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THE WOMAN WITH BURNING FEET

Years ago, I was visited by an elderly woman who came to see me because her feet burned relentlessly, from her ankles to the tips of her toes. She could hardly walk. She wept from the pain. It was so hard to bear that she considered taking her own life. Internists and neurologists and an […]

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DON’T FORGET THE POWER OF HUMOR

Lots of people like Donald Trump and lots of people don’t.  After all, he can be confrontational.  He can show flashes of genuine anger.  He Tweets.  One of the times he unifies people is when he is genuinely funny.  That’s worth thinking about. One of the best examples was President Trump’s speech at the Alfred […]

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ALWAYS TAKE THE TIME TO GET IT RIGHT

The impulse to work fast, in order to prove oneself, comes from core self-doubt.  The prize is so important to win, often in order to bolster a fragile sense of self, that the end result suffers.  Abraham Lincoln may have said it best, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend […]

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Don’t be Guided by Polls about YOU

Don’t worry; this blog isn’t just about the Presidential election.  It’s about you.  You’ll understand, if you read through to the end. Let’s start with the election, though—the one in 2016.  All the polls were wrong about Donald Trump’s Presidential aspirations, right up until he was elected.  You remember how shocked the television anchors looked, […]

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Don’t be Guided by Polls about YOU

Don’t worry; this blog isn’t just about the Presidential election.  It’s about you.  You’ll understand, if you read through to the end. Let’s start with the election, though—the one in 2016.  All the polls were wrong about Donald Trump’s Presidential aspirations, right up until he was elected.  You remember how shocked the television anchors looked, […]

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BE LIKE WATER

Bruce Lee, the late martial artist and philosopher, had wonderful advice for how to live powerfully in any set of circumstances.  He said: You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour […]

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You Can’t Change Everyone in the Family

We human beings want to be heard and understood.  We want to find solid ground in relationships.  That’s why we expend lots of energy and we experience no small amount of angst when those close to us—our family members or close friends or, sometimes, a business associate—seem unable to relate to us with understanding.  We […]

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Is “Why?” the Most Powerful Question of All?

It is a bit of a cliché that kids tend to ask Why? again and again when they are told that they won’t be getting a second ice cream or can’t stay up later to watch more television.  After three or four Why? questions, the most dismissive and maybe the most common reply from parents […]

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The Comeback is God’s Favorite Story

When everything goes according to plan, when successes flow without reversals, we consider ourselves fortunate.  And we are.  But, more often, success either comes after putting forth great effort to clear significant hurdles or after experiencing actual reversals—sometimes profound ones. A reversal, followed by a comeback, is God’s favorite story.  Why?  Because that story requires […]

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You are a Venn Diagram

Okay, let’s think about this together.  It’s important.  A Venn diagram, of course is the kind that features two or more intersecting circles.  The area in which they come together is shaded as common ground—or, seen another way, as ground that is not purely comprised of one circle or another. Being a Venn diagram is […]

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