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May 17, 2010 [More archived home pages here]

"To Live Above the Common Level of Life" -- Col. Matt Klimow

The above image is, 101 Sunset

Today's song is Greatest Love Of All by Whitney Houston, released in 1985.

Listening to Col. Matt Klimow (retired) as the last Keynote Speaker of PMI-SD's Annual Conference, he talked about how each person has the opportunity to do the very best they can in whatever interests them in life. Col. Klimow was the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Pentagon on 9/11. He witnessed many acts of bravery and commitment that day from military and civilian personnel. Col. Klimow's life philosophy kept the audience in full focus on his speech Friday night. His words affected me.

Col. Klimow's speech was a refrain I heard in speeches from Dr. King when he referenced this poem. Below is a portion from his speech, "The Birth of a New Age", given on August 11, 1956:

"We need more people who are competent in all areas and always remember that the important thing is to do a good job. No matter what it is. Whatever you are doing consider it as something having cosmic significance, as it is a part of the uplifting of humanity. No matter what it is, no matter how small you think it is, do it right. As someone said, do it so well that the living, dead, or the unborn could do it no better. If your son grows up to be a street cleaner, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry, sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, 'here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well'. If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill be a shrub on the side, but be the best shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can't be a tree, if you can't be a highway be a trail, if you can't be the sun be a star. It isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are..."

If you decide that college is not for you, then be the best in the alternative path(s) you seek throughout life. I know many successful people who didn't finish college. Many of them are entrepreneurs. For those over 50 and still looking for the next level up, take a look at these folks.

Even in this terrible economy there are still opportunities. Look for them and move beyond the common level to become the best you can.


In the current election cycle, the Tea Party Movement first offered the, Contract from America, a way for concerned citizens to voice their list of activities for the U.S. Government to pursue.

Now the GOP offers, YouCut, a way for concerned citizens to voice they programs where they want cuts in spending.


Project managers might be interested in this White paper pertaining to the use of mind maps.


Are you having a hard time deleting your Facebook Account?


My list of Short Stories:

Statistics for the 56 pages sorted by title

Page Title Page Views Page Created
A Soul Mate Reunion 2688 04/02/07
Blind Reasoning 1914 03/30/07
Comparisons 65 03/04/10
Fear Mountain 466 09/13/09
Fresh Strawberry Shake 56 03/02/10
Good For Each Other 2117 04/07/07
Handwriting On The Wall 170 01/10/10
Her Smile 1573 09/16/07
Holiday Movies 642 12/07/08
In An Instant 414 07/17/09
In The Moment 1719 05/08/07
Inland Empire Woman 1690 05/12/07
Middle Of The Road 304 10/11/09
Mother Is Gone 737 11/20/08
Native Winds 259 12/06/09
Never So Complete 140 12/21/09
Nocturnal Inquisitor 2359 04/06/08
Not So Subtle An Attraction 148 12/26/09
Once So Easily Forgotten 1405 03/21/07
Past Temptation 626 12/14/08
Reality Checks 187 11/27/09
Rite of Passage 494 03/02/09
Sacred Journey 1528 08/10/07
Sealed With Her Kiss 2149 04/15/07
Second Wind 673 12/28/08
Short Stories Introduction 10636 03/21/07
Simple Answers 62 03/21/10
Smiles Across The Heart 1153 05/29/08
Takeout Memories 638 12/07/08
The Actress 551 03/19/09
The Admirers 1641 05/31/07
The Artist 1440 10/28/07
The Breakup 597 04/16/09
The Crawler 1831 03/30/07
The Daydreamer 514 07/30/09
The Dropouts 203 11/24/09
The Failure 764 11/02/08
The Gift 1175 02/05/08
The Kiss 1868 03/30/07
The Kite Flyer 2083 03/27/07
The Life Of A Breeze 927 07/31/08
The Loner Alternative 298 09/13/09
The Man Who Never Lived 2652 09/06/07
The Never Read Letter 1663 04/09/07
The One That Got Away 756 11/02/08
The Parallel World 1490 03/21/07
The Perfect Year 1601 04/22/07
The Teacher 866 10/23/08
The Unemployed 633 11/02/08
Unknown Memories 744 11/13/08
When Love Is Blind 1556 12/18/07
When She Returns 692 12/07/08
When You Are Near 1520 06/14/07
With Furious Futility 1279 10/14/07
With The Passage Of Time 449 07/02/09
Without Resolution 74 03/07/10


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