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Loss

I know many people who have lost children in a variety of ways: accidental drug overdose, suicide, cancer, even murder. The grief never goes away completely, although it lessens a little over time.

The pointless arguing over politics becomes even more inane when you consider it from those parent’s perspective. It’s wasted energy, nothing else.

I encourage you to put your focus on something that will make a difference in the lives of others. The rest is just noise…

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Friday the 13th

In western culture, the number 13 is considered to represent bad luck. The “cursed” number takes its reputation from Norse mythology.

Luck doesn’t really exist except in our minds. If luck was real then life would be a series of random events. I believe there is a Divine Order to our lives that is bigger than anything we can understand.

Embrace everything that happens to you in life, even the bad stuff. When you accept that there is no randomness, only structure, it makes the bad things easier to navigate. A little easier, anyway…

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Focus

Are you outwardly focused, or are you focused inward?

I believe most people, if being honest would say inward. We are naturally selfish, so this makes sense. Protecting our lives and the lives of our loved ones isn’t selfish because it’s done out of love.

When we shift our focus onto the needs of others, something special happens. We find more joy and fulfillment than ever before.

I believe we can be focused inwardly and outwardly at the same time. Try it! You might like it…

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Simpler Times

Sometimes I hear people say they long for an earlier time when life was simpler. But was life really easier?

Technology has sped up the pace of life so we can accomplish more each day. We text rather than call. Email instead of writing letters. We don’t even have to walk over to the television to change the channel anymore!

One thing that hasn’t changed is the need for human connection. We are hardwired to have relationships. There is no technology that replaces a connection…

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Stuff

So-called “influencers” on social media get revered for their cool toys, exotic travel and the appearance of a life everyone else wants. But is it real?

Real life doesn’t live on the internet. It exists in the homes of everyday families creating a life of routine. Families doing family stuff doesn’t seem as extravagant as a fast drive down the Autobahn in an Aston Martin.

But this is where life is lived, no matter the size of your home or what zip code it’s in. All the other is just stuff, and stuff doesn’t last. Life lasts…

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Volunteering

If you are reading this, take a moment to thank the Creator for all the goodness in your life. Every good thing comes from God. This includes our minds, sight, air to breathe, good friends and family, and so much more.

I believe it’s important to help others. The needs of mankind are huge and overwhelming, yet collectively we make a difference. God uses us to do His work on earth. He places others in our paths as opportunities to serve.

Here’s a picture of me from yesterday, May 6, volunteering at a golf event which raised over $100,000 for pediatric brain cancer research. I met so many wonderful people who have been impacted by this horrible disease, yet they continue fighting to find a cure.

My recent podcast guest, Melissa Fleming who lost her son to brain cancer.

Find a cause you believe in and immerse yourself in it. You can help make a difference…

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How We Treat Others

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Sounds easy, right? But some people can be downright difficult to treat kindly.

I have to ask myself, am I one of those people? Am I stubborn, ill-tempered or rude? If the answer is yes, then I need to work on myself. We will treat others in the way we love ourselves.

A healthy self-acceptance will be reflected by our words and our actions. Take inventory, and corrective action if necessary…

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Weariness

Life can wear you out. Combine the noise from the outside world, the conversations we have with ourselves and the daily grind, people can get worn down and worn out.

It’s important that we take care of ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. You must focus on all four of these areas to maintain a peaceful spirit. When we do this, we are the best version of ourselves. Everyone benefits, especially you…

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Teachers

Today is National Teacher Day in the United States. So first off, thank you to all of the dedicated, devoted teachers worldwide.

The best teaching moments are in the home. We, as parents, should model behavior for our children. Characteristics like kindness, forgiveness, compassion and honesty are best taught by example, not by forced behavior.

Our children are watching us all the time. Let’s make sure our words and actions align…

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