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Philia – A Greek Word for Love

Next week, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate those whom we love. Did you know that the ancient Greeks had eight different words for love? One kind of love is Philia, often translated as “brotherly love” or friendship. This is the kind of love we can practice with people at work by Read More

Get Curious!

If you read my last post, you may have discovered a new word.  After I wrote it, I was curious – is there an actual meaning to the word “chit”?   Turns out there is! The definition of the word chit is: a short official note, memorandum or voucher, typically recording a sum owed.  That led Read More

Chit – No Chat

A recent workshop attendee, who I’ll call “Jim”, works in sales.  During the workshop, Jim shared the following story: Jim called on a current customer and the customer started the meeting by saying, “We are going to have a chit.” When Jim gave the customer a questioning look, the customer responded by saying, “You’ve heard Read More

It’s All About Our Perspective

There was once an older woman who locked her keys in the car. As she was struggling with a coat hanger to get her car unlocked, she prayed and asked God for help in solving her dilemma. Soon, a man on a motorcycle pulled up beside her.  He was rough looking and covered with tattoos Read More

Cheerfulness is Contagious

As we enter the holiday season, most of us will be spending time with family.  Sometimes it can be challenging to be around family.  Because of that, I wanted to share a story that I learned about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Ginsberg was asked by a reporter about some of the best advice Read More

The Power of Words

Magicians use the magic word ‘abracadabra’ as they perform their tricks.  I learned recently, thanks to a TedX talk by Andrew Bennett, the origin of the word is Aramaic, and it means what I speak is what I create. Words have power to create or destroy.  This is an invitation to pay attention to the Read More

Center Yourself – a tip to help

As we wrap up the month of October and enter the holiday season, we can often get caught up in the busyness of life.  It can be hard to slow down.  My last two posts talk about how to stop worrying and stay in the moment.  Here are some of my favorite quotes to think Read More

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