The Audacity of Hope

This book has literally been staring me down for the past 3 years. Given the current set of circumstances, it felt like a good time to crack it open. I am also preparing to preach for Trinity Sunday. It's the week after all of the Easter stuff is done, and we talked about the amazing … Continue reading The Audacity of Hope

Should we open the doors?

Just so you know, I am not a health expert, and I can't give you an official recommendation on what you choose to do during a pandemic. But, I will offer an opinion or two... Everyone wants things to go back to normal. Even if normal was broken. But we all tend to get nostalgic … Continue reading Should we open the doors?

Top 5 things you won’t change

To clarify, I have said in past posts that change is inevitable. We all know it, we just all have to find ways to deal with it. Now that we have that out of the way, let's move on to what you wouldn't change. So what are some things that have occurred during this pandemic … Continue reading Top 5 things you won’t change

You will never be the same

Crisis always changes us. Not necessarily in a traumatic way, but in the sense of disruption. We grow in crisis. Kids become teens, teens become adults, adults grow grey. Each crisis moves us. Nostalgic dreams kill us. Trying to live the past stops your growth, and hinders how you adapt. Not only are you stagnant, … Continue reading You will never be the same

The Ideal Team Player

As I sit here preparing for my workshop participants to arrive, I reflect back to my last completed read. The Ideal Team Player, by Patrick Lencioni. My workshop is based on communication and learning to work together in all situations, so maybe that is why the book came to mind. It speaks directly to who … Continue reading The Ideal Team Player

Help people be their best

"Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth." (Mike Tyson) That was one of my favourite lines from a conference I took in a few years ago. The speaker shared about how many people did not enjoy the politics of the organization, but came on staff, trained, but then threw up their … Continue reading Help people be their best

Happy graduation! Now keep going…

Yes, that tweet is relevant to the title of this post. I celebrated 2 different graduations this week, for 2 sons at 2 different places in life. They were emotional, celebratory, and marked both an end and a beginning. High school graduation is one of our few rites of passage left in society. So we … Continue reading Happy graduation! Now keep going…

We Are Family?

Musings on what I have learnt from being in a family: Don’t sweat the small stuff; Forgiveness covers all kinds of wrongs; No one can cut you deeper than those in your own home; Appreciation and approval are important things; Blood runs deep; Everyone else is normal and my parents are crazy! (Youth reference) What … Continue reading We Are Family?

Clarify what you mean!

Do you bring clarity to your situation? We all speak in code. It just happens when we become familiar, feel accepted, and develop our own little culture. Each setting, if observed closely, has a language and a set of mannerisms, and that brings unwritten expectations of participants. The sooner you admit that you are part … Continue reading Clarify what you mean!

Thank you Little Grand!

The workshop may have been small, but the sharing was deep! I had yet another opportunity to share my living better together workshop, discussing communication and relationship-building within families and communities. We had a little trouble getting word out, but once the right people were on the case everything moved nicely! Many thanks to those … Continue reading Thank you Little Grand!

Do you suffer from ‘contemptible behaviour’?

"You may have heard that I'm a bit of an a**hole, and I'm not denying it!" (Quote from a new general manager being introduced) This term is used often nowadays, both in lighthearted contexts and as a source of pride for people who suffer from 'contemptible behaviour'. (Source: English Language & Usage) I like that … Continue reading Do you suffer from ‘contemptible behaviour’?

The Best Gifts

Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? It is a strange question to ask when you think of it. Gifts are unearned, in disguise, and often without a foreknowledge of the reason behind them. Until we open them. Then we may get a story, a moment, or a surprise. Asking if you got what … Continue reading The Best Gifts