Character is what you do when – well, it’s what you do.

I’ve been thinking a lot about something. A few years ago I read a book by Hyrum Smith titled The 3 Gaps. One main theme of the book was focused on how we behave, what we do each day, that proves what we believe, what our governing values are, and how we spend our time.   If you ask a group of people what they want to do with their life, a large percentage of them will say, “I want to make a positive difference.” That means they have to …

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Creating Value in Thanksgiving

Yesterday was ThanksgivingLiving Day. I’ve been thinking ….. We can give thanks or we can live thanks. We can celebrate Thanksgiving once a year or we can add value to every day by living with an attitude of gratitude. ThanksLiving.  I know …. finding ways to be thankful even when we have to drag in the excavation crew to clear away the crud to shine a light on fresh perspective. It’s possible with the right tools. Here’s one of them. Ready crew? Have you ever had a perplexing decision to …

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Here’s why ONE is not the loneliest number

When I was in high school the musical group Three Dog Night sang from every juke box in the country convincing us that, “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.” If you know the lyrics, you will remember that life doesn’t get any better with two because something bad divides them. Who listens to all that repetitious dark agony? I mean – on purpose? Apparently, I did, since that’s the very first thing that popped into my mind when I heard the Five-Minute Friday writing prompt for this …

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Life is Basically a Repeat Action

A few weeks ago, while hiking a trail in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan, I noticed how effortlessly our group traversed the winding paths over rocks, under broken branches, through groves of trees, and along the water’s edge. What would have been a challenging route a hundred years ago, today required little more than the ability to walk upright. As the trails twisted left or right, signs along the way pointed toward destinations of our choosing: South Shore, North Trail, Parking Lot I noticed as we trudged through wooded …

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We Hope Because We Love

HOPE: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen According to the dictionary, that’s what hope is. Expectancy. Something better is up ahead. Anticipation of good things yet to happen. After all, when was the last time you heard someone say, “I hope my car breaks down.” or “I’m planning my next vacation in Hawaii. I hope I get disgustingly sick on Maui.”  Seriously?  When we hope, our minds overflow with ideas of something better yet to come. We say things like, “I hope you love your …

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Truths Told by the Garden of Leadership

I can’t believe a year has passed since a friend posted a photo of his greenhouse in progress. Absent of philosophical comment to prompt my thinking it instantly occurred to me that this visual could be a metaphor for life – at least for mine. The compartments, the vegetation, the curled hose, the tractor, the bicycles, even the walkway dusted with mulch and dirt, everything a picture of life under a glass shield. It was the tractor that caught my attention first. It seemed out of place. What could a huge …

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From Crisis to Calling: Finding Your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions – Book Summary

As I sat down to write about this book, From Crisis to Calling: Finding your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions by Sasha Chanoff and David Chanoff, an online article in the Huff Post grabbed my attention proclaiming Afghan Refugee Crisis Worsens. It seems the news is dominated by more and more crises related to refugees who are suffering greatly in violence–torn regions. This book would have been much more uncomfortable to read had it not been for the authors’ presentation of the storyline through the moral compass of each person …

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Character is what you do when – well, it's what you do.

I’ve been thinking a lot about something. I just read a book by Hyrum Smith titled The 3 Gaps. I won’t go into the entire book here because I’ll be posting a book summary at a later date – but the main theme of the book was focused on how we behave, what we do each day, that proves what we believe, what our governing values are, and how we spend our time.  If you ask a group of people what they want to do with their life, a large percentage …

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Character: In a world of malevolence, living a life of excellence

Yesterday I went to my bookshelf and pulled off all the books I read last year and stacked them on the end of my desk. It wasn’t so I could get all bigheaded and proud of my accomplishment. I was thinking back to how my life has changed this year. It isn’t so much because of what I read in all those books, but that helps. It’s more that I’ve interacted with many different individuals who model the character written about in those books. Even though the books piled on …

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Seriously? You're going to live by OneWord? as in All Year?

Well it’s here, the moment we’ve been waiting for. The anticipating the planning … the clock struck 12 and 2015 was born. Welcome. Welcome to the New Year everybody! Do you make resolutions? Or maybe you set S.M.A.R.T. goals. You know. The goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Limited. Some of you, like me, have adopted one word to live by every day, all year long. I’ve been using the #MyOneWord philosophy since 2011, and so far I have used up #Faith, #Integrity, #Discernment, and this year I …

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Refining Grace