Tag Archives: commitment

Do You Have What It Takes?

In August we had the privilege of producing a video about a school backpack charity event. What struck me most in watching this event unfold was the evidence of commitment. Sure, there’s the

commitment of the hundreds of volunteers who collect school items, pack school bags and distribute them. It pales in comparison to the commitment of the families who come to get the backpacks. Continue reading

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It’s the Morning After: What Have We Done?

Yesterday American voters had the chance to elect or re-elect their public representatives and to voice their opinions about ballot issues. Yesterday, the American

What have we done? Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Two seagulls on the beach, walking away from each other

Listening can be hard and making assumptions about what another has said can lead to a fracture in a relationship.

people spoke their truth. Now it’s time for those elected to honor their promises to us. I’m not sure we know what those promises really are. I’m not sure that we really heard what all the candidates have said over the long campaign season. Worse, I’m not sure that those we have elected have heard what we really meant. Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence

I was married to a musician for more than a dozen years. Before we met, he had very nearly become engaged to another woman. She was a string player and I had the

The Sound of Silence, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Three conifers at the edge of the Grand Canyon

We must look beyond what is right in front of us so we see the entire picture.

pleasure of meeting her about six years into our marriage. The music man would from time to time tell me that had they married, they’ve have divorced by now. I’d ask him what he meant, but he’d never explain further.  He’d stay silent, unwilling to share what was in his heart with his life partner. Continue reading

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