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Category Archives: Reflections

Small Change

When my father passed away suddenly in December, we faced the inevitable task of cleaning out a house lived in for 45 years. Furniture filled spaces. Old bank statements and tax returns spilled over file boxes. One of the surprising finds was the small changes in all kinds of places. My parents just dropped pocket […]

What Can You Learn From You Antagonists?

Every person has antagonists in their life. They seem to stand as a roadblock to progress. Some seem mean-spirited. Others are just object able. Still others just don’t “mesh” with us, either due to personality, outlook, or background. Most of the time, we avoid our antagonists. After all, who wants to spend time with people […]

Broken Windows

James Q. Wilson died this past week, but you probably have never heard of him. Yet, his “broken window theory” was adopted by police departments all over America to reduce crime. For years people believed more police officers made safer neighborhoods. Wilson noticed something else. Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the […]

A New-Found Joy–Listening to Books

One question you should ask yourself regularly is “what gives me joy?” We get caught in the “oughts, shoulds, and musts” that few of us get to the “wants.” About 18 months ago, I found something which has given me incredible joy. I started listening to books on CD. Reading has been a lifetime love […]

When You Don’t Have the Bandwidth

In the internet age bandwidth refers to how much information can move online. But every person has a personal bandwidth. In life, three things determine what you can do at anytime. Time–if a task takes 1 hour and you have 10 minutes, you can’t do it. Opportunity–if you need to pickup a medical prescription and […]

The Hardest But Best Lesson

Few take criticism well. We nod in agreement Franklin P. Jones. He observed, “Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” The word that comes to mind in such circumstances is “unfair.” Sometimes “fair” is in the eye of the speaker. Objectively, life is not fair. […]

Book Review: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

The sand raced through the neck of the hourglass. A much older David Ponder, surrounded by the legion of thinkers, scientists, philosophers, and leaders were summoned in an eternal summit meeting to unravel the Gordian knot of saving civilization. What answer was right? Would they find it…in time? The Traveler’s Gift was the first book […]

Selfishness Is Not What You Think

Buried deep inside the brain is the whispered voice of a mother, “don’t be selfish.” Somewhere around age two, the voice implants itself as a subliminal secret to be followed. But selfishness is not what you think. Teachers and parents instill the picture of selfishness as “thinking about self.” Yet, that’s not selfishness. The concept […]

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