Archive for May, 2012

Mentors

Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.      Unknown When I (Tom) was in college, between my sophomore and junior years, I took an internship at a large public relations firm on Wall Street.  For a few weeks I worked in what felt to me like a very toxic environment.  With each passing day […]

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Hindsight is Always 20/20

Hindsight is always 20/20.     Billy Wilder We have all heard that old adage – “hindsight is always 20/20”.   The older we get and the more experience we gain the more we see how truthful that adage is.  With age, we hope, comes maturity and with experience, we hope, comes greater wisdom.  We’ve all had moments in […]

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10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You

In this graduation season we came upon this timely excerpt from a commencement speech given by Charles Wheelen.  We thought the words were thought-provoking and powerful for any of us on life’s journey, whether we’re graduating this year or not. 10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You — Adapted from 10½ Things No Commencement […]

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Peace Like River

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.               Mother Teresa  Every time we get together we start by sharing-about what we did the night before-sharing the frustrations or challenges we may have encountered, sharing about the things for which we are grateful, sharing about the conversations […]

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They Inspire Us

Tuesday turned out to be an extremely special day for us – with two watershed encounters of inspiration, affirmation and joy.  We were on a work-related retreat together.in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and these two experiences still leave us filled with gratitude, awe, excitement and promise.  As we continue to grow our non-profit, we need these watershed moments.  We […]

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Through the Lens

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve […]

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5 Ways To A More Positive Outlook

We live in a critical world.  It is easy to be negative and to find fault and to see all that’s wrong with the world.  And if we look for the bad we will always find it.  But is that a good way to live?    Instead, we can change our attitudes, be more positive, […]

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The Power of Humor

Humor is reason gone mad.~Groucho Marx Humor is one of our greatest gifts.  In tense and trying situations there is nothing that can diffuse our distress than a good joke or belly laugh.  Well placed humor can dramatically change the dynamic of a perspective and our feelings about a difficult circumstance.  It can clear the […]

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“You will never know unless you ask.”

“You will never know unless you ask.”~ Marilyn Kaden Fernquist This quote by my (Tom’s) grandmother has resonated with me all my life.  Even though she has been gone for five years, her words “You will never know unless you ask” continue to be heard in my mind every time I am questioning whether or […]

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(IPOY) I’m Proud of You

One of my (Tom’s) favorite books growing up as a child is a book called Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.  A few years ago the book was made into a movie.  Part of the reason I resonated with the book and movie so much is because of the main character’s story.  The main character […]

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