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  • February 2017

  • February 26, 2017

    Dog Days Night

    Ever have one of “those” days? The no lollipops, smiles, unicorns or puppies kind of day. When there are no warm fuzzies to be found. And it feels like a dog days night because the dog’s howling like a wolf. You’re spitting and sputtering under your breath – …while you’re sliding uncomfortably underneath your duvet. Ever have one of those … Read More

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  • February 19, 2017

    Every Drop

    I recently shared the joyful company of a 91 year old man and his 86 year old wife. They had been married 65 years. How grand. (And how novel, ‘eh?) So what did I gather from them individually and collectively? Well – they were both still wringing every drop of life out of every day. Generosity with their time, talents … Read More

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  • February 12, 2017

    Tap Where Needed

    The story goes something like this: A small factory had to stop its operation when a machine broke down. Nobody could fix it, so an expert was called. She simply took a hammer and tapped the machine at a certain spot. Immediately it began running again. But when she submitted her bill for $1000.00, the supervisor hit the roof. “A … Read More

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  • February 5, 2017

    Purposeful Steps

    Living a balanced life from the inside out while we’re pursuing our goals is a mission. But, it’s much easier when we’re being intentional about it. This means we need to be nurtured as regularly as our businesses do. So we have to continue being deliberate about… Our health. Our well-being. Our direction. Our approach. Our time. Our communication. Our … Read More

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  • January 2017

  • January 29, 2017

    Cultivating Confidence

    I don’t know about you, but I’m not naturally confident. Self-assuredness is not a quality I was born with. And I’ve found that acquiring and developing it takes a lot of time and effort. Then, just when I think I’ve got it, it seems to disappear; …or I start confusing it with arrogance. But confidence is not synonymous with arrogance. … Read More

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  • January 22, 2017

    Get Out!

    Get out of your head. Just get out. Stop overthinking and worrying too much. Stop obsessing about your obsessions. Stop replaying your issues. Stop staring at your distortions. Step-away from the edge of your self-centered hole. Get out. And stay out. You’re takin’-up too much space. It’s time to make room for all the winning possibilities! How do you keep … Read More

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  • January 15, 2017

    Perfectly Poised

    Don’t ‘cha wish it would come rushing-in as soon as we wake-up? You know – …a kind of inner-spirit inspiration that ignites the day. A positive and gutsy gung-ho for our ears only. Maybe a still small voice. One that helps us stay terrifically centered and perfectly poised. We could all use this, daily Rah-Rah!, right? Because centering ourselves in … Read More

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  • January 8, 2017

    Unwrapped!

    Tapping-into our innate abilities is important. So every one of these “presents” we’re given needs to be unwrapped. They’re useless if they stay covered. Because the unique gifts each of us are born with – …are meant to be opened and shared. And these God-given strengths we’re blessed with – …can and should be used to benefit others. So after … Read More

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  • December 2016

  • December 18, 2016

    Veni Veni Emmanuel!

    He is our mercy. He is  our peace. He’s our salvation. He’s our increase. ‘cuz Manger Baby loves you and me. And He’s enough. More than enough. Veni, veni Emmanuel! I pray your Christmas wishing well – …is filled with love, joy, peace, grace and mercy; now and always. And that your Christmas list sounds something like this… Merry Christmas … Read More

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  • December 11, 2016

    Chasing Wisdom

    I’m wondering out loud again. So I thought I’d ask. Do you seek a higher understanding? Do you thirst for more knowledge? Do you crave a sharper intellect? In essence – do you “chase” wisdom? I know it’s not mandatory. But perhaps it should be. (I live with a wisdom chaser, so I think it rubbed off!) It’s a virtue … Read More

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  • December 4, 2016

    Sight Without Vision

    Someone once asked Helen Keller: “Is anything worse than being blind?” She kindly replied: “Yes, to have sight but no vision.” How profoundly true. One of the definitions of vision is: “The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” And this requires seeing with intuition, inspiration and insight. These descriptors play a part in how … Read More

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  • November 2016

  • November 27, 2016

    Our Virtual Autobahn

    Life is full of “expressways”. And whether we realize it or not – we’re on a different one every day. We don’t even have to be in a vehicle. Social Media has built global super highways. Now we have all kinds of virtual lanes open to us. Some of those roads can be the right choice for the wise traveller. … Read More

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  • November 20, 2016

    Debtors All!

