Snakeskins and Pioneers

As a snake ages, it regularly sheds its skin for a new one. The new skin starts forming even before the former one has been shed, but it inevitably has to get rid of the old skin in favor of the new. Without this shedding, the snake cannot continue to grow. People can be the…

Road Blocks and Speed Bumps

A typical situation I regularly encounter in my work at LifeMatters is with people who want to change their lives, but can’t see the way to get it done. Sometimes, it’s because of not knowing which road to choose, but at other times, it’s because there doesn’t seem to be an available road. That’s when…

The Art of Paying Attention

Situational awareness has been a frequent topic of my conversations and presentations lately. Many executives I talk with claim they are believers in situational awareness and conduct annual employee training. But, what they don’t realize is that situational awareness is not a one-time event – it is an ongoing process that extends from the workplace…

Who Cares?

When I was in college, I knew a woman who would say, “I don’t care WHAT people think.” I didn’t believe her. There was something too self-conscious in her assertiveness. She seemed as determined to convince herself as she was to convince me. In all honesty, I often have that perception when people make this…

Time Spending

Time is the coin of life, so spend it wisely. I saw this astute little saying on a billboard by the road when I was heading home from work one day. A few local businesses use their billboard space for this type of uplifting observation, as do some churches, although they do it with a…

The Frequently-Learned Lesson

Have you ever had an experience that taught you a good lesson, only to realize that you’ve learned that lesson before? Just recently, for example, I had a conversation with someone I have been close to for years, but someone with views very different from mine. I was often irritated by his past Facebook postings…

Trouble is Meant to Be Shared

“Trouble is a part of your life – if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you chance to love you enough.” – Dinah Shore, entertainer It’s a shame that many clients who call LifeMatters® in times of crisis and difficulty are unable to consult with friends or family about their…