Didn’t Think It Would Happen This Fast

Didn’t think it would happen this fast. Thought it would be a few days, maybe a week or two. Thought at least 36 hours would pass. Didn’t think it would happen this fast. Blink awake and wonder begins. Tended to, cared for, independence too soon. Didn’t think it would happen this fast. Alone yet connected,…

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What Are Your Aspirations?

Do you believe aspirations are essential to life and work? Early in our career, we would likely answer “yes” to this question. A Get Schooled survey of high school students found that 78% of our youth have specific career aspirations. Within their career aspirations, they select them because: They have a personal passion (95%) They…

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Go to a National Park This Summer!

Our urban worlds are filled with wires, traffic, devices, and digital distractions galore. To regain our soul, nature floods in with renewing powers. More than the air that clears our lungs, the beauty sparks something deep inside and we feel at ease. All distractions disappear, other than our thoughts and what we absorb from the…

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The Time I Worked for Santa: A Spirited Story

Guest Post by Kelly Silay Each of us has something we admire about the holiday season – the lights, the carols, or even the snow. For me, I have always admired the “little” things about the season, literally. I have always been drawn to Santa’s elves. Maybe it’s their work ethic to make toys for children…

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Be Amazed. Amaze Others.

Events drive thoughts and actions. In the United States, Thanksgiving sparks a spurt of gratitude. Like a note on a calendar, we express thanks, cross it off as done, and move on. Leading with a gratitude mindset should be so much more. Gratitude is living in a state of amazement while amazing others in what…

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Words Matter

Words stand-alone. We begin to put them together and form sentences, conveying our thoughts, ideas, and concerns. At times, our words seem to be as jumbled as putting them on a Scrabble board… random, no real meaning. Our words can stream out fast and furious or slow and painful. In either case, passion is wrapped…

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Moments of Peace – The Christmas Truce Story

The spirit of Christmas loses luster at times. Family pressures overtake us. Economics burden us. Unfathomable events sink us. Even in challenging times, a Christmas moment catches us off guard, bringing a smile of a warm memory or a burst of gladness. It may not matter if one believes in Christmas or not, the seasonal…

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How Do You Describe Passion? A Gelato Lesson.

This past summer we took a father-sons weekend trip. Part of it took us to Portland, Maine, and into Gorgeous Gelato to discover wonderful gelato and a delectable quote on the wall. The passion of gelato. In my opinion, Auguste Escoffier, an Italian chef, captured the essence of passion in description. Here’s why. It sets…

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Unstuck: Dancing in the Puddles of Life and Possibility

I always remember those times after a rain. Our yard was filled with an assortment of mud puddles, and it was time to go out and have some fun. It was without a care in the world in which we began jumping in the puddles. Water was flying everywhere, and it didn’t matter. It was…

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Your Intangible Presence of Living

We focus on tangibles. Partly due to the fact, I believe, we can touch them, grab of hold of them, or point to them. The tangibles become a part of our persona. With our iPhones®, iPads®, or other devices, our personal brand begins to assume the characteristics of that item. We identify ourselves with what…

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The Unboxed Life: Giving

One side of our life needs to be boxed in, and another needs to be unboxed. Our unboxed life needs to be spirit-led, soul-inspired. We hear words like “listen to your spirit” or “reach into your soul” and, at times, it just seems like a lot of nonsense. Yet, we know it when we feel…

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Life Isn’t a Journey. Life Is a Warrior Dash.

Life is a journey. No kidding. I have always disliked that statement or when people say “I am on a journey…” Being on a journey sounds so soft, uninvolved, and self-centered. “I am on a journey.” You might as well say “I am sleep-walking through life, hoping to catch a wave of understanding that takes…

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