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A Living Tribute

Almost a year ago, my mom passed away after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s. I wrote a LIFEies Tribute to her after her passing (click here to read).  I realized that I didn’t want to wait until my Dad passed to honor him, so here is a living tribute to my 83-year-old father. So this Thanksgiving week, I say thank you to my father and try to… Read more →

Tibetan Monks and Navy SEALS

For a long, long time I have read everything I can about Tibetan Monks AND the Navy Seals. Steven Kotler wrote an article below on what the two have in common.  You can bet I read that as soon as I saw it. Kotler says that both Navy SEALS and Tibetan Monks have the ability to rewire their consciousness and change their state… Read more →

A More Inspired Life

  Every now and then, I like to reinforce a great idea (or several).  In May of 2015, I sent out a LIFEies about Bill McRaven, a retired Navy Seal commander’s commencement address at University of Texas.  (Click here to revisit that talk.)  He has now come out with a book on the same topic. It can be hard to… Read more →

6 Things I Learned From My Mom (they probably aren’t what you are thinking)

  After 17 years battling Parkinson’s, my mom passed away quietly on January 31. In his wonderful book, The Art of Living, Thich Nhat Hanh presents a concept called Interbeing.  Interbeing is the thought that we are all a continuation of the world especially our parents.  My mother is with me every day, as I wake up and as I go about my… Read more →

Reasons to give thanks

Reasons to Give Thanks

  This is the season to be thankful.  We know that being thankful and grateful is one of the most powerful advantages in life.  Below are 10 reasons why we all should be more thankful — all the time.  I have highlighted my favorites below, and added a few from my personal reasons: –The most thankful, most grateful people have… Read more →

Condolences

  Giving condolences is not easy. Sometimes the sympathy we try to share with grieving friends and loved ones creates more damage from overlooking or simply not knowing how to comfort them. There is an art to condolence.  Please don’t say something just to be saying anything (especially comparisons). Being speechless is better than sharing misguided phrases/comparisons.  Here are a few… Read more →