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    The Value Of Perseverance

    perseverance noun – 1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. It’s a word I don’t hear much these days, let alone see in action. The act of staying on course regarding one’s goals, despite difficulty and discouragement, seems to be something of a rarity nowadays. I grew up in an age where perseverance was the norm. When people had a goal, when they had a dream, they ran after it with everything they had. They didn’t give up, they didn’t pull out a multitude of excuses, they didn’t cast blame for their surrender to others. I…

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    Jaded

    There was a time I knew who I was. It was very long ago, back when I was still in grade school. Back then – back in the 90’s – I could care less if people liked me. I was comfortable in my own skin, as weird as it was, and I thrived on moving through life to the beat of my own drum. It was a period in which I made many forgettable enemies, but also made many unforgettable friends. Those who gravitated toward me were those who saw me for who I truly was and found they enjoyed that version of David Alderman. Those who hated me hated…

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    Distractions

    Every day, it’s the same thing. Over and over and over again. Distractions. On Friday evenings, I set up my schedule for the next week. I fill out my calendar in Thunderbird, I scribble out various tasks and projects that need to get done in the following week, and then I set myself up to follow the schedule as if it were being imposed upon me by a high-paying employer. But each week it’s the same thing. Over and over and over again. Monday starts off great. Projects are getting done, tasks are being checked off. Work runs from morning to night, and I place my head on the pillow…

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    Leaving The Mountaintop

    “The praise and glorification of God doesn’t exclusively spring from deep and untroubled understanding; it is in spite of – and even because of – deep and troubled circumstance.” Joyce Rachelle I tend to cling to the mountaintops of life. I love the view, the fresh air, the feeling of being so high up above my daily issues. I can regain my focus on the mountaintop, recalibrate my life, my goals, and my attitude. The mountaintop is a sanctuary, safe from crisis and anxiety and the complexities of life. It is a place to grow closer to God… Many of us cling to the mountaintop as if it were a…

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    Dissatisfied With The Satisfying

    “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou Today is a good a time as any to confess something to all of you: I complain. A lot. What’s funny, is I don’t even notice I’m complaining most of the time. But my wife does. My friends do. Strangers hear it. As the years have moved on, I’ve grown into more and more of an introvert. I’m not sure why that is. I guess I’ve just experienced so much heartache and so many struggles that I just don’t…

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    Creating Our Fears

    “Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves…” Cheryl Strayed We all have a story to tell. Some of us, many stories. We sit around the dining room table and tell our family about our day. We gather round the campfire with friends and tell ghost stories. We sit at a lonely wooden desk and sketch out stories pulled from our imaginations. But there are other stories we tell ourselves, stories born from the blurred lines between fiction and reality. Stories of what-ifs, stories of what-could-be. Stories enhanced by anxiety, depression, tragedy. These stories all have the same title: Fear. It took me many years…

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    You Can’t Live Without Them, And Other Lies

    Relationships can be great. They can be healing, they can be fulfilling. They can be conduits for love and affection. They can be mechanisms for collaboration and teamwork. On the flip side, relationships can be the Trojan horse carrying toxin into your life. They can destroy you, slowly, while portraying the illusion they are the best thing for you. Many years ago, I was an easily-manipulated and quite dense young man. I surrounded myself with friends and family who I thought had my best interests in mind, and who I thought only wanted to see me succeed. I clung to these relationships because I didn’t know they were bad for…

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    One In Seven Thousand

    Dark times abound. Our worlds crumble around us. Friends betray their morals, family turns on us. Those who used to surround us in their encouragement and faith have turned away from God and now pursue the siren’s song of sinful impulses and false doctrine. The Word is no longer followed, men (and women) become lovers of self, and the pillars of integrity and faith are destroyed in an effort to become ‘free’ of religious constraints. Have you ever experienced times like these? Maybe now, maybe in the past? It’s in these times that I personally feel like a minority. I feel alone. Not physically alone. Spiritually alone. Those who walked…

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    The Benefit Of The Long Road To Success

    Success. It’s what everyone strives for. Success in life, in business, in finance, in everything. We all want to succeed. We don’t want to fail. Most of all, we want success now. Not next year. Not the year after that. But now. I was like this for a very long time. In 2004, when I first self-published Expired Reality (now Endangered Memories, the first book in my Expired Reality series), I thought success would come to me overnight. I truly, wholly, believed that. In fact, I believe it so much that I hit one of the lowest points of my life when the book, in fact, did not become successful…

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    Wake Up

    Dawn is here. Don’t hit that snooze button. Roll over and get out of bed. There is too much to do today. Too much that only you can do. Be a parent. Open the business. Start the tractor. Put pencil to paper. Stop slumbering. It’s cold, it’s dark, but you are greater than those things. Life will not wait for you. Life will drown you in complacency if you do not shatter the shell of procrastination and laziness. Wake up. Today is moving.