Gift of the Present

Gift of the Present

The purpose of the present never presents itself in the present. What we do now—what we go through, what we experience, what we witness, what avenues we pave—always achieves some purpose that we can’t see in the here and now. So, never judge the present according to the present. If you do, you will always be confused and frustrated.

One of the best ways through the quagmire of the present is to look for what you learn—how you grow as a person. Learning things, witnessing the unthinkable, gaining skills, going places—these prepare us. That’s worthwhile enough.  · · · →

Time as it Seems

Time as it Seems

Things don’t take as short a time as they might seem. We plan, project, expect, then the calendar disappoints. You might look at a project that should take a week, then it takes seven.

The scary part is how much that scares us. When we are five months behind a project, it seems the sky is falling. But, is it? When your house takes longer than expected to build, do the seasons stop?

Don’t get worked-up about how much longer projects take. Some projects take less time than expected. It doesn’t always even out, but life isn’t surprised; we are.  · · · →

Two-Way Interviews

Two-Way Interviews

Careful who you judge. It might be you who is actually on trial. One sure way to learn about others is to let others think they stand above you, then see how they respond. The person you disagree with just might be doing just that—letting you think you’re in charge and watching your reaction.

That might not be the case. You might actually be the decision-maker you think you are, until you’re not. Even if you hold the power seat today, tomorrow the tables could turn, then your entire history coughs up testimony about who you were all along.  · · · →

Say Yes

Say Yes

Yes. It’s just that simple. Life can seem confusing when we fear this word. Maybe you don’t know your path in your career, business, education, or in relationships. That’s not to say we should say yes to every stupid request ever made of us. But, when someone asks something that is safe and within our power—no matter how uncomfortable—no matter how unworthy we feel—say yes.

Saying yes is an act of friendship. When you need something and someone can help, the one who helps likely becomes a good friend. Be that new friend. Be a living yes.  · · · →