Favorite Music, April 2012 by James Leath

My top spin class and workout playlist songs this month:

  1. I Wanna Go, Britney Spears
  2. Little Lion Man, Mumford and Sons
  3. Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
  4. Battlefield, Jordin Sparks
  5. You're Going Down, Sick Puppies
  6. Lighters, Bad Meets Evil, Bruno Mars
  7. That's Not My Name, The Ting Tings
  8. Live Like We're Dying, Kris Allen
  9. Right Here, Right Now; Fatboy Slim
  10. Never Say Never, Justin Beiber

#1 Spin AND workout song: 

Do you have an All-Time favorite?

The Angry Boy and a Box of Nails by James Leath

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

3663DA2E-666E-449B-9E6C-447F5C2F0D83The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said, “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.”

“Of course I can,” said the father. -

I don't remember where I got this story, but it rang true with me as I look back on my younger days.

I think the lesson the young man in this story learns is such an important one and also is a lesson that unfortunately many of us learn much later in life.  When we are young, saying or doing mean or hurtful things out of anger or frustration to the ones we love (or even strangers for that matter) seems pretty easily remedied.  As children we are confident that the adults and people in our lives are more then capable to forgive and forget our offenses no matter what we would say or do.  It’s not until we reach adulthood that we realize the long term damage our words and actions can have on one another.  Suddenly as adults we look back on our own lives at the times when someone hurt us with their cruel words or actions and although we were able to forgive them, there are some things we discover were never able to truly forget.

The fact is there are some things that we may say or do that ultimately can never be taken back no matter how many times we apologize to the one’s we hurt.  Unfortunately we tend to realize the level of irreversible damage we caused only in hindsight and even more, the ones we tend to hurt the worst are the people we usually love the most.  As the saying goes, “To err is human, to forgive divine,” which is true, we are human, we make mistakes, and sometimes we say or do things we don’t mean out of anger in times of great frustration or sadness.  Yet, every time we are in a dispute with a friend, disagreement with a loved one, or even just having a bad day,  it’s so important to remember to pause and take a moment to think about the possible permanent repercussions our actions and words could have on others.  It’s only natural that we will have times in the future where we will lose our tempers or be pushed to personal our limits.  However, when we find ourselves in those times of great frustration or anger, we must be sure that whatever we say or do in those moments won’t,  like the nails hammered in the fence, end up leaving permanent holes in the one’s we love and in relationships important to us that we will never be able never undo.

Favorite Songs-March 2012 by James Leath

My top spin class and workout playlist songs this month:

  1. Breaking the Habit, Linkin Park
  2. You're Gonna Go Far Kid, The Offspring
  3. High School Never Ends, Bowling for Soup
  4. New Divide, Linkin Park
  5. (If You're Wondering if I want you to) I want You To, Weezer
  6. Second Chance, Shinedown
  7. I'm Not the One, 3OH!3
  8. It takes Two, Rob Base
  9. Animal, Neon Trees
  10. Yeah!, Usher
What is blasting in your ears this month?

Athletes are the last stronghold of discipline we have on our campuses today by James Leath

D. W. Rutledge, Executive Director of the Texas Coaches Association, talks with college seniors who have chosen to enter into the coaching profession. One of the questions he asks is "Why do you want to coach?" Seems simple enough, yet it is amazing how many of these students did not have a clear answer! Other questions he poses are, What is your purpose of coaching? What is going to motivate you to get up everyday and go to work?" He believes you must have a purpose and a passion for what you do in any profession.He goes on to say,

"If a coach is getting up to go to work just to win football games, then I think he job is with a shallow purpose. If we are getting up and going to work because we feel we can change the lives of young people we work with, I can see a purpose of the work. If I am going to work in the morning to try to turn the lives of young people in the right direction, then it is something I can feel proud about. It is something I can have passion for.

Students need positive leadership! Be the man/woman your students want to be. At the end of your life, you will have left a legacy with countless students.

Favorite Songs-February 2012 by James Leath

My top spin class and workout playlist songs this month:

  1. All of the lights, Kanye West
  2. Stronger, Kanye West
  3. On the Floor, Jennifer Lopez
  4. Smooth Criminal, Michael Jackson or Alien Ant Farm
  5. Written in the Stars, Tinie Tempah
  6. I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas
  7. The Time (Dirty Bit), Black Eyed Peas
  8. Alive, P.O.D.
  9. Like a Prayer, Jay Smith (origianlly by Madonna)
  10. Bleed it Out, Linkin Park
What are you diggin this month?