July 2, 2020

With the celebrations of July 4th looming, many Americans are contemplating what it means to be American. We live in a unique place in a unique time. The story of America is grand and beautiful and tragic. Many men and women have lost their lives to make it what it is. Many continue to make that sacrifice. Perhaps the word most Americans associate with our identity as citizens of this country is “freedom”. We pride ourselves on our democracy and our… Read more

June 30, 2020

Whether we are talking about an individual’s sense of satisfaction or an organization’s sense of purpose, the key to happiness in life is gratitude. Thankfulness is the most tried and true process for experiencing a life of fulfillment. I know it seems cheesy and cliché. But gratitude is much more than those things. It is scientifically proven to make one happier, healthier, and more likely to express a sense of meaning. And I also know life can be hard. We… Read more

June 25, 2020

I have to admit, I had big plans for 2020. We have been struggling with infertility for the better part of three years. Last Fall, we started going to a clinic and our hopes began to soar. As the calendar turned to January, I was imagining a 2020 baby in our future, as well as all the exciting things (the Olympics, trips we had planned, etc.) that would happen leading up to the baby. I was poised for the best year ever…. Read more

June 23, 2020

It’s a strange time to be alive. There are so many things that are outside of our control, so many circumstances we have to navigate, steward, and respond to. Lately, it seems there has been a barrage of circumstances in our lives. Infertility. Pandemics. Etcetera. It can be a lot to handle. With so much happening around us (that inevitably affects us), taking ownership of those three things we can control feels more and more like it is easy to say but… Read more

June 18, 2020

I know I may not be in the majority when I say that I think dads get a raw deal. I grew up with an amazing dad and I (not unrelated) have dreamed of being a father at least as much as I have dreamed of personal and professional successes, both of which are not true for everybody. But I toggle between sadness, disappointment, and anger at the way we talk about dads in our culture. We have adopted, hook-line-sinker,… Read more

June 16, 2020

The Project Mood Curve is a tool we use to help people and organizations transform the way they view challenge, struggle, and failure. Essentially, the mood curve is a mental model to help us see the journey of expectations to disappointment into perseverance, growth, and productivity. Everything we do follows the shape of the Mood Curve. All relationships, projects, and every other kind of human endeavor. The darn thing is inevitable. The only thing that varies is the depth to which… Read more

June 11, 2020

I am a high introvert, an internal processor, and a habitual emotion-stuffer. The number of things I think but do not say are enormous. The number of things I feel but do not understand are weighty. And I have learned the hard way the toll this can pay; not only on me but also on those I am in relationship with.   Why The reasons I don’t always share what I am thinking are vast and not all of them… Read more

June 9, 2020

So, I am a pretty big fan of the show Survivor. And this year, they are doing a special season full of past winners. Before the season started, there was a lot of press – articles, videos, etc. I was reading an article about some of the returning players, who had first been on Survivor like twenty years ago, and one thing really stuck out to me: how many marriages have happened between Survivor contestants. I once saw a meme… Read more

June 4, 2020

I was shocked this week to hear a group of adults claim they were perfectly unbiased and to go so far as to express “offense” at the very thought they might be biased. I think ignoring the reality of our bias has hurt us in a lot of different ways. It assumes a rightness for rightness sake; that if we think we are right it is empirically true, not at all influenced by presuppositions and conditions specific to us. I… Read more

June 2, 2020

Like anybody else, I love getting my way. I celebrate when circumstances turn out the way I hope they will. I feel safe and secure and happy when reality matches my expectations. When circumstances are bad, I struggle. I question my existence and the point of it all; I lament and project/inflict my pain onto others. I feel malaise and anger. When things are tough, I am constantly working to make them better (if not constantly on the verge of… Read more

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