As one of my friends often says, “Life is daily.” And this is the time of year that proves the point. Mid-January, February, and March is the time of year where we often have to just “gut it out” on a daily basis. The holidays are over, most vacations are done, and now is the time to get stuff done.
Remember “Curly”, the ascerbic senior wrangler played by Jack Palance in City Slickers? In the movie, Mitch (played by Billy Crystal) is in the midst of a midlife crisis brought on by his 39th birthday. So he and two friends go West to “find themselves” by participating in a cattle drive. Curly is the cowpoke in charge and gives Mitch
A week ago, I had the privilege of attending a music festival with my son, Daniel.Â Although the festival is several days long (and many people go and camp out, playing music all night long), we were only able to go for one long day. For those who are not familiar with it, the Walnut Valley FestivalÂ can sound like a
This week I have been asked to present to my local Chamber of Commerce on “Work / Life Balance”. After thinking about it for a while, I chose to use the Superball as an object lesson. Now for those of you who are young and don’t know much about the Superball, let me fill you in. The Superball was marketed
Two weeks ago I shared some thoughts from the very interesting book, Inside the Investor’s Brain, by Dr. Richard Peterson. Here are some more of his insights. Some of the initial parts (e.g. feelings) are fairly self-evident but are necessary foundations for later comments and conclusions. [reminder: page numbers are in parens] Feelings Feelings are the result of the comparison
“What is the purpose of work?” is both a personal question for me and a key question for many of the families with whom I work (although they don’t necessarily ask it directly like that). Consistent with the stereotype of a hardworking Midwestern farmer, I am a pretty hard-working guy (I am not a farmer, but come from that heritage).
Contentment. This is one character quality you don’t hear much about these days. In fact, being content is really a countercultural concept. I haven’t recently (or ever, actually) heard a commercial say, “Keep what you have. Fix it up a little or just make it work a while longer. You don’t need to go buy something new.” We are bombarded
Summer is obviously the traditional time for family vacations, due to the fact that students (and many educational instructors) have the summer off of school. As a result, the family vacation is on many individualsâ€™ minds. Having just returned from my own vacation, I thought I would share some thoughts that may help your vacation be a profitable one for
“I’m so frustrated with . . . ” is a frequent complaint in our daily lives.Â I hear it from clients, from friends, from family members, and I say it fairly frequently. One of the challenges with understanding and managing “frustration” is that it can have more than one meaning.Â So, often it is important to clarify what people mean
This weekend I am reflecting more on the issue of “chance” in life. (I put the term in quotes because,depending on one’s worldview, “chance” may not be the correct term — for some, the occurrence of seemingly random events are the result of Providence, for others it is related to karma or possibly one’s mental attitude, while others view the