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Does Your Workplace Feel Like A Zoo?
Does Your Workplace Feel Like A Zoo?

Today is particularly focused on all of you challenged at work. How many of you have an organizational culture that leaves you struggling to feel fully alive and thriving?

As a professional speaker and an avid blogger, I see and hear more than most. There is a universal epidemic inside virtually every organization. The epidemic has two symptoms: fear and uncertainty.

Courage and moral integrity are on the run.

Please pray for anyone struggling at work, for any reason, it doesn’t matter. And when I say pray, what’s really being suggested today, is that you pray so deliberately that it nearly brings you to tears.

Why? Because there are way too many who desperately need it.

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Look Around

Disabled Parking Signs?
Disabled Parking Signs?

When was the last time you stopped your busy routine and made a conscious effort to look around at the simple things?

If you’re like me, it’s probably been too long.

Our son and I were leaving the Apple store the other day and I noticed this:

A Reminder From God?
A Reminder From God?
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Two Mormon Sisters

Late With Their Message?
Late With Their Message?

The doorbell woke me up from an hour-plus nap. Was exhausted from traveling and feeling sick all week. Had collapsed shortly after arriving home, on the family room couch as our son played.

Thinking it might be a neighbor needing help, I staggered to the door, quite literally.

Mormon Sisters, one from Tongo and one from United States, visited our house early Friday evening, wanting to share the good news about Jesus Christ. Both Sisters – that’s what they’re called during their 18-month mission -seemed to be in their early twenties.

I actually did most of the talking, for about 15 minutes. In hind sight, wish it had been the other way around. If only I had thought of the questions during the front porch meeting, instead of after.

Perhaps tomorrow will be better late than never.

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Buddhist Monk Meets Humble Servant?

Jack Has Many Friends
Jack Has Many Friends

Do you challenge yourself each and every day? To learn, to grow, to stretch?

So Wednesday I fly from Orlando to Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University, and site of the Leadership workshop I conducted on Thursday. But because the departing flight was so early, I waited until I unpacked at the hotel to go for a 30-minute run around campus.

Enter the Dalai Lama.

He was at Indiana University to speak. Outside the building, many visitors were mixing and mingling. Two TV cameras on tripods were taping “interviews”.

One Monk was sitting quietly on a bench, reading. Politely asking if I could speak with him, we engaged in a 15-minute conversation. He had just come from Nepal a week earlier. Our conversation was casual, easy, respectful.

Perhaps it was my accent, coupled with my ignorance – my depth of Buddhist understanding is quite shallow, so I asked, “What’s at the very center of Buddhism?”

It took several minutes to explain the question’s intent, including sharing, “At the center of my Christian beliefs is Jesus, Love.”

He thought for a brief moment and said, “Compassion.”

I exclaimed, “Like Love!”

Rigzin Monk, Indiana University, May 12
Rigzin Monk, Indiana University, May 12

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My New Friends Humble Me

My Other Two Friends
My Other Two Friends

We travel through life, day after day, going through the motions. This is something most humans have in common.

As I sit here in the Indianapolis airport, reflecting back on the past few days, one of the highlights was meeting Rigzin Monk, a Buddhist Monk from Nepal. We spoke for about 15 minutes.

Another highlight, was spending hours talking with a fellow professional speaker. He should be dead. He lost 175 pounds. His son has special needs. He likes to take long walks – and we took one last night.

Neither my friend nor Rigzin Monk will ever read this, but that won’t stop the humility from washing over me.