What Is Your Story?

“There’s no such thing as a mistake. A mistake is an opportunity to do something else.” —Ralph Steadman The way we experience our life, the things we do, and the things that happen to us or around us, is quite often a matter of the story that we tell ourselves about these occurrences. In our…

Are You Truly Showing Up?

“Your take it or leave it attitude with your family is unacceptable.” — My brother For many years, I thought that honesty meant saying or doing whatever I felt, even if it hurt people, as long as I was being true to myself and my feelings. In fact, my basic stance was that if you…

Deliver Your Gift with a Hug and a Smile

It’s not always about your gift. It’s about how you present it to the world. Many years ago, when I was a technician for a large, corporate coffee company, I sat down with my supervisor to discuss a potential promotion. Another technician already had the position I wanted, but I made the case for why…

A Decision Without Action Is Fantasy

Is creativity a selfish or selfless act? At the end of last year, I made a decision to write every day. I decided that I was going to challenge myself to spend some time each morning searching in myself for something worth saying, to stop hiding from whatever inspiration was in me and to channel…

A Penny For Your Shot

My maternal grandfather was a man of many hobbies. He liked to play, arrange, and collect music and he was an avid fly fisherman and wild game hunter. Mainly, he hunted wild birds and deer with his dogs, who he loved to watch ‘work’ as he called it. Through him and his hobbies, I was…