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Archive for February, 2012

But He Looks So Ordinary…

Making a difference in other people’s lives – now there’s a noble pursuit. Unfortunately, most of us reserve our “make-a-difference” efforts for our spare time.  When it’s convenient.  When we can muster the energy.  But what if you made it your life’s pWilliam Wallaceassion?

Then you might discover that when all is said and done, your own life is blessed.  Beyond measure. Like Tom Hill’s has been.

If you read Tom’s resume, he sounds larger than life. It reminds me of the exchange in Braveheart, when Continue reading “But He Looks So Ordinary…” »

Everyone Has a Story

For most of us, our daily exchanges with casual acquaintances and strangers are pretty lame.

You know: “How are you?” “Fine.” “ Glad to hear it.” End of conversation.

Perfunctory.  The words just come out.

Sometimes, we don’t want to be rude, but we try to avoid the conversation altogether.  After all, it could be a colossal waste of your time.  Or the person might be Continue reading “Everyone Has a Story” »

Seeing It Through Their Eyes

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.  – Mark Van Doren

 Have you ever noticed that sometimes your greatest lessons come from the least likely sources?

InfluenceTick down the list of people you’d expect to influence your personal compass and shape the lens through which you look at the world. Your parents? How about a Pastor or Rabbi? A special coach? Maybe a college professor? There has to be a close friend or two, right?  Those roles would make sense – after all, they’re the people who are supposed to be guiding us, for good or for bad.  Now think about the people who have actually had the greatest impact on you. Any surprises? Continue reading “Seeing It Through Their Eyes” »

Sometimes a Little Stupid is a Good Thing

When I entered the working world, I developed some philosophies – and let me know if they sound familiar:

-          Have fun, but don’t do anything stupid.

-          Your reputation is built over time, but it can be destroyed in seconds, so make sure you don’t do anything stupid.

-          When you get the chance to meet the powerful and influential, for God’s sake, don’t do anything stupid.

I think I made a mistake.  Sometimes a little stupid is a good thing. Continue reading “Sometimes a Little Stupid is a Good Thing” »

The Person You Think You Know

Next time you’re riding the subway or sitting in a restaurant, look at the people around you and imagine their stories. Where did they come from?  How did they meet the person they’re with? What was their big, life-changing event? If there are ten people around you, there is one story in your midst that is so inspirational, or painful, or just plain mind-numbing, that you couldn’t breathe until they finished telling it. And that one person may be someone you think you know… Continue reading “The Person You Think You Know” »