Many years ago, while staying at a five-star hotel where I was to give a keynote address, I went down to the restaurant to grab a sandwich. It was about 8:00 p.m., and I wanted to give myself a few minutes to relax, read more about the organization I was speaking to and plan my next day. An Oldie But a Goodie Much to my surprise and enjoyment, there was a featured entertainer who was singing a selection of songs
In 1982, someone scribbled on a paper placemat in a restaurant, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” The “saying” emerged and was quickly embraced by people far and wide. Before long, the quotation appeared on bumper stickers, coffee mugs, t-shirts and notebooks. As I sit here at my desk, and I contemplate the quote again and again, it is hard to find fault with the writer’s decree. We should all be kind, especially in these boisterous times, and
From 1982 to 1993, many of us remember the theme song from the highly rated United States television show Cheers. The sitcom theme lent its famous refrain, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” as the show’s tagline. Near to my home is a small restaurant and bar on the corner of Main Street that reminds me of Cheers. I stop by once in a while, but given my travel schedule, I’m hardly a regular. The restaurant has some small tables and
I recently was reminded of the story of a religious leader who ministered to the needs of a rather wealthy congregation. An elderly man in his congregation had lost his wife. The minister was concerned because the man had no relatives close by and, unlike several of the other parishioners, he was of poor means. He drove an older car, and though when he went to services he took care to dress neatly, it was clear that his clothes had seen better days.
No one can deny the fact that humor is revitalizing and refreshing. Studies show that humor is just as effective for reenergizing the workforce. Studies also show that in the right doses, and coupled with other motivational tools, humor boosts productivity and performance.
One of the toughest guys I have ever met is a former Marine named Adam. A combat veteran of the Iraq War and Afghanistan, he had to do some things to stay alive and keep his fellow soldiers alive that are best kept in the past. Among his medals are the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. In addition to collecting some shrapnel in his face and body, he also returned with PTSD. He came back with terrible nightmares for a
Of all of the words in the English language, my least favorite word is “impossible.” The word is a conversation stopper, an ambition stopper and worse, a life stopper. Impossible is a word that others often use to define our dreams. If we are not careful, we can get to the point where we begin to believe the word ourselves, the word others give to our dreams. Can a lonely, poor Scottish woman who suffers from Asperger’s disease overcome her
Whether it’s for the sake of art, for creating anything or of simply getting through the work day with a sense of self-satisfaction, we rely on inspiration to keep us going. Inspiration is a tricky thing – it comes and it goes, either in short bursts or for a long time and then vanishes for days, weeks, months or even years. Most people tend to wait for inspiration to strike them—to have that “Aha!” moment when the creativity just flows
There are times when I like nothing more than to put down the smartphone, turn off the computer and spend some time rebooting by attending a county fair. There is nothing quite like seeing new (and antique) farming equipment, walking past pens of rabbits and sheep or sinking your teeth into a freshly made corn dog or funnel cake. After delivering a presentation in Syracuse, I had many hours to relax before catching my flight. I noted that the Great
Several of my friends and I were sitting around the fire pit reminiscing about the men from our childhoods who had influenced our lives. Though men are often portrayed on television and in the movies as insensitive and unfeeling klutzes, such is hardly the case. As we were sipping our cold beverages, my friend Mike recalled the story of a man named Nelson who lived in his town. Nelson was poor. He and his family barely made ends meet. His