"And each year, around this time, we need to remind ourselves that as one door closes we have the ability to find other doors that open." (Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain, "Loss and Renewal") So the new year has begun, and you have a new list of challenges and wishes before you. Or do you? Of … Continue reading French toast and fresh starts
A friend shared with me his love of knives, specifically, the legendary Buck knives. If you go to their website, buy a product, or just sign up for regular emails, you will get the 'family intro'. It is a promise of their integrity, pride in their product, and their claim to an outstanding warranty. What … Continue reading Is work like family?
Today marks 2 years since I ventured out with Lead Freely. Just over 2 years ago I finished my certification to be a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner. It marked the beginning of new things...I hoped. 2016 was a rough year to say the least. I finished my days at a local church in an … Continue reading Great Learning and Growing Experiences!
"I really hate ______________________________!" (Fill in the blank for yourself, and then continue reading.) I had a great conversation with one of my sons recently on the topic of hate. Hate is one of those words of great meaning that has become commonplace and overused. It is not a bad idea to review the words … Continue reading How much do you hate?
There is also another side to motivation. You might call it, lighting the fire under your butt. But there are two different ways that can happen. Success My oldest son Corban graduated this week, and man am I proud. I was proud of my daughter as well, but I think there are things we are … Continue reading Are you motivated by pain or success?
I am thankful for my father, in the many forms he has taken in my life over the years. As I reflect on our relationship, I think of my own relationship with my children, and now grand children as well. As we grow, our posture changes with those close to us. As we learn from … Continue reading Living a Legacy as Dad
“It was always said out of love” I inadvertently invited myself to a closed invitation birthday party. It was not my fault, I was just shown the invite and my dad said it was happening. So I went. And there I was looking very much like the youngest person in the building, realizing that every … Continue reading Stories from another generation
Are you familiar with 'cosmetic pharmacology'? That's the term my health insurance provider pulled out of a 1993 book to sell a new 'talk' program they are creating in the new year. The term is basicially associated with the idea that doctors are prescribing drugs to help people with non-medical symptoms. In other words, coping … Continue reading Your Insurance Company doesn’t actually care about you (A short business rant)
Technically, the day is pretty much done, but you're supposed to be thankful all the time, right? Last week I went out West to help my kinfolk with their website and the message of their mission (Mike & Irene Ritskes, check their first blog post here.) Many good conversations came out of our time together, … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!
This picture is a slight exaggeration, but as with everything, it is a good expression of the statement 'nothing comes easy'. I had the opportunity to help my some of my family bring clarity to the store front of their mission. (Check them out: Haiti Friendship Centre) I love helping with clarity and how we can … Continue reading Websites, clarity, and Family time
Ah yes, another great road trip is about to go into the books. We hit as many awesome sites as possible, lived to tell about it, and want to go home. Our van, like so many others out there, was a little microcosm of reality. Anytime you do life with others, on a team, on … Continue reading Road trips and reality
This past Father's day weekend was a gooder. I spent it with many of the most important people in my life. I got to see skills and abilities honed to form art, and share pride in the lives I have been blessed to be part of shaping. All of this reminds me of the importance … Continue reading Old dog, new tricks