Meaning

Is Money Your Security Blanket?

In many of Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts  comic strips, Linus' security blanket is prominently featured.  Linus loves his blanket, carries it everywhere, often while sucking his thumb, and is not embarrassed by it.  He cannot survive without it and really suffers when it is being washed.  However, in...

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X Marks the Spot

"I want to leave my mark on this world - something that really shows I was here!" Gary tells me. That's not uncommon. The desire to leave our mark, to show we were here - that we mattered - is nearly universal. So, I ask him, "What would be a meaningful marker to you?" For some people, it's having their name on a...

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Something Worth Standing For

This week, conversations with clients have often veered into their views on the controversy surrounding NFL players "taking a knee" while the national anthem is being played.  I'm less concerned whether they think the players should or shouldn't be doing it, or whether they think the President should or shouldn't be...

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Whaddyado?

"What do you do?" a man at the cocktail party asks me, glancing at my name tag. Those four simple words and the answer they elicit could be a doorway into a meaningful conversation.  "About what?" I want to reply, but I know that isn't the question he thinks he is asking me.  My thoughts were already falling back...

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Legacy as the Measure of a Life of Significance

I've been talking a lot about two topics lately - significance and legacy. On the day I got married, I had a few blessed hours alone before the hubbub of the day began.  Given that I am bent toward reflection, I went for a meditative walk along the Potomac River. Contemplating what lay before me that day and...

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