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4 Things to Do to Honor Your Parents

Honor them! Whether you're 5 or 50, you should honor your mother and father. How? First, pick up the phone tonight and tell them that you are thankful for the good things they did for you growing up. Second, realize that it's never too late to apologize, or forgive. Third, make it a point to enjoy their company whenever you have the opportunity. Invite them over for dinner and serve them for a change. ...
Jan 01, 1970 / Relationships and Communication

Active Listening

First, focus on the other person…open your posture, look them in the eyes, give them encouraging nods and acknowledging words. Second, summarize what they are saying. You might say something like, "So, what I hear you saying is such and such." Third, ask open-ended questions. Not questions that solicit just a yes or no answer. And don't use the word "why"... "why can't you…" "why didn't you…" "why aren't...
Jan 01, 1970 / Relationships and Communication

Honor Your Father and Mother on Parents’ Day

Sunday is Parent's Day…a day established by Congress for the purpose of "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in bringing up their children." If you've had a good relationship with your mom and dad, use this day as an opportunity to thank them for one important thing they did to impact your life in a positive way. If your relationship with them has been more difficult, use it as an...
Jan 01, 1970 / Relationships and Communication

Tiger Woods: Should He Get a Second Chance?

Not in the U.S. Open, but in his personal life. Last year, the world was shocked to learn of golfing great, Tiger Woods', many indiscretions. He faltered personally and professionally. Now, on the brink of a professional comeback, he's out of the game again. Can we show him grace? At what point is it ok to start cheering for him again? Whether or not you choose to root for him in his professional life, we should...
Jan 01, 1970 / Character

Leaders Set the Climate

It's not something that's in your job description at work. It's not something that you think about as a husband, wife or parent. But it's critical in any position of leadership. It's establishing the climate… the right kind of climate. A mother or father establishes the climate when they walk through the door at night. A worker sets the temperature for co-workers at the office. A coach sets the climate out...
Jan 01, 1970 / Inspirational

To Forgive, Divine

Most of us can forgive small stuff...but what about the big things that cause us great pain? Ed Thomas was a caring husband, a good dad, and a highly respected man in his community. After decades of coaching his football team, Ed was awarded the coveted NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2005. Four years later, a former student walked into the school locker room, pulled out his gun and unloaded seven bullets...
Jan 01, 1970 / Character

Easter: A Time to Celebrate

The egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps are iconic symbols of most American Easter celebrations. It's a time when families gather together and feast on the bounty of spring and revel in time spent together. There's fun and frivolity for kids and adults alike. It's a great time of celebration, to be sure. But that's not what Easter's all about. Easter celebrates a priceless gift given in an act...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

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