You Cannot Catch A Shooting Star (But You Can Witness It)

It is difficult to imagine, prior to experiencing it, how one tiny, fragile life can determine so much of your future simply by existing. Children have no choice as to how, when, where, or from whom they are born and they come into this world with needs and wants that transcend these individual circumstances. No…

This Is My Real Job

Sometimes, the needs of the business take priority over our personal interests. Some time ago, in my first year as a General Manager (GM) for a large coffee company, I was at a development meeting with my District Manager (DM) and we were discussing labor and scheduling. He observed that I had several part-time employees…

Resist Temptation And Make Something You Are Proud Of

What work are you doing that you are proud of? “There is no human being I can name who can point to a body of work on Twitter and say ‘I am proud of that.’ That means all that time was spent not building a body of work you were proud of and we ought…

Love is a Request Undenied

What would I have missed if I was not willing to pay attention? A few nights ago, as I was writing, my daughter walked past me to go to the bathroom. Less than a minute later, she came back and told me that the house was too dark and she was scared to go to…

Room To Grow

Much like flowers cannot grow in competition with weeds that rob them of water, nourishment, and sunlight, so to do noise, distraction, and other people’s selfish or fleeting priorities smother our creative natures so that we cannot grow and bloom into the truest forms of ourselves. Our creative natures are like seedlings that hold within…