and I grew up in the same neighborhood. Her dad was my scoutmaster and I helped sheetrock their basement as a teenager. But Elisa was three years younger than me — a lifetime when you’re a teen —…

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Monday Morning Boost: Misfits, Homies & Family

Monday Morning Boost: Misfits, Homies & Family

The first record I ever bought was “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen. It was a single 45rpm with “Don’t Try Suicide” on the flipside. I was in junior high and bought it one day after school at Thomas Music, a record shop and music store on Main Street in Richfield, Utah. I was a country music boy through and through at the time who had no desire to listen to rock-n-roll. But when I heard that distinct rhythmic…

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Red Edge Perspective: Lace Together Like A Rope

Red Edge Perspective: Lace Together Like A Rope

Today in church we explored a talk given recently by Elder David A. Bednar, “Gather Together in One All Things in Christ.” Elder Bednar, an apostle for the Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared the illustration of a rope as an essential tool with which all of us are familiar. “Ropes are made from strands of fabric, plants, wire, or other materials that are each individually twisted or braided together. Interestingly, substances that may be quite unexceptional can…

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Monday Morning Boost: One Day At A Time

Monday Morning Boost: One Day At A Time

Every journey we take is accomplished one day at a time. Difficult journeys; normal journeys. Hard journeys; easy journeys. “One Day At A Time,” no matter the journey, creates significant power on the very first day of a journey. One day at a time is the salvation of daily life. We don’t have to conquer the mountain in one day, nor must we eat the elephant in just one bite. I first learned the power of “One Day At A…

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Monday Morning Boost: Mozart It Is!

Monday Morning Boost: Mozart It Is!

If you could listen to only one musical artist for the remainder of your life, who would it be? Quick, what is your initial answer? The bigger question — is that still the musical artist you would select if you could only listen to one for the rest of your life? It is not an easy question to answer. But if you were to ask me, I do have an answer. I’ll share as soon as someone asks me… Cool!…

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