That Attitude

Once upon a time, a wise person shared this story with me: A man walked into town. In the city square (usually in the center of town) he asked an old man what kind of town that was. When the old man asked why he wanted to know, the traveler told him that he was moving out of his former town …

Premortem

What is premortem? (You might have heard of postmortem.) Premortem is the deliberate process of envisioning something you want to do towards a goal you want to achieve; it candidly considers the possible challenges along the way. For example, let’s call them Jack and Jill. Jack says that he is in love with Jill and thinks that they’ll make a …

Have a Nice Day

Which are you? Do you begin your day with a prayer like, “Good morning, God😊” or “Good God, it’s morning☹ In his 1989 bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote that effective people “Begin with the end of mind.” In essence, this principle states that everything one does is done twice – first in the mind, and then, …

Roundabout

Close to where I live, new roundabouts are popping up. Have you been impacted by one yet?I was first introduced to roundabouts several years ago when I visited my brother Jayson in Manchester, England. There, at most intersections, roundabouts were present, and people seemed very comfortable maneuvering around them. When I inquired, Jayson informed me that roundabouts had been shown …

The Surprise Equation

Have you experienced the effectiveness of this surprise equation in dealing with people?                                                          Lower volume + slower speech = better communication.The natural tendency for people, when they get agitated or angry when talking, is to …

That Smell

My friend Debbie shared this reeky story: Before daybreak one morning this week, she took her dog for a walk. Suddenly, the dog broke loose and dashed off into the dark woods. Debbie called, and called, and waited. Finally, her dog returned, but, when he got closer, she could smell…….the unmistakable smell of a skunk spray on the dog. Ugh…….poor …

I’m Fine Thank You

How often have others responded to your question, “How are you?” with the answer, “I’m fine, thank you.”? Is this how you generally answer when you are asked the question?Recently, my wife and I were in a doctor’s office reception area. As the nursing assistant came to take folk in for their appointment, her first question was, “How are you?” …

Your Problems

Quite often someone tells me, “I wish I didn’t have that problem.” They want to move away, run from a situation, change connections or relationships, or close their eyes, wishing the problem would pass. In time they learn that escapism provides no long-term escape. In life, you can be overcome by problems. Those overcome by problems get bitter, dejected, angry, …

High Thinking

You probably resonate with me in this: Shortly after waking up in the morning, my mind revs up to consider all that’s ahead that day – the appointments to keep, assignments to complete, annoyances to avoid, accolades to receive, adversaries to confront, etc., etc. Such mental gymnastics causes stress to rise, affecting my physical, mental, and emotional well-being for the …

For the Good of Those Who Love

Romans 8:28 This verse tells us that “all things work together for the good of those who love God.” If we love God, then we live in obedience. The “all things” refers to the providence of God and all the things that relate to Him: His Holy Spirit, His love and mercy, His truths, etc. All of these things come …