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Author: Les Patterson

Monday Morning Boost: What Did You Dream of Becoming???

Monday Morning Boost: What Did You Dream of Becoming???

What did you dream, when you were a kid, of becoming when you grew up? If you believed the stereotypical, boys dreamt of becoming firefighters, police officers, and astronauts. And girls dreamt of becoming teachers, hairstylists, and secretaries. Kinda funny how stereotypical the stereotypical actually is! When I was a young kid, I had three core dreams I wanted to be when I grew up… army guy, cowboy, and racehorse jockey. And, in one way or the other, I had…

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Monday Morning Boost: Navigate The Raging Storms

Monday Morning Boost: Navigate The Raging Storms

The raging storms of life come in many ways, seemingly perfectly tailored specifically for the course we are navigating. Along our journey, we are often nurtured, served, and loved by others who make our journey just a little less difficult. In turn, we also often blessed with corresponding opportunities to love and serve others who are navigating their own journey the challenging waters of life. An additional blessing of striving to simply serve and love people just as they are,…

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No Longer Strangers

No Longer Strangers

WE ONCE WERE By Les Patterson We once were strangers Yet we choose to say hello We created connection We created a friendship We once were each unknown Yet we changed the status We did something about it We choose to be open and share We once were good on our own Yet we knew much more awaited We discovered we knew the truth We are greater as friends than not We once were simply friends Yet we knew there…

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Monday Morning Boost: Becoming A Life Beacon

Monday Morning Boost: Becoming A Life Beacon

What are the beacons in your life??? To start with, let’s simply understand a beacon is a “light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning, or guide.” The mighty lighthouses providing guidance for ships at sea are beacons. A buoy floating in water indicating the presence of underwater hazards is a beacon. Airport lights guiding pilots to a safe landing are beacons. There are also those people we would call “Life Beacons.” Life Beacons are those people we…

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Monday Morning Boost: Read More, Write More, Tips For Better Writing

Monday Morning Boost: Read More, Write More, Tips For Better Writing

Mrs. Hummel told me if I wanted to be a better writer I needed to read more. “Read more Mr. Les. Read more.” With her quirky soft smile and dainty eyes hidden behind her spectacles, my 9th grade English teacher Mary Hummel would look at me with that rare level of confidence found only in a few teachers (along with every mother) who saw something the rest of the world never could. I don’t know if she knew then the…

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Monday Morning Boost: The Greatness Of A Flawed Kobe

Monday Morning Boost: The Greatness Of A Flawed Kobe

I’ve always felt connected to “flawed individuals” who choose to step into their confidence, despite the many reasons they have not too, and find a way to make an impact in life. Kobe Bryant was such an individual. He was “polarizing and controversial” at times, as my friend Brendan Cannon wrote on the news of Kobe’s tragic death yesterday. And Kobe was flawed with his share of mistakes. Though on the basketball court he was one of the superhumans, the…

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Monday Morning Boost: Goodness Seek After

Monday Morning Boost: Goodness Seek After

Aaron Kelson is an old friend from our college days at Utah State University. He was getting his masters and I was slowly working on my bachelor’s degree. That’s he and his wife Roxanne in the photo. During our college days, I was also traversing a challenging journey with cancer which put me out of work. And with no insurance, we quickly racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Many people stepped into our lives to help…

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Battering Storms

Battering Storms

To those friends who have anchored my soul in the midst of the battering storms… I love you. BATTERING STORMS By Les Patterson I was lost Wandering aimlessly Broken body and soul Without hope Brightness was gone Chased away by darkness Then a friend Came wandering by Kindred souls connecting Then chose to stay Why I struggle to know Even through most rocky times Like an anchor Stabilizes a drifting ship Solid in place I began to feel The storm…

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Monday Morning Boost: Forget Goals???

Monday Morning Boost: Forget Goals???

It’s Time To FORGET Resolutions And Goals!!! Why, you may ask? Simple. They don’t work. At least not collectively. The words seem to have lost any real meaning, speaking again collectively. The reason they’ve lost their power is that we generally do not connect the necessary action steps to go with them. As for me, I use the word OBJECTIVE because it automatically invites me to create strategies to acheive the objective. While objective tends to be more connected with…

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