Daily Life


The Beauty of Saying 'I'm Sorry'

Recently, I wrote about the art of accepting compliments. On a related note, the whole question of when to say “I’m sorry,” and what those words mean, strikes very close to home with me. My guess is that it does the same for you. We hear those two little words so often, and probably say them as often – but what do they mean? Are they an expression of passive regret about a particular circumstance, e.g., “I’m sorry that the coffee wound up on your shirt,” or under more serious circumstances, “that......

Continue Reading


How to Graciously Accept Praise

Jesus may teach that it is better to give than to receive, but it may be that receiving is actually the more difficult task, at least when it comes to compliments. Most people are actually quite generous when it comes to offering compliments. Accepting them is a whole other deal. Personally, I often find it really difficult to simply and graciously accept a compliment. How about you? As this video from the “Science of Love” folks demonstrates, a lot of us shrug off compliments, counter them with self-deprecating responses, or find other......

Continue Reading


Four Life Lessons from The World Cup

Life lessons from the World Cup? Yup! Wisdom that will help you you live a better and happier life? You bet! Whether you are closely following the World Cup or not, you likely know of Germany’s semi-final round victory over Brazil this week. And while the United States is no longer competing, you may remember the headlines proclaiming that even though the US team lost to Germany, it was a loss that got them into the next round of competition! How does that work?! It works because the first round of play......

Continue Reading


What Is a Cleansing Ritual?

Do you have something in your life you just wish you could get over?? Is there something you did, even long ago, which continues to hold you back?? If you’re like most people, the answer is yes. Whether it’s through Lady Macbeth, characters in the Bible or moments in our own lives, everyone can identify with the need to cleanse ourselves and feel free of a stain (caused by a past sin or mistake) that continues to haunt us, or keeps us from becoming who we want to be. In fact, I’m......

Continue Reading


The Brand-New-Day Prize

On a recent ordinary morning, I was standing inside a Starbucks ordering some coffee when a raggedy, scruffy, grungy-looking guy who was probably in his late 30s stepped up to the adjoining counter. You could feel everyone in his immediate presence tense up. He looked directly at the barista. Then, in a loud and clear voice he declared, “You are the proud winner of the grand prize of a brand new……………DAY.” Everyone broke out laughing. Standing side-by-side with him, I said, “A brand new day is the grand prize, that’s great. No......

Continue Reading


Like a Boss: Tapping Your Talent For Leadership

What’s the difference between being in charge and having genuine authority? What’s the difference between being “the leader” and exercising leadership? If you can answer these questions for yourself and live in light of your answer, you will discover that you have both more capacity and more influence than you probably ever imagined. You will find that you can accomplish more than you may realize, and feel pretty good about it as well! All of which brings to mind Alexander Haig, former U.S. Secretary of State. Yes, I am dating myself –......

Continue Reading


A Flash Mob of Love

When you think about a normal day in your life, from the moment you get up in the morning until you go to sleep, you experience far more expressions of kindness and love than meanness and hate. But as I wrote a few weeks ago, we are hardwired to be far more alert to negative, fear-inducing events that generate fight or flight responses than to positive events that generate security and empathy. It is not surprising then that with our traditional and social media offering 24/7 content, we are flooded with negative......

Continue Reading


What Do You See in Your Mirror?

What we see in the mirror may be one of the most powerful forces in how we live our lives. That view shapes our aspirations and expectations – sometimes for good, sometimes not. The power of self-image is pretty hard to overestimate. That’s what makes it especially important to address the fact that a negative view of oneself is, unfortunately, terribly common. As I’ve been reminded lately, the challenge of appreciating who you see in the mirror and thinking positively about yourself – for just about everyone from teenage kids to seniors......

Continue Reading


When Punishment is a Reward - What We Learned from Donald Sterling

Punishment is a funny thing, as anyone who has ever punished someone else, or even themselves, can tell you. The punishment often looks fitting and feels right in that instance, but may take you in some odd or even undesirable places as it gets put into effect. It’s not that I am opposed to punishment per se, but the ongoing story of Donald Sterling and the future of the LA Clippers reminds me of just how weird the consequences of punishment can be. In this case, they may include the larger, and......

Continue Reading


Crossing the Line: Can We Be Too Good, Too Spiritual or Too Moral?

Goodness, spirituality, and morality. Since you are reading this at The Wisdom Daily, you are probably positively pre-disposed to all three. We all know of course, that you can have too much of a good thing, so why not too much of a cherished positive value? Maybe it’s that I am tired of the seemingly endless fights between those – and they are in the news every day, including pundits currently debating last weekend’s Santa Barbara mass killing – who reduce almost every issue to good vs. evil, moral vs. immoral, etc.......

Continue Reading