As we have been preparing to make our big move as a family (you can read more about that here: We are leaving the country) we have been having phone calls and visits with friends to share with them what our move is all about. These have all been so fun. Often it has been… Read more about Encouragement is ours to give
The security line was not that long considering it was the regular commuting time. Travel for me is easy having in the past four years flown dozens of times. This time, I had my 15-year-old son in tow for an international trip. All the details of getting us both to our destination had my head… Read more about Who are you?
People have sat around open fires, hearths, tables and pubs telling each other stories for millennia. There are two types of stories that are prevalent, the inspirational and the cautionary. The first one, on purpose or not, gets people dreaming. They may have never even thought of doing something, traveling, or stepping out of their… Read more about The stories we tell
Connection means we will continually put ourselves at risk. Time and time again we will have to reach out, extend, take a chance at rejection. I’ve always been fascinated with world class climbers. Recently I watched the film about Jimi Chin, Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk’s climb of the Meru a legendary peak in the Himalayas.… Read more about The worst memory
Is it duty or obligation that compels us to act in a relationship? What motivates us to help someone without receiving something in return? As I explore the concept of connections (guanxi) in Chinese culture, I have started to think about my gestures of kindness in my relationships and where they originate. As a westerner,… Read more about Why we act in friendship
Things happen in life. People betray, disappoint or even outright hurt us. Intentionally or not we come away scarred. We make statements like “I’ll never trust again” or “I am done with love.” Even worse is when we begin to believe something untrue about ourselves, people or future relationships. There are plenty of things that… Read more about What will you do
Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself. Andrew Carnegie How does this apply to friendship? Is it staying in touch? Maybe it is checking in when we know a friend is struggling. Being consistent and consistently present? Perhaps a note to ensure someone knows we care. It… Read more about And a little more
Connecting with someone takes effort. The action comes in being fully present, mindful and focused on them and no one else. Recently my wife and I have been driving our daughter to a horse stable to ride and take care of her horse. It is about a 15-minute drive each way from our house. The… Read more about As if no one else is around