MLK Day – The Dream is Still Alive

It’s hard to believe it’s been 47 years since the days when Martin Luther King, Jr. marched the streets to bring about equality for the African-American community. While his words and deeds came a decade before my time, his impact is legendary, even on the younger generations that never witnessed the devastating racist segregation that occurred during his time. “I have a dream...
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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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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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The World is Full of Good People

Thursday morning we woke to a few inches of snow in Denver. I had to catch a flight at 10am to for a team building event in Somerset, NJ on Friday afternoon. As I was heading out the door, my colleague called me and told me her car had broken down on the way to the airport. She needed me to back track and pick her up. I hopped in the car as fast as I could, but traffic was mo...
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Getting Involved: What’s In it For YOU?

Most people intuitively believe there's some benefit to being involved in community service, but yet there's still a disconnect as to why some people volunteer and some don't. In 2012, studies showed that 26.8% of Americans volunteered.  I think that's a great number, especially considering it's the highest level in five years (according to the report on Civic Life.) Anoth...
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Ways to Make a Difference

I recently inquired with Google to see how many people are searching for "making a difference." What I found was that there are over 1.5 million people searching for "How can I help people" every month. 1.5 Million People If you multiply that by 12 months a year - that's over 18 million people a year searching for ways to make a difference. Does that warm your heart? It does to...
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What the People of the World Really Want

It was day one of our Thailand trip. We'd walked several miles scouring through the streets of Bangkok, immersed in pungent smells of the street vendors and pollution, languages from around the world and temples. We finally began to slow our pace down and as we were heading back to the ferry on the river, we stopped in Chinatown for a fried banana snack. As I ordered from the ...
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One Key Ingredient Needed to Make a Difference

Volunteering
If you ask most people what they want to do with their lives, they answer is almost always the same. They want to help people. Yes, that shows up in so many ways from being a public school teacher, working in a non-profit, coaching people to build a business. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to making a differ...
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