Riptides

Riptides or the proper name rip currents, are currents that occur suddenly in the water when one is swimming. The outcome is they always pull you further away from the shore. They are the number one cause of death at beaches.   In life and swimming we find occurrences that pull us further away from…

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Trust Deficits

The clock started to tick in my mind. How do I end this in the least painful way? That was the only question occupying my mind. Things were going well initially in the relationship but a series of events revealed that all was not as it seemed on the surface. In time, I realized there…

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The Massage Therapist and Demolition Expert

Life is an interesting thing filled with many types of people who have different callings and expertise. People have preferences in regards to who they listen to and want to be around. Some folks—good people who are called to carry messages in a certain way—are massage therapists, but not in the way you think. They…

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How Will You Respond?

People. Changes. Undesirable news. Often, these aforementioned and more will challenge how we live the day-to-day, and sometimes moment-to-moment. From our childhood into adulthood at least these three remain constant. People will be people, and because they are human and range in degrees of behavior, you may encounter more difficult than pleasant experiences with some.…

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Like an Arrow

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”…

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Incompetence with a Price Tag

The announcement of “Gilligan’s Island” and “Star Trek”-themed IRS-produced employee 2010 conference training videos leaves another sour taste in the public’s mouth as the final price tags were revealed: more than $60,000 with other “inappropriate” conference costs totaling $4.9 million. What happened to more cost-effective options of PowerPoint slides, Prezi presentations or even training facilitators? A government agency…

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Home is a Relationship

  “You made me feel right at home.” These are words in which many of us are familiar. The meaning varies among people, but the general consensus is the words convey a sense of love, belonging, trust, peace and hope. There are many folks who have endured less than desirable relationships with parents, guardians or…

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Preventing Bullying: The Answer Lies Within

By Nicole D. Hayes women@leadership1st.info Director for Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST Chicago. Detroit. Kansas. Los Angeles. Your small town neighborhood. Bullies don’t just live in the inner city. And they don’t always confront you in a back alley. Sometimes they’re students at a small rural high school, or they occupy the corner office at a…

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Be Your Best Where You Are

  In modern times we have an insatiable desire to have more. We want more recognition, resources, opportunities, access and the list goes on and on. It is easy to become dissatisfied at your place of work, your relationships and even your gifts and talents. Contentment seems to be an enemy of progress. Well maybe…

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