Saturday, October 29, 2011


Working as an  ESPN Sports Commentator in the Michigan State vs Nebraska football game today, Kirk Herbstriet stated he was "COMFORTABLE IN HIS OWN SKIN!"  He has received a lot of grief, forcing him to move away from Columbus, his lifetime home, over expressed opinions of Ohio State's recent woes.  He may have problems with the rabid OSU fans, of which I am one, but he is beloved by the nation's sports fans.

OSU QB 1989-93
Herbstriet is an OSU alumni.  He was a Buckeye quarter back 1989-93.  Born in nearby Centerville, Ohio Kirk was well known in that area.  He was the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in the 1987-88I think Kirk's personality is visible in the names of his four sons, Jake, Tye, Zak and Chase.


How are you doing in your skin?  That's what this blog is about.  If it can improve your view of yourself, it will be a blog of the utmost value!  The results are all up to you!

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW JUST WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE.  You are truly one-of-a-kind!  In the whole world there is only one of you!  How precious is that?  And, very important, you are somehow made in the image of God.  No, I can't explain that but, in faith, I know it is true.

Know this:  You are not hair, teeth, eyes, hips, rear end, or legs.  You are not too tall or too short.  You are not too fat or too skinny.  You are not too smart or too dumb.  You are perfectly "YOU".  If I have learned anything in my very active 80 years, I know, I absolutely know, that accepting that truth is the most important lesson you will ever learn.

And, 60 is but a memory! 
My wife, Julie, has struggled with this truth all her life, but she is much better than she was 33 years ago.  Why do I bother sharing this?  Because, my friend, if you are positive about yourself, as I am to a fault, you will greatly influence those you hold dear.  I have rubbed off on Julie.  You, too, can make the whole world a better place.  Really, it is that important.

It is not an easy concept.  I struggled to be what I thought I should be until I was in my early 30's.  Struggling with a situation, not of my making or ability to control, I sought help from Dr. John McGarry, a friend as well as my personal physician.  He convinced me of who and what I was.

I had made remarkable progress professionaly in Industrial Management, my chosen field.  I was financially secure for such a young person starting with absolutely nothing.  I had served my country in a time of war.  I was active in church, community and family affairs.  I was a leader of leaders.  I was father to three great kids who looked to me for love and support.  He made me to know that I must accept that which I could not change and get on with life.  I've grown ever since.  I am still growing!

I like poetry.  One poem says "Like the ways of the seas is the way of life as I journey on my way.  It is the purpose of the soul that determines the goal, and not the trouble and strife".  Another ends with "Be still sad heart and stop repining, behind the clouds the sun's still shining.  Thy fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall. Some days must be cold and dark and rainy".

You are not a problem, you are a solver of problems.  In my family I have taught my children never to even use the word problem.  We say we have an opportunity.  What a different concept. 

YOU GET TO DECIDE!  How cool is that?  Choose well and continue to strive.  You will get there.  I really do know!

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God bless you and your's.


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