Trapped With Bad Marketing

You’ve got to give credit to the guys in this photo for getting their message out. Who would have ever known they had wanted wives had they not put a sign on their cabin. Can you imagine a lady cruising by on a wagon and upon turning a corner in the trail seeing that sign…

Less TV and More Books = More Interesting Life

 I used to be a prolific recreational reader. Two rounds of grad school zapped a bit of the joy out of reading. So, over the last couple of years I spent more time entertaining myself than I did educating myself. I watched a lot of sports, a lot of television and many movies. Sure, I…

Embracing the Void: Allowing Quiet

My wife and I went to a play last weekend. At intermission I was leaning over the balcony looking at the crowd below. Like lights on a Christmas tree cell phones lit up the room. Couples in tandem checking the latest updates on social media. Others, like myself, feel the temptation when left alone to…

Prioritization: One Thing

I’m reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. It’s a phenomenal read advocating a disciplined approach to creating space in order to be at one’s best, foster creativity and develop meaningful relationships. McKeown suggests that we need to develop the skill of saying no in order to create room in our environments…

Unsettled: Take a Less Traveled Road

I need my foundation to be shaken. I’m a pretty routine person when my environment lets me. I need opportunities that unsettle my footing. I need to face experiences that are uncomfortable, unfamiliar and challenging. That unfamiliar can be starting a business, taking a class, experiencing new people, places or experiences. Last year was a…

What Are You Afraid Of?

Fear. It’s unsettling. It can motivate, paralyze, stall, incubate, perpetuate, magnify, distract. It’s often in the driver’s seat or our psyche wondering which risk to steer us away from next. It keeps us from living. Keeps us from engaging. Keeps us from pursuing questions. Keeps us from feeling. Keeps us from living into our potential.…

What If What You Believe Is Wrong?

It’s simply a question, but it’s bothersome already isn’t it? Blasphemous, heretical, misled. Or is it? It’s just a question. In itself, it’s innocuous. But questions that challenge our beliefs get us so very bent out of shape. Read some of these questions and pay attention to what comes up in you just by reading…

Why I’m Not Going To Church Today

It’s Sunday morning and I’m not going to church. I used to feel guilty for that. I remember my freshman year of college at Abilene Christian University. Everyone would get up and go to church then either go eat out or come back to the cafeteria on campus. The days I slept in and skipped…

“Those Things That Hurt Instruct”

So, the man whose likeness graces the hundred dollar bill is quoted saying, “Those things that hurt instruct”. A big sarcastic “thank you” to Ben Franklin for pointing out that the very thing I’ve worked so hard to avoid (pain) is the very thing that will keep me growing.That pain isn’t masochistic, nor it is…