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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

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

Practicing Mindfulness

This is a Guest Post by: Tony Schnotala, MSW Intern – Leonard Street Counseling Center When you think about your life, what comes to mind? Do you reflect on your job, on how your day and week is largely structured around it? Perhaps you think about your family members and how your interactions with them affect your 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

What Are You Predicting For 2016?

This time of year, we hear the pundits predict the future on subjects like the economy, the 2016 presidential election, or the super bowl (just to name a few). What are you predicting for 2016?  I am not asking about your vision on a national level, but rather on an individual level.  Many people think Read More

Why Me?

Why me? We’ve probably all asked ourselves this question at one time or another. Maybe it’s been in response to something like a fender bender, a child’s runny nose, or a co-worker who doesn’t like our idea. Or maybe it is something bigger like a traffic accident with injuries, a family member who is given Read More

What is Your Response to a Red Light?

What is your response to a red light?  Is it something like – Just my luck; I am always stuck in traffic; If that person ahead of me would have been a little faster?  Or is it – Great, I can take a moment and relax; Look at the sunshine (or the rain drops on Read More

A Story of a Farmer and his Flock of Chickens

I read a great story in John Maxwell’s book,  15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, that I’d like to share it with you.  It’s about a chicken farmer who lived by a river.  His property was quite low, putting it in a high risk flood area, so every spring his farm would flood and he’d lose Read More