John's Blog

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Lessons from a Six-Year-Old

We can learn so much from children. They remind us how to be playful and be in the moment. I lost track of time laughing and playing on the inflatable slides and bounce houses at the water park in Cozumel last week with my friends’ six-year-old daughter. It was one of...

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Last-minute Changes

Last-minute changes can sometimes be stressful and are rarely welcome. We are much happier when things go as planned. However, last-minute changes can also be blessings in disguise. At big events like weddings or birthday parties where many people and elements come...

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No Stone Too Heavy

Many years ago, one of my first spiritual teachers shared a powerful story with me about a young Native American girl who was having nightmares. Her father, the Chief, was away leading a hunting expedition for many days. Fearful dreams that something terrible had...

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Highest and Best for All

To say that I was reluctant to leave my home in Fort Lauderdale last April might be a bit of an understatement. Florida had been my home for 25 years, and my love of the ocean is no secret to anyone who knows me. Saying “goodbye for now” was difficult. As hard as it...

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Pirates, Mermaids, and Llamas

Have you ever been on a boat with an assortment of pirates and mermaids, waiting for a llama to get authorization to board before you set sail? After last Saturday, I can honestly say I have. I know this might sound like a scene from a Disney animated film, but...

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A Family of Angels

Sometimes you only need one angel. Sometimes you need a whole family of them. Last week I went for my walk in Hermann Park a little later than usual. It was a bit hotter at noon, but that didn’t deter me. I put my earbuds in and let the dance music fill my ears to...

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An Empty Seat on Father’s Day

As it does most years, Father’s Day snuck up on me this year. I remembered it and then forgot about it many times until the day actually arrived, which is why I didn’t write about it last week. I only celebrated a handful of Father’s Days with my dad because he died...

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E.T. Phone Home

Have you ever felt like an alien…like maybe your ship dropped you off on this planet and then forgot to come back to get you? Now you’re stuck here with people who don’t seem to understand you or think very differently from you. If you’re reading this email, you’ve...

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A Healthy Dose of Nostalgia

The dictionary defines nostalgia as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.” One of those happy places for me is what some call the happiest place on earth…Disney World. My seven years...

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When Two Worlds Meet

It’s amazing what can happen when we look for things we have in common rather than ways we are different. As I shared a few weeks ago, I’m not much of a sports fan, but I found myself at another baseball game at Yankee Stadium this week. It was the Yankees vs. the...

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A Match Made in Heaven

Last week I had the honor and joy of witnessing my dear friend Melinda get married. The funny thing is, she already had a husband. No, Melinda isn’t a polygamist. The marriage I witnessed was actually the coming together of the right minister and the right church. I...

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I Can See Clearly Now

Sometimes my life lessons are so obvious I know they will end up in one of my weekly blogs while they are happening. Just the other day I experienced such a lesson. I felt an eyelash or some small object in my left eye while doing stomach crunches. Without thinking, I...

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