Brokenness Aside

Please look at the upper left section of this photograph. Please notice that the branch you see in the foreground is the same branch that has not quite snapped off of the tree. Please also notice that this broken limb is sprouting many healthy shoots, new branches well on their way. This branch is notContinue reading “Brokenness Aside”

Personal Mission

The quote and question after which I titled my first book is, “Are we not safer leading A More Daring Life?” The motto of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) is Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, meaning “For the Greater Glory of God.” I first learned this phrase in college, at Loyola Marymount University. When combined, these twoContinue reading “Personal Mission”

10, 25, 45

I’m very interested in public speaking. I enjoy doing it and I enjoy listening to a great speaker. It’s a wonderful, even essential skill to develop for anyone who wants to have more influence, for those who wish to lead. To that end, for those aspiring to increase their influence through public speaking, I’d likeContinue reading “10, 25, 45”

The Distance

The distance between what you want – what you clandestinely imagine in between the ritual tasks of the day – and where you are, is long. The distance between where you are today and a first action toward what you want is embarrassingly short. To be confused about the difference between near and far is toContinue reading “The Distance”

A Redwood Life

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees.” William Blake As this semester drew to a close I decided to share with my students some images from a recent trip to theContinue reading “A Redwood Life”