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Friday, November 10, 2017

Making Our Perceptions Fit Reality

I recently had a student tell me something that I knew to be wrong. I asked him how he came to that conclusion. He said that his conclusion was based on a certain document he read. So we pulled up that document. I had him read it out loud to me knowing that the clear…
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Three Good Things

Three Good Things

I am just coming back from class and I had one of my students say the coolest thing. She was reading a book and it suggested that we always end our days in the same way. Take a pen and write down three good things that happened during the day.

As soon as she said that, I knew I was going to give it a try. Starting tonight, I am going to end every day the same. I am going to make sure I get me some sort of diary type book and a pen. I am going to keep it near my bed.

Then I will be ready. The last thing I am going to do every night before I lay down is that I am going to reflect on the day and write down three good things that happened. I am not necessarily going to expand on them. Just jot them down. I want to start doing that every night.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Beware of Sloppy Thinking


Have you ever thought that, if you just had this or that, you could do something great? The reason why you don’t accomplish what you want to do is because you don’t have what you need to do so. That may be true. However, abundant resources can create sloppy thinking. And sloppy thinking is a bigger problem than limited resources.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What Is It About West Texas?

West Texas

I had to make a quick trip to Amarillo, TX this last week. I spent a lot of my life in Amarillo and Lubbock but I don’t get back there often. However, every time I do go back there, I am always pleasantly surprised how nice everyone is.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Don’t Let the Dreamer Die with the Dream


Barry Manilow wrote some amazing songs. One of his best was about love but for me it is about life. The song, I’m Ready to Take a Chance Again, talks about someone who lost a love. For a long time, that person walked around in a fog. Finally, he decided to take a chance again.

Two Ways Dreams Die

To me, that song is such an amazing picture of what life is like without a dream. We have all had dreams die. Sometimes it is because things didn’t work out. We wanted something. We gave it our all but things just didn’t turn out as we hoped they would. The dream died and we are left with disappointment.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Healthy Balance

Basketball at 77

I have some friends from church. It was their father’s 77th birthday and so they asked him what he wanted. He wanted a basketball goal. That’s what they gave him. I thought awesome, 77 and still shooting hoops.

Actually, I hope to be doing the same. I don’t expect that I will still be playing a whole lot of full court basketball at that age but I do want to still be throwing the ball at the basket. I enjoy shooting baskets but I think there is a much more important reason to do so.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Be Careful with “The Facts”


Facts are never wrong. However, they are always incomplete. Without context, facts mean nothing. For that reason, we must be careful when we are a consumer of facts.

If you have ever seen a debate on television or the internet, you quickly realize that both sides are usually “informed.” They always have their own set of lock-down irrefutable facts that support what they are saying. Yet when the facts start flying, they generate a lot of heat and very little light.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

There’s Nothing Obscene About Being Obscenely Wealthy


On Monday, the New York Times ran an AP article titled Stark Inequality. This article made the following statement, “It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few… Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy.”

I have news for the New Your Times. Rich people don’t “hold” their money. They don’t spend much of it. They invest it. Here is why that is important to all of us. The very life-blood of any economy is the money invested into it.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Hard Work Never Killed Anyone. Stress Has!


A friend of mine recently went to the doctor because he was facing certain health challenges. The doctor told him that he needed to quit working so hard. If not, his health would continue to go down and it might just kill him. That was a wake-up call to my friend.

I am sure my friend isn’t the first person to get this advice from a medical professional. However, I thought to myself that I hope my friend takes that medical advice in the right way. I am not a medical professional but I might have given him a little different advice.

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