Motivation needs a Reminder

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 under Inspiration & Motivation

A well-known motivational guru was once challenged about the very idea of motivation. His antagonist complained that motivation doesn’t work because it doesn’t last. It wears off, so can’t be all the guru suggested it was …


Trials are Neutral, Attitudes Are Not

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 under Adversity & Challenge

Why do some people get crushed by difficulty, like so many boulders smashing the life and kindness right out of them? Why do they turn bitter and sour and hateful, while others rise to the occasion and come out better than before?


Do the Hard Thing

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 under Personal Development

We all like green pastures and blue skies. We like downhill paths and couches with remote controls and tests where the teacher shouts out the answers as we take them. But we also know that such things don’t require much from us and that things that don’t require much tend to inspire, build and produce just as little.


My Single Greatest Source of Strength

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 under Adversity & Challenge

When life gets dark and difficult, when it gets dim and murky, when I’m disillusioned or frustrated or down, there are things I can do to feel better. But one source of strength rises to the top of the list for me.


Life is Messy (get used to it)

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 under Mind & Attitude

Instead of trying to cram the messy abundance of life into neat little packaged moments of perfection, learn to laugh at the unpredictable and smile at the inopportune.


You Are What You Think (the story of a pig who thought he was a man)

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 under Mind

I remember hearing a story of a pig who thought he was a man. The other barn animals laughed him to scorn, held up pictures and diagrams to demonstrate quite clearly, and beyond refute, that the pig was indeed just a pig. Then the pig walked out of the barn, shook his head in disbelief, and drove off in his red convertible.


Be Happy Anyway

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 under Happiness

People will disappoint you. Be happy anyway. Life will throw you off your plans. Be happy anyway. Others will lie and lead you astray. Be happy anyway.


Celebrating Life

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 under Inspiration & Motivation

Why do we wait for anniversaries to celebrate marriage? Why do we wait for birthdays to celebrate births? And why do we wait for funerals to celebrate life? Why wait for the day of the event or the end of a life to celebrate what we could be celebrating daily?


Is Guilt Your Friend Or Foe?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 under Character & Values

Guilt is a tool or mechanism that a well-working conscience uses to communicate to the heart. When we don’t live up to our values, our hearts are pricked with guilt, shame and regret. But we’re not supposed to stay there, letting the guilt settle in and take up residency. It’s a warning signal in the dark of our choices that sends the message to course correct.


How to Fine-Tune Your Moral Compass

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 under Character & Values

Does your moral compass point true north? Or is it a little askew? And how would you know? There are, of course, people now and through history who thought they were doing right when everyone else knew otherwise. So how do you know where your moral compass is pointing?


Fertilizer Stinks … But it Keeps your Lawn Green

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 under Adversity & Challenge

Has life been one unbearable trial after another? Have you been beaten up and chewed up and spit out by a history that has left you maimed, scarred and bloodied? Have you ever considered that the very pain of life has fertilized the soil of your heart to yield fruit it could have produced in no other way?


Life is No Big Deal: it’s a bunch of little ones

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 under Life

Life is really an accumulation of daily small stuff that adds up to one huge thing called living. It’s also called love … and kindness … and family.


How to Avoid a Preemptive Death

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 under Personal Development

Some people are preemptively dying more than actively living. Their minds don’t move much. They lay their dreams and aspirations on the bed and hide their opportunities in the closet and wait for life to do something.


It’s Easy to Sit. It’s harder to Climb. So Climb!

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 under Personal Development

Life is a journey, a challenge to be mastered, but more importantly, to be learned from. But lessons, and the growth they promote, don’t come to us by taking the easy path. Downhill is still downhill. It takes you to the bottom. Paths of least resistance have always been attractive … until you get to where such paths take us.


The Perfection of Imperfection

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 under Identity

We are all different, doing different things, living different lives, coming to this point in time, right now as you read these words from different trajectories with different backgrounds and circumstances. So why do we think we all need to do the same things, look the same way, act like everyone else and live the same lives? The obvious answer is that we don’t!


Allegory of the Long Spoons (how to make heaven on earth)

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 under Character & Values

Have you heard of the parable of the long spoons? It goes something like this: A man was once taken on a tour of hell and was surprised by what he saw …


Pithy Love (24 of my favorite amorous one-liners)

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 under Love & Relationships

For this Valentine’s Day, I offer you some of my most pithy thoughts on humanity’s favorite topic. Perhaps you’ll even find a nugget of wisdom buried amongst all the pith as well!


Today is the Day (make it matter)

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 under Excellence

Today is a wholly new day unlike any previous set of 24 hours. This day will never reoccur. It will never return. It is unique unto itself. How are you going to live it?


How to Reach Higher than You Thought You Could (4 options you never considered)

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 under Personal Development

Life has the tendency of stretching us, calling from us more than we thought we had inside. The miracle of this process is that when we stretch, we rarely return to the same dimension we were before the stretch.


How to Procrastinate (for greater success and happiness)

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 under Productivity

Procrastination is an insidious habit that makes life more hectic, hurried and panicked. It robs us of peace, undermines excellence and degrades the joy that excellence produces. But does procrastination always undermine excellence, happiness and peace? Perhaps not.


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