Determination

Determination

When you think of determination, perseverance, or grit, does a mental picture instantly come to mind?  For me, my thoughts go directly to the Battle of Iwo Jima and the iconic photograph of the five American Marines and a Navy corpsman raising our flag...
United We Stand

United We Stand

It is amazing how quickly tides can turn in our world.  A short time ago, we were celebrating the resiliency and determination of those standing on the frontline, battling the war waged on us by COVID-19.  Unfortunately, like shifting sands, these...
Normalcy

Normalcy

Normalcy is something I think most people are longing for.  The last few months have been anything but normal.  And for some, life as they knew it may never be the same.  For me, normalcy means going about my daily tasks with a sense of purpose and...
Plans for the future

Plans for the future

At the risk of overuse, please allow me to echo the phrase, “these are unprecedented times.”  For those of you who have lost friends and loved ones due to the novel coronavirus, we mourn with you in your season of loss and grief.  For any of you who have been...
Wisdom, essential for every day

Wisdom, essential for every day

Wisdom is a Lodestar Guidance principle that is essential in times like these.  Each day, we are bombarded with news that stirs emotions and causes anxiety.  It’s hard to discern what is truth and what is not.  It’s also difficult to know how to...
A star that guides…

A star that guides…

The word “Lodestar” is defined as “a star that leads or guides” and “one who serves as an inspiration, model, or guide.”  Lodestar Guidance is a leadership development tool, based on forty-eight character principles that will help you inspire, lead, and guide...
Welcome to the new year!

Welcome to the new year!

The year 2020!  It has a nice ring to it, right?  Perfect vision is described as 20/20.  When one looks back to where he has been and gleans information to help him for the future, it’s called 20/20 hindsight.  Even the numbers themselves...
The dead weight of unforgiveness

The dead weight of unforgiveness

The Christmas season is upon us, and most of us have already spent a great deal of time thinking about the gifts we will be giving to our loved ones. Here is a novel idea for this Christmas: give the gift of forgiveness. It’s cost effective, lasts a...
Honesty affects our lives in multiple ways

Honesty affects our lives in multiple ways

Folks, this is a biggie. If I would ask for a show of hands for everyone that proclaims to be honest, every hand would shoot up, right? I know I would say that I am very honest in all of my dealings. Now, if I ask for a show of hands of those that at times give false...