What Mattered Most… Today.

It seems every day I have the same fight with myself. What will I get done today? How much can I complete? Will there be enough time to finish a project, run this errand, make dinner, write, call a friend, do laundry… the list in my head is perpetual. I cross two things off and I add four more. It’s like a bad reoccurring dream that haunts me day in and day out. My “to-do” lis...
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Sitting in the Seat of Judgment

I was sitting in my first class seat coming back from travels in Sioux Falls. I had the pleasure of getting upgraded due to my recent status on the airline. I've walked past the first class passengers many times, sometimes questioning and curious "who these people were" sitting up here--where the service is constant and the bathroom is private! I sat down in my seat of 1D, w...
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We Have Much to Learn From People Around the World

For as far back as I can remember, I've been intrigued by cultural differences. Everything from what people believe to how we behave in public is influenced by our culture. I volunteer regularly with refugees from Burma, and they encourage us to just walk in the house, don't knock, roam around the house as we need--even help ourselves to stuff in the kitchen. For an American...
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8 Ways to Create Connection

We all crave and desire to be connected to our fellow human beings, but what does it take to really feel that connection?  Here's a list of several ways you can increase your connection to others. Be open and willing to share about yourself and your life.  Be a trusting person and friend. Stay true to your commitments, honor your word, and follow through with your prom...
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Our Perspective on Life… is What Defines Who We Are.

How's the View From Where You Are Standing?  Perspective is such a fascinating thing. It's what defines who we are, what we believe, what we fight for, and ultimately what pushes our buttons--and even how we serve and make a difference. Ironically though, it doesn't take much for our perspective on life to be influenced, by our friends, the media, our industry, our ne...
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The Battle of Technology vs. Connectedness

There are so many ways in which we can feel connected. Yet, how many of us have battled with feeling alone, disconnected, and disengaged from the rest of life? In our recent times, we are charged with understanding how connection works with technology. In this time of transition, we are exploring what works and what doesn't in how we interact online and maintain a sense of tru...
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Despite What the Media Tells You.. Most People are Good People

After hearing about what happened in Boston and seeing many responses such as "What's wrong with people!?" or "What's wrong with this world?" or "What's this world coming to?" I couldn't help but post: Remember, most people in the world are good people. Don't let a few bad ones ruin your views on humanity. It is so easy to buy into the belief that there are MANY bad people...
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Cultivating a Sense of Belonging

"By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier." - Susan Lieberman Belonging is a prominent need for us human beings. We desire to fit in, to be a part of something, to feel that we are connected to others. Belonging is a big soap box that I sit on and preach about. When we don't feel we bel...
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Seize the Opportunity

There really are opportunities everywhere to make a contribution to your community. When you start to look for those opportunities, recognize them, and take action you'll find them everywhere. Just within the last few weeks I've had opportunities to... Help a neighbor when he left the garage door open when he was gone, by walking across the street and closing it for him T...
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How to Be More Compassionate

“It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.” - Unknown Compassion is a skill that is both learnable and teachable. And while some people are born with an amazing sense of compassion, others learn to cultivate it over time. More than anyth...
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