You’ll know it when it happens: that extra serving of sumptin’ sumptin’ piled high on your plate or in your arms or into your truck bed. Y’all today I got me a lesson in generosity. No animosity. No lecture. No, “Honey, that’s not how we do things around here.” No blank stare of unbelief at
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Snap! When it’s 10 pm and you think it’s a good idea to send emails: think again. Snap! When it’s Saturday and you think a client or subcontractor or partner won’t mind answering a work question: think again. Snap! When your kids act out for the fourth or fortieth time this month and you are
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Mark Twain is credited with the saying, “Use the right word, not its second cousin.” It matters: whether written or spoken.

Recently, I had to face some dragons. My belief before the last 48 hours had passed was that the dragons in my line of sight were the fire-breathing sort that were more than likely going to turn me into the proverbial #burntToast. So, I spent weeks mentally preparing myself. Looking into alternate plans and routes and
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There are days, weeks, months…God forbid, years, when it just doesn’t seem to work out the way it was or is supposed to. I don’t have the magically answer here, except to say, when you want to say, “I can’t go on” to “please go on”. Yes, you may need to change mightily, but still
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Not necessarily. Today, for example, I’ve done all the required tasks for the day, but am feeling guilty, like I should be doing more. Getting ahead or doing research. Friends, my brain is tired. My body is tired as well. I have done enough for today. Yes, there is more that I could do, but
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One of the most valuable things that I have learned in my life is that “feelings pass” and “we are not our feelings”. You are loved, adored, and damn good at everything you do. Yesterday, I had a blistering headache for hours and hours and hours. Pain meds didn’t help. Coffee, diet coke, none of
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Every day you are either building a relationship or tearing it down. With your co-workers, your clients, your family: everybody. It bears keeping in mind that our actions and attitudes either grow or kill something. Little by little. Drop by drop. Death by a thousand cuts. or Life by countless acts of kindness.

It is easy to wish our lot was better, easier, softer. An easy trap to fall into. Especially, if the roof over your head depends on it. Yet, we are all so fortunate in so many ways. Most of our days are good and pleasant ones. Our adversities are trivial and can be surmounted with
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Avoid the race to the bottom. You know that one where you can do it for cheaper, faster, every time. That is a sure-fire way to burn yourself out in a simpering puddle of wax. Not even a spectacular fireball, but rather someone who has a heart of gold, the best intentions, and a real
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