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Spectrum Connection: June 2020

From the desk of Dave Smalley: HUMBLING These past couple months have been humbling, and they have afforded me quite a bit of time to think and reflect. One could make the case of too much time. Many of the things I love are currently are out of reach. Gratefully, those I love surround me…

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Spectrum Connection: May 2020

From The Desk Of Dave Smalley: MAY 2020 It’s dark out. It is supposed to be dark out. It is 3:30 a.m., and I am wide awake…again. All kinds of thoughts running through my head. Is this re- ally real? When will it be over? Am I strong enough? So many racing thoughts, trying to…

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Spectrum Connection: April 2020

From The Desk Of Dave Smalley: IMAGINATION Our imagination is a great tool, but it can be at times a double-edged sword, if we don’t manage its power. In these unprecedented times, it may be the cause that our imagination holds one of the keys to our happiness and preparedness…or lack of…for what is next.…

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Spectrum Connection: March

From The Desk of Dave Smalley: The Power of Preparedness We often talk about the value of preparation. It is a common topic for me in the Spectrum Connection. By being fully prepared, by sticking to the fundamentals, and by honoring the power of preparedness, we build a foundation that will not allow changing tides…

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Spectrum Connection: February

From the Desk of Dave Smalley: Rocket Ships When I was a boy, I often dreamed of being an astronaut…often being every day. Jim and I played and imagined ourselves as spacemen all the time. I suppose I was like many other boys and girls my age, convinced I would travel into space like my…

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Spectrum Connection: January

From The Desk of Dave Smalley: THINKING January 2020 – A New Year, A New Decade. Here is to new beginnings, turning over new leaves as they say. I know we all agree that we don’t need a calendar to make changes or to start new things, BUT we conveniently have this obvious opportunity to…

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Spectrum Connection: December

From The Desk of Dave Smalley: Giving December, the last month of the year, and a convenient time to reflect on the year that was. I ask myself, how did you perform in 2019? More direct, how did I perform as a person? While I am not much of one to look back, sometimes looking…

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Spectrum Connection: November

From The Desk of Dave Smalley: Why Me? Why Not Me?   Juxtaposed, the questions, “Why Me?” and “Why not Me?” seem to take on a meaning of their own. Separated, they are an expression of a mindset. One could argue that “Why Me?” is the outcry of some-one who feels wronged or unfairly targeted/burdened…

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Spectrum Connection: October

From The Desk Of Dave Smalley: The Great Competitive Advantage: PREPARATION Lucky breaks, unfortunate consequences, change of plans, things that just turned out differently than you planned. Yep, these, and more are all part of life. Life twists and turns, it’s smooth sailing, and it’s bumps in the road. Regardless, life journeys on with you…

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Spectrum Connection: September

From the desk of Dave Smalley: SELF-TALK I would like to explore self-talk with you. Not the mumbling self-talk your mom did when she left the room when you were a kid and, well, let’s just say, you didn’t display the best judgment. Nor the kind of self-talk a golfer may have when they hit…

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