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Monday Mottoes – #91

Most everyone has dreams. Through the years they may be trampled upon, beaten down, squeezed out, but they were there… or are yet to be… if only you would dare to dream. Sometimes we’ve tried and been disappointed. Maybe others have let us down. Next! Overcome that trepidation, stick to your plan, modify if necessary,…


Monday Mottoes – #90

Two people go through the exact, same experience. One sees it as a growth opportunity; the other sees it as harmful and destructive. How we internally and verbally frame situations and circumstances determines how we build our lives, similar to framing a building. This gives it shape. And we can shape our lives to a…


Monday Mottoes – #88

Self-image is a biggie. How you perceive yourself has a lot to do with how far you go in life, as long as you’re willing to put hands and feet to your vision. But it starts with being able to picture yourself in a role. Perhaps no one in your family ever attained a higher…


Just Say… No?

I’m all for boundaries, I really am. If you’re not careful, family/friends/children/ mates/bosses/workers/ strangers/the government/professors might walk all over you. So we’ve learned to “just say no”. That’s a good idea if you’re offered drugs, or your tenth volunteer opportunity this week at the kids’ school, or a lateral move at work that’s tantamount to…


Monday Mottoes – #86

We visited an art museum last week as part of the kids’ spring break. It got me to thinking about some of the great artists, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, perhaps not a genius, but extremely knowledgeable in many regards: musician, painter, sculptor, writer, anatomist, engineer, mathematician, botanist, scientist, architect, and inventor. Plus, he painted…


The Power of Persistence

Most every day I take a power walk-run. That’s not to say that the gym is not in the picture, but frankly, I enjoy being outside, since it’s rare that I am not inside a car, an office, a home, etc. I try to head to an inhabited, commercial, parklike setting. That way, I need…


Monday Mottoes – #85

You might be a man or woman, an employee, a parent, a spouse or a friend. Somewhere along the journey of life, something has gone wrong. Boundaries have been crossed, whether verbally or physically, creating great angst and debilitation. Why are you the target? Do you need to stand up for yourself? Do you need…


Monday Mottoes – #84

The longer I live, the more important it becomes to keep things simple. I am used to holding multiple meetings and appointments semi-simultaneously, burning the candle at both ends while burning the midnight oil and multi-tasking in 101 ways. It’s nuts. I maintain calendars that are like transparencies, where layer after layer may be added,…


Was There Really an Exodus?

All sorts of new theories abound claiming that there is no evidence of a Biblical Exodus where the Israelites were slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years and then came out, led by Moses, heading for their ancestral home, Israel. You know, the story made popular by Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 “The Ten Commandments” movie…


Passover Drama

The first Passover included tons of drama as the people of Israel exited the slavery of Egypt under the strong hand of the Lord. So traumatized was the Pharaoh of the time that history records him as leaving his usual war campaigns and keeping a low profile for many years thereafter. It’s no different today….

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