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"They Call Me Country"

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I had a sobering experience recently during a late lunch at a fast-food restaurant. There were only three customers (including me) in the place and I was checking email on my phone as I ate. A voice from across the room said “Looks like this cold weather is going to be here for a while.” I looked up to see a man I assumed was homeless from his appearance.  

How Yoga, Tim Conway, And "Seinfeld" Moved Me

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Several years ago, I was at the YMCA working out and met my wife coming out of a yoga class. She was talking with a mutual friend that instructs the class. Our friend invited me to class and I replied I didn’t think I could do any of the poses; I’d be one of the few men there, and would generally be self-conscious and uncomfortable. She said “Fine, if you want to walk like Tim Conway’s old man character from the Carol Burnett show when you’re 70, then don’t come to my class.”

I Want To Love Like My Dog

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I’ve been watching the Netflix series Grace and Frankie lately and a recent episode struck a chord with me.  Jane Fonda plays Grace, a cold, detached, retired CEO of a cosmetic company.  In this particular episode, she comes to terms with the fact her family never viewed her as a mother/wife that showed unconditional love to them.  It’s a sobering moment for her as she realizes what she deprived her family from feeling.  I couldn’t help but reflect on my own ideas about love and what it means for it to be unconditional.

Why Punctuation Matters In Customer Service

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My daughters say I’m a mean texter.  When they told me, I was trying to figure out what horrible thing I sent them and couldn’t think of anything.  I asked, “What did I text you all that was so mean?”  They replied it wasn’t the words themselves that were evil, but my use of punctuation – and specifically the period – that made my texts “sound” mean.  Uhh…what? 

How Krispy Kreme Reminds Me What's Important

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It’s almost Christmas and this time of year is filled with … pretty much everything.  The days from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day seem much like the old game of musical chairs.  It’s as if we’re trying to mash as much as possible into our lives before the music stops playing – and there’s always one chair short of the number of players.  Even if we do get lucky to “sit down” for a moment, the game starts again quickly and we’re back on our feet scrambling in that familiar circle.

How to Tell the Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration

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Do you ever watch high-achieving people and think to yourself “How do they do that? How do they fit that much into a day?  What do they have that I don’t have?”  I don’t care how successful you are in your personal and/or professional life; there is someone who does it better, faster, and more often.

How To Create Happy Customers By Following One Simple Rule

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 I wrote a blog post a while back about saying yes to opportunities more often and how it can lead to a more fulfilling life.  On a recent business trip I was reminded how saying yes (a lot) is a key component of great customer service. 

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I was in my Sunday school class a few weeks ago discussing prayer.  One of my friends shared with us how difficult it can be to keep his mind focused while he’s praying.  I cracked up when he told us he could be in the middle of a prayer and randomly start thinking about a puppy-faced monkey wearing a diaper.  Those in class that hadn’t seen the soft drink commercial from the Super Bowl needed some enlightenment.

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