Josh Misner, PhD

Mindful Living in a Distracted World


The Power of Youth

The Bus Ride & That Smile

At the risk of submitting student grades for the week late for one of the universities generous enough to continue to employ my services, I closed up the ol’ Macbook today in favor of taking my six year-old son and his cousin to a special event.

For the first time in many years, our community brought back the excitement of hydroplane racing.  If you haven’t seen these machines race before, it is truly something to behold, as these drivers harness themselves into a fiberglass and carbon fiber contraption with a turbojet engine strapped to it, searing ahead at speeds of well over 200 miles per hour.  The sound of them alone is well worth the trip.


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So we can get back up again

Today, I took my two youngest to the park to play.

Little did I know that I was going to bear witness to determination and perseverance in action, right before my eyes.

My little six year-old never made it past two monkey bars before today, but this was his day, and those monkey bars belonged to him.

I watched, as time and again, he tried and fell, but I would look at him and ask, “Parker, why do we fall?”

With courage and stubborn tenacity, he would look up at me and grasp my outstretched hand, “So we can get back up again, Daddy!”

He went further and further with each successive dusting off and repeated attempt, smiling through the frustration.

He began to smile at the failures.

He laughed every time he fell.

Then, I saw it happen.  

He made it.

When he did, he rushed straight into my arms for one of the biggest hugs I can recall in recent memory.

To commemorate his feat of unbreakable will, we made the following video tonight, and I wanted to share it here:

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