July 22, 2020

Social media is driving our bus.  Social media and media are establishing the direction of our world.  Think about that for a minute…Let that sink in…  30 years ago, we as humans determined our daily direction.  We went about our day, working, parenting, taking care of the daily details.  Not today.  Today, we all, me included, we consume some form of social media, media news, social media news at frequent rates equaling multiple times a day.  We often can’t pull ou...

June 3, 2020

This just all sucks right now. That’s all there is to say about it. I never say that really, nor do I ever think that hardly at all. What happened to George Floyd we have all watched on television, and I’d say almost all of us agree it was terrible. And if you don’t, you likely have a mental illness.  

Racism is ignorance, violence is stupidity, looting is incomprehensible, and it’s all not ok. I’m not black so I don’t know what it is like in those shoes, and I don’t...

May 13, 2020

Who has felt the pressure to have a difficult conversation lately? Have you had something you needed to tell a member of your team that is underperforming and needing some words of clarity on expectations? Have you needed to tell your spouse something you know they don’t want to hear? Or does your child need some firm words of love on discipline or boundaries in a current situation between the two of you?

I talk on this routinely, because no one ever taught us how to...

January 15, 2020

How many times have you made a mistake? How many times have you said something and when it was all said and done, you realized you just said “too much” or you “said it mean”. I think if we are all honest with ourselves, we can all say we have done it many times. And when we do those things, we often have a sick feeling somewhere inside our soul. Or we at least recognize through some visceral mechanism that the conversation or interaction didn’t go as you would like...

October 2, 2019

I was driving down the road a couple of weeks ago when a song came on that I had not heard in quite some time. It was one of those songs that comes on the radio and you can sing virtually every word even though you haven’t heard it in over 20 years. The chorus goes like this.

        Gonna hold who needs holdin’
        Mend what needs mendin’
        Walk what needs walkin’
        Though it...

August 29, 2019

We always hear the saying, “Burning a bridge.”, usually associated with someone leaving a working relationship with an employer. But as we know, can happen in just about any relationship involving two human beings, maybe it’s a friend, a family member, teammate, coach, or even a parent.

I think about over my life and all the relationships created over the years, from a kid to high school, on to college, then vet school, and on to the real world of life in various tow...

June 20, 2018

Conflict is around us every day.  I routinely talk about conflict to repeatedly remind people around me that we can all grow and better handle conflict that occurs each day. Conflict is everywhere. And at its core, conflict occurs because there is a negative energy that is created by the gap between what we want and what we experience in any given situation. We may see this with our spouse in how we handle parenting. One parent may want their child to finish the foo...

May 2, 2018

We routinely talk about conflict, the challenges with it, and at the same time having the intentional ability to embrace conflict.  Embracing conflict in not natural for any one, and takes an extreme level of self awareness, and steady focus on commonalities of solutions not the conflict.  But our biggest challenge in any conflict tends to be the natural human weakness to react rather than to blow off the steam, count to 1,000, wait until the next morning, to formul...

January 10, 2018

Conflict occurs every day, with us, people we know, and those we don’t know.  In our world today, we have every media source capitalizing off conflict because the majority of humans flow toward conflict.  We don’t really like to be a part of conflict, but we like to insert ourselves on the “sidelines” of conflict, and in the end regardless of our intentions, just helps perpetuate the conflict.  You can’t watch any single news source not focused directly on conflict...

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