But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…

It seems our human nature is to focus more on the negative little things rather than all those positive little things. I know this is my problem and for this I propose a plan and I will start with my work situation.

It’s imperative to clarify our personal values and determine what is and what isn’t important to us. Once this is clear we need to develop a plan to get you where we need to be and work that plan with intention.

Half-hearted effort will only get you half way there. Be whole hearted in your efforts to reap the full benefits.

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…

It seems our human nature is to focus more on the negative little things rather than all those positive little things. I know this is my problem and for this I propose a plan and I will start with my work situation.

It’s imperative to clarify our personal values and determine what is and what isn’t important to us. Once this is clear we need to develop a plan to get you where we need to be and work that plan with intention.

Half-hearted effort will only get you half way there. Be whole hearted in your efforts to reap the full benefits.

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…

It seems our human nature is to focus more on the negative little things rather than all those positive little things. I know this is my problem and for this I propose a plan and I will start with my work situation.

It’s imperative to clarify our personal values and determine what is and what isn’t important to us. Once this is clear we need to develop a plan to get you where we need to be and work that plan with intention.

Half-hearted effort will only get you half way there. Be whole hearted in your efforts to reap the full benefits.

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…

It seems our human nature is to focus more on the negative little things rather than all those positive little things. I know this is my problem and for this I propose a plan and I will start with my work situation.

It’s imperative to clarify our personal values and determine what is and what isn’t important to us. Once this is clear we need to develop a plan to get you where we need to be and work that plan with intention.

Half-hearted effort will only get you half way there. Be whole hearted in your efforts to reap the full benefits.

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…

It seems our human nature is to focus more on the negative little things rather than all those positive little things. I know this is my problem and for this I propose a plan and I will start with my work situation.

It’s imperative to clarify our personal values and determine what is and what isn’t important to us. Once this is clear we need to develop a plan to get you where we need to be and work that plan with intention.

Half-hearted effort will only get you half way there. Be whole hearted in your efforts to reap the full benefits.

Living Life in The In-Between

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

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3 Human Principles for Better Happiness in the New Year

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
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There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
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Get Out of the Rut and Into the Groove

Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
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The Joy and Pain of Being Human

Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
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45 Seconds To Wonderful! – or 60 if you read slow

What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…
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Living Life in The In-Between

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

Read More

3 Human Principles for Better Happiness in the New Year

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
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The One Thing They Won’t Forget

There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
Read More

Get Out of the Rut and Into the Groove

Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
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The Joy and Pain of Being Human

Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
Read More

45 Seconds To Wonderful! – or 60 if you read slow

What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…
Read More

Living Life in The In-Between

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

Read More

3 Human Principles for Better Happiness in the New Year

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
Read More

The One Thing They Won’t Forget

There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
Read More

Get Out of the Rut and Into the Groove

Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
Read More

The Joy and Pain of Being Human

Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
Read More

45 Seconds To Wonderful! – or 60 if you read slow

What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…
Read More

Living Life in The In-Between

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

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3 Human Principles for Better Happiness in the New Year

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
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The One Thing They Won’t Forget

There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
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Get Out of the Rut and Into the Groove

Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
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The Joy and Pain of Being Human

Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
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45 Seconds To Wonderful! – or 60 if you read slow

What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…
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Living Life in The In-Between

But life doesn’t give a shit. Life moves on even while we live in the past. We can’t undo what’s done already. Yesterday is no more. If we hang on to yesterday, we’re trying to live in the past and squandering the present and what may be for our future. You will make mistakes. That’s part of life’s journey. When you do, rectify them as soon as and as best as you can, and move on. Though some will try to hold you to your past, it’s up to you to let it go.

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3 Human Principles for Better Happiness in the New Year

We are at the twilight of 2016.  Another year retired to the annals of history.  Looking back, 2016 was a good year for me.  I had my ups and downs. The ups far outweighed the downs in my pursuit of a better happiness I'm glad to say. As a whole though 2016 was a strange year for the world. My point of view of the world as a 52 years old, middle-class African-American male and former Jehovah’s Witness is substantially narrowed.  However, I’ve heard similar sentiments from friends from all walks of life and feel confident it’s a shared point of view by more than a few. Increased political unrest and…
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The One Thing They Won’t Forget

There are some experiences in life that just stick with you. One of mine came courtesy of Victor, my friend VJ's dad, who had become something of a father figure to me. One morning when we were out early morning preaching to people on the streets (we were Jehovah's Witnesses), Victor decided it was a good time to teach me, my friend Danny, and his two boys VJ and Paul a life lesson. He waved us over enthusiastically and said "Hey, I want to show you guys something. But before I do, think about this. What's the most precious thing you have?" Victor was good at making us think about…
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Get Out of the Rut and Into the Groove

Have you ever felt stuck in the proverbial career rut? That walking purgatory where instead of waking up each day excited and motivated to go to work, you feel agitated and simply uninspired? When we've been in a career role for a while it’s not uncommon to lose our passion for the work we do. When what we do day-in and day-out becomes routine and frankly boring, it becomes a challenge to get out of a rut and back into the groove. But aren’t “rut” and “groove” the same thing? Yes, they are. The difference is simply in how we feel about it when we're in it. I've been in the legal…
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The Joy and Pain of Being Human

Imagine a life filled with close friends, a happy family and purpose. Sounds ideal right? For over four decades I lived right there. Or more appropriately, attempted to live. For me, it was more "idealistic" than ideal. Add a dash of secret sin and deceit to the above imagery and you begin to see how the ideal can quickly devolve into the façade. The proverbial double life. Not the type of living one naturally aspires to. Joy to Pain At the ripe old age of 10, I became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Those were the best of days as the saying goes. Indeed they were. After all, I was a…
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45 Seconds To Wonderful! – or 60 if you read slow

What is "wonderful"? Have you experienced it? I believe it's the purest feeling of good we can have or give to someone else. More than simply good, it is wonder "full", much more than we ever expected. While sitting among the memorial tombs and gravestones I began to sense humbly the shortness of life. It became clearer to me that our life is limited only to the extent we engage in it. Even if born into unfortunate circumstances, we can - if we muster up the determination, live a life of meaning and effectiveness. The people in those graves are absent physically, but the fullness of their being is felt in…
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