Everyday Heroes

If I asked you to think of a hero, who would first come to mind? Would it be a comic book superhero? A firefighter, policeman, or soldier? Perhaps someone you met? We usually see heroes rescuing those in trouble or fighting for a noble cause. Our admiration of heroes grows when they: Fight for whatContinue reading “Everyday Heroes”

What’s in a Name?

Dale Carnegie recognized a simple fact: that people like to hear their name spoken. Why is that? Is it only an ego-satisfying thing? I’ve had encounters with salespeople who used my first name to influence me toward making a purchase. Instead, their efforts produced the opposite effect. Why was I turned off? Because they invokedContinue reading “What’s in a Name?”

Love Story

The 1970 movie, Love Story, produced a memorable catchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” While that line had its day, many people have rightly criticized this statement. Never telling someone you’re sorry when you mess up is a sure way to kill a relationship. Love moves us to express regret when weContinue reading “Love Story”

Live with Compassion

Few events evoke such sadness and pain as a school shooting. A host of options are currently under debate in the public square. It seems to me, however, that each of these ideas works by suppressing behavior and does nothing to change the underlying health of our society. Is there anything we can do inContinue reading “Live with Compassion”