The Power of Nature

Contact with green space is known to have beneficial effects on mental health. In fact, this study suggests that it may also play a positive role in preventing cognitive decline in the elderly. In particular, this research shows that the loss in cognitive functions expected as part of the aging process is slightly slower in…

A Lyrical Salute to Moms

Only one day a year is officially dedicated to celebrating Moms. However, since it is the hardest everyday job on Earth, it only seems right to show our appreciation every day. I hope all the Mom readers have an awesome day. If you are not a Mom, let your Mom know you appreciate her! Enjoy this rapid-fire tribute…

Walk of Faith

The Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the new seven wonders of the world and a cultural icon for Rio de Janeiro. The last summer Olympics cemented this image into the minds of millions. What really struck me was this video of workers making repairs from lightning damage.  The workers take a real walk of faith on several levels (starting at 1 min.…

How to Measure Your Life

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Measuring your life can be very subjective based on your own beliefs and values.  So, we offer two similar but different ways to measure your life. The first is this quote from Clayton Christensen: “When I have my interview with God, our conversation will focus on the individuals whose self-esteem I was able to strengthen, whose…

Journey or Destination?

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We work on a project for months hoping to get recognized after it is completed. What if recognizing our own growth during the project work was the real payoff? We jump on a plane to get somewhere. What if one of the best parts is the plane ride? We train for a competitive event. What if…

What Do You Believe?

The book, Stick with It: Mastering the Art of Adherence, describes how reinforcing rituals creates connections that ignite passion for any team or family.  Rituals help ignite passion, which is one of three components in the Adherence Equation: For years, I have written personal “Letters from Dad” to my wife and each of my three…

Peace

My father was an artist, so we never purchased holiday cards.  Instead, he painted this Dove of Peace.  At the bottom right he added in elegant, white script, "PEACE from The Colan Family.".  It became our family's signature holiday card for many years. So today I wish you peace in your heart, peace in your…

Hang On Until Daylight

Although we look forward to the holidays, it can be a time of overwhelming stress at work and at home.  This address given by Wallace A. Kennedy, Professor of Psychology at our alma mater, Florida State University, is powerful and practical.  He was talking to the students of Maclay School in Tallahassee. One of their…

Today is a Gift

The holiday season is hectic, so we will keep this post even shorter than usual. Here is a poem that keeps things in perspective for us. I hope it does the same for you... Yesterday is History,Tomorrow is a Mystery,Today is a Gift,That’s why they call it the Present. May you make the most of…

Everyday Legacy

Don't worry about leaving your legacy. Just live it. You build your legacy everyday.  Each time you leave a person or a room you are building a legacy. Every interaction, every impression and every action leaves a legacy everyday. So, make sure you leave a positive one! Leave a legacy of Excellence by giving this…