Each summer, my extended family gathers at my grandparents cottage in northern Wisconsin to celebrate the 4th of July. It's one of my favorite traditions. It allows some time to declare my independence from the busyness of the day-to-day. As I prepare to embark on this special time, I thought I would share a few paradigms to consider declaring independence from when you return to your practice or organization on July 5th.
There are some things that I'm really not good at. Baseball is definitely one of them. So, as my son Nolan begins tee-ball, I've been painfully resurrecting memories of my playing days. In particular, my little league days. My friend Mark and I used to count successes in terms of making contact while at bat. Fouling off a pitch was cause for a high-five. Grounding out was an intense moment of pride. A bloop single... epic!