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What do you want out of life?

What do you want out of life?

Every one of us is on a different path. We have diverse world-views and expectations of what we want from life. What may feel like heaven to one person may be hell to another. As much as we all want great lives, it’s interesting to note that rarely do we take the time...

How to Keep Your Dream Alive

How to Keep Your Dream Alive

After my book, Agapanthus Rising, was published in the United States in 2014, I learned an important lesson about keeping your dream alive. For me, that has always been to be a positive influencer on a global scale. Despite its publication in the U.S., I had doubts...

Cap D’Ail Revisited

Cap D’Ail Revisited

This is the third year that we're visiting Cap D'Ail.  It's a tiny village along the coast line of the French Mediterranean wedged between the Principality of Monaco and Eze Bord de Mer.  Only twenty minutes by car to the International Airport in Nice, Cap D'Ail is a...

Success Is As Close As Your Focus

Success Is As Close As Your Focus

I had the opportunity to help a stranger this morning. While I believe that charity begins at home, I felt an instant and great desire to reach out across the globe to help a young man, which for the sake of this writing I will call Adam. What struck a chord within me...

What is the final frontier?

What is the final frontier?

Is space, the final frontier?  I beg to differ, Mr. Roddenberry.  The final frontier, in my opinion, lies within us, within the confines of our thoughts and within our power.  Unlike outer space, a domain where only a very privileged few will travel to, inner space is...

The Day I Understood Forgiveness

The Day I Understood Forgiveness

I’ve been to Costa Rica numerous times, both for leisure as well as leading volunteer teams in service.   Most vacationers to this magnificent country only get to see the rich and famous areas dotted along the coastlines, places like Guanacaste. Few visitors have...

7 Secrets to Unlocking a Happy Life

7 Secrets to Unlocking a Happy Life

When I look at people that are happy, healthy, successful and enjoying the best of life, I wonder what it is that prevents others from having the same.  I’m a thinker and analyzer and I spent a lot of time contemplating this question.  I’ve come to the conclusion that...

What It Took to Appreciate What I Have

What It Took to Appreciate What I Have

The most sobering experience of my entire life took place in July of 2006 when I went to Rwanda as part of a volunteer group. The purpose of the visit was to monitor child-headed households and HIV/AIDS programs sponsored by the religious community who sent us.  ...

How Does Contrast Help Us Grow?

How Does Contrast Help Us Grow?

Early one morning as I was waking up, the word “agapanthus” came into my mind. I’d never heard it before but I wrote it down to Google it later. Here is what I discovered.   An agapanthus is a bulb flower commonly called Lily of the Nile, although it is neither a...