Thoughts From Our Director

Inch by Inch and Yard by Yard

Earlier this week, I attended an event where we examined failure. This is certainly not a topic that is often discussed. As we were talking about it, someone mentioned to me the old adage, Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. When we think about goals, they can seem big Read More

Being Enough

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I enjoy reading. Last weekend, I downloaded a new book to my Kindle app – The Secrets Leaders Keep: Insightful Stories And Provocative Questions That Unlock The Hidden Secrets To Winning Big In Business And Life by AmyK Hutchens. One of the stories Read More

Civility Matters

A recent study conducted by the University of Florida, studied 24 medical teams in Israel, one doctor and two nurses. The teams participated in a training simulation with a case study presenting an infant with symptoms consistent with decaying intestines. The team had to make the proper diagnosis and subscribe the correct treatments. Half the Read More

Taking Personal Responsibility

In light of the country’s reaction to the recent election, I thought I’d share this quote from Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur. You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. It is interesting how often people Read More

Is Excellence One of Your Habits?

In my last blog post, I repeated a work of fiction about a teacher who changed her approach to change the life of a child. Even though the story was based on a variety of events and didn’t actually happen as told, we can all learn from it.  As Will Durant taught us, “We are what we Read More

Are You Making a Difference?

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I do a lot or reading and listening to inspirational messages. Yesterday, I heard this story (again) and was reminded (again) of the importance to be kind to each other. The story explains how a fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson, noticed on the first day of Read More

Be the Good

As I was driving in my car recently, the radio played an old Janet Jackson song titled, “What Have You Done for Me Lately.”   You may be familiar with it.  The song revolves around a woman’s frustration with her partner in a relationship.  The lyrics indicate a change from early in the relationship to the Read More

Focusing on the Good – a Poem from 1904

In my last post, I wrote about looking for the good in any situation. How have you been doing in the first few weeks of the New Year?  It’s been my experience, when we want to make a change in how we respond to the events or people in our lives, we need to find Read More

How will you look for the good in 2016?

What did you resolve to do on December 31? We can trace this practice back to ancient cultures and people like the Babylonians, who are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions or the ancient Romans, whose reform-minded emperor, Julius Caesar, tinkered with the calendar and established January 1 as Read More