When hope is gone…..

This is a time of year when many people are confronted with the fact that their dreams did not come true, their job still stinks, and life is no better than last year.  What do you do when hope seems to be fading?  But is it realistic to lose hope if the car breaks down or you lose your job? A couple of years ago just before Christmas, Joanne and I had the pleasure of doing a 2-hour presentation at the Tennessee Prison for Women.  Joanne is a regular there – she loves the ladies and they love her.  I … Read More

Are you feeding anyone?

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”  Mother Teresa I trust this is a community where you will find plenty of both love and appreciation.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick…..

In this time of year I’m hearing lots of people talk about their hopes and dreams for next year.   And yet some of those same people will see 2012 come and go with no noticeable change in their lives.  Why is it that some people dream and their lives never change while others dream and walk into new successes every day?  Just yesterday a 48Days Blog reader commented about how “liberating” it was to live a creative, entrepreneurial life.  And then he added – “Admittedly, I speak not from experience, but anticipation.” How do we move from anticipation to real … Read More

When you have nothing….

Joanne and I were in Chicago last week for our annual pre-Christmas excursion.  The weather was bitter cold and the streets were bustling with the usual shoppers.  And as usual, the sidewalks had all too many people with quickly constructed cardboard signs who were hoping to capture the sympathy of passing shoppers. I saw one sign that said: Lost my Job Lost my Home Lost my Hope Please Help What’s the next step?  Is this really an inevitable sequence?  I was reading this morning about the inventions that are coming out of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.  The tagline on … Read More

“All Beginnings Are Hopeful!”

 “All beginnings are hopeful” is actually a quote from the president of Oxford University, spoken to the entering freshman in 1944, in the midst of a world war.  This is a concept that we have seen confirmed throughout history.  In working with people going through change, I am often struck by the discouragement, frustration, and frequent anger and resentment.  I have come to recognize however, that those feelings always tell me that the person is looking backward, at something that has already occurred.  As soon as we are able to create a clear plan for the future, those feelings quickly … Read More

I “hope” this helps

We’ve all been hearing a lot about the word “hope” recently.  Some people think it’s an unrealistic approach to the realities of what’s happening.  I agree that hope without a plan is empty.  I was discussing this with one of my pastor friends and he stated that he thought it was cruel to suggest “hope” to someone without offering a plan of action.  What does having “hope” really mean? The dictionary defines “hope” as “looking forward with reasonable confidence.”  And how do we get confidence – by having a clear plan of action. What is our strongest resource in tough … Read More

When you have nothing….

Joanne and I are in Chicago for our annual pre-Christmas excursion.  The weather is bitter cold and the streets are not as crowded with shoppers this year.  And the sidewalks have all too many people with quickly constructed cardboard signs who are hoping to capture the sympathy of passing shoppers.    I saw one sign that said:  Lost my Job Lost my Home Lost my Hope Please Help   What’s the next step?  Is this really an inevitable sequence?  I was reading this morning about the inventions that are coming out of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.  The tagline on … Read More

Free Beer Tomorrow!

The sultan of Persia had sentenced two men to death. One of them, knowing how much the sultan loved his stallion, offered to teach the horse to fly within a year in return for his life. The sultan, fancying himself the rider of the only flying horse in the world, agreed.  The other prisoner looked at his friend in disbelief. “You know horses don’t fly. What made you come up with a crazy idea like that? You’re only postponing the inevitable.” “Not so,” said the first prisoner. “I have actually given myself four chances for freedom. First, the sultan might … Read More