Just Because

Just Because

I know that most of us enjoy celebrating significant events with the people in our lives who mean a lot to us. Birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are all days when we like to gather and focus on the people who are special to us. But I also want to encourage you to...
A New Approach

A New Approach

One of the topics I find myself revisiting often in these articles is my tendency to try to “fix” the people around me. I often have ideas about how my wife, my adult children, my grandkids, or my employees could (and should!) grow. And in those articles, I regularly...
In Marriage, Never Stop Learning

In Marriage, Never Stop Learning

I would never have guessed this, but I’ve been learning some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in my marriage over the last few years. I figured that I would have done most of my learning in the early years of marriage or in the middle years when we were in the...
Spring Break Memories

Spring Break Memories

This past week was Spring Break for many high schools in the area, so schedules looked a lot different than they normally do. If you didn’t travel anywhere for the week, then you probably worked in an office or at a workplace that was operating at far less than the...
Keys to Listening Well

Keys to Listening Well

I’m learning again—in the last third of my life—the importance of listening. Now, I know that the idea of listening being important to a relationship is not new. Actually, it’s a message we often hear in the context of relationships. And we keep hearing about it...
People Pleasing Isn’t Always Pleasing

People Pleasing Isn’t Always Pleasing

Do you know someone who you would label a “people pleaser?” I would define a people pleaser as someone who goes out of their way to cater to the needs of other individuals. They not only do this to an extreme but at the expense of their own well-being. This person...