Traditions…

...can provide some comfort.

We have our traditions. They go beyond habits and take on a more substantial standing in our lives. Often, they are the things we do that we like, so we repeat them to our comfort. They can be annual experiences, like going to a special place every summer or engaging in a special practice at […]

Lead Yourself First…

...then you may be able to lead others.

In a recent good conversation with a media guru, we had the opportunity to address a group of aspiring leaders. My friend, who is prominent in the media world said unequivocally, “Before you can lead others, you must be able to lead yourself.” He’s right. Many are trying to lead at different levels in the […]

Binging…

...not always bad.

Probably, the first I ever heard of binging was binge drinking. This is, of course not a good plan if the drinking is alcohol. It’s indicative of alcoholism and a need for real help. Now we hear of binge watching television with the advent of whole seasons of shows available at a time. I am […]

Keeping It Straight

Apps that work for me.

I enjoy things digital and believe some of the hype that some of these things actually help me accomplish other things while cutting down on the time it takes and the anxiety of getting it all done. Now I need an app to cut back on run-on sentences. I know they exist. Evernote My favorite […]

Great Ideas…

Where do they come from?

We met with a big thinker this week. I like to be in the company of big thinkers. Their perspective can be so unique and helpful to see the forest from the trees. As we talked, you could almost see the wheels of his imaginative mind going to work, considering the many different possibilities and […]

Stepping Out…

...still one step at a time.

There is a time for new direction in our lives. When did this last happen to you? Sometimes we’re so cautious so as to not upset our situation, we totally miss the freshness and growth that comes with new direction. While skipping around, jumping to new things left and right would be evidence of an […]

Taking a Break

...a good decision.

Sometimes the best decision is to simply take a break. In the middle of a deep discussion about the way forward? Take a break. Working with a team over a troubling situation? Take a break. Intensely involved or engaged in work or a project? Take a break. Weary in well doing? Take a break. Taking […]

Independence…

...more than a day.

“Do they have a 4th of July in England?” It’s an old (and not funny) joke. The American tradition to celebrate independence from England is a serious matter. In 1776, the conditions were such that those seeking religious freedom in the new world, expected self determination to be inherent. It wasn’t. So the Revolution began […]

Patriotism…

...can be a beautiful thing.

When my father in law saw an American flag in a parade, he wept. He was a patriot. Never having served in the military, somewhere along the line he developed this love for country that never left him. He was a patriot. The older I get, the more I feel similarly. I reckon the cost […]

Liberty…

...or death.

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry, delegate to the Second Virginia Convention, gave an impassioned speech related to colonial independence, where he concluded with the challenge, “Give me liberty or give me death.” [btw, the convention was held in St. John’s Church in Richmond – a nod to those confused by separation of church and […]