Small Town Talk

Small-town talk

Has a way of

Getting back around

To the person

Who has been being

Talked about

Your words made it all the way

From SW Florida to Texas

I heard what you said

I know what you did

So I’m sending you

This friendly little message

You better hope Texas

Remains my position

Because

If I come back home to Florida

I’m coming back

As your competition

E.A. Fussell

7/28/2019

Wire Mesh is not My Friend

These may look like harmless rolls of wire mesh, but when stretched out, waiting for concrete to pour, wire mesh becomes my heartless enemy.

Our love-hate relationship goes back a long way. Many decades ago we came to an agreement:

If I don’t walk on wire mesh then

wire mesh won’t trip me.

Well folks, today I was in a hurry and convinced myself that

I could do it. I could walk across the prepped driveway without getting tangled up in it. The wire mesh lay there calmly stretched out, only a few small humps and bumps here and there. It was almost quietly encouraging me.

Ignoring the still small voice shouting in my ear “don’t do it!”

I placed the ball of my foot

on the wire mesh itself (not inside the square) and haltingly made it across. Smiling with relief as I stepped out of the potential trap I chided the small voice inside “see, I can do it”. Job-site information was gathered then I headed back to my truck.

As I went to step across the form and onto the wire mesh the still small voice said “walk around, don’t do it!” But again I ignored the voice. My recent crossing victory had me feeling confident. Then my phone rang.

And ignorantly I answered it and kept walking. Wire mesh saw an opportunity in this distraction. My steps were no longer careful. One step inside a square and wire mesh grabbed my toe. Turning me end over elbow.

As I heard that still voice inside me say “I told you so.”

E.A. Fussell

07/01/2019

“Only my pride was injured in the filming of this real life episode.”

Accountability

Accountability is one thing that can make the difference between being good or being unstoppable; as an individual or as a business. The newest generation of the workforce was not taught accountability. They are ignorant of how important it is. Their ignorance makes growing a successful company more difficult than it should be. And it makes retirement a target I long for.

E.A. Fussell

6/25/2019

Peek-a-boo

Some mornings the sunrise plays peek-a-boo with me.

The Lago Vista hills are the perfect play-ground for this game. Thursday morning on my drive to work the sun kept peeking out but didn’t let me fully see it until I reached my office door and was about to go in. At that moment I turned one last time and the sun revealed it’s full beauty as it crested the hill across the street. We had a glorious moment together and I basked in its wonder. Amazed again at how much the Creator of all things created all things to play and experience pure joy.

E.A. Fussell

4/27/2019

Focus on One Thing

Learning how to block time

Each day

And focus on one thing

One specific life intention

One aspect of work

One area of self improvement

Easier said than done

This focusing on just one

Theory says

Great gains can be made

In a short amount of time

If we focus on one thing

Set aside distractions

Dedicate our mind

To thinking on one thing

Dedicate our body

To practicing one thing

Theory says

That’s how experts

Become experts

Ignoring distractions

Pushing them

Out of the way

To focus on one thing

For a specific period of time

Each and every day

It has been my experience

Focusing on just one

Is easier said than done

E.A. Fussell

01/12/2019