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Stuck? Lift the needle on the broken record in your head!

When our minds are new and scratch-free,  they play the song they are meant to play.  The songs that were printed on them by their creator.  However, as we age and get hurt or scared, we have a tendency to let the scratches accumulate.  We start forming thought patterns that are toxic to ourselves and others.  We get caught in a quagmire.  We repeat ourselves until, what was once a beautiful, soulful or just a flat-out kick-ass song is ruined.  

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We get to…

We get to be who we are created to be…read more at four4soaring.com

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Out of the loop and in the loop – a leader’s conundrum.

I have witnessed, up close, the heart of leaders who want nothing but the best for their organizations and share everything they can as soon as they can.  I have seen the opposite as well.  Leaders who hoard information.  Leaders who leverage intelligence and news for their own benefit, high on the “sexy” drugs of status, secrecy and self-importance. I confess, I’ve been (am?) one of these leaders too. 

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Do we become the bully after the bullies are all gone?

Whether you have experienced “real life” external bullies or not, we all have this tendency to be our own bully.  The question you have to ask yourself is.  How long are you going to take it, before you say you’ve had enough?

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Embrace the Contrarians in Your Midst

Having contrarians in your daily life, at your dinner table and in your community can be maddening at times…but can we and should we try to live without them?

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Thinking of adding things to your life? Add depth to existing or new relationships.

patterns.

As someone who is trying to grow closer to others and sprinkle as much salt and light into the world as possible before I go, I am humbled.  Dunbar’s number tells me a story.

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In hope and memory of Peter

When I was a young man, I used to get pretty annoyed when my mom told us we had to be dropped off at CCD (Catholic Catechism classes) at our local Catholic Church.  Turns out, my mom was trying to give me a little bit of faith, but all I could think of was no […]

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No Capes!

Have you ever had a leader or manager like that? A parent? I bet we all have at one time or another. How did it make you feel? Empowered? Emboldened? Full of drive and energy to tackle the next big project? Probably not…

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I Was You

I was you
You wouldn’t know it now
My brand has changed
What you see now is “The Church guy”
The “Christian guy”
It is hilarious to me, that when I meet you…
You think I am “one of them”
I used to sit in the back…

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Believe The Best: It’s about Valuing Relationships

I’ll never get over how important asking the right question can be.  When I began learning about ministering to others or “doing life” with other people (as the church sometimes calls it), I didn’t realize that you could so easily signal the wrong priorities with the wrong question.  For instance, if someone you are supposed […]