Serial Reciprocity

Serial Reciprocity

I decided to pay for the Starbucks order for the person in the car behind me. It seemed like a cool thing to do. I found out later that the chain of ‘paying it forward’ at that drive-through window continued for over four hours before someone broke it. More than 60...
If you could kick the person…

If you could kick the person…

  Got problems? Easy to blame, isn’t it? To point fingers, call names, get angry. Even to feel like kicking someone. After all, it’s obviously their fault- your boss’s, your husband’s, your wife’s, the ex’s, your kids’, the government’s, the Universe… Reality?...
That Could’ve Been Me

That Could’ve Been Me

As my wife Suzette and our son Corey battled through a game of Angry Birds on her Kindle, I stared out my window from the seat behind them. It was May. Viet Nam was hot- drenched in humidity. Much of the 2-hour train ride from Hanoi to Haiphong sliced through sunken...
Those Who Change the World

Those Who Change the World

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus published his work on heliocentrism (the earth revolves around the sun). It was mostly disregarded. At the time, the earth was believed to be the center of everything. After all, it was home to…human beings! In 1632 (89 years later), the...
Are you Annoyed?

Are you Annoyed?

Are there things or people that annoy you? Most of us have ‘em. Allowing yourself to be annoyed is a side-effect of something you (or someone else) is thinking, feeling, or doing. You tell yourself a story.You push hard against it. You allow [whatever it is] to grow,...
If today was the last day of your life…

If today was the last day of your life…

Will today’s ‘emergency’- whatever’s currently demanding your focus and causing stress- even be remembered? Will that ‘thing’ you’re particularly anxious about [truly] have been worth the time you put into it? Better question: What could you do today that [might]...
Be Unreasonable

Be Unreasonable

I can still hear Mom saying, “You don’t have any common sense!” And for that I’ve been forever grateful. Not that she said it. But that I’ve truly had little (if any). Common sense is defined as…sound practical judgment concerning everyday matters- the basic ability...
Open the Cookies

Open the Cookies

Put a bag of cookies in the break room and it might sit for days. After all- it takes guts to go first…to tear open the bag. Open the bag and leave it out.Within an hour, all the cookies will be gone. Why? Because it’s now ‘okay’- Consent granted,behaviors...
If it doesn’t scare you…

If it doesn’t scare you…

25 years ago, I’d drive a mile and a half beyond Kmart to get to the Walmart. 10 years ago, we’d pass Walmart on our way to Target. Today? We don’t go anywhere. Amazon brings stuff to us. Change can be wonderful. It can also be tough. Think ‘change’ is hard?Try...
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