    Debtors all? I’m taking quite a liberty here. But think about it. Each one of us is in-debt to someone. And I don’t mean monetarily. I mean heart-felt appreciation and indebtedness. The fact is – …we ALL owe someone a debt of gratitude for something. Because life is chockful of other people who care and care enough to give. Some … Read More

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  • November 13, 2016

    Back In The Game

    Taking a professional LOA (leave-of-absence) felt awkward. A few months was a long time. It felt even longer because I was out-of my norm. And trying to shed my preoccupation about this was a mission. But, it was also revealing. You see, when you’re a solopreneur – …calling a time-out in your own “game” is something you have the luxury … Read More

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  • November 6, 2016

    Press Refresh!

    Phew! It’s been an interesting, intense and highly unique few months. But I’m back in my Sunday #SideLines rhythm, thinking out loud again. Here goes. Don’t ‘cha wish our personal and/or professional “refresh” – …was as easy as pressing a key on a computer? Wouldn’t it be nice if our strength and energy came from a capsule we could pop … Read More

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  • June 2016

  • June 5, 2016

    A Holding Pattern

    Even as adults – patience is a virtue many of us have to pray for. Let’s be honest. We all get antsy from time to time. We want what we want when we want it. In truth – Waiting can be uncomfortable. And it produces anxiety. It also feels interminable. But – …if we can think of our waiting as … Read More

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  • May 2016

  • May 29, 2016

    Why We Get By

    Have you ever thought about the people you’ve chosen to encircle you in life? Seriously. Press pause and just think about this for a minute. Because the friends we surround ourselves with – …should be those that help us become better than we are – …and definitely more of what we’re meant to be. The truth is – You get by … Read More

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  • May 22, 2016

    Fully Present

    Though the here and now is fleeting, it still deserves our full attention. So the question of the day is: are we really living in our here and now moments? In other words: …are we really connected and connecting? And are we fully present while we’re doing this? Because – If we’re preoccupied with yesterday or obsessing about tomorrow… If … Read More

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  • May 15, 2016

    Be Stretched!

    Go ahead. Get wider. Be tensile. Elongate. Extend. Expand. And make maximum use of all your natural abilities. Go on. Be stretched. You are more than enough. And you won’t break! Remember: Like a rubber band – you have to be stretched to be effective! So… What ways are you stretching yourself this year? I value you + your views, so … Read More

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  • May 8, 2016

    Like Apples Of Gold

    Yes – words. Though they allow us to communicate – …they can clothe us or strip us naked. They can help us or hinder us. They can bring us hope or despair. What a responsibility. And though this can be challenging in the age we live in – …if we frame our words meaningfully, we can inform, support, motivate and … Read More

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  • May 1, 2016

    Through The Process

    Countless true stories exist about those who overcame great odds to succeed. One such story is of Thomas Edison. He was 2,000 experiments in when he finally ‘saw the light’. Apparently a reporter was curious to know how all his failures affected him. So he asked. And Mr. Edison replied: “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb – … Read More

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  • April 2016

  • April 24, 2016

    Every Day Saltshakers!

    Seasoned or unseasoned? That’s the Sunday SideLines question of the day. I’m referring to “salt” here – …the age old essential nutrient that actually influences health in just the right measure. It’s one of the basic human tastes, and it’s a preservative as well as a food enhancer. Just a pinch – they say; and food is much more palatable. … Read More

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  • April 17, 2016

    Our Gaps

    According to author Bob Gass – a ‘gap’ is:   “The distance between what is – and what can be.” So I’ve decided every one has a ‘gap’. And at one time or another – every one looks it square in the face. Though we could easily imagine a dark and mysterious ‘hole’… …we can just as easily visualize a space … Read More

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  • April 10, 2016

    Productive Or Just Busy?

    The truth is – we all know how to be busy. But, being busy isn’t the same thing as being productive. Even when we’re actively engaged in multitasking – …it doesn’t mean our productivity is high. On the contrary. It just means we can deal with more than one task at the same time. But, when we focus our energy … Read More

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  • April 3, 2016

    Life On The Wall

     The Social Media wall is a BIG wall. So, I started thinking about what we’re “writing” on this wall – …this wall of life. What kind of statements are we making? What kind of opinions are we compelled to share? What kind of news are we broadcasting? What kind of feelings are we willing to expose? How are we expressing … Read More

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  • March 2016

  • March 27, 2016

    An Easter Rah-Rah!

