Monday Morning Boost: Remembering the Kings and Queens of Our Family

Monday Morning Boost: Remembering the Kings and Queens of Our Family

It’s good to have days where we can remember family and friends who have passed away. Today I am remembering my mother, Carolyn Shirley Christiansen Patterson. The picture above is my mom and dad holding me when I was a just a baby. Mom would have turned 71 on October 12th. But I’m betting, she would still look like she was 59! That’s how old Mom was when she passed away. A lifetime of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis took a heavy…

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Friday Date Night Cleaning the Church to Gain the Red Edge

Friday Date Night Cleaning the Church to Gain the Red Edge

Friday night date nights are a great way to Gain the Red Edge. Such was the case last Friday, a Friday the 13th to boot! My lucky day since I was a kiddo. Elisa and I joined some neighbors and friends for an exciting Friday night date cleaning our local church. Yep. Cleaning the church. Once a year most families in our congregation get the opportunity to participate in cleaning the church. This week it was our turn. We joined up…

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Monday Morning Boost: Thanks Julia For Seeing Our Potential

Monday Morning Boost: Thanks Julia For Seeing Our Potential

What’s a mother to do when her first baby girl falls in love with the kid on the other side of the tracks and decides to get married on their second date? Worry and wonder what exactly her daughter is thinking! Such was the dilemma my now mother-in-law Julia faced when Elisa came home after our second date and announced we were engaged. It wasn’t so much that I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, though the…

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Choosing to See Butterflies Rising From Cocoons of Darkness to Gain the Red Edge

Choosing to See Butterflies Rising From Cocoons of Darkness to Gain the Red Edge

Life is so incredibly beautiful that even in the midst of tragedy, butterflies of hope continually come forth from the cocoons of darkness. To see those butterflies is one way I choose to Gain the Red Edge when life is heavy and dark. “The beauty of a new life is a gift from Heaven like a butterfly coming forth from the darkness of a cocoon.” One of those beautiful butterflies was the birth of our first grandchild when baby Savannah…

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Knowing What to Say After Tragedy to Gain The Red Edge

Knowing What to Say After Tragedy to Gain The Red Edge

If you are in business, knowing what to say after a tragedy like Las Vegas is critically important. Saying the right thing will help you Gain The Red Edge. Saying the wrong thing will not. Imagine you’re going into a meeting or sale presentation with a potential customer. The normal break-the-ice chitchat automatically goes to the horrible tragedy that happened in Las Vegas. One point leads to another and before you realize it, time is up and Vegas is all you’ve talked…

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Learning to Deal with Loss to Gain the Red Edge

Learning to Deal with Loss to Gain the Red Edge

“I have learned that I don’t need ‘things’ to be happy. I’ve learned to rely on God’s timing.”   That’s part of the message Ganel-Lyn Condie will be sharing when she speaks in Hyde Park this week.   Learning how to deal with loss is one way to Gain the Red Edge.   Dealing with loss and hardship is a story Ganel-Lyn knows well.   She has dealt with lupus, chemo, hair loss, divorced parents, infertility, financial loss, and losing…

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Monday Morning Boost: Belgian Synergy

Monday Morning Boost: Belgian Synergy

The Belgian Draft Horse is one of the world’s strongest horses capable of pulling four times its own weight. The Belgian has pulled wagons, plows and even machinery of war. Dave Ramsey’s, in his book EntreLeadership, shared this insight into “Power of Synergy.” “One of the largest, strongest horses in the world is the Belgian draft horse. Competitions are held to see which horse can pull the most, and one Belgian can pull eight thousand pounds. The weird thing is…

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Mowing the Lawn to Gain the Red Edge!

Mowing the Lawn to Gain the Red Edge!

If you’ve had a tough day that’s kicking your butt, one of the best things you can do to “Gain the Red Edge” is to get up and get going. Physically moving your body automatically makes you feel better. Even if we are out of shape, sore and tired, physically moving increases blood flow to the brain which will automatically improve the way our mind is thinking. My get up and going yesterday was mowing my lawn! It was the…

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Monday Morning Boost: A Boost for Young Fathers

Monday Morning Boost: A Boost for Young Fathers

A friend of mine, Alex Stoddard, recently asked if I had a Monday Morning Boost for young fathers trying to get their career going and what it was like when I was starting out. I didn’t have a Monday Morning Boost for this young father. At least not specifically. So I wrote this one. PROVIDING & NURTURING I hardly slept when I was a young father. At least that’s what it felt like. I look back 20 to 25 years…

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Monday Morning Boost: Labeling Assumptions

Monday Morning Boost: Labeling Assumptions

It’s very easy to be labeled. When one walks outside the lines of that which their culture or society considers normal, correct, true, right, etc., the person is then viewed by the collective, not as a person, but as the applied label. This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone. We label people every day. By their race, sexual orientation, political party and religious affiliation. We label people by health condition, economic status, even past behavior. We label people by what they do…

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