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Thanksgiving Is All About “Stressed” Flipped Backwards

Dessert is defined as: A sweet course, treat or dish; served after the main course.

As I was thinking about the holiday season and all of the desserts so many of us are going to consume; I was reminded of how dessert applies to our lives.  It’s the sweet course or treat after life’s main courses. e.g.

  • Main Course- Attending College  Dessert-  Obtaining Degree.
  • Main Course- Becoming A Leader  Dessert- Lessons Learned/Taught & Leaders Developed
  • Main Course- Tithe and give generously  Dessert- The floodgates of blessings
  • Main Course- Struggles of life, darkness, insecurity, sin…  Dessert-  Truth, life, grace and forgiveness through Christ.

It’s essential for us to always be mindful and thankful that even though the “main courses in life” may not always taste great or be our favorite dish, there is always opportunity for dessert. Remember you also have the freedom of choice as it pertains to what you consume, nonetheless always be thankful.  “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~Harry Ironside

Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t be stressed; instead take stressed and flip it backwards.

The Desserts of Life.

For those that still may not understand the title of this post…  spell stressed backwards. 🙂

Thanksgiving is really not only about the dessert; however it’s sure a nice finality to the time with food, family and friends.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s your favorite dessert?

What’s Up With The Shoes?

Shoes can tell you a lot about a person. Shoes are the one clothing item, the one accessory, the one thing you wear that have a unique personality. I pay attention to shoes and when I used to wear dress shoes all of the time, I’d even notice a great shoe shine.

I happen to have a wife that likes shoes; all styles of shoes, all types of shoes and each and every pair have a unique personality. If there is a clothing item or accessory that I will get a compliment on, its always shoes first and then watch second. People simply notice shoes.

I’m on a flight as I’m typing this and I’m at all of the shoes around me, all of them speak to the unique personality of the individuals wearing them. There is a young teenage girl with some red Beats by Dre headphones on and she has on “slides” that’s what the youngsters call flip-flop type shoes that don’t go through the toes. The guy to my left has on some black and blue Vanns. The girl to my sight has on some metallic looking Sperry loafers. The crying, singing, yelling child behind me has on some light up Spiderman shoes. The really tall slender model looking lady in front of me has on some really tall yellow high heels. This older guy just behind me has on some black Johnson and Murphy’s. The guy a couple rows up has on some Nike Free’s; additionally there are flip flops and sandals throughout the airplane. Oh and I’m wearing my comfy, traveling Diesel slide on canvas shoes.

Shoes really do say something about and individual and their uniqueness. They speak to where you’re from, where you’re at and where you’re going.

Is it just me or do you think the same thing?

What’s up with the shoes?

Hey Bro… Don’t Pat My Fro

For those of you that follow me, you know that I travel quite a bit a lot. I feel like somewhat of a traveling expert. I know what I can and can’t do, I know the shortcuts, I know what bags to pack so I don’t have to take my liquids and gels out of my bag and the list goes on and on. Even though I have figured some things out, I still dread two aspects of the traveling process:  1.) Small Airplanes 2.) The Security Process

I can generally avoid small airplanes, but the security process not so much. Don’t get me wrong I appreciate the security process, I don’t complain, I’m patient and I’m appreciative of the systems to make sure our airplanes are safe. Nonetheless, shoes off, laptop out, lines, hold-ups, pat-downs, random searches, do this and do that can be a little cumbersome. 🙂

Yesterday I experienced a “1st” while going through the TSA security. After I had went through the full body scanner with my hands above my head, I stepped out to wait for the TSA agent to tell me “your’re good or hold-up.” The representative didn’t say neither, with his detective blue latex gloves on and a serious face he said, “Sir, I’m going to need to check your hair.” LOL “Excuse Me!” Mr. TSA Agent replied, “I’m going to need to check your hair.”

I proceeded to lean my head down for the shorter Mr. TSA Agent and he looked at the top of my head. Unfortunaltely looking wasn’t enough, because he proceeded to do a full pat down of my fro with his latex gloves. Say Wha? To be honest, I was chuckling on the inside because I assumed that Ashton Kutcher was going to pop out from behind the luggage conveyor belt to let me know that I had been “Punk’d.”

