Make 2019 YOUR Year

I find it fascinating that countless people mark January 1st as the day for new beginnings. But, let’s think about that for one second. Can’t any day serve as the opportunity for new beginnings? I understand that January 1st can act as the catalyst for...

It’s Not Always Racism

A man recently shared a very intriguing story about his first few days as an immigrant in Canada. Naturally, he was told that he needed to experience Tim Hortons Coffee. (What is more Canadian than that?) As he stood in line he watched a Caucasian woman behind the...

Perspective is Everything. What Do You See?

What do you see when you look at this image? When I show this to an audience, many reply with the same automatic response: A black dot. I then attempt to make a joke and say something like, “If you see a clown’s face we need to talk.” But why is it that the majority...

Persistence Pays

A woman approached me today after delivering a presentation, and with a slight edge to her tone she said, “I am so jealous. I envy people like you who make speaking seem so easy. I wish I could do what you do.” It can be easy to make judgments based on someone’s...

Hurt People Hurt People

While teaching junior high I observed one of my students physically strike another boy who was developmentally delayed. An educational assistant responded with haste, and rapidly approached both boys with heightened emotions. She proceeded to yell at the boy who had...

Are You Hearing or Are You Listening?

Think about the conversations that you have with the people in your life. What percentage of the time is spent with you talking compared to the time that you spend listening? Have you ever been shopping in a mall, and crossed paths with someone that you have not seen...

“What’s stronger than a broken man who has the courage to rebuild himself? It’s time to redefine what it means to be strong.”

- Allan Kehler