Love – A noun or a verb? Valentine’s reflections.

Love was in the air! Valentine’s Day came and went and we turned our thoughts toward love for a day, and perhaps, that someone our lives. I have a someone in my life that I’ve loved deeply for 32 years (my wife) and usually find the pressure of this day a little challenging.  Should I take her out to dinner? Buy her a dozen roses? Or, go big and take her to Paris for the weekend? I ask myself, “How do I express the depth and extent of this significant... Read The Rest →

Transform Your Black Friday Blues

Embrace the spirit behind it: 5 steps to transform Black Friday Blues. Black Friday is a great example of our culture on a detour that doesn’t take us where we want to go.  Originally, the day after Thanksgiving was the  annual celebration of the beginning of Christmas shopping season, offering the first “official” opportunity for retailers to display their holiday merchandise.   Honoring the non-commercial nature of Thanksgiving, merchants waited until it was over before promoting their Christmas wares.  The day represented the transition from a Day of Thanks following the end of... Read The Rest →

Give the Gift of Presence

Holiday time often means giving great presents or gifts to those we love.  It’s a way of saying “I care about you!” or “I value what you bring to my life!”  These are wonderful sentiments and a great way to express them.  There is one gift however, that is even more powerful than any tangible present, and that is the gift of your “Presence” – being really present to those you love.   Here are three simple suggestions on how to do this well if it’s a gift you’d like to... Read The Rest →