To Wit, or not to Wit…

 To be witty, or not be witty, that is the question!  And I have found over the course of my 48 years of life-experience that it takes a certain degree of sarcasm to really be witty. But Sarcasm can be used as a weapon just as effectively as it is used as a tool…so I’ve learned to view it as almost an art form. 

Too much sarcasm and you offend the masses, and too little and your potential wit becomes awkwardness. The brush strokes of sarcasm must be applied with artistic precision.  Instead of slicing and dicing with sarcasm, one must become skilled at stroking and smoking with their sarcasm!

Therefore, if one is yearning to become ever more witty, I suggest studying the art of Sarcasm. If you already have a sarcastic flair, practice being more sarcastic but in a non-offensive way, if that even makes sense. I personally hate to concern myself with offending others so much that I sacrifice my sarcastic wittiness. Afterall, in today’s world, ‘somebody’ is going to become offended about ‘something’, regardless of your attempts to the contrary, so…forget that last piece of advice, just be yourself and hone your sarcastic skill.  Try not to weaponize your sarcasm, but if a bystander gets whacked by it unintentionally, so be it… there will be casualties in the war on wit, ya know!


When Past & Present Collide

My friend, Joseph, opened the car door with a big grin on his face.  As he slid into the passenger seat of my vehicle he said, “Remember me telling you awhile back about the prison joke concerning doing a long time in prison?”  My dumbfounded look answered his question.  “When I was just starting out doing time my sentence was so long that the guys on the cell block would joke that I had so much time to do that my parole officer hadn’t even been born yet.”  I remembered now! “Well, I finally met him!”

I had taken my friend to meet his newly assigned parole officer.  Joseph has been out of prison almost 8 years now, and doing good, but being assigned a new P.O. out of the blue can be cause for concern, so I volunteered to acompany him.  We decided to make a day of it.

Joseph continued, “As I sat there answering questions by Mr. Smith, he asked a question that caught me off guard.”  I was hoping Joe’s new P.O. was a nice guy…Joseph was smiling as he said, “He asked if I knew when my sentence date began.  I guessed a date and he said that was close, but that I began doing my sentence on his birthday.”  Ok, so what does this have to do with anything, I’m thinking, but Joe’s smile was infectious.  He continued, “So I asked Mr. Smith how old he was back then.  He replied, ‘I wasn’t born yet.'”  Joe’s huge grin was all I needed to see!  I was grinning wide now too!!

Joseph was actually sitting in front of his parole officer who hadn’t been born when Joe started doing his prison sentence.  The ol’ prison quip from 28 years ago had finally come true, and both Joe and I were smiling at the irony of it!

As I drove Joseph home from his parole meeting, which went very well by the way, I couldn’t help but think that it’s the little things in life that can bring two friends together in hearty laughter. And I considered how our pasts can often collide with our present in the most ironic of ways.

The Most Precious of Commodities


Today a group of men taught me all about the most precious commodity we own: TIME.  And the men who schooled me on this topic are very familiar with the concept of time because they are doing a lot of it…in a Texas Maximum Security Prison.

Today was Volunteer Appreciation Day at the prison and the men wanted to personally thank me for spending time with them; mentoring them, discipling them, and helping them change.  And whether they realized it or not, those convicted felons taught me just how precious time is, and that its a gift that once given, can never be taken back.

Every moment is a piece of time that is quickly spent… All the time, time is being used and placed in the past.  Those inmates helped me see that time, when given, is a sacrifice.

When a person chooses to give of his or her time to the betterment of a cause, it’s much more valuable than money itself.  Time is made up of great potential, opportunities, and benefits.  It’s impossible to put an exact dollar amount on time, but we know it’s extremely valuable.

Time is precious, fleeting, fragile and only exists in the here and now.  By the time you’ve considered where you want to spend your time, that time is in the past, gone forever.  So it’s time we start using our time in a timely manner.  To waste such a precious commodity is to withhold a priceless gift from someone who just might spell LOVE: T…I…M…E.

Make the investment.  Take the time to fill somebody else’s time with love and concern.  The return on your investment is ironically, time eternal.

FEAR’S Death Knell 

I am a man of great faith. I utilize my faith everyday, and I teach about faith in the Texas prisons…but I also have to combat the presence of fear in my life on a regular basis…But it’s not a paralyzing kind of fear. Let me explain:

Faith and fear are polar opposites, and you cannot operate in faith while simultaneously being gripped with fear. It’s impossible. However, that’s not to say that fear doesn’t affect your life on a frequent basis.

