It's Christmas week! I love gift giving, and I like gift getting. 2020 has caused plenty a moment for us to think of the grim and the sad in life. It is difficult for us to look at the gifts that we have received through a year like this. But we need to; it reminds … Continue reading Gift exchanges and Gift givers!
Christmas is the time to meet Jesus in the flesh. Meeting your heroes, seeing them 'in the flesh' means more than finding a picture online. They become real -- good or bad. Being in the flesh comes to mean we are real and human. It is hard to imagine anyone in the room without their … Continue reading Celebrating a Human Saviour
"Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy" I used to absolutely hate singing this song in church. It still makes me cringe. But for some reason I've been humming it a lot this Advent season. The song is based on a comparison Jesus makes between the postures of 2 people while praying. "Thanks for not making … Continue reading Humble Communication
"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
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
So maybe you're not into Christmas like I am... Sorry. Thankfully, Jerry Seinfeld came up with a response for the personality types that prefer no outward celebration of holidays or festivities: Festivus! I celebrate mine by fully preparing for Christmas, so there are no airing of grievances here. But maybe a little feats of strength... … Continue reading Merry Festivus!
That is the question we were left with after my last blog. Business or personal, we are humans interacting and wanting the best for those closest to us. So what does it look like? I have said it, you have, we all have. We tell people we do something or want something because we 'care'. … Continue reading What does caring look like?
Have you ever compared the themes of Advent with the themes of leadership? I have. Not just for my status as a leader in a group, but for my personal life as well. Who I am and how I see myself. My belief is that the outcomes we desire in leadership are the same as … Continue reading Leadership and the Advent Season!
I remarked on a recent chat regarding care that one of the best types of care we could show was to become slow. We move too fast in general. We miss important items on our list of values. We entertain thoughts we have no business sharing our energy with. And we tend to move past … Continue reading The Gift of Patience
The season of Advent is coming to a close, now we celebrate with the ancients at the arrival of the King. The most basic description of the word is ‘waiting’; it can also mean ‘arrival’. Both are important, especially if you are like me, and you think of ‘adventure’ whenever you hear the word. There … Continue reading What are you hoping for?