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Let It Rain

Let It Rain

It’s raining today. It’s interesting how people can have such different reactions to rain. For a farmer, rain is a lifesaver. It means that the crops will get enough water to grow. For a person on their way to work, rain can be terrible (especially if they forgot...
When Failure Hits, Be Like a Baby

When Failure Hits, Be Like a Baby

I was talking to my friend the other day, who has a baby. I asked if the baby had started walking yet, and my friend said, “No, but he’s trying!” The baby was in that phase where he was pulling himself up, falling down, getting up, falling down, etc. So Much Failure I...
Our Thoughts Mediate the Experience of Suffering

Our Thoughts Mediate the Experience of Suffering

When we experience pain and suffering, we often look to an external cause to explain it. I’m upset because I didn’t get that job. I’m depressed because my girlfriend broke up with me. I’m anxious because the world is a dangerous place. Blaming our Suffering on...
4 Tips for Sharing Powerful Stories

4 Tips for Sharing Powerful Stories

One of my favorite books is “Love Does” by Bob Goff. The book focuses on Bob’s views on God and Christianity. There is a lot of great material in the book—I highly recommend it. The Power of Story One of the things I like most about the book is Bob’s...
3 Keys to Living a Good Life

3 Keys to Living a Good Life

Everyone wants to live a good life and be happy. But so many of us struggle. We wrestle with depression, anxiety, and relationship problems, just to name a few. What are some of the key principles to keep in mind when trying to craft the life you really want? Here are...
3 Reasons to Separate Facts and Story

3 Reasons to Separate Facts and Story

I want to talk to you about a simple exercise that can help improve the clarity of your communication and the health of your relationships. The exercise involves separating (1) the facts of the situation from (2) the story you make up about the situation. Facts The...
4 Questions to Help You Live a Great Story

4 Questions to Help You Live a Great Story

Part of my job as a professor is to review manuscripts for academic journals. A journal editor sends me an article in my area of expertise, and it’s my job to give an opinion about whether or not the journal should publish the paper. I recently finished reviewing a...
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