3 Life Lessons While Watching My Son Fight For His Life

Early June, 2018 my wife, Tanya, and I discovered a large mass in the stomach of our six-year-old son, Malcolm. The situation progressed rapidly, and what transpired over the next few months was one of the most challenging experiences of my life. It’s one thing when you are the person facing a particular battle, and it’s quite another when you must helplessly watch someone you love fight their own battle. The lessons I learned were numerous, but I want to share three.   1. Never minimize your pain Early in this experience I struggled to put a voice to my…

Perspective is Everything. What Do You See?

What do you see when you look at this image? When I show this to an audience, many reply with the same automatic response: A black dot. I then attempt to make a joke and say something like, “If you see a clown’s face we need to talk.” But why is it that the majority of individuals focus their attention on the black dot opposed to all of the white surrounding it? Think about the media for a moment. The media tends to focus primarily on this black dot, and reports the world through a dark lens. Stories are discussed…

How Do You Respond to Life's Challenges?

What would you do if you woke up in a room that was completely dark? I mean the type of darkness where you can’t even see your own hand in front of your face. Do you sit there motionless? Do you scream for help? Or, do you get up and search for a way out? I believe that your response is a reflection of how you react when life throws you a challenge. When life knocks you down, do you sit there like a victim stating, “life is not fair” or “why me?” Or, do you use your voice in…

Stop Giving Your Power Away for Free

Have you ever prayed for someone to be sick or absent from your place of work, classroom, or even family function? If your prayers were answered you likely thanked God for this incredible gift, and finally felt as though you were able to truly enjoy your day. Unfortunately, their absence will be short-lived, and in no time you will once again have to deal with them. Their very presence might even have the ability to overshadow any good throughout your day. You likely blame them for your bad day, and like a swift moving poison, your frustration and anger spills…

Lane's Story: A Spiritual Connection

My story is unbelievable to most. In fact, I would have a hard time believing it if it had not happened to me. It was another typical school morning, and my partner, Shawna, was pulling out of our driveway with our four kids in the car. As I watched from the front window, I had a strong feeling in my gut to keep our two youngest children at home with me. I didn’t know why, but I found myself running out the door, chasing after the car. The answer to my intuition that morning came less than fifteen minutes later.…