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The Difference Is You

The Difference Is You

What will you do to make a difference? How can you have an impact? I think the challenge for most people when it comes to doing or creating something big is simply trying to imagine themselves having any significant impact on the world when they are just one single person and can only do one small thing at a time. In our fast food culture, where we want instant results and are striving to meet the what have you done for me lately expectations, it's real easy to forget that even the most important and outstanding accomplishments all [...]

Your Great Life

Your Great Life

Somewhere in the middle of the family's Wii bowling tournament the other night, I found myself overwhelmed with thankfulness.  Maybe it was when I rolled two strikes in the 10th frame assuring me of a win in game one.  (They all took turns beating me after that).  Well, actually in that moment I felt relief...the thankful part came when I paused to really soak up all of the things that were going on around me. It's always a good time around the kids when everyone is laughing and having fun.  It has a way of allowing me to let go of [...]

Those Things You Do

Those Things You Do

Did you ever wonder if your random acts of kindness, good deeds, smiles or friendly words have any significant or lasting affect on the world around you? I think it's pretty important for you to know that even the slightest action taken, in the right spirit and with the proper intention, absolutely does. You may not see the direct result of it manifest itself immediately.  In fact, it may cause wonderful things to happen that end up as circumstances or opportunities in your life you would never in a million years relate back to that one [...]

Give To Live

Give To Live

Life has an amazing way of rewarding you based on the effort you put into it. Thomas Jefferson had a great quote which I have kept at my desk for years.  He said, "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it".  Over time I sort of paraphrased for TJ and usually end up telling people, "the harder you work, the luckier you'll get". Same principle, of course. And the really miraculous part of this universal axiom is that you usually end up receiving much more than you actually give.  Or at the very [...]

The Laughable Life

The Laughable Life

"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities" - Jean Houston Laughter is a remarkable thing. I've often said to people that it is in my ability to laugh, at myself and at circumstances around me, that I have remained sane in this ever changing world.  Now, I don't know exactly how sane I am, but I can assure you that had I not figured out how much fun it is and how therapeutic it can be to laugh, I would have been a much different and likely crazier dude. Just stop for a moment and [...]

Your Life’s Reflection

Your Life’s Reflection

From time to time I like to share poems on here and I found one the other day that I really liked.  It's called "Life's Mirror" by Madeline Bridges. Like most poems it can really speak to you if you read it and let the words soak in.  Sometimes I think we read poems just to make sure the lines rhyme, and we end up taking very little away from the moment. One of the things I have said to people quite often over the years is that whenever you have an opportunity...be it while sitting through a meeting,  listening during a lecture or [...]

Quick Fix? How About the Real Deal Instead?

Quick Fix? How About the Real Deal Instead?

There was a commercial on TV the other day that grabbed my attention.  The reason that it caught my eye was because it was being sarcastic, which I love...and yet at the same time it was  absolutely truthful with the message. It was for a website called CreditFairy.org.  Now, I don't necessarily endorse the site or the info, as I haven't gone and checked it out in any depth.  It does look to be pretty helpful, though. Anyway, the reason I thought the ad was great was because it was really in the face of all of these other places that [...]

Monday Love

Monday Love

It's a great feeling when you're doing something that you love.  Even on a Monday. I was getting on the elevator today and this guy gets on with me.  He was only going to the 2nd floor and I was headed all the way up to 12.  So I didn't have him with me for much of the trip... He was talking to someone as he boarded and he was laughing and smiling when he jumped in and pressed the appropriate button. "Are you having a good time so far today?" he asked me, as he continued laughing a little bit.  (Whatever it was he was talking [...]

To Have Succeeded

To Have Succeeded

There's a great little poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson that I love and thought was worth sharing with you today. There are many definitions of success, and truthfully because we are all so unique, we will all have different ways of measuring it in our own lives.  It's always great to get someone's perspective on success, particularly if they are a really sharp person and successful themselves, like Emerson was. Read the poem he wrote and see if it inspires you or moves you in any certain way.  I think it is as brilliant and meaningful as [...]

Talk About Awesome

Talk About Awesome

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting the Los Angeles King's President of Business Operations, Luc Robitaille. Now, if you happen to be a hockey fan, you know that Luc is also a former player.  And not just any former player...he is an NHL Hall of Famer.  He played for the Kings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings over his 19 year career, 14 of those seasons in Los Angeles with the Kings.  By the time he retired he had scored more goals than any other left winger in the history of the league (668), [...]

Presence and Presents

Presence and Presents

You know that feeling you get at Christmas time when, after spending way more money than you even thought you had on gifts for the kids, they're all sitting on the floor in plain site, playing with the boxes and the wrapping paper instead of the toys? Quite a feeling, isn't it? You think to yourself, "if I had only known they would get so much joy and have so much fun with the packaging, I would have skipped the toys and just given them ribbons and wrapping paper". There's just so much to be said about living in the moment, and [...]

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