Birthday reflections should be about counting your blessings

Birthday reflections should be about counting your blessings

“A birthday is a time to reflect on the year gone by, but to also set your goals for the upcoming year.” ­– Catherine Pulsifer April 18th. Forty-two years ago, I entered the world in a hospital in Passaic, New Jersey at around 12:06 PM – just in time for lunch! Forty-two years. I thought my fortieth birthday was hard to swallow. While I realize only two years have passed since, the shock of that number has been lingering on…

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How do I treat people around me – is it really the way I think?

How do I treat people around me – is it really the way I think?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, how do I treat people? Take that one step further and ask, how do OTHERS think I treat people? Those are two very difficult questions we rarely, if ever, ask ourselves as we journey through life. And regardless if we do, we seldom answer honestly. I recently finished reading a book called Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute. In it, they summarize why the two questions above…

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Old friend – a reminder of what was and can be in life

Old friend – a reminder of what was and can be in life

“Happiness is meeting an old friend after a long time and feeling that nothing has changed.” – Anonymous My wife and I recently hosted an old family friend at our home for a few days. Time slows down for no one in this world. To my surprise, it had been many years since the last time I’d seen her in person or enjoyed her company. It’s unfortunate how the absence of someone in your daily existence truly makes you forget,…

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Doing good work is something to be rewarded, not compromised

Doing good work is something to be rewarded, not compromised

“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good work.” – William S. Burroughs Years ago, doing good work was something lauded by organizations and businesses across our nation. My grandfather was an incredibly wise man, and a firm believer in that notion. Growing up, he always instilled in me that a strong work ethic – one bursting with morals and…

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Frugality puts emphasis on happiness, not material possessions

Frugality puts emphasis on happiness, not material possessions

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”  ― Elise Boulding The concept of “frugality” is often met with negative reactions, and truthfully, I’m not sure it’s deserving. It’s been defined as “the quality of being economical”…

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