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We all make a difference each day of our lives. Some days, that difference packs more impact than you could imagine. You just do not know. Next month, I will share a year-long project I have undertaken for 2019. The … Continue reading →
The key is to understand the story and the associated people, because there can be a danger if community devolves into tribalism. I have written of energy vampires. I’ve even recorded a song about these dastardly beings who “suck the … Continue reading →
Building community requires that we consider our subject mindfully, hold conversations driven by authentic questions, and then engage in collaboration to do the needed work. Over coffee last week, I participated in a conversation about community with a city leader … Continue reading →
What is your hope for your community? What do you want to see, and more importantly, what will you do to make it happen? What legacy will you help build and contribute to for the coming generations? Last week, as … Continue reading →
This week’s post comes to us from a guest first-time blogger, Roxie (BDE), my pet therapy team leader. Enjoy her observations. As the sun popped up over the ocean, I thought if that is being “spoiled” then I like it. … Continue reading →
If we give a gift expecting a return, then we have not offered a gift. We have tendered a loan. Not gratitude. When we display gratitude, we demonstrate appreciation, kindness, respect, and, above all, acknowledgement for the person in front … Continue reading →
What are your prearrangements with yourself when it comes to your stated priorities? Consider a significant goal you have. One that you claim as a top priority for your life. Satisfied with your progress? If yes, congratulations. If not, consider … Continue reading →
If something, however, seems to be missing it might be time to pause, hit the reset button, and ask why you do what you do? When my father-in-law, in the late 1980s, approached the end of a long career as … Continue reading →
This week’s blog post draws on the fourth core value from Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019): Give voice to our RAINBOWS—our dreams and aspirations—and act to move toward them. Goals represent hopes for a brighter future. Research … Continue reading →
Respectful relationships help build lasting, meaningful, accepting, loving, nurturing, and sustaining communities. As I wrote Community as a Safe Place to Land, I had the opportunity to speak with transformational people in communities from Savannah, Georgia to Celebration, Florida. Each … Continue reading →