In the classic story, Iron John, retold by the Grimm brothers in 1820, a young prince encounters a “Wild Man” who was locked in an iron cage in the castle courtyard.
While the 8-year-old prince played with his golden ball, it accidentally rolled into the iron cage. “Give me my golden ball,” the boy said.
“Not until you you’ve opened the door for me,” the Wild Man said.
Eventually, the Wild Man persuaded the boy to open the cage, but as he did, he ended up wounding his finger.
As the story goes on, the Wild Man placed the boy on his shoulders and carried him into the woods, and eventually, the boy becomes a man and realizes the Wild Man was a mighty king under a dark enchantment. [click to continue…]
I’ve often asked myself what it takes to change. I’ve also looked at others and have said, “How did that person become so radically different than most – so much more loving and humble and compassionate?
I think about courageous firefighters who risk their lives to save others… or soldiers who put their needs last for the sake of their troop. A true hero, I believe, is one who risks his or her life for the sake of another.
But what does it take to do this? Is it due to proper education or faith or having good, loving parents? Sure, this helps, but there’s more.
I think it really boils down to one word – environment. [click to continue…]
Have you felt unfulfilled in the last few days? – heck, how about in the last few hours?
How is the pain level in your life right now? If you’ve ever had surgery, you may remember a nurse asking you how your pain level is.
Usually the pain is anywhere between 10 (the worst, unbearable) to 1 (no pain).
What level are you at?
The truth is, all of us feel unfulfilled at times and all of us have pain. Granted, some days are better than others… but pain and unfulfillment are always just around the corner. [click to continue…]
There are many things I love about being a parent. It’s by far the hardest job I’ve had, but most certainly the most rewarding.
My son, Luke, turns four in a few weeks. One of things I enjoy about Luke is his all-out love for life and his ever-growing imagination. He is always wanting to learn new things, new words, and go on adventures.
What it really boils down to is innocence. [click to continue…]
We are often tempted to believe successful and influential people in the world are that way because they were born into privilege or had the right education or were simply bestowed with natural talents in the womb.
True, there are some who fit into these categories, but for the most part, influence is shaped by two main factors: [click to continue…]