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WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK that we have a very generous culture.  And we pretty much do, in many respects.

But we struggle with receiving gifts, especially at the personal level.

We have lots of ways to deflect compliments and praise:

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StewardshipTHE WORD “STEWARDSHIP” CROPPED UP in several conversations for me recently, so it seems that God’s asking me to pay attention to the idea.

The word originally came from “servant of the house,” but over time expanded to the role of chief servant.  Well, these days few of us have servants, much less more than one, so why is the concept important?

Because it’s about taking care.  Of the house, of possessions, of the gifts you’ve been given in your life.

This is something each of us needs to do.

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TrustYOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE WORLD comes through many filters and lenses.

So I was inspired by a discussion with my friend Joanna last week, where she explained her belief that TRUST is one of the major factors by which you interpret circumstances.

There’s a lot of wisdom in this.

Imagine that your experience with government regulation hasn’t been all that positive, either personally or in your business. Read the rest of this entry »

support-487504_640THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS has been an intense time for me.  I’ve been in the process of launching the largest program I’ve every done, and I’m now seeing the results of that focus and energy.

I’m incredibly grateful for the wide range of supporters and partners who have helped me on this journey.  Honestly, I never would have attempted this without them.

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Love_in_the_blue_sky“IF YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO, you’ll never work a day in your life.”  This quote has been attributed to a variety of people, so I’m not going to pick just one.

It has a strong foundation of truth in it.  I do indeed love my work, and it’s totally changed my outlook on my career, indeed, the rest of my life.

But I don’t love it all the time.

And I don’t love every part of it.  There’s grunge work and boring parts and annoyances.

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MartinTHIS WEEK I had the opportunity to attend a presentation hosted by the just-now-forming Conscious Capitalism Colorado Chapter.  The speaker was Martin Bjergegaard, co-author of the new book Winning Without Losing.

What a great and inspiring hour!  I immediately bought the book.

Martin’s message is the same as how he’s built his businesses:  By focusing on quality of life, quality of leadership, and leveraging his considerable passion.

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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 »

THERE SEEMS TO BE Faith ahead dont panica strong trend of optimism growing right now – so much that it’s even showing up on the news.

I’m greatly encouraged by the trend.

When I lost my job and launched out into business coaching full time, I had to make a conscious choice to nurture confidence and optimism.  I had to look to the future and leave the past behind.

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UNITE FOR LITERACY Unite for Literacyis a great organization that makes books available to children in the United States and around the globe. They provide no-cost reading material to emergent readers – both young kids and those learning a second or third language.

A great concept for a charitable non-profit, right? Sure. But these folks have a unique for-profit business model that’s part of an emerging trend in companies which do good while making money.

Michael McGuffeeI had a chance to talk this week with Unite for Literacy’s CEO, Michael McGuffee. He, Mark Condon and Kurt Hoeven started this company a couple of years ago, based on 20 years of powerful experience working with families who live on Native American reservations. They saw firsthand what happens when kids lack a connection to written language, whether English or their mother tongue.

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GOD Music scoreIS THE COMPOSER of the universe.  Knowing the beginning, end, and everything in between, He has carefully constructed this beautiful place we pass through.

I’m the eight note down in measure 93, the low A flat.  I’m not particularly special, no more but no less important than anyone else in this entire symphony.  I marvel at the wonderful intricacy of it all.

Because I’m limited, I only see those around me and a few who have gone before.  Read the rest of this entry »

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