    Rah-Rah! Easter. Rah-Rah! The yesterday and today reality of the cross and the empty tomb – …is a glorious guarantee for all our tomorrows! What a Victory. What a Saviour. There is no other reference point for such a love. He is The Gift that keeps on giving. “Easter means hope prevails over despair. Jesus reigns as Lord of Lords … Read More

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  • March 20, 2016

    Our “Scent”

    Seriously. Have you ever wondered what kind of online and offline ‘scent’ you and I give-off? (And I don’t mean our pheromones or favs like Chanel N0 5 or Hugo Boss.) I mean – …in every thing we do, does the essence of who we really are come through? Is it a pleasing aroma? Are our lives permeated with a “perfumed … Read More

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  • March 13, 2016

    Reciprocity

    I like the word. And I love the meaning. Why? Reciprocity is the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit – …so it’s a real win-win. It’s a behaviour I believe in – …because I consider it a virtuous action and a privilege. TIME magazine columnist Margaret Carlson was spot-on when she wrote: “Grownups know that little things … Read More

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  • March 6, 2016

    Legacy Living

    Christine Caine wisely wrote: “Quality legacies are the result of determined doing.” It’s one of those quotes of truth that gives us pause. Ah…’determined doing’. How apt. And so we ask ourselves – Is what we’re continually caught-up doing, creating a quality legacy for us? Are we actively pursuing – …that which will have a beneficial effect on us and … Read More

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  • February 2016

  • February 28, 2016

    A Significant Inside Job

    It’s not just your clothes – though you wear them well.   — It’s not just your success – though it’s impressive.   — It’s not just your social swagger – though it’s appealing.   — It’s all about you – the whole you – the real you;   — …the you that radiates the same light from the inside … Read More

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  • February 21, 2016

    The Invisible Giant

    Are you a person who gets stalked by the “invisible giant” called FEAR? Does it make you feel like it could swallow you whole? (…especially the What-if… giant) Well, maybe it’s time to take out your mental “sword” and slay the “beast”. After all: it’s a false idea or belief.  It’s an illusion – a thing wrongly supposed to exist. … Read More

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  • February 14, 2016

    On The Curb

    Heroes are men and women of distinguished courage. And they’re admired for their bravery. But as Will Rogers reminds us: “We can’t all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” Yes, it’s a must. Because cheering/encouraging/urging or spurring-on is noble – …and it’s interactive. It’s how we affect, inspire and influence each … Read More

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  • February 7, 2016

    Being Seen & Read

    I love the language used in *The Message. It’s fresh, engaging and direct. (Not to mention, it’s a sound word for today and tomorrow.) And one of the verses I really like is 2 Corinthians 3:2 ‘…you’re a letter that any one can read by just looking at you…’ Why? Because it’s a sobering reminder that in one way or another … Read More

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  • January 2016

  • January 31, 2016

    The Seven C’s

    Writing – it’s all in the details, they say. Sharing written information –  …can be as straight-forward, quirky, opinionated, punchy and/or poetic …as you need it to be. But it should be coherent as a whole. And it definitely should be marked by the seven C’s! Here’s a trusty checklist we can gage with: Is it CORRECT? – ie: No … Read More

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  • January 24, 2016

    A Fighting Growl

    On any given day we growl through something – …especially when we find others’ demands frustrating. And like a dog with a bone – we bite-down hard. We’re intent on solving the problem. We’re persistently insistent. We’re in-it to win-it with a fighting growl. Because regardless of how we measure up – Mark Twain reminds us: “It’s not the size … Read More

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  • January 17, 2016

    The January Stretch

    Ah, yes…the January stretch. (This is the expression I use to jump-start every new year.) We can choose to wait for it or we can choose to seek it out. Waiting for it is usually unproductive and fruitless. But when we seek it out, we’re being deliberately proactive. When we’re conscious about the way we need to grow – …we’ll … Read More

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  • January 10, 2016

    Change.

