REALITY CHECK

I watched a film called “Stutz” on Netflix. I recommend it, but it’s a long conversation. Not much action, but lots to think about. Early in the film, Phil Stutz, the therapist at the center of the documentary, suggests that we all face the same reality in life. Pain. There is nothing pain-free. We suffer trauma. Loss. It takes the pain of discipline to gain skill and ability. If we are counting on ease, we will […]

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GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

Thanksgiving is a favorite time of year. History says we started the tradition before we became a nation. In the 1600s, folks would stop to thank God for the blessing of the fall harvest. As you might imagine, Pilgrim life was a hard one. Illness, harsh elements, and uncertainty prevailed. Everything depended on the harvest. Winter would follow soon. How well you ate and survived depended on the harvest. Then spring would come, and you […]

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TIME MANAGEMENT – STEWARD BETTER, SQUANDER LESS

“Time is the stuff of life. You either learn to steward it faithfully, or you squander it.” – Reagan Rose Those are the extremes: good steward of time or time waster. We know we each have the same amount of time in a day. Learning to steward it faithfully takes effort, purpose, and practice. As I read the above quote, it caused me to consider: “How am I trying to steward my time better?” I […]

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MINDSET

Our minds can work in an “either/or” fashion, i.e.: Good/Bad Better/Worse Health/Sickness Richer/Poorer You get it.  I look at such contrasts in a linear fashion.  At one end is the area I aspire to.  At the other is the one I don’t. Chances are we are faced in one direction or the other. So, I was listening to a podcast – in reference to this “either/or” mindset.  The former Surgeon General of the United States […]

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INSPIRATION FROM GENERAL GEORGE PATTON

George Patton was a famous World War II general.  Yesterday I encountered two quotes of his from completely different sources.  I figured it was a sign. The first was an inspiration posted on Twitter that read: “You’re never beaten until you admit it. So, don’t admit it.” On one hand it sounds stubborn. But there is power in having that kind of determination when we come up against a challenge.  It’s the kind of belief […]

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WINNING WITH ATTITUDE, EFFORT, AND FOCUS

“The best players don’t always win.  The players who play the best do.” – Lou Holtz   This is a subtle distinction.  When all the players are on the field, there are some who have more talent, skill, and strength than the others.  Why don’t they always win?   The effort, attitude, and focus matters too.    I suspect not everyone is interested in the US Open tennis tournament in New York.  Serena Williams, arguably the greatest to ever […]

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EMBRACING THE STRUGGLES OF LIFE

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass  Hard to deny this.  Most of us would like life to be without stress.  Wake up every morning and have life go without any incident.  Just one day, no strain.  No pain. But it isn’t what we face.  I read a book some years ago called A Road Less Traveled.  The first line of the book, “Life is difficult” is worth the cover […]

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DEVELOPING YOUR CIRCLE

I read the research that describes the seven conditions of those living long, satisfying lives. They are: Don’t smoke. Best not to drink, but if you do, not excessively. Maintain a healthy weight. Regular exercise. Have an adaptive lifestyle which means keeping patient and steadfast whatever comes.  Bad times don’t last. Education always contributes.  People who are curious and are constantly learning do well. Having good long-term relationships/friendships.  A long marriage, as well as having […]

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IMAGINE, DESIRE, BELIEVE & ACT

Skip Bertman is a Hall of Fame baseball coach from LSU.  I watched a documentary about his legacy on ESPN recently.  Here’s a quote all his players over decades can repeat: “If you can vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon a goal, it will come to pass.” There are four verbs: imagine, desire, believe, and act. There are four adverbs: vividly, ardently, sincerely, and enthusiastically. Start with the verbs.  To imagine, […]

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INSPIRATIONAL IMPACT

“Inspiration turns into impact because you have the courage to start something and the persistence to follow through.” – Tom and David Kelley Inspiration is a funny thing.  We can be sitting on our couch watching television and be inspired. We can be sitting in a pew at church and be inspired. We can read a book, see the sunrise and/or admire a colleague’s effort and be inspired. But, the quote above captures it.  Inspiration […]

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