In many parts of the world and states in the US, lockdowns continue. And the longer it goes on, with rising death counts and rising unemployment with losses of many kinds, words are getting scarcer. Are you tired of so many words? Too many well-meaning but at times necessary Zoom and Skype calls? Too many… Read More The Lost Language of Lament with Hope
A mark of good character is to say when you are wrong. Not denying things, not pretending you are right when the rest of the world knows you are not. But like most of you, I find it so hard to admit it when I’m wrong. Ask my daughters if that is so, or my… Read More Have you admitted recently you were wrong?
What a month it has been. When March started, the world was as normal as it usually is. But now as the month ends tomorrow, what a different world! Much of the world, including where I’m writing, is in lockdown. Not able to go out except for essential items, schedules postponed or cancelled. In our… Read More Crisis Contemplation
What would it look like for the whole world to pause for a season? We are finding out as it unfolds before our eyes. There are three words on my mind and heart right now, words that may in a very small and inarticulate way express some of what we are facing as individuals, families,… Read More Pause, Reset, Shift in 2020
Eggshells. Brittle things, really. Easily broken. Useful only to throw out after eating the egg within. We may use the metaphorical expression that we are ‘walking on eggshells’, indicating how fragile or risky a relationship or social situation is. But the reality is that not only do we sometimes walk on them, but that we… Read More Walking on eggshells
I just finished helping lead a leadership training seminar for five weeks in South Asia. It was the ninth time we have done this, now in six nations over the last five years. Each time I so enjoy meeting and encouraging many younger leaders, most usually under the age of 30. It is always tempting… Read More Three Ways to Ultimate Success
I’m really into learning. In fact, I like to think of myself as a ‘life-long learner’, and every new year want to make a fresh commitment to that pursuit. Last year I read 148 books. But I missed my goal of 160 by twelve books. I don’t read all books at the same speed. Many… Read More Are you open to being ‘reverse mentored’?
As I write this post there are about twelve hours left in the year and the decade. Asia in several areas has already entered 2020. A word that has kept coming to me as we enter a new year is shift. There are global shifts ahead of us in the coming year and certainly in… Read More End of year and decade musings
It is the Christmas season. A time of celebrating a new birth that would enlighten the darkness, bring hope to the hopeless. It is also a time of gift giving and receiving, even for those of little or no religious faith. Two of the greatest gifts in my life happen to be also the two… Read More Shakings in the two largest democracies on earth
Most of us stay in our little boxes, sometimes for a lifetime. That box may be a way of thinking, a way of approaching faith, a political party, you fill in the blank. But now more than ever in these divided times and fractured communities we need boundary crossers. People who will leave their comfortable… Read More We need more ‘boundary crossers’