Consistent or Stuck?

Why be consistent?What is it for?Sure, showing upDay after day matters,But where is it going?Doing what’s expectedAnd then doing it over and over againMay create stabilityAnd predictability to our daysAnd a reputation for our name,But creating the same situationsOver and over againIs also the definitionOf being stuck.If you are building a house,It’s important to know […]

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Paving the Jungle

Is a fool’s errand. In our attempts to build a better world For the next generation Where our kids don’t struggle as we have Or experience the same heartache, We can sometimes find ourselves Running about setting down concrete slabs Along the forest floor, Blocking access to thorny bushes, Cancelling paths known to have snakes […]

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Certificate

Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of things you do NOT need a certificate for: Getting your hands dirty.Volunteering.Caring about your work andSeeing ways to improve it.Pointing out injustice.Holding leadership accountable.Taking responsibility.Taking a leap of faith.Nurturing relationships.Building a good reputation.Playing nice with the other kids.Forgiving quickly.Praying.Being generous.Being grateful.Bouncing back from setbacks.Working on your business idea.Breathing life into […]

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Theoretical

There are many lessons that life brings our way That are a lot more practical than would have liked. Much simpler to watch a TED Talk Or listen to a podcast Or if we are really serious even read a book about it But to actually go through the stuff? That doesn’t always seem necessary. […]

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Growth paradox

There is an uncomfortable space in learning When the ones who have something to teach Reach the limits of their influence and Have to reconcile with the reality That true learning is always voluntary. You cannot micromanage growth. It has to happen. Inherently. From within. Growth is a fruit born of the will of the […]

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Of Books and cattle posts

Growing up my Dad always used to tell us how he used to carry his books with him to the cattle post. In between minding the cattle he would read. Despite the demanding chores he had as a child, he never let that be an excuse for him not to study. Nor did he let […]

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Satisfy

For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:9 NKJV I am a man of deep yearnings, My heart pines for approval And grovels for attention Constantly seeking, consistently disappointed. For the muscular arms of education and career have not been wide enough to hem me in, Nor the […]

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Education as a distraction

High rates of unemployment, Un-evolved educational systems And small imaginations on the part of our leadership Has created a strange phenomenon amongst our generation; Where we find ourselves pursuing further education we don’t need for no other reason Than that we don’t have much else to do. No job. So more school. Could it be […]

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Good school-ism

Besides the exclusion that people slap across your face based on where you did (or didn’t) go to school, There is often a self-disqualification that often takes place within. The feeling of self-abasement when you find yourself in the presence of those Who went to better schools. You tell yourself there are certain places you […]

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Permission

When it comes to worthwhile academic or vocational pursuits, Its not so clear cut what counts as a worthy pursuit anymore. We can all point to examples of unhappy lawyers and doctors, Though highly respected pushed to the edge Worked to the bone; almost resentful of the well-beaten path They find their feet on. And […]

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