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Give a Cheer for Independence!

No day is happier for Americans than today, July 4,  the day we celebrate our Declaration of Independence.

Spider and palm fireworks against a black sky

We celebrate the unlimited possibilities of what can be accomplished when we set out to build a brighter future

The principles upon which our country was founded, as embodied in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, are freedoms we struggle with every day as a democratic nation.    Continue reading

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7 Players We Do Not Need on Our Team

We’re all part of team. Whether it’s a work team bound together by responsibility or the team called our family who are bound by blood and law, we’re on the team and we have an important role.

football scrimmage at the line

As a leader at work or at home, we can spot the players we do not need and ask them to leave the game.

Every team member is valuable and important, but the truth is, there are seven players we do not need on our team. We do not need them because rather than being team players, they engage in self-serving behaviors. They don’t play with us, they play against us. Continue reading

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The Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Lives On in All of Us

Today we honor and remember Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who above all else, was governed by personal boundaries and values.

The Dream of Martin Luther King, Lincoln Memorial, Brad W. Smith photographer

Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

While Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed when I was too young to comprehend his significance, my parents taught me those same values.

I spent some time recently reading his famous quotes and was struck by how my own principles parallel his. I have codified my values in my own eight Life Amendments. I use this code of conduct to go forward in life assured I am adhering to my precious values.

If we are to go forward, we must go back

and rediscover those precious values – that

all reality hinges on moral foundations 

and that all reality has spiritual control.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I look at my Life Amendments, I see Martin Luther King, Jr’s influence on my life and see how his dream lives on.  His dream lives on in all of us through our actions and words.
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