Sifting Sand In Ecuador. A Lesson Learned.

Have you ever sifted sand? Sifting sand that will be used for building? In deep thought this morning reflecting on some of my own past and thinking about a friend who is struggling right now. The thought of sifting sand came into my mind. When we do things that make us feel shame and guilt, …

Mission Trips. What Are They and Who Are They For?

In 2015 my oldest son and I went on our first “Mission Trip”. I was hesitant and was convinced that this wasn’t my thing. The trip was to Guatemala to help do some work at an orphanage outside of a small town. I really had no idea what I was getting into or what to …

Golf Shoes Don’t Have to Be Nerdy

You may, or may not, have read my previous article about playing golf. It’s been great for me and what’s funny is I’ve been able to cross over some of my Army veteran experience into the world of golf. I’m a gear dork and have always appreciated the latest and greatest gear that can improve …

Negative vs Positive Talk

People respond best when they receive positive talk. A person feels shame, guilt, regret, sadness, fear, loneliness and physically weak when people who they love and admire most, who’ve they’ve made themselves vulnerable to, speak negative to them. It’s the ultimate way to crush someone’s spirit. On the contrary, speaking positive words to someone charges …

“Draft-era ‘shark attacks’ on Army infantry recruits are over”. The rebuttle.

I recently saw an article in the Army Times about the Army putting the Kibosh on the “Shark Attack” style of soldiering for Basic Training recruits. The premise, or bottom line, is that it’s just mean and that there are better ways, more constructive ways to motivate soldiers and prepare them for battle. Interesting. Most …

Does Your Suffering Have Meaning?

Viktor Frankl is my favorite author when it relates to choice, attitude, struggle. In a very small nutshell, he survived 4 concentration/death camps in 3 years during WWII. He lost everything. He lost his job, home, identity, wife, parents and purpose. He regained one of those things, however. His purpose. He found that his purpose …

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