    Change is always floating in the air.    –— Whether we feel it or not – it happens like breathing. —  – — Whether we see it or not – it happens right before our eyes.     And in the technological age we live in – it happens at breakneck speed!     Change is always – just ahead.   … Read More

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  • January 3, 2016

    Another Shot

     If we embrace it, every new day offers us: …a new message …a new hope …a new outlook …and a new opportunity. So, regardless of what’s gone down the day before – …we all (God willing) get another shot with each new day. — What new opportunities will you dare to dive-into this year? I value you + your views, … Read More

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  • December 2015

  • December 20, 2015

    This Love This Light

    This holiday season and always, I wish you more love and more light. All this love in this light You and I we shine so bright So bring it over here, take it over there Let’s light-up the world, there’s enough to share Each candle’s little flame Is a fire we can’t contain So bring it over here, take it … Read More

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  • December 13, 2015

    Hidden Treasures

    Like… -the phone call we hoped for. -the e-mail with an opportunity. -the kind tweet that makes us smile. -the post that makes our day. -the thumbs-up that encourages us. -the client that raves about our work. -the colleague who cuts us some slack. -the friend who treats us to lunch. -the song that moves us. -the love-note we find … Read More

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  • December 6, 2015

    Choose To Endure

     I’m sure you’ll agree;   …the expression “embrace the pain” doesn’t sound too inviting.   No one is eager to ‘hug’ pain of any kind.   When we suffer any kind of affliction;    …we don’t normally smile through it patiently.   We crave release and relief.   Suffering be gone!   Yet, regardless of the ‘hit’ we sustain, if … Read More

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  • November 2015

  • November 29, 2015

    Gratitude Heals

    Wham!     She was down. She was low. She was pathetic.     She was not “her”.     She lost her bounce and became a real “Eeyore”.     So she got a grip, told herself off and shifted her gaze.     Then she started giving thanks.     Lots of it.     And it felt … Read More

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  • November 21, 2015

    Singularly Vital!

    Regardless of the size of our business – —…we all have 168 hours a week to build a more reputable one. —A virtuous one. —One that’s authentic, credible, transparent and faithfully committed to – —…meeting customers’ needs and doing so for their highest good. —These profitable, virtuous business model qualities are singularly vital – —…and always the ultimate goal of … Read More

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  • November 15, 2015

    Bridges All!

    Bridges are impressive.   They’re not only nice to look at; they’re functional and symbolic.   They span gaps and barriers all over the world.   They were built to provide passage.   They are helpful access and connecting points.   They create more employment, commerce and leisure opportunities.   They also help us find a way toward each other. … Read More

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  • November 8, 2015

    Claiming Dunamis!

    That’s it. You thought.     You’re going on a quest for a continual flow of 24/7 energy. Yep.     You’re gonna get some ‘dunamis’! You recently read that dunamis is the Greek word for power.     It can be translated in two ways: as ‘dynamite’ or ‘dynamo’.     Both appeal to you.     But you’re drawn to ‘dynamo’. … Read More

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  • November 1, 2015

    Trying

    If we don’t try –  discouragement will hound us.   If we don’t try – there’s no chance of a new beginning.   If we don’t try –  there’s no hope of what could be.   If we don’t try – we can’t possibly realise our dreams.   Trying is a grand leap of faith. So let’s continue to try. … Read More

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  • October 2015

  • October 25, 2015

    Yes, Mother!

    When I was growing-up – my mother had a real bee in her bonnet about posture. And if she caught me walking with even a hint of a slump – I’d get a thump. She’d say: “Deborah – throw those shoulders back and stick your chest out.” I’d respond: “I would, if I had a chest to stick out.” She’d … Read More

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  • October 18, 2015

    Pesky Blind Spots

    Guess what? We’ve got blind spots. They’re not just limited to drivers. Every one has ‘em. We also have psychological blind spots. And they can be quite troublesome. The fact of the matter is – …we all have parts of ourselves we just don’t see – …or we refuse to see. Our egos tend to blind us to these pesky … Read More

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  • October 11, 2015

    Electronic Serendipity

    Technology has changed every thing – …especially the amount of time we have to interact face to face.     For example;  …even the small town serendipity some of us once enjoyed, is now less frequent.     Most of us seem to prefer to reach-out and interact through our modern devices.     But, we can still build trust … Read More

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  • October 4, 2015

    Connecting The Dots

    When I was younger – I used to love to tackle my ‘dot to dot’ exercises.   They were easy and they were fun.   And although I outgrew these particular puzzles- they taught me something.   Connecting the dots revealed what I needed to see and better understand.   These exercises were a constructive way to find the bigger … Read More

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