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My New Best Friends

Please tell me I’m not the only one. Over the last year, I’ve apparently started operating in a parallel universe, where I friendslook the same, live in the same house with the same people, but I’ve started to exhibit some really bizarre behaviors. Especially when it comes to my friends. Well, at least my new friends. My new best friends.

I think friendships, the really deep, worthwhile ones, develop over time. At least I used to think so, until social media conditioned me to Continue reading “My New Best Friends” »

Urgency… Without the Crisis

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  - Mahatma Gandhi

 

Steve JobsIn recent years, there have been books, blogs and videos encouraging us to seize the day and follow our hearts / dreams/ passions, by people whose lives were marked with impending death. I think we need to hit the pause button and take the advice to heart. Today. And repeatedly. Continue reading “Urgency… Without the Crisis” »

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” »

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” »

Strangers & Sparks at Stecchino Bistro

“One idea or one person can change your life forever.”  -  Tom Hill

Stecchino BistroYou have an opportunity to learn, grow, teach, discover or connect – every day.  It’s up to you.  The poster child for this philosophy is author / storyteller George Davis, from Essex, NY.  I met George last winter at a Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.  I sat in the hotel bar at the end of a session and made small talk, but my brain was in hyperdrive (Am I wasting my time here? Are the people at this conference as bizarre as they seem, or am I starting to channel my inner Hunter S. Thompson? What am I going to do for dinner? How far away from the hotel can I walk before I freeze my butt off? ).  My thoughts were interrupted when Continue reading “Strangers & Sparks at Stecchino Bistro” »