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End of the Year Feelings and a New Year’s Resolution

End of the Year Feelings and a New Year’s Resolution

The closing days of the year always bring out those feelings of nostalgia. We take a little time to think about those people that have been the most influential and meaningful in our lives. These could be family, friends, or colleagues that have burrowed their ways deep into our hearts. We look back and think about how blessed we are and grateful that they share part of their lives with us. I take this time as well to reflect and…

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I have issues with the concept of “Hope”

I have issues with the concept of “Hope”

There are plenty of difficult or dreadful situations that are outside of an individual’s control. When hope is all you have, I would never want to take it away.  However, in my experience, most situations when hope is expressed are not of dire circumstances.  These individuals exert some level of influence or control over one or more of the contributing factors.  The idea of hope has become a crutch that allows people to feel better about their situation by soothing…

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Why Ask Why

Why Ask Why

There are so many great works that seek the answers to the purpose and meaning of life.  Philosophy and religion are just two disciplines exploring the elements of the human condition and attempt to expand our understanding of the most fundamental questions about our existence.  I am not so grandiose to presume that I have any answers to these existential questions, but I have realized that the study of these matters sparked my love of the simple question of “Why.”…

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Cordial Political Dialog in the Office

Cordial Political Dialog in the Office

If you want to get a team riled up, drop a political comment into a group conversation and hold on.  Politics are more of a third rail at work than when we gather at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  I can say with confidence that political conversations frequently do not end well.  Oh sure, the casual banter starts off with reasonable engagement, but it quickly devolves into rhetoric as the verbal combatants stop listening and prepare to hurl volleys of poorly…

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