You Are Contagious

You have a pretty good day at work, no major complications or problems.  You are feeling pretty good – and then you walk in the front door.  Your spouse has not had the same positive day that you have.  He had a conflict with his supervisor, an argument with a co-worker, and his computer’s hard…

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Would You Like to be The Fonz?

Somedays I feel old.  In a recent conversation with a client, I made a reference to the TV character, Eddie Haskell, from the show “Leave it to Beaver.”  She had no idea who I was talking about and she is in her early 40’s.  I chuckled and said, “You are showing your age,” but she…

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Would You Ever . . .

Today’s question is – Would you ever think about retiring? Some may be thinking – “Yea, all the time!” Thoughts of retirement are pretty normal for lots of different reasons: because you hate your job; perhaps you are tired; or maybe you are simply bored and want to do something else. And yet, many individuals…

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Worrying Together

People worry.  Ok – not a news flash but it is a true statement.  While it rarely accomplishes much, except to stress us out, we continue to do it.  Some deal with worry by doing something physical – like jogging or going to the gym.  Others want to talk about it, perhaps with someone they…

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Words Generate Feelings

As Jennie sat with her friend Lisa over coffee, she said, “David is such a pig.  He never cleans up his messes, he doesn’t put anything away, he gets the milk out and then leaves it on the counter – his inconsideration is driving me crazy.”  Needless to say, Jennie was frustrated and felt safe…

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Winning

Last week I shared with you some of the story of Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher a couple that was married for 86 years.  Herbert died at 105 while his wife was 103.  What was striking about this couple was that they did not just endure for 86 years but they vibrantly engaged in life together,…

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Will You Be Stopped?

I was recently drawn in by the words of a Pastor who wrote, “What would you do in the name of love?  The best romantic comedies show us the lengths that people will go to for love.  Great displays of affection, extravagant acts of passion and feeling, beautiful offerings of words and sentiment and devotion. …

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Why?

“Why did you let the kids run around in the backyard in their pajamas?”  “Why did you eat donuts for dinner?”  “Why didn’t you do your homework?”  “Why did you say such a hurtful thing?”  We ask why a lot.  We ask it of our kids, our spouse, and sometimes those whom we supervise at…

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Why?

“What is your why?  Why did you get out of bed this morning?  Why did you eat what you ate?  Why did you wear what you wore?  Why did you come here?  The big why?  We are certainly not here to just sell . . .  We’re here to connect.  Life is about people.  Advertising…

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Why Should I Cherish My Spouse?

Over the decades, wedding vows have changed from pretty traditional and predictable to often very inventive.  In the more traditional vows, the word “cherish” was often included.  I still remember some of the lyrics of the song “Cherish” by the Association, performed in the 60’s. Cherish is the word I use to describe All the…

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