Category: Relationships

Comparison, tribes, and the right standard

We are born into small tribes. Each tribe has its own rules, and its own standards. These standards shape the tribe, and set expectations of the members. These standards aren’t usually written down, but they shape who we are and who we become. Tribes…

First Place

There is something special about being in First Place. You worked hard, put in the time and effort, made sacrifices, and you took the lead. This First Place status may be with your customers, your employees, your team, your family, or your relationships. They…

Putting Your Friends Out

We live near an airport. When our friends fly, our home transforms into a park-and-ride. When our friends fly, our home can also transform into a bed-and-breakfast. We offer this service. We are trying to be good friends, not bad friends. Some participate. Some don’t….

Conversations and How to Have Them

Together we discussed friendship, which was one of my favorite experiences. But recently I have noticed that friendship (or relationships in general) are built and fueled by conversations. Over the past few months I have been observing conversations. But conversations are weird. Some are like…

Speaking of Money

Speaking of Money… Why don’t we? We all tend to agree that we need Money to do certain things, but is has become a secretive endeavor. Sometimes the opportunities present themselves, but we have been trained, conditioned, or accustomed that Speaking of Money is not polite,…

Tell Them

I got to connect with an old friend the other day. We drove, we talked, we got coffee, and we talked some more. We talked about new starts and changes. We talked about career paths and work. We talked about good times and bad….

Talking with Strangers

I can still remember the words. “Don’t talk to strangers.” We are reminded of these instructions when we are young to keep us safe. But we get older. Sometimes these words remain. We go about our lives. We keep to ourselves. We don’t talk…

The More

It is hard to explain. There is something out there. Calling us. Whispering. “Wake up.” “Don’t settle.” “There is more.” It is easy to find a rut. Easy to give up or give in, and stop trying something new. Easy to say, “this is…

Meticulous Framing

During a recent conversation with a close friend, we discussed the importance of building things that last. Relationships. Businesses. Creative Stuff. Sometimes we don’t always start the right way. Sometimes we have to go back and fix. In order to build on what exists,…

New Patterns, New Memories

Getting together with people, especially with those who are close, is not always easy. Logistics. What time, where, who, and what? Dynamics. The past, the incident, that time, and those words. Expectations. The food, the venue, the relationships, and the activities. Patterns. When to…

The Attempted Compliment

Sometimes we become hardened towards those around us, even our customers. Prior interactions, prior conflicts, or prior assumptions cloud our current view. They complained, they were unhappy, they were…[insert specifics here]. Now we see them and the world through a tainted lens. I heard…

A Little Friendly Research (My Turn)

I asked you a series of questions, and your answers appeared in the last 7 posts. Your answers were vulnerable, honest, funny, serious, and clever. Your answers inspired questions, discussions, and honest conversations about friends, and friendships. Your answers inspired some actions, as friends…

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