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Who is Watching You? Three Observations about Invisible Influence

Sometimes you do what appears to be foolish, and it helps someone else. It is the principle of invisible influence.   Invisible influence means people are watching you and you affect them, even though you are unaware of their notice. You see someone pick up trash and you bend over to pick up the next […]

Not Number 1: A Tale of Three Backups

Some years it is hard to watch the Super Bowl. This year was, for many, a struggle to decide who to support. (For Dallas Cowboy fans, which team turns your stomach less–Eagles or Patriots? It’s a coin toss.) Super Bowl LII gave me something to watch that was better than football. It was a game […]

Do You Believe in Magic? Three Beliefs To Give Up for Progress

It took centuries to collect the stories that would become A Thousand and One Nights. One character, the best known, was not in the original. It is the tale of a magic lamp stumbled upon by a peasant named Aladdin. A Frenchman named Antoine Galland added the story of Aladdin in the 18th Century. Aladdin’s […]

Must, Should, Could and Do: 4 Words to Sort Your Life

Life’s phone keeps ringing, like the telemarketer at dinner time. Many opportunities, requests, and demands come to your life. PTA meeting notices come home in backpacks. Dinner invitations arrive in the mail. Friends say, “can you help me out with this small thing?” Most of what arrives on our plate is a matter of volume, […]

When Not to Throw a Fit

Our granddaughter (who is about 9 months old) has found her temper, especially when put in a car seat). She bows her back and expresses great displeasure through crocodile tears and ear-splitting screams. Once in the seat, she’s just fine. Part of growing up is learning independence. Part of growing mature is learning adaptability. I […]

A Charge to Keep

Some words need to be dusted off. One such word, stewardship, let time layer it with a thick layer of misunderstanding. One day, stewardship walked into church and sat on a pew. Misunderstanding the meaning, someone decided its nickname was “giving.” Since that time, those with religious backgrounds see a contribution plate pass by every […]

What’s the Temperature?

I ordered a small breakfast at McDonald’s while on vacation. While waiting for the order to come to the counter, I watched the manager. She cradled a clipboard in hand (which had dozens of rows and columns). Moving to the preparation table, she began opening the warming trays holding food like meat patties or chicken […]

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