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Special New Year’s Post: Expand!

I recently heard a story about golfing great Arnold Palmer. I do not know whether it is fact or fiction but the story’s message ignited something within me that I felt so compelled to share with each of you, my loyal readers and followers. The story goes like this: Arnold was invited by the king […]

What I Learned About Dreams From Susan Boyle

I’m not one to sit around watching reality TV or shows like America’s Got Talent. Just not my thing. In fact, I rarely watch TV at all. But there is one YouTube video that I do watch and never grow tired of viewing it. It is the April 11, 2009 initial audition by Susan Boyle […]

Live Like an Apple Tree

While in Tennessee on the Road to Freedom Tour, I met the AMAZING Jeff York. You can read about him and his story here. As he stood propped up against his desk, he said he didn’t know much about trees. If he walked out through the forest, he’d be hard pressed to identify one tree […]

Only the Strong Survive, But Who is Strong?

You’ve heard it just like I have… that old saying, only the strong survive. You’ve seen it play out in the episodes of National Geographic as the more powerful animal overtakes and conquers the weaker or perhaps wounded one. With that in your emotional hip pocket, during those moments when you feel especially vulnerable, know […]

Hardee Harrrr Harrrr

I recently viewed a video someone had filmed from their car in a school pick up line. They were sitting at a corner where kids walked down the sidewalk in the snow. As the sidewalk intersected with another one at the corner, apparently the snow had become slick ice.

One by one, filmed children as they walked unknowingly into the slide pit and down they went. Books flew out of their hands. Their friends—and the person filming the event—laughed hysterically at the spectacle.

Some of the kids laughed with them. Some were too embarrassed. Still others were bruised and wounded, both physically and emotionally.

When Your Past Comes Calling

When I appeared recently as a guest on Deb Sofield’s radio show, I sat engrossed as she delivered the first part of the program. She provides a monologue for the first few minutes of her show where she pours out her wisdom into the lives of her listeners. Her message was about when your past […]

Your Place in This World

One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How do I find my place in this world?” I’ve asked the question myself. Sometimes I’ve felt like I didn’t belong anywhere because I felt I wasn’t where I should be.

I was out for a walk today and it suddenly hit me. At any given time, our place in the world is right there. It’s where we are, using out gifts to help everyone who crosses our path.

I know what you’re thinking. That place where you are right now isn’t very appealing. You may be unemployed. Homeless. Sick. Tired. Tired of being sick and tired. Hey, I get it.

I’m not talking about your circumstance here as if you are supposed to stay there. Quite the contrary but here’s the thing. You’re there at this precise moment. That’s where you are. That’s your little slice of circumstantial terra firma of planet earth.

Why not make the best of it? Do this:

Not Without Your Consent

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent“~Eleanor Roosevelt It happens every day. Someone says something or reacts to your brilliance in a, well, less than total acceptance and support response. And there you are, on a downward spiral into the depths of despair and depression. They’re so much wiser than we are. […]

Not Looking For a Handout

On Friday, I was running and noticed a gentleman crossing the road. It see,ed a bit odd for two reasons. First, he was weaving in and out of cars rather than crossing at an intersection which was only twenty yards away. And, he was walking straight toward me. He made his way to the sidewalk […]

Impossible is Only a Word

Decades ago in Nicaragua, a young man had a dream of playing a guitar for the Pope. People didn’t believe he would ever do it. In fact, they thought he was chasing pipe dreams. Here’s why:   Tony was from a tiny village. No one notable had ever come from that village. The Pope had […]