For those of you who follow me, you know that I go to the barbershop on a regular basis, once – sometimes twice a week. You are not supposed to mess with a mans fro and seriously what could I possibly be hiding in my 2.5 inch manicured afro. This just cracked me up, luckily I had my handy-dandy afro pick to get everything back into shape.

If they are patting down my fro, I know OKC Thunder 6th man of the Year James Harden is having serious problems going through security, unless the TSA Officials “Fear The Beard.”

I now have a prepared response, the next time this happens… “Hey Bro… Don’t Pat My Fro!”

Share your thoughts on my fro pat down experience or any other random Airport Security Experiences that you have experienced or witnessed.

15 Funniest People On Twitter That Keep It Clean

Laughter is good for the soul and there is nothing better than a good laugh.  Laughter is seriously a smile that can’t control itself.  The best kind of funny is the clean, witty type of funny.
Laughter is one of those things that can infiltrate all aspects of your life if you will allow it.  The optimist laughs to forget while the pessimist forgets to laugh.  Don’t forget to laugh, and if you’re the one creating the funny, don’t forget to keep it clean.
“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.”  ~J. Wolfgang
I wanted to get somewhat of a collection of funny people on Twitter that keep it clean. (I think deep down inside somewhere I want to be a comedian.)  I sent out this tweet last night: “share the funniest people on twitter that keep it clean… Your responses will be a blogpost. Ready, Set, Go!”  Below are the responses that made the cut (in no particular order).

These are simply to top names that were submitted in response to my tweet.  Kind of like My Peoples Choice Awards. “My Peoples” was an attempt to be funny.  Some of my peoples people didn’t make the list because they didn’t update often enough (like never), the names were submitted too late (I was finished writing this post) or something about them simply wasn’t funny (discretion).

Side-note: @Tysonramsdell & @PastorProblems submitted their own names… now that’s funny. 🙂

Feel free to add to the list in the comment section.  Seriously share the funniest people that keep it clean below.  Share their twitter name and any other information that you would like.  I’ll add the names to this list and maybe over the next few weeks we can get a comprehensive list.

Again, add to the list or share some of your favorites from the above list.

Don’t forget to laugh…

One Of The Best Billboard Advertisements Ever

I was on my way to a meeting last month and I drove by this bench billboard advertisement.  I thought it was clever, edgy, effective and it caught my attention.  I decided to take a pic and now I’m sharing it with you.

Share your thoughts on this advertisements or other clever advertisements that have caught your attention.

Twitter Is In The Bible












Every once and awhile you will run across a nugget of information that makes you go “hmm!” That’s what happened when I ran across these passages of scripture that confirm Twitter Is In The Bible:

  • Insomniac, I twitter away, mournful as a sparrow in the gutter.” Psalm 102:7 MSG
  • “Like a swallow,like a crane, so I twitter; I moan like a dove; My eyes look wistfully to the heights; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security.” Isaiah 38:14 NAS

Check out the screenshots above from my YouVersion Bible App on my iPhone.

That’s what you call taking “Twitter” to a whole nutha’ level and confirms my 5 Reasons To Twitter During Church.

Did you know the word “Twitter” was in the Bible?   Have you seen Twitter anywhere else in the Bible?   Feel free to share any random useful/non-useful information that you may have come across.

What Separates You…

Mi Thoughts: Just doodling some random thoughts on my iPad.  What do you think?

I'm Tired Of Your Baby Water Cups!

dixie cupThis post is very random; however if you been around for awhile you shouldn’t be surprised.

Every time I go to a restaurant, I order H20 for my drink.  If it’s a dine-in restaurant it’s water with lemon, if it’s a fast food restaurant, I’ll just grab a regular cup of water and same thing for the dine-in/fast food combo type of restaurants.  There is one thing that irritates me about some or maybe even most of these restaurants… I’m Tired Of Your Baby Water Cups! Can I get an Amen from my water drinkers.

Dear Mr. Panera Bread: Just because I decide to order a cup of water for my drink doesn’t mean I want your little clear dixie cup that a lid doesn’t even fit on.  I don’t mean to pick on Panera, I could have you pick a restaurant and they would probably fit in this same category.  I know some of you are probably saying, “just ask for a bigger cup” and often times that’s what I do.  I’m even willing to pay; however It’s the Principle of The Matter!

