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As a business consultant and life coach, I’m struck with how often I field questions about the problem of procrastination—or more specifically how to overcome it. This seems to be a huge concern for people at every stage of personal development. The responses touch obvious bases:...

Life’s deepest messages sometimes come to us in surprising ways. That happened to me one morning as I was out for a run in New York City. On that particular day I had the privilege of crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, which connects the Lower East Side...

In March 2013 I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC marathon. Although my performance wasn’t spectacular, something happened there that will stick with me always. Running the 26.2 miles of a marathon is quite an experience. Elite athletes cover the course in a little over...

In 1939, Europe faced chaos. Germany, under a terrifying ruler, launched military actions against its neighbors, with a clear objective of far-reaching conquest. Looking ahead, the British government pondered what actions to take should there be an invasion or mass bombing of England. During the summer of...

The television version of The Wizard Of Oz is an adaptation of a book written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Baum wrote 14 books about Oz. Number 12 tells the story of The Tinman. Nick Chopper was a wood chopper. He and a girl named...

It’s approaching the day on the calendar when the words “I love you” are spoken more than any other time of year. Did you ever think about what it means to say “I love you”? There’s a passage in scripture known as “the love chapter.” It tells us...

The allure of shiny objects seems to be part of the human condition. We like stuff that’s new. That even applies to points on the calendar. At a certain season in time, we share best wishes for the months ahead. And though I personally find...

The volume of packages coming and going has certainly increased in the past few weeks. It’s that time of year. But not all presents come in a carton. Imagine the delight someone might feel upon receiving a delivery of forgiveness. Or how about a generous portion of kind words? Acceptance, patience, an act of service,...

People who seem to know such things have said that at any moment – right now for example – there are jet fighters on airstrips, fueled and running, with pilots in the cockpits, able to deploy immediately if needed. If that’s true, the details are...

In keeping with the season, I’ve recently been reflecting on everything for which I’m thankful. Shame on me. The list starts off noble enough: family, friends, health. But it goes downhill from there. Soon I’m thinking of the house where I live, good food, my car...