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Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy — Summary

November 8, 2010

Brian Tracy is a personal development writer consultant and speaker. “Eat That Frog” is his idea or system to organize and prioritize. I found it interesting and while the concepts were familiar from other time management and organization focused books I have read or listened to, I enjoyed this and found it fairly fast paced. (Audible download […]

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An affirmation – “Life on Life’s terms”

February 12, 2010

I was talking with an acquaintance tonight following a Cub scout meeting.  It was just casual conversation during which I used the expressing  “Life on Life’s terms”.  He quickly expressed  “Life on Life’s terms?  Making me think that he didn’t recognize the FFS Jargon.  But he went right on with “Boy, Life can sure be […]

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Be open and you will hear what you need to hear.

February 1, 2010

As a Christmas gift in 2008, my family received the gift of a napkin holder with a stack of cards (business card size) each with a quote or saying appropriate to be a blessing over the meal. This has been a great gift.  It changed the mechanical passive nature of saying the blessing to an […]

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Old School & New School – Friends for Life

January 25, 2010

This weekend was full of many fond memories of friendship and love.  A friend, more like a brother, (A.D.) came to  visit my family and students at The Family Foundation School.  Even more special is the fact that when his 24 year old daughter(M.D.), now married and living in Washington state, heard that her father was going to take the road trip from […]

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The Character Ethic – and a Father’s struggle

January 3, 2010

I asked myself this morning “where should I focus my energies”. The question comes from the quote below. I know that if I start my day with direction — direction based on principles — that at the end of the day I have a much greater chance of feeling satisfied, happy, productive etc.  That doesn’t mean that the […]

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Anxiety? Fear? – A tool to survive!

January 2, 2010

A student at FFS, a boarding schools for troubled teens, asked me if I had read the 12 step based reading today from the book “Twenty-four Hours a Day”published by Hazelden. I had not.  The young man (16yrs old) had been upset – anxious about some of the damage his behavior had caused in his relationship with […]

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Happy New Year – (Sanskrit Proverb)

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! Look to this day, The very life of life, In its brief course lies all The realities and varieties of existence, The bliss of growth, The splendor of action, The glory of power — For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived, Makes every […]

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12-Step program & the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

August 18, 2009

The following analogy and concept comes directly from the “7 Habits of Highly effective People”.  Long before reading the “7 Habits” I had been immersed in the philosophy for living most commonly found in the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and other “self help” fellowships. My mother is a recovering alcoholic and I grew-up surrounded […]

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Being a Father

August 13, 2009

I am a parent – the father of six. Through participation in 12 step support groups (like Families Anonymous) myself and others have the opportunity to share our respective experiences, strengths and hopes which helps us to grow personally as well as to become better at parenting. I try to keep in focus, the characteristics or the qualities of what […]

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Humility for Success – Living Skills – Meditation for today

August 12, 2009

In my various endeavors in life and in my “Leadership” roles (father, scout leader, administrator, community organizations, etc.), it is important for me to remember to give credit where credit id due.  I believe a leader is only as good as those who follow and support him.  And while people want strong leaders, they also […]

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