Living a Win-Win Life

This is my outline and flow of thoughts for a 7 Habits group meeting discussing the 4th Habit:  Thinking Win-Win.

We know what win-win is…do we know the secret to living a win-win life?  With self, with family, and with others.  Living Win-Win is Thinking Win-Win on the macro-level, wherein Thinking Win-Win is our spiritual orientation and therefore how we live our lives.  Could we consider Thinking Win-Win the secret ingredient of alchemy 101 – transforming our fears of uncertainty into a fear-less life?  It is those moments of lose-lose and win-lose that we shut ourselves off to opportunity, creativity, and growth.  Only in Win-Win do we find synergy, momentum, and leverage. Continue Reading »

Our Smart Green House

This is my effort to journal our home building process.  It is a dynamic post to be added to as we grow.

Digging Deep

The bids are in.  And ouch is about all I can say.  It hurts – it’s bruising my spirit.  When we ask the builder what is out of line, what is throwing our numbers off the charts, the answer is everything that makes our home a smart green home.

Feeling wounded, we go home and soul search.  What is our purpose in building this home?  What is in our end in mind?  What are our highest values, and is this home congruent with them? Continue Reading »

Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone is the one of the best novels I have ever read, and I am recommending it to you.  The characters and the settings are beautifully developed and the prose is poetic.  Don’t expect to read this one in a couple of days.  It took me almost two weeks, and I didn’t want it to end.

Much of the story takes place in the operating rooms of India, Ethiopia, and the United States ghetto.  None of which I have any experience or original interest.  Yet, the story is internally captivating and grabbed hold of my core by page 3.  Continue Reading »

Practice Miracle-Readiness

This is my cliff notes for A Course in Miracles:  Nothing real can be threatened.  Nothing unreal exists.  Herein lies the peace of God.  A Course in Miracles is over a 1,000 page combined volume of text and lessons.  This will be at least a 6 month study for me.  After each chapter, I will type what I have highlighted for contemplation. Continue Reading »

My Happiness Project

Inspired by The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and Good Life Project by Jonathan Fields, I am focusing on one small act or intention that I would like to amplify in my life.  After contemplating this, and borrowing their words, I realized I already have a Happiness Project and Good Life Project, and I have coined it A Life of Plenty.  Now to just define it more clearly to myself.  This is my effort.

A note to readers:  This is a dynamic posting and will be edited to reflect my monthly intentions.

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I am Ending the Race

I am ending the Race to Nowhere. I can make a difference in the lives of my children by modeling a new paradigm of success. The way I live my life, and the things I put first in my life will define success for my children.

When I step back and look around, it is not too difficult to understand why children are in the race to nowhere. Because, most parents are running the race to nowhere. If we want our children to own their own life, don’t we first need to own our own life?

“It doesn’t much matter how you get there if you don’t know where you are going.” ~ Alice in Wonderland Continue Reading »

A Virtual Christmas Card | my yearend reflection

Greetings!  I decided to write my yearend reflection today – my 38th birthday.  This is one of the most meaningful traditions I do for myself.  And I share it with you.  It is easy to get lost in the day to day hairballs of life and forget how blessed we are, and how much we have each grown in a relatively short time.

As I sit in my new home, gazing into the mad lake and white sky, I reflect on a beautifully awesome year of life, love, and adventure. Continue Reading »

Thanksgiving Prayer

For FOOD in a world

where many walk in hunger;

For FAITH in a world

where many walk in fear;

For FRIENDS in a world

where many walk alone;

WE GIVE THANKS.

A Day of Ordinary Miracles

Knowing it would be a full day today, I start early.  At 4:40 I wake to go to the Y for spin class.  On my way home I decide to stop at the grocery store.  Sure, there’s plenty to eat for breakfast – oatmeal, toast, cereal.  But not the kids’ favorite waffles.  As I pull into the parking lot of Shop N Save, I see a man with a flashlight going through the trash.  I park and walk up to him.

“Sir, do you need something?”  I ask. Continue Reading »

The Significance of 11.11.11

I find it fascinating to read about the numerological significance of 11.11.11. And, I believe the true significance of 11.11.11 is the same as yesterday, and the same as tomorrow.

No one day is less or more significant than the others. For me, today is a day of mindfulness, an awareness of the ordinary miracles every day. Continue Reading »