Learning from Dungeons and Dragons III

A heavy winter rain began to fall as the travelers plowed through the muddy street. In this small village of peasants and farmers, the people toiled daily and the weariness flowed through every interaction. The town mayor, a humble looking man in his forties, hailed from the tavern, welcoming them into the dry and warm community center. After warming themselves between the keg tap and the hearth, the mayor spoke quietly. “It all started last year, slowly, but I remember, one of our farmers reported missing livestock, not just small goats, but even his cattle. In this village, even the smallest … Continue reading Learning from Dungeons and Dragons III

Life Lessons from Dungeons and Dragons Part II

The mist began to effortlessly rise from the ground as the darkness swelled into light. Soft sounds of birds and woodland creatures stirred in the traveler’s minds as they took turns waking from their exhausted night in the forest glen. … Continue reading Life Lessons from Dungeons and Dragons Part II

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Life lessons from playing Dungeons and Dragons

[Or more about how we are story formed] Maybe you have seen the 20 sided dice show up in pop culture lately, or heard the name of the world’s best role playing game. I don’t know about you, but most … Continue reading Life lessons from playing Dungeons and Dragons

From tiny acorns

I heard a great story the other day I would like to share with you. A long time ago, a tiny acorn fell from the sky. He opened his eyes for the first time and descended towards the soft ground. Upon landing, he took survey of his home and became well adjusted to the group of acorns gathered around the mammoth oak tree. This acorn was a beautiful breed. A rustic cap covered his head and his shell shone in the sunlight. He was quite snug and safe surrounded by many tiny saplings, dead leaves and friendly fellow acorns. Time … Continue reading From tiny acorns

Rhythms in Family

During my time working on the 5th floor oncology unit as a nurse, the powers that be made the move to bring our archaic paper work into the modern era of technology. We transitioned from hand writing every order, every note and every signature by hand to using electronic documentation. D.L., a nurse on that floor, told me the first time she clocked into a shift, she was 15 years old and wearing all white, walking to work from her home downtown. 40 years later, she was now expected to transfer all of her knowledge as a nurse and point … Continue reading Rhythms in Family

The 5 Pillars of Authentic Leadership

Source: The 5 Pillars of Authentic Leadership my favorite pillar is number 4: groundedness. I think great leaders realize that they are made of more than leadership. They hold value in more than what they lead. Groundedness means balance in life. Being a good dad, good husband, good neighbors and caretakers, good tenants, good shoppers and so on. A good leader understands we are more than 8 hours we put into work. We have all been somewhere, are going somewhere and we are here. Continue reading The 5 Pillars of Authentic Leadership

Obscurity 

In the name of obscurity this week, I’m sharing a few thoughts and quotes I have about this topic.  “If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to disappear for a while” “Two things comfort me; knowing that I matter, and knowing that I am completely insignificant and disposable to the world” “Welcome small beginnings, for even God arrived as a baby” “A seed begins in darkness where no one sees and no one knows. Yet it is the beginning of life and without this necessary and obscure time, apparent growth and glory would not be attained.” … Continue reading Obscurity 

Thank you

One of the predictable patterns my family practices is to have thankful time at dinner. This gives each of us a chance to express something we are thankful for today.   Having three small ones around the table usually means: 1. I forgot to clean and sweep the remains of yesterday’s meal off the table and floor 2. Someone has already pushed another out of their chair. Because yes, you can own a uniform dining room chair.  3. I am grumpy-tired and have already had to apologize for griping.  It seems like pausing to tell someone thank you would be … Continue reading Thank you

 Talking with a patient 

I sat down with a patient of mine. This particular man has Parkinson’s disease. I was needing some help with motivating myself to get my day done so I asked him, “what’s the most challenging part of motivating yourself?” He sat there, broken body and shining pair of blue eyes behind his poorly fitting glasses. “The hardest part about motivating yourself is loss of mobility. It takes you longer to get things done so people end up doing them for you. Well, then there is also the speech difficulty, where you can’t get your words out right and of course … Continue reading  Talking with a patient