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The Power of the Crucible: Three Advantages to Life’s Troubles

Life passes us through crucible experiences that change us. No one escapes life unscathed by challenges. Tragedies flow into every life, some more severe or numerous than others. What do these crucible experiences do for us? In Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book Leadership in Turbulent [...]

By |2018-10-17T19:31:57+00:00October 17th, 2018|Books, Life Observations|0 Comments

Is Life That Terrible? Choosing to Live a Significant Life

Life is terrible. At least, that’s what you would conclude from listening to many people. Conversations are bleak complaining sessions with the refrain, “ain’t it awful.” Facebook and Twitter posts revert to social murmur and group grumble. Each day we watch, listen, and contribution to [...]

By |2018-09-02T20:00:52+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Compassion, Life Observations|2 Comments

The Fear That Stops You: Keeping the Werewolf Out of Your Life

No one passed a certain age believes in werewolves. People allow the same fear into their lives at any age.   Let me take you to a dark room to explain.   When I was about 11, we visited friends in Little Rock, Arkansas. They [...]

By |2018-08-25T13:21:24+00:00August 25th, 2018|Life Observations|0 Comments

The Dead Tree: Dig Up What Doesn’t Grow

Outside of a coffee shop which is my morning retreat is a tree…or should I say “was” a tree. A few years ago, A developer built a modern mixed-use project. It became an oasis in the city. I like the coffee and the quiet. Around [...]

By |2018-08-05T02:25:24+00:00August 4th, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections|0 Comments

Don’t Have Enough Time? Think Again!

Karl complained he did not have enough time. Up at 6 and out the door by 7, he worked hard as an up and coming manager. People liked and he worked hard. Also, he had an active 3-year-old and a newborn at home. He dragged [...]

When You Can’t See, You Need This

One afternoon, as I got out of my car to enter the library, I saw it. What you need when you cannot see.   A woman got out of the car next to me and met a man on the other side. He was carrying [...]

Bright Lines: A Simple Way to Keep Your Life In the Road

I live in Dallas, TX where there are two passions—The Dallas Cowboys and road construction. I cannot travel 2 miles without coming across safety cones. (I wish I had invested in that industry three years ago!). One nagging issue I face is the absence of [...]

Building the Right Compartment: Four Simple Steps to Seal Off Worry

I am a serial ruminator. Worry’s answer rests on the words of Jesus and the example of a giant ship. The concerns of life can pile up. They invade my mind like the Germans flooding the French defenses. When they come, they build a nest, lay [...]

By |2018-06-16T12:48:28+00:00June 16th, 2018|Life Observations|0 Comments

When Wasting Time is the Best Use of Time

Almost every productivity site/guru/book/lecture says that same thing. Never wasted time. Pack your day and don't let anything fall to earth. After all, Benjamin Franklin told us, "Do not squander time for it is the stuff life is made of." With all due respect to [...]

The Secret to Marriage? Here’s My Single Answer

Recently, someone asked, "what's the secret to a long marriage?" I did not have a good answer. I do now. On May 15th of this year (2018), my wife Vickie and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary.   I took her to a nice restaurant [...]

By |2018-05-24T23:57:38+00:00May 25th, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections|0 Comments
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