Power Underestimated

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” —Leo Buscaglia 00

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Never Listen

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” –Ernest Hemingway 00

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Don’t Make me Listen

I drank coffee w a young man in his early 20’s the other night, he was doing me a favor. It was depressing. He confessed not liking conversations with older people. Why? Pause. “…because i don’t like having to brace…

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Elon Musk and Secular Faith

“If you can believe, all things are possible for him who believes.” -Jesus I’ve seen nothing to suggest that Elon Musk believes in God, but he exemplifies a type of strong-willed determined faith that transforms impossible into possible by denying…

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Shameless Persistence

One day Jesus’s disciples asked him how to pray—which is hilarious when you think about it: here they are talking with God (aka Jesus) asking him, ‘How should we talk with you?’ Remarkably, Jesus gives them the lay of land:…

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Persistence and Habit

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” ― Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories…

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Kill your idols.

“People are not who you want them to be. Kill your idols. Sure there are things we can learn from people–but people aren’t going to be what you think they are–what they should be. “People, even those people you have…

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Being There

Journal entry from 2013 It was touching last night to see daughter Michelle laying in bed with my youngest son Casey watching a National Geographic program on sharks. They were cuddled up in bed and Casey what was beaming with…

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How to be Worthy of Love

“Love is happiness”, a lonely young woman once told me. She said, “Nobody loves me, and I will never be happy until I am loved”. Do you feel unloved? Do you feel unworthy of being loved?  Have you been abandoned…

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Steve Jobs on Courage

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner…

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“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie 00

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