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IT’S WONDERFUL to step back occasionally and look at the world through different eyes.

Amazing_EagleI’ve come across several things this week which struck me as absolutely amazing, including this picture here.  Sure, we’ve all seen many great nature photos, but isn’t it wonderful to ponder this incredible beauty, and our tiny role in the world?

I was talking with the owner of a business on Thursday, I’m hoping to be able to profile them on the blog here soon.  They have a wonderful organization and philosophy, something which seems all too rare.

Of course, the passing of our beautiful cat last week has opened me up to some deeper conversations with the folks I’ve run into.  Read the rest of this entry »

TODAY OUR DEAR FRIEND MarioMario left the family.  It was a hard decision with us, but his battle with cancer has come to an end.

I took him to the vet and was with him to the end.  It was a rough experience for me personally – something I haven’t had be so up close before.

But good things come to an end.  Relationships change.  People leave.  You lose your job.  Business ventures have to be shut down.

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 J OSH MILLER Josh Milleris a pastor who is starting up a new church in Fort Collins, St Thomas Church.  He brings a wealth of experience and amazing energy, so I have confidence that he’ll see success with this venture.

I first met him at a local Chamber of Commerce event.  How unusual is that, right?  It’s almost as if business relationships can’t at all be associated with spirituality.

So of course I just had to find out more.

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SOMETIMES WorryIT’S ONLY FAITH that gets you through.

This has been a tumultuous few weeks, both for my business and personally.  I won’t go into details here, but it’s been … a testing time.

Life is not meant to be comfortable or convenient.

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WE’RE ALL FALLEN, INSECURE, DOUBTFUL.  It’s a fact of life and part of the human condition.

HopeYour business, whatever it is, can supply hope.  For you, for employees, for partners, even customers.

I mean this in a deep way, not just as an element of your marketing messages.

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DURING THIS SEASON OF LENT we have a great opportunity to step back and work a bit more on the big picture.  I’m not talking about business planning, or even visioning and direction-setting.

It’s more about recognizing the hard work ahead.

How do you take advantage of Lent at the personal level?  Many will use it as a time of introspection and spiritual development.  Giving up chocolate or coffee might help you do that, but Lent isn’t about denying yourself pleasures and “feeling bad” now so you’ll “feel better” at Easter.

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GALLUP Business Journal recently published an article entitled Making Hope a Business Strategy.  I have to confess that I was a little disappointed, though, because the bottom line seemed mostly, “if you support your people, they’ll have hope in a better future and they’ll be 14% more productive.”

Sure, but that’s only scratching the surface.

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