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We all do it. Look completely normal on the outside, like everything is fine and on the inside wage a battle with secret, fearful thoughts. It’s the nasty story line we tell ourselves that’s only aired when we feel desperate. Yet, it keeps us tied in knots and can interfere with our ability to be …

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As we celebrate the 4th of July and our nation’s history of achieving freedom from oppression, I’m reflecting how we all long for personal freedom. For many of us, there is a push-pull dynamic between doing what seems necessary to create a secure lifestyle and doing what really speaks to us. Which call should we …

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Every day since returning from Cuba, I pause and give thanks for the simple niceties of my live. It’s like I’ve refocused a lens, causing me to look at things differently. It’s reinforced observations I had last summer after staying in the rural Volta Region of Ghana in Western Africa. In my work, I often …

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I just finished reading the autobiography of our interpreter in Cuba, Alberto Rivero Gonzalez. (See reference) It was humbling to learn of the adversity and trials he went through to reach his dream of greatness. So often we think that people are simply lucky, get all the breaks, or are just in the right place …

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It’s been two weeks since our trip to Cuba and I’m still pondering the experience. What we saw was an amazing study in contrast. 60 years post revolution, Cuba now exists in third world poverty, yet the Cuban people continue to exude a dignity, intelligence and tenacity for rising above and excelling in their circumstances …

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  I just returned from two weeks in Cuba, where I took a deep dive into their culture, thanks to the expertise of the fine people  associated with the Martin Luther King Center in Havana. Without wading into the complexity of Cuba’s political situation and our equally complex role in it, I’d like to point …

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By the time you read this, I will be in Cuba. I have been planning this for a while – a chance to see a culture unchanged for most of the last century, poised on the brink of change. For the last week, I have been in the usual frenzy of activity to leave town …

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing people talk about feeling stuck, not moving forward, things going haywire, not having what they want and feeling overwhelmed. Then suddenly, kaboom, it all started changing. What’s up with this? In trying to make sense of it, I noticed a couple of things. There was the planetary …

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It’s been over a decade since I first heard that “life is meant to be joyous and abundant”.  I was stunned – it was like a revelation that reoriented my thoughts and perceptions of the world. I thought, what do you mean, joyous and abundant, if that’s the case, why am I living like this? …

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With the entertaining we’ve done lately and more coming up, I’m marveling over the quality people around us.  What occurred to me is that we are very fortunate to be surrounded by a loving community of friends and neighbors. When I look at my professional life, I’ve noticed it’s the same there as well. It’s …

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