There were two girls climbing concrete ramps that run along the side of a set of stairs. They were 7 to 10 years old. One asks the mom to join her. The mom said, “No, that’s for children.” Doing silly things that might be a little dangerous, fun and/or make you stand […][Continue reading…]
Tis the season to ask big questions…. The depth of winter is upon us. The pendulum swings toward new life for the next 6 months. What new life will be born in you? What new life will you birth into this world? What fear will you face down? What wrong will you […][Continue reading…]
On any given day of the week the alarm goes off. The alarm is either my phone or my kids. The first thought that floats on the cloudy surface of my mind is, “I’m so tired. I need a break”. I haven’t even started. Yet I need a break already? I go to the […][Continue reading…]
I headed for the airport. I kicked myself in the ass as I went. I didn’t accomplish what I intended to at the conference.
There were several people I intended on connecting with. Relationships I wanted to build. I didn’t connect with any of them.
A wasted trip.
I could have put time on…[Continue reading…]
Give someone 24 choices of jam… They’ll taste a lot of them. They’ll enjoy them. More often than not, they won’t commit to them. They don’t buy. 6 choices of jam and the commitment rate jumps. Many more buy with fewer choices We’ve bought into the lie that choice equals freedom. A diner […][Continue reading…]
Steve asked his son, Stone, if he wanted to go and do something together. Stone said, “I can’t. I’m busy.” Steve went on about his business. Stone did, too. An opportunity to connect lost. We’re all too busy. We all have a reason to keep doing what we’re doing. The work in progress […][Continue reading…]
I just wrote an email of encouragement to my wife, Jen. We started this habit 8 years ago. Once a week, on Wednesday, we email each other encouragement. There’s enough encouragement to make a book. The encouragement is a great way for us to refocus on what we like about each other, love […][Continue reading…]
We pulled into the driveway. We got out of the truck and went to visit with our neighbors, who were in their driveway. Jen said, “The tomato plant is drooping. Looks like it needs water.” I went to the hose, turned it on, dragged it over and started watering. It was the middle of […][Continue reading…]
I walked in the door to the office this morning. Joe, the security guard, waved and smiled. I caught him in the corner of my eye, over my shoulder. I turned and waved back. A smile crossed my face. I realized this was a ritual that started my day with pleasure. It was small. […][Continue reading…]
Donald asked me a question. He’s working on a project scheduled to complete in the next 5 weeks. I started to answer his question. Then I went on. I told him about stuff happening in 8, 10, 16 weeks from now. Don asked a follow-up question … he was confused. Don was thinking only […][Continue reading…]