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Can something imperfect still be beautiful?

Can something imperfect still be beautiful?

life lessons from dead treeSeveral years ago lightning struck and killed the tall pine tree in the small wooded area across the street from our home.

Today the tree still stands tall, its branches bare and bleached, a resting spot for eagles, cranes, and other waterfowl.

To my eyes, the tree is starkly beautiful and endlessly fascinating. Others in the neighborhood see it as a nuisance to be cut down. (more…)

What is the purpose of working?

What is the purpose of working?

purpose of lifeI came across the following story (see below) while doing research for an upcoming SmartBrief article.

I was looking for information about economics, and here was this piece on finding purpose in your life. I’m researching money and up pops the meaning and purpose of life!

Hmmm…what delightful serendipity!

The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose. ~Michel de Montaigne

I was unsuccessful in finding the author’s name. She or he deserve kudos because the piece is so simple yet it carries a big wallop.

Its message prompted me to reflect on both my first and second acts of life:  What is my purpose? What am I working for? What are we all working for?

What does the story make you feel/think/wish for after reading it?


An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna.

The America complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while. (more…)

What do you see? An opportunity or an obstacle?

What do you see? An opportunity or an obstacle?

I found this poem while doing research for my book and loved how the content pulled me into reflection. That reflection allowed me to see all the opportunities around me–opportunities that I wasn’t seeing because I thought they were obstacles.

May reading this poem do the same for you, so you can see the opportunities you’re missing!