Let me give this example: If I were given the opportunity to go up for a huge promotion at work that would allow me to work on the top floor of the building where the upper management labored…but because I had a fear of being rejected by those big wigs I didn’t go up for the promotion – then fear wins; it paralyzes me, and my faith in myself is made ineffectual.

Fear is always lurking around every corner. Just accept that reality. You will face fear all the time.  But what faith does is keep fear from wrapping its defeatist, strangling tentacles around us. Faith emboldens us to push past the fear. Faith allows us to overcome fear.  Faith gives us victory over fear.

I’m a public speaker and have been for 15 years, but every time I am about to step to the podium and speak to an audience, a little bit of fear tries to worm its way in my heart. At that very moment I have to activate faith and overcome the fear. I remind myself that I’m a very good speaker, communicator, and motivator. I give myself a quick pep talk, and then I use that nagging fear to keep me sharp behind the mic.

I make the fear work for me and not against me. That little fear keeps me from becoming boring and complacent…I turn it into nervous energy so that my message is meaningful… And THAT is a perfect illustration of the activation of faith combatting and overcoming fear!

We are all given the same measure of faith. However, some of us only utilize a little bit of that measure while others use a huge quantity of the same measure of faith. But trust me when I tell you that faith is the true death knell to fear. But we must practice activating our faith everyday; we must be determined to courageously push past fear…and Fear is ever faithful to give us those daily opportunities!

Bo’s Rules to Live By

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.

2. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs ain’t one.

3. The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king.

  • 4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.

5. Act like you’ve been there before. Especially in the end zone.

6. Request the late check-out.

7. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

8. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.

9. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.

10. Don’t fill up on bread.

11. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.

12. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

13. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.

14. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.

15. You marry the girl, you marry her whole family.

16. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.

17. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.

18. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.

19. Never turn down a breath mint.

20. Don’t talk, Do.

21. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.

22. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.

23. Thank a veteran. And then make it up to him.

24. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

25. Eat lunch with the new kid.

26. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.

27. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.

28. See it on the big screen.

29. Give credit. Take the blame.

30. Write down your dreams.

31.  Chase those dreams down.

32.  Make a friend, Be a friend…

then bring that friend to Christ.

33.  Preach the Gospel always, and 

when necessary… use words.

34.  Listen more and don’t be so adamant about stating your opinion.

35.  Make a decision.  It doesn’t always have to be the right one…but make one.

36.  Don’t ever become complacent.  Keep moving.

37.  Do everything with a ‘Cool’ attitude.  It’s better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool.

38.  Open the door for the Lady, and pull out her chair.

39.  Say, “Yes Sir & No Ma’am.” It’s still called respect.

40.  Defend your leaders, and never criticize them in public.


Fear is a faceless coward, hiding in the darkness, never revealing its true identity. Fear is a manipulator; an illusionist, a master liar…It needs you to believe its powerful to maintain its shapeless life force.  If you find him out, he suddenly withers & dies.

A near death experience is always an effective way of putting fear in its place, but I don’t recommend you go out hunting for one of those moments. Instead, take a few minutes and actually analyze the concept of fear. Ask yourself, “What is fear, really?”

Fear, for the most part is a mirage; a ghost. Fear has no substance, no physical form, and is made up of…imagination! That’s it. Fear stands for: False Evidence Appearing Real.

Now, I’m not referring to fears such as the fear of being burned if you were to put your hand on a hot stove, or the fear of being maimed if your vehicle were to run off the road and down the side of a mountain. Those are healthy fears based on experiential knowledge.

No, the fear I’m talking about is the fear of what will happen if I take a chance and ask for that promotion at work…or the fear of what will happen if I actually try my hand at public speaking. Its these kinds of fears that are completely and utterly without substance. When we embrace those kinds of fears we become incarcerated by…nothing.

Think about that. To be scared of absolutely nothing to the point of not going for a better paying job, a better house, a different set of friends, is to become paralyzed by imagination.

A good way to combat fear is to ask yourself one question: “What’s the worst that could happen?” What you will discover is that nothing of any harmful consequence will befall you. Why? Because the imagination has no tangible force. As the saying goes, “Nothing never harmed nobody!”

Carefully ponder and analyze and disect fear and at its core you will discover a very crucial truth: Where fear is found, there lies nothing more than an out of control imagination. Franklin D. Roosevelt was right when he proclaimed to the world: “The only thing You have to fear is fear itself.”

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!