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Embrace each day with Gratitude

My last post recommended two mindfulness techniques to practice and help you focus on the present.  I hope you had a chance to try one or both.  Another way to incorporate mindfulness is to embrace each day with gratitude.  The word embrace means: “to take or receive gladly or eagerly, accept willingly.” Begin each day, Read More

Here and Now

The Final Countdown is a movie released in 1980.  It is about a modern-day aircraft carrier passing through a time warp to somewhere in the Pacific Ocean on December 6, 1941.  The USS Nimitz is in a position to destroy the entire Japanese fleet headed toward Pearl Harbor and change the course of history.   The Read More

Calm and Curious

Disagreements happen. It is how we respond to them that will improve the relationship or break it apart.  There is no benefit in trying to re-hash what happened and force agreement on the details. Every time we remember an event, our memory of it changes just slightly. In addition, no two people see things in Read More

What’s The Story? Ask and You Will Discover.

Several years ago, Tom Hanks starred in a movie called Cast Away. If you recall the movie, Hanks’ character is marooned on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. He attempts to survive on the island using remnants of his plane’s cargo.  His wife, played by Helen Hunt, is certain he Read More

In Order to be Terrific, You Need to be Specific

A friend of mine, who is a referral marketing expert, says that in order to be terrific, you need to be specific. He suggests that business professionals who want to do business by referral are often far too general in their requests of other people. Leaders (supervisors, managers, team leaders etc.) are often guilty of Read More

National Relaxation Day

Did you know that in physics and chemistry, relaxation is a concept that refers to the movement of a system or a process from a state of disorder or disruption to equilibrium? National Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th. It is time to slow down, unwind and relax! National Relaxation Day is an Read More

Dog Days of Summer

If you live in West Michigan, you’ve experienced what many refer to as the “dog days” of summer, with heat and humidity at a high point.  The name “dog days” came from the ancient Romans because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because Read More

Follow Your Dream

Once there was an eagle’s nest with four beautiful eggs perched on the side of a mountain. An earthquake occurred causing one of the eggs to roll out of the nest and down the mountain side.  It landed in the middle of a chicken farm below.  The chickens gathered around the egg and decided they Read More

Be Kind.

In my last post, I talked about focusing on the positive and paying attention to the present moment. One way to stay positive is in your actions.  Take time each day to build others up to look for ways to be kind to someone.  Look for ways to do someone a favor. It is easy Read More