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Appreciate What You Have

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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

— Voltaire

How do we survive adversity?  What is the difference between surviving and thriving?

I believe the difference is in how we tell our story.  And often, the story we tell is the one we inherited.

My mother grew up in the depression.  She was one of those people who remembered the depression as being an awful time.  There were four of them, my grandfather and grandmother, my aunt and Mom.  To hear her tell the story, life was Continue reading » Appreciate What You Have

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I Love It When a Plan Comes Together!

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Ever give yourself the gift of rejoicing when you’ve hit the mark?

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

— Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”

I love it when a plan comes together!

This last weekend I taught a class that I’ve taught a couple of times a year for the last six or seven years… AND I taught a totally new class – Huh??? Well of course, part of the riddle is that the group of students is always new to the class and new to me.  But this time I was also teaching to a new text and a new set of objectives and a new syllabus – all selected by Continue reading » I Love It When a Plan Comes Together!

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Caution – Slow Learner Ahead

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In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

— Yogi Berra

I spent last week in beautiful Salt Lake City.  In addition to being awed by the beauty around me, I was there for an investing class.  As much as I love learning about investing, I’ve found that I get embarrassed because I’m such a slow learner.

I don’t mean that I sit there and hold everyone back because I don’t understand, I mean that although there may have been a few techniques that I hadn’t heard before, most of what I learned in this class, I relearned.  In other words, I’d heard it before and Continue reading » Caution – Slow Learner Ahead

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Shake It UP!

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Are you locked into the same ol’/same ol’? Maybe it’s time to shake it up!

Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.

— Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Kaleidoscopes are some of my favorite toys – I have a modest little collection, nothing too special but very fun!  Some of them have “stuff” that gets re-scattered with every turn, one has fluids that move and change.  But the ones I like the very best are actually inexpensive plastic, fist-sized toys with prism lenses that refract the real world into crazy mixed-up images – with every turn, my world bends into hundreds of tiny daffy images – very cool!

Recently I heard about an “artist and Dad the second time round,” named Raghava KK and his new iPad app for Continue reading » Shake It UP!

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A Dabba-Whatta?

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Do you have any local eateries that actually know your name, serve up your very own home-cooked meal, and do it right, every single day without fail?

Yeah, I know – the real question is: Who’s eating out anymore?

We often bemoan the “outsourcing” of jobs to second or third world countries and rarely do we look to them for effective operational models. But entrepreneur, Seth Godin, blog-commented on Continue reading » A Dabba-Whatta?

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want, but appreciating what you have.”

Jim Loehr & Nicholas Hall

Recommended Reading

Image of The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (Expanded and Adapted for Small Groups)
Image of The Seven Whispers: A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These
Image of The Complete Artist's Way: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice
Image of The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal