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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

thanking Ashton Kutcher


 Ashton Kutcher is now one of my heroe’s.

Brian Patrick Cork:  so… I watched Teen Choice Awards last week with my eleven year old Emma Jo.

I was so incredibly inspired by Ashton Kutcher’s grace and the manner in which he seized the moment to turn his accomplishments into a meaningful message for our youth.

he told his young audience the truth.

I can see why both adults and kids like him. Kutcher is earnest, affable, lanky, good looking and obviously bright and ambitious.

he is not only the terrific choice to portray one of my life-long heroes Steve Jobs, he is now in the small company of people in his own right.

the 2013 Teen Choice Awards 2013,, featured a spell-binding Ashton Kutcher. Choice Music Group: One Direction Choice Summer Song: “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus Choice Summer Tour: One Direction Choice…

Ashton Kutcher won the ‘Ultimate Choice Award’ at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.

Kutcher referred to the Teen Choice Award as the ‘old guy award,’ before offering us his inspirational, amazing speech. Kutcher told the audience he feels like a “fraud” and told the audience his real name is Chris, and there were some really amazing things he learned as Chris. for example, he learned three things – opportunity, being sexy, and life.

on Opportunity, Ashton said,

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. (He went on to explain all the hard work he did). I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. Every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job before I had my next job. So opportunities look a lot like work.”

on Being Sexy, he posited,

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart. Be thoughtful and be generous.”

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“The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to be told that the world is the way that it is and your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in trouble and maybe get an education and make some money and have a family. Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things and you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life, don’t live one, find your opportunities and always be sexy.”

throughout his entire acceptance speech the crowd of youngsters reacted enthusiastically to his words, which was pretty amazing. this included my Emma Jo. she was really listening. and, I believe she picked-up on the intensity with which I was focused on Kutcher’s every word.

I’ve walked with men that have changed the world (like the man Jobs, himself), and few have ever demonstrated the poise and relevance of the moment like Kutcher did on that stage. perhaps the smartest things I did not do, myself, was attempt to convert it into my own version of a life lesson with Emma Jo. instead I am trying each successive day to think of examples based on what he offered, and discuss them with her with good timing – mostly in the car on the way to Soccer practice.

I think its working. most teenagers do not want to hear a over-thirty’s idea of success or what the secret of it may be. at that age, and we were all there at one point in our lives, teenagers (and pre-teens) believe that they have a much better idea of what is going on than the older folks.

now, Emma Jo has something of a likable road map.

thank you Ashton Kutcher. Steve Jobs would be proud. I’m grateful.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


thank you, Dr. Koop


I’ll step away, briefly, from my investigation over “change”, and ask you a simple question:

do you know who Dr. Koop was?

…you need to…

dr koopdespite political pressures, the former Surgeon General was out to fight disease, not people.

read about his life’s work and prepared to marvel:

The Embattled Career of Dr. Koop

and man that lived ferociously every day of his life to help and serve others is dead, today, at ninety-six.

it’s worth the effort.

thank you, Dr. Koop.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


looking at Apple: 08/25/2011


obviously a great many people are looking to me to address Steve Jobs stepping down as the CEO at Apple.

but look… it’s the wrong time to ask questions. that period has run it’s course.

I’ve warned you for two years that Jobs has his days numbered. he is ill, even while his company grows all the more robust.

remember this day, and mark my words: 08/25/2011.

shareholders and consumers, alike, will continue to be rewarded because Apple’s Product road-map extends over six years, and is naught less than brilliant. Tim Cook has, essentially, been running the company since 2004, driving a vision inspired by Jobs and an incredible team of people that see the world and its voracious appetite for best-of-class products much like Jobs does, himself.

Apple is ready for what is happening, even if a fragile world desperate for heroes does not understand it is as well.

the stock has dipped a bit. I’ll buy more with a quiet thank you to Jobs and company. it’s simply another opportunity every bit delicious as hot Apple pie. we, collectively can’t wait to see what’s cooking.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


today should be different


I awoke today in rather good form.

with Haley Anne off to Sandestin for a week with one of her “other families”, Joanne and Emma Jo had indulged themselves with a in-family sleepover. this had me in the guest room with Rowdy happy at my feet.

I had a double cardio work-out. sleep, as always, had come easy and quickly for me, with dreams aplenty and vibrant. refreshed I began to focus on the day ahead my usual optimism had me thinking like Captain America.

today, you were supposed to be reading a different post, and certainly a different kind of posting. it’s called water Rescue! you will see that. but, after my morning, and what it portends, I’ve decided to stave that effort off for tomorrow.

there is perspective afoot, here.

with other events crowding my mind and teeming imagination (possibilities and opportunities abound) I entered “my SBUX” (Starbucks) off Bethany Road in Milton. there, things took a rather abrupt and uncomfortable turn with familiar, but unexpected cues.

“Homeless Guy” was in the corner nursing a coffee. he looks normal, just wary. but, he is a reminder that something is not quite right in our overly comfortable “horse country” community that seems so unfazed by economic turmoil.

I don’t know his story; why he is homeless?

we made eye contact, and I was faced with the fact that I did not like what I (thought or felt) I saw behind his gaze. I thought of a Dawn of the Dead movie. zombie movies and soft drinks are typically referred to as “dawn of the dead movies” and “cokes”, right?

I don’t know her name, and now that bothers me as well. but, “Ditzy” was manning the register. the routine is always the same. she asks the same question (one or two, today?”), yet seemingly ever taken by surprise by the answer (“always two”) 1/. she can be counted on to call me “Daniel”, and I (and, the Barista) long ago stopped trying to correct her.

but, why should she know my name when I don’t know hers?

that simple realization began to gnaw at me as well as she fumbled with the clear vente cups only to be waved-off by a teammate that had already begun to build my beverages when I breached the doorway.

no sooner had I settled into my Tundra for the quick ride to the offices when the announcer on WSB 95.5 (what is his name?) grimly advised me that another unnamed woman from Johns Creek had died of kidney cancer. and, as she slid into darkness her neighbors, and strangers (evidently everyone was a stranger) rifled through her belongings because they had been cast to the curbside by a relentless landlord bent on her eviction.

did she pass from light to dark, alone?

so… I’m sure God will, eventually, make it a bit more clear to me why I’m so sensitive to my community today. maybe I need to be more grateful for the incredible blessings that abound in my life. I’ve done some cool things in my day. most of it felt self-indulgent like what occurred in Sarajevo, being a fireman, coaching athletes – all that stuff.

but… is it possible I’m not doing enough for others?

how can I help you? what would “the Captain” do? how do we make today different, and build on that for tomorrow? is this another of my Kobayashi Maru? I’ll be channeling Captain Kirk this day, I reckon. heroes are needed. real, imagined, determined.

go listen to: Here’s to the Heroes by The Ten Tenors. just remember, we need heroes because there are victims amongst us. we just need to want to make a difference, in everyone’s lives.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

1/ I’m reasonably certain that every practiced SBUX barista between Gainesville and Peachtree City knows that my beverage of choice, practicality, and possibly, necessity, is an iced vente chai (whole milk with nine pumps of chai).

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