A letter to my fallen brother

Dear SSG Stan, I will never forget that week we spent on that hilltop in Hungary.  Your crazy ass thought it would be an awesome idea to park a "humvee" on top of a hill and live out of it for a week.  We had barely any food, it was freezing cold, we lived out of a crappy truck, and had a radio going off 24/7...but somehow we had the time of our lives... We … Continue reading A letter to my fallen brother

What happens when you combines cuss words with yoga?

After three back surgeries I can honestly say that I haven't taken a single pain pill.  My doctors told me it wouldn't be possible but there is not greater motivation than the desire to prove someone wrong.  Even the nurses pleaded with me to take the medication on their regimented medication plans but I wouldn't budge.  This wasn't because I was "too tough" for medication but because I knew I could find a healthier way … Continue reading What happens when you combines cuss words with yoga?

Are you willing to admit when you’re wrong? Most people aren’t…

(One minute read about the power of self-accountability!) What makes being wrong so difficult but being right so satisfying?  Why is it that we love knowing we won an argument but hate admitting when we lost?  Maybe this doesn't apply to everyone but only the truly self-aware will admit if it does.  What about you?  Does this sound familiar?  If so, keep reading... Would you believe me if I told you that the moment I … Continue reading Are you willing to admit when you’re wrong? Most people aren’t…

How powerful is the desire for revenge?

(Three minute read about how to fight the urge to seek revenge)Have you ever been so mad at someone that revenge is the only thing on your mind?  It's arguably one of the most attractive, satisfying and instinctual human responses to experiencing pain and I can speak to that from significant personal experience... Revenge seems to make the pain go away for just long enough to feel good again for a brief period of time.  … Continue reading How powerful is the desire for revenge?

The secret to resolving conflict…

I love when people ask me why I studied conflict management in college.  My answer is typically pretty simple; if there's one constant in life, it's that conflict is inevitable.  No matter where we look, there's conflict.  We face conflict at work, conflict at home, conflict in our relationships and with friends, and we face internal conflict within ourselves.  We can't escape it; we can only become better at handling it and managing how it … Continue reading The secret to resolving conflict…

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