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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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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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Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
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Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

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Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

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Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Eye of the Beholder

The more in tune we are with our own inner beauty the more inclined we are to look for and appreciate the outer beauty that surrounds us. When we’re keyed in to who we are and our role as a human being we’re engaged in our lives and tend to become more outward facing. When external demands and other things cause us to lose focus on that inner self we tend to stress-out and worry about things more, becoming more inward facing in our outlook.

Read More

Fear Is Not An Option – change the option to change the result

Our own fear can often be a huge hindrance to living a life of authenticity, blocking us from doing what we need or want to do in our own interest. Basing such fear on what others may say or think of us if we act on our own. However, if we want to go beyond the ordinary we need to break from that crippling, demoralizing fear. Instead, we need to force ourselves to think outside that fear box so to speak. We need to make it our personal motto that this fear is not an option. Otherwise with fear as an option it soon becomes a crutch when what we need is positive action.

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