I want to thank one of my favorite local Sandwich Shops in Oklahoma City (Saturn Grill) for appreciating their water drinking customers enough to provide a 2 cent cup.  @SaturnGrill  actually gives you the nice plastic cups that you can take home with you.

Did I mention that these water cups are so small that you will have a foot of straw sticking out of the top of the cup?  Did I mention the fact that a child’s sippie cup will hold more fluid ounces?

I feel better now!

Is it just me or do you feel the same way?  Which restaurants frustrate you the most and what restaurants appreciate you with the BIG Water cup like @SaturnGrill.  Chime In, Sound Off!

I Like To Doodle On Napkins…

boys at coffee shopRandom Thought: I Like To Doodle On Napkins...

Earlier this evening my boys and I had a fellas night.  My wife was running errands and making some returns to the mall, so we decided to go to my favorite little coffee shop Vintage Coffee.  My boys 6 & 10 years old had never hung out at the coffee shop before and have always wondered why it’s one of my home away from homes.

Their first coffee shop experience consisted of them splitting a Vanilla Chai Tea Latte in their own little coffee mugs, topped off with whip cream of course.  They were equipped with an  iPhone and Nintendo DSI to make sure they stayed entertained.  They loved every minute of their experience; not only did they love it, they were perfect angels.  The coffee shop owner even turned on Pirates of the Caribbean for them acknowledging how well behaved they were.  We all had a great time simply maxin’, relaxin’ and chillaxin’.  My 10yo said, “Dad, I see why you like to go to the coffee shop, it’s just peaceful… I had fun!”

I had fun too, I was able to do some thinking, writing and take some random notes.  One of my favorite random forms of note-taking outside of the yellow notepad in my iPhone is doodling.  I like to doodle random notes and thoughts on napkins.  Below are my random thoughts from earlier this evening.

Random Thought: I Like To Doodle On Napkins…  How about you?


How To Unleash What's Inside Your Head!

inside my headI generally have a list of bullet points about things I want to write about and sometimes the things on the list are not inspiring me at the time I sit down to write, so I just don’t write about them and if you have made it this far in this blogpost then you realize that this post is going to be a long run-on ranting sentence and somewhat of a mind dump of what’s going on going on inside my head and as the title suggests this is a method of How To Unleash What’s Inside Your Head, I’m typing this from my hotel room in Austin, where I’m here for a national juvenile justice training for the Governor’s Board that I’m a member of, I like and don’t like traveling at the same time, I miss my family when I leave, I love traveling when I’m with my family, SportCenter generally runs continuous when Im in a hotel room, I will not even spell-check or re-read this so it will be very random, I am always reading, thinking and dreaming, leaders should be less worried about trying to prove themselves to their boss and more time trying to produce results, do the right thing and prove to their followers that they are worthy of following, my son has a football game tomorrow that was originally scheduled for Thurs. and I’m gonna miss it, change is not always good; however it’s inevitable; only in the dictionary does success come before work, Mondays are always a great day to push the reset button, reset and go, I am not sure why you shouldn’t get to big for your britches, I personally think you should outgrow your britches, If I put everything that I think on paper you would think that I was either crazy or you would be tired, sigh, I will probably tweet about some juvenile justice topics this week, one of the breakout sessions is about the updates, trends and statuses of prison rapes, That took me back to my old days as a prison warden, I appreciate everyone of you that read Big Is The New Small, the readers and subscribers are growing daily and the new look is being developed on the back end as we speak, the new logo, brand, tag line are done and I think it’s awesome, if you have not subscribed to this blog please do so, I have not done a random post like this in awhile it feels good to unleash what’s inside your head, I have a really great staff and the n-dub (our campus) is on fire right now, thank you God, sometimes in life you just have to sit back and realize that you are marvelously made and stop caring about what people think, they are just people and put their pants on every day just like you, you have got what it takes go do it, God does give an ear to your words, so seek him; I have alot more to say; however I need to go downstairs and register for this conference, #FistBump, Peace, I’m Out, Later and breathe. ahhh

Share your thoughts on my randomness or share what’s inside your head this Monday morning?  Go ahead unleash it!

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