What Defines Happiness? Three Keys to Establishing a Path

August 2, 2017

I have been immersed in learning HOW to think, and to consider deeply WHAT to think about.  I’ve been in a quest to find a framework for happiness.  I have not entered into this study because I consider myself unhappy; on the contrary, I embark in this realm of thinking to test my own theories.  … Continue reading What Defines Happiness? Three Keys to Establishing a Path

Hidden Challenges: Five Ways to Maximize Unseen Growth Opportunities

July 27, 2017

My wife and I have been involved in the restoration of two farm houses which are nearly one hundred years old.   These homes have seen generations of life, and not unlike many old farm houses, have seen much better days. The farm hand who lived in them the last thirty years was kindly, but the … Continue reading Hidden Challenges: Five Ways to Maximize Unseen Growth Opportunities

Spiritual Exercises

July 20, 2017

One of my millennial sons has introduced me to some meditations.  I have always considered myself a person who finds peace in solace; always trying to connect to the “Gods” and to discover a sense of contentment beyond the nearest bag of Cheetos and a cold diet Pepsi.  This innate desire of connecting is most … Continue reading Spiritual Exercises

What Are We Building? The Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Positive Future (Part 2)

June 29, 2017

In part 1 of this blog post I discussed the importance of transmitting learning from one generation to the next. I cited some statistics that are concerning to many regarding the Millennial generation and college drop out rates, the use of video games, and young adult children still living with their parents. But rather than … Continue reading What Are We Building? The Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Positive Future (Part 2)

What Are We Building? The Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Positive Future (Part 1)

June 22, 2017

We have been remodeling some old farm houses at the farm, circa 1924.  I chiseled out an old fireplace and wood stove, and as I took out the bricks I threw them in a pile.  The pile was my selfish reason to show my wife how hard I had been working and gain some old … Continue reading What Are We Building? The Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Positive Future (Part 1)

Get a Bigger Tent: Five Ways to Be Inclusive

June 6, 2017

In our work with Launching Leaders, we invite people of all faiths to apply their own faith traditions with the core principles taught in the course to create a holistic life. We have been amazed at the easy tolerance demonstrated by Millennials as they gather from various faith traditions to discuss how the principles apply … Continue reading Get a Bigger Tent: Five Ways to Be Inclusive

Equally Yoked: Three Keys to Coming Alongside

May 25, 2017

In the days of the early west, wagon trains led groups of explorers to new lands.  They used oxen and horses to pull their loads.  There is something about newness and adventure that captivates our imaginations and gives us motivation to keep exploring and pressing on toward new horizons.  This quest can  present itself in … Continue reading Equally Yoked: Three Keys to Coming Alongside

Don’t Hem Me In – 3 Ways To Lead, NOT Corral Millennials

May 9, 2017

My four year old grandson came to me recently and said “Grandpa, I have issues.”  Surprised that such a young lad would utter or even think of such reasoning, I nevertheless replied “Elijah, it’s OK, I have issues too.”  And so it is than from the mouths of babes come the most succinct truths. One … Continue reading Don’t Hem Me In – 3 Ways To Lead, NOT Corral Millennials

No Time for Millennials? Three Ways to Reconsider

April 29, 2017

In our work across the globe with Millennials and their spiritual leaders, we sometimes encounter well-meaning and well-intentioned leaders who LOVE what Launching Leaders is all about and it’s effective outreach to Millennials, but they say they simply don’t have the time to embrace another program. Consider (or re-consider!) some facts from a Pew study … Continue reading No Time for Millennials? Three Ways to Reconsider

Overcoming Self-Doubt: Four Ways Forward

April 19, 2017

I remember in junior high school, I had a quarrel with one of my friends.  I don’t remember the reason for the dispute.  What I do remember is that my friend was twice the size of me, and was by nature a bully.  We decided to fight. We established the showdown at “high noon,” and the … Continue reading Overcoming Self-Doubt: Four Ways Forward