Tag: family

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…

Go Ask Them

Friendship has been on my mind lately. How do friendships work? What makes the best friends? Am I a good friend? What do we need most from friends? In the past I offered advice for bad friends, but what about the good ones? How…

Moving Forward

  (Image Courtesy of capreform.eu) The other day I had the privilege of going for a run with my youngest brother and my youngest daughter. We don’t see him very often because we live so far away, and running gave us time to connect just the three…

Rusty Connections

(Image Courtesy of http://www.angiesroost.com) A friend recently reached out to make sure we were okay. Nothing specific happened, just a little time passed since we last connected. “Are we okay?” “Yes. Why, do you think something is wrong?” “No, just sometimes when time passes…

The “Everything is Okay” Phone Call

Most of the phone calls that come my way are from people who need something. This seems like an obvious occupational hazard for a consultant who is trying to help others. However, I began to think that this pattern is deeper than just my…

Glasses or Binoculars

Both of these tools have lenses, and are designed to help us see the world more clearly in their respective application. They are not competing with each other, but we may favor one over the other in our lives. When looking at a situation,…

The Relationship Reset Button

(Image Courtesy of Acceleraction.com) So often in relationships, whether at home or work, with family or friends or loved ones, the past can overly shape the present. You had a disagreement with that person. Now every interaction is awkward. You lost your cool. Now others walk…

Jumping to Offense

(Image Courtesy of http://www.aroundtheworldl.com) The other day during a conversation with someone close, I noticed something about our interaction. It was a simple conversation, nothing too deep or seemingly important, but a pattern revealed itself. The pattern was simple: I jump to offense. Let me explain. This…

Unspoken Expectations: Hidden Frustrations

In life, work, home, or family we have expectations of others. Others have expectations of us. Some expectations are shared and we can choose to meet the expectation or not. Your employer may expect you to show up to work on time. They inform…

私に好意的に見てください (Please look favorably on me)

At breakfast the other day, a close friend mentioned that a Japanese exchange student would be staying with them soon. In order to prepare for the visit, they were brushing up on their Japanese to welcome the student. At first I thought “who brushes…

The Conclusion

This post will make more sense if you read the original post. Click here for the original adventure post. Our oldest daughter’s bucket list had this mountain remaining as we set out for attempt number 2.  She will graduate in a few short days,…

Which Race Are You Running?

Yesterday I got to cross off a goal from my list. I ran a 5K.  Sure, running a 5K is a perfectly good goal. Running a 5K has been on my yearly goal list for a few years and I have been able to…

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