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Carving the Canyon: 4 Strategies for Improving Your Habits

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     A few weeks ago I got to be a chaperone for my son’s 4th grade trip to the Grand Canyon. I’ll say this, controlling a group of 10 year-old boys as they hike along the side of a few 1000 ft. cliffs added it’s fair share of grey hairs to my head. But we all survived and had a great time.

     On the long bus ride home I had time to reflect on what we had seen during the day and I began see a correlation between the Grand Canyon and our personal habits. I know that sounds strange but that’s just the way my brain works. At least it makes for interesting blogging.

    Anyway, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon flows the mighty Colorado River.…

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Friday Hypothetical #2: The Meteor

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Another fun hypothetical dilemma from Chuck Klosterman’s game “Hypertheticals” which can be found HERE

Earth is about to be struck by an enormous meteor. Though no one knows exactly what will happen, most scientists assume life on Earth will be totally altered and potentially eliminated. Everyone on the planet is freaking out. Suddenly, you receive a bizarre e-mail: The government demands you must fly to Washington D.C., immediately, by order of the President. The e-mail message includes a first-class plane ticket.

Once you arrive at Dulles Airport, military police confiscate your cell phone and wordlessly transport you to a secret hangar that houses 10 massive space shuttles. You are escorted onto one of the ships. Meteor shuttleNot counting the crew, there are 24 equally confused people waiting on board.…

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The Success Auction: How Much Would You Pay?

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“Bidding will start at $100 for this next item. Do I hear $100?”

A number of hands rose up and the auction was under way. The bidding started off in a frenzy as everybody looked to get the object for a low price.

“$150, thank you sir. $200 to the lady in the yellow hat. $250? Yes, thank you young man.”

The price climbed steadily higher and higher. As the price rose it started to eliminate the people who decided they didn’t want to pay that much to win.

Within minutes the auctioneer found that he had to work much harder to get bidders.

“The bid is at $1100, do I hear $1100? It is a bargain at this price ladies and gentlemen. Thank you madam!”

“$1200 then.…

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Friday Dilemma #1 – The Tumor

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This is the first in a new series I will call “The Friday Dilemma.” Every Friday I will post a thought provoking question or situation for you to think about going into the weekend. I would love to hear your responses!

Some of these will come from Chuck Klosterman’s game “Hypertheticals” which can be found HERE

So here goes #1. Remember to comment below, that’s the fun of it!

The Brain Tumor

friday dilemma_brain_tumorsYou have a brain tumor. Though there is no discomfort at the moment, this tumor will unquestionably kill you in six months. However, your life can (and will) be saved by an operation; the only downside is that there will be a brutal incision to your frontal lobe. After the surgery, you will be significantly less intelligent.…

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Stretch! 3 Ways to Do More With What You Have

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The teacher stopped the presentation and asked for a volunteer from the class. A young lady was the first to raise her hand and was brought to the front of the room.

“I want you to stand against this wall and reach your hands up as high as they can go.” said the teacher.

The young lady went up on the tips of her toes and reached her hands high up the wall, touching a spot with her finger tips.

“That’s as high as you can go?”

“Yes”

“You’re sure?”

When she answered affirmatively again, he stood up on a chair and put a piece of tape on the wall where the tips of her fingers had reached.

Then he took out a $100 bill and told her, “I will give you $100 if you can reach higher than that piece of tape.”

The young lady went back to the wall, got on her tip toes, reached her arms up and then somehow stretched her fingertips about an inch past the tape.…

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A Wish for Our New Graduates

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To continue our Graduation Week posts, I wanted to share this wonderful short poem from Donald Kaag, a high school teacher from Moscow, Idaho. He shared it at a high school graduation in 2006, the year he was retiring. These were his final words to his students and I think they are applicable to all of us:

Seniors

I’d wish you a nice life

If I didn’t care about you so much…

What I wish for you is freezing cold graduate homeless-man

So you will appreciate warmth.

Real hunger

So food will taste wonderful when you get it.

Loneliness

So that when you find a true friend you will appreciate

The work and the difficulty of earning…and keeping…friendship.

graduates friends-fingersI wish you love

And loss

And love again…

That you find something so precious you would give your life for it,

And then the sense…the heart…to live for it.…

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7 Tips for High School Graduates

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     This week all around the country many teenagers will graduate high school. All the years of homework, minimum wage, and social anxiety will culminate in the wonderful event we call graduation. Many will consider it their move from adolescence into adulthood. Some will go on to college, some directly to careers. Some will enter the military or leave on a religious mission abroad. No matter what the future holds for you, young graduate, there are some tips that I would like you to know as you enter “the real world.”

#1 – Enjoy your time at home. These are your last days with your parents and siblings. Once you leave it will never be the same, even if you come back. You may be in a hurry to get out on your own and experience the “freedom” outside the walls of your home but, trust me, it is a whole lot more complicated than it sounds.…

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A Welcome Addition

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Normally I try to post on Mondays and Thursdays but this week I got to spend Thursday in the hospital welcoming our baby girl, Lily. We have 3 boys at home and decided to go for one more try at a girl.

The morning before coming into the hospital we had one last breakfast together with the boys. The conversation revolved around poop. No kidding. That is life with all boys. You try to teach them the important things in life but their ears only perk up when somebody farts. They grow out of that at some point right?Boys with Lily

Here is the picture of when they came to see the baby. I think my youngest is just realizing that he won’t be the center of attention any more!…

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