Category Archives: Purpose

What we need is a little optimism

I was going through some dusty old things the other day and found a “Youth Appreciation Week Citation” I received in 1969 from the Optimist Club of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Wow, I thought, that’s a long time ago! What was ironic is … Continue reading

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Instead of time management, consider energy management

Time is something that we constantly obsess about. An army of business consultants and self-help gurus has made millions with countless time management courses, day planners, books and apps that we eagerly devour. Organize your day, get through all your … Continue reading

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Start your day in a good mood and get more done

How does your day start? Meditation? Exercise? Reading? Or maybe you have to get the kids ready for school, solve a family crisis or battle traffic. Arriving at work with a positive attitude isn’t always easy—especially if your day starts with an … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: ‘The Victory for what it lost and gained’

I’ve never lost a family member or friend to war. So it is hard for me to imagine the feelings Memorial Day must stir up in those who have been close to someone who never came home. Robert Frost lost … Continue reading

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Standing with others may be the first step to helping them

I have been thinking these last few days about a quotation attributed to the German writer Goethe: “If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you … Continue reading

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‘Because you matter’

A small group I’m in has been reading Father Gregory Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which is based on Boyle’s 25-plus years of work with gang members in East Los Angeles. Boyle is the founder of … Continue reading

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Mountaintop experiences and valley duties

This past weekend, I spent some time in New Jersey—first on Long Beach Island and then in the Pine Barrens. It was cloudy and rainy when we walked along the shore, one of those days where the sky and sea … Continue reading

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The afternoon is bright…

“The afternoon is bright, with spring in the air, a mild March afternoon, with the breath of April stirring, I am alone in the quiet patio looking for some old untried illusion – some shadow on the whiteness of the … Continue reading

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Leadership advice from the remarkable Frances Hesselbein

It’s Girl Scout cookie season, which means that soon I’ll be enjoying one of my favorite cookies—Do-si-dos. (In case you’re wondering, those are the ones with oatmeal on the outside and peanut butter on the inside.) The sale of millions … Continue reading

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