NJ family wins $430 million Powerball lottery—claims “Divine Intervention”.

There was a recent story in the NY Times about a family in my home state of New Jersey that had just won the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot—and what made it interesting is the reason they believed they had won.Pearlie Mae Smith and her 7 adult children did not normally play the lottery. But on this particular day they decided to pool their money and buy a few tickets. It wasn’t the usual array of birth and anniversary dates that guided Ms. Smith’s choice of winning numbers. They myste … [Read More...]

A 10-step guide to being “spiritual but not religious”.

In a few weeks I will be writing about the brand new book from Thomas Moore, a modern-day translation of one of the New Testament gospels, The Book of Matthew. But as I did a little research on that book, I was reminded of Moore’s previous release, the groundbreaking A Religion of One’s Own.If you are one of the many who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious”, this book is a must-read as it lays out a blueprint by which you can develop your own spiritual practice. This is importa … [Read More...]

Mother Teresa—on why loving your family is the most important thing you can do.

I was recently reading one of my favorite life philosophy books, when author John Templeton asked a question that stopped me in my tracks: Was the Earth a better place because you were born? Wow, that’s a tough ask, isn’t it? For some context, Templeton credits this line to an old American Indian m … [Read More...]

The guy who gives thanks for his Stage 4 cancer.

His name is Mike and I’ve known him for over a decade. While we work for the same company, we’re now in different offices and I hadn’t seen him for a while. So it was through the grapevine that, about six months ago, I learned Mike has Stage 4 cancer.I visited his office recently and had the chan … [Read More...]

The fabled Che of Key West–and the importance of having your own story.

The picture you see to the left was taken at the altar of a small church in Key West, Florida. Okay, it wasn’t a church, it was a bar. But bear with me, because there are some similarities.It is a place called the Chart Room and it's where I drank a few beers with a local guy named Che. If you t … [Read More...]

The Bible Passage more potent than the Law of Attraction.

What is the key to getting more success and happiness out of life? If you believe in the Law of Attraction, you might trust the maxim that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on the positive you can attract the positive. Believe you’re going to land that job, win that contest, find the ideal ma … [Read More...]

10 truths about Jesus that may surprise you.

About once a year, I’ll pick up a book about Jesus in search of fresh insights on the man and his mission. My personal preference is that these books not be tied to any specific dogma or religion, but that they explore the many mysteries and myths that surround Jesus and his life. And I found just s … [Read More...]

John Kasich gets spiritual: advice on finding your purpose.

The other night, I was driving home from a late day at work, when something caught my ear on the radio. It was a live broadcast of John Kasich’s victory speech after winning the March 15th Ohio Republican primary. And what surprised me was that it sounded more like a motivational speech than a po … [Read More...]

5 Ways to De-Stress Almost Immediately.

The marketer Seth Godin recently put out a short blog post that was so thought-provoking, it stuck with me all day. It was about the nature of work and how, no matter where we’re employed, our jobs often leave us feeling stressed. Godin reasons that: Responsibility without freedom is stressful. T … [Read More...]

Meditation made easy (for those who say they can’t meditate).

Have you ever tried to meditate and found you just couldn’t do it? Maybe you like the idea of meditation, are well aware of its benefits, but you just can’t get your racing, over-thinking mind to calm down enough to engage in the practice. This may help.About two years ago I wrote a Wake Up Call … [Read More...]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die.

The inspirational writer and business consultant Dawna Markova is a long-term cancer survivor who has been diagnosed with the disease on six different occasions. That’s not a typo, 6 different times. In fact, almost 30 years ago she was told she had only six months to live.Yet, after each d … [Read More...]

Thomas Moore, Aretha Franklin and the Meaning of Soul.

Thomas Moore writes about it. Aretha Franklin sings with it. But even though they’re approaching it from two different perspectives, they share a unique ability—to touch the deepest part of our being, our souls, through their art.What is soul? According to the dictionary, it’s “a person’s moral … [Read More...]

The real MVP at the Super Bowl wasn’t in the game.

For me, the best part of this year’s Super Bowl wasn’t the snore of a game, but something that happened on the pre-game show.A clip was aired showing a player from the San Francisco 49ers, Anquan Boldin, being named the “2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year”. By NFL standards, Boldin has had a long … [Read More...]

Americans are “Anxious”, “Worried” and “Mad as Hell”? WTF, America?

I’ve been hearing about it on NPR, reading about it in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and seeing it on various cable news shows. The story making the rounds this election-year goes something like this:There is a large part of the American electorate that is “angry and anxious”. Peopl … [Read More...]


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