How are you different?

Imagine there’s a team being assembled to participate in a one day, “idea sharing” retreat.  Team members will be paid $100,000.00 each for their time.  Of course it would be held at some amazingly fantastic place, all expenses paid.  To qualify, you must answer one question.   If your answer is unique, you’re in.  It’s…

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Starting tomorrow is easy

Starting tomorrow means we can continue doing whatever we’ve been doing for one more day. Everyone likes a fresh start, i.e., a new day, a new week or a new month and by the time October and November roll around, it makes sense to just wait for a new year, right? Do you do this?…

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Adulthood should be exciting

This morning  a good friend of mine posted a question on Facebook: “Why do you race?” She was looking for motivation from her support group of athletes.  My gut response was, “You race because it gives you confidence and that confidence carries over into every aspect of life.” But that’s not right.  Confidence is a…

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Is life harder for this generation of kids?

You know how older generations like to remind the current generation how easy they have it?  I remember my grandpa teasing me saying, “Oh, you’ve got it made.  When I was your age I had to walk 5 miles to school in 20 below temps uphill…both ways.”   Maybe he was exaggerating but he had…

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Happy people have three things in common

Some people are clearly happier than others.  You can feel it when you’re around them.  The little things don’t seem to bother them.  They’re fully present, genuine and optimistic.  You get the impression that life is just easier for them. It is easier.  However, it isn’t easier because they’re lucky or because their circumstance is…

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Does your life matter?

It seems like everyone is trying to find purpose these days.  Thanks to the web and all of our devises, we’re tuned into the world.  We can watch the best and worst of humanity just by tuning into YouTube.  The stories are endless and in comparison our lives can seem small.  It’s natural to wonder,…

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Mindless Manners vs Thoughtfulness

I’ve raised my kids to have manners.  They say things like please, thank you, excuse me and you’re welcome.  Those little words are important because they help our children become thoughtful, considerate adults, right?   Maybe not. I’ve discovered that there’s a difference between helping our kids develop a habit of saying the right words…

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Can’t or Haven’t yet?

A close friend of mine, Joe (not his real name) recently returned from an eating disorder residential treatment facility.  He finally admitted himself (at the advice of his therapist) for a compulsive eating problem that’s plagued him for over 20 years.  Joe’s not a small guy but he’s not as large as you might expect…

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Escaping from Mundane

Mundane:  (adjective) typical, ordinary, lacking interest or excitement, dull. Mundane a great word.  The way it rolls off your tongue even sounds mundane.  I know it’s an adjective but I wish it was a noun.  I’d define it like this: Mundane:  (noun) the dreaded place people settle into when they stop challenging themselves, stop trying…

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Verify your truths

Questions: Why does the young boy growing up under the influence of the Taliban hate Americans?  Why does he believe giving his life in an act of terrorism will be rewarded in heaven? Why do children who grow up under the influence of the KKK believe white people are superior? Why do most Americans still…

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