Say What?

“You hear me, but you are not listening.” As the words came out of my mouth, I realized that I sounded like some version of my parents. My kids truly were not paying any attention to what I was saying. I received the teenage nods and maybe a grunt of...

Enjoy the View

There was a recent sermon that used driving down Highway 1 in California as an analogy to life. The minister talked about the beauty of the ocean below and the mountains above. He likened it to the concept of soaking up life and living each day to the fullest. But he...

Salt of the Earth

I’ve had my share of prideful moments. I’m not referencing the kind of joy and pleasure that come from hard work and accomplishment. No, I’m talking about the prideful moments where I compared myself to others, self-promoted my loved ones to make myself feel...

Be Where You Are

There was a commercial in recent years where a father took his kid out camping and the kid’s eyes didn’t leave his device. The gist of the message is that the kid is missing out on the world and that he should simply pick his head up and look. The irony of the...

Observation

A few months ago, my family and I visited my mother in my hometown. One day, after running some errands, I returned to the house and plopped down on the couch next to my son. And, without hesitation, he launched into a long-winded monologue about a new game he had on...

Not Yet

In her book, “Mindset,” best-selling author Carol Dweck does a remarkable job of providing empirical research about the two kinds of mindsets – growth and fixed. The idea is that having an intrinsic growth mindset leads to a high curiosity quotient and a...