I refer to the truths that I have discovered, and the realizations that have changed the way I view myself and others, as Mantras. One of my Mantras is, “Be Intentional”. Do what you say you will do… but think about it first. Hmmm. I can’t remember the moment I … Continue reading
A look back at a journal entry…….. August 17, 2012. Perfect night at home. Cubs on TV, Valbuena just hit a home run. Arroyo for the Reds is pitching. Scallops with onion and garlic and lime are just about ready to eat. Potatoes with peas and fresh spinach are about … Continue reading
As a follow up to my blog post on learning to function in my strengths, here is a link to a free strengths assessment.
I am not really familiar with this organization, but I love assessments and found this to be helpful for myself. I hope it will be a topic of conversation with people I know and am coaching/mentoring in the future. And….I am considering how to incorporate it into my Life on Purpose series.
It is simply good to be growing, personally. And to take responsibility for personal growth. This is a good tool for understanding yourself better, to identify and acknowledge your strengths so that you can find ways to invest in learning to use them well. Maximize your strengths.
I am not unique in that I grew up in a family where my “strengths in excess” were commented on more often than my strengths used well. I was, sort of, always in trouble. And, often, deservedly so. I never really had a teacher (with the significant exception of Miss … Continue reading
Recently there was an article in Running Times about Dave’s efforts to help the Raramuri/Tarahumara runners. These are indigenous Indians who live in Copper Canyon, Mexico. While they, as a people, have been somewhat romanticized in books like “Born to Run,” we find them to be kind, real, talented individuals who … Continue reading
As a follow-up to my more serious post on keeping a journal, I am reminded that in a workshop on journaling, sometime ago, some place I don’t remember, the speaker encouraged this as a bedtime prayer:
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
Someone throw my journals in the lake!!!!
I have a stack of journals, dating back to the 70’s. On a snowed-in day last winter, I went through them all and dated them, marking the years in black magic marker on the outside. I have always been a journal-er. In fact it was because of a diary entry … Continue reading
Intentional = Conscious Choosing I find great joy in giving. Especially to a cause I deem worthy and when there is a true need. I like it when people are grateful for my gift, but sometimes it is most fun to give in secret. I admit that I like … Continue reading
Need Less… Do More Dave and I just celebrated our 40th anniversary. We are so thankful to have made it this far and long together. We have certainly had our rough spots and years that we would not like to repeat, but it is deeply satisfying to be here, now. … Continue reading
Today, a throwback to my very first post on NeedLessGiveMore.com: “What is the story you are telling?” I wrote that in my “blog book” a few weeks ago. Can’t remember where I heard it or what prompted me to write it, but it is a good place to start. I … Continue reading