Back to school

Ron Gant

Me with former Atlanta Brave great and current Good Day Atlanta co-anchor, Ron Gant

“I can’t believe it…I was ON TV! Did you see me? I’m a natural!” – Mike Wazowski. Monsters, Inc.

I’m a television star.

Well, not really. Not even close.

But I did make a brief appearance on a local TV news program this morning.

You can watch it here:

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/21782866/fathers-take-time-off-work-to-teach-kids-in-class

I try to spend as much time at my daughter’s school as I can. I eat lunch with her every week. I volunteer at major school functions. Not because I’m a great dad, but because I really just want to be where she is. So when the opportunity arose to participate in a volunteer mentoring program, it was an easy decision for me to make.

Spend any amount of time at your kid’s school and a few things will become evident:

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Generosity

Colorado River

Generosity is a deep river.

Strong and powerful enough to overcome the rockiest of places,

relentless enough to unblock stubborn bottlenecks

over time, carving out canyons of wonder and beauty.

 

Generosity is a strong current.

It cuts a passage where no way existed before

providing opportunity for adventure and discovery

making it possible for joy and peace to exist.

 

Generosity is a long, deliberate flow.

It takes its time, patiently changing the landscape of things

enabling life to form, breathe, and grow

sanctioning refreshment and rejuvenation.

 

Generosity is a subtle display of majesty.

Only when you see it from a grand perspective

does it begin to reveal its transcendence

leaving you speechless and taking your breath away.

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The artist

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The artist went to work on her painting.

Brilliantly mixing colors and deftly manipulating tones, the scene she imagined in her mind began to take form. Lush, rolling green hills, pristine blue sky, sun blazing warmth over the birds and the trees. All of it originating in her mind and making its way down her arm and through her hand, the brush become a conduit of creativity, of beauty, of joy.

She worked diligently, with pain-staking detail, determined to transfer the picture in her imagination to the formerly blank slate of the canvas. Bringing all of her skill and passion and determination to bear, she painted until she was satisfied with what she saw. It’s dazzling, she thought. My best work yet. This one will merit a special place.

She carefully signed it, and brought it to the one person who could give it its proper place.

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