Learning to Shower in Oslo (5YTL)

I was fortunate to spend a few days with some awesome folks in Oslo, Norway last week.   It was an informative time, and it allowed me to spend some quality time with some people I often only see on video.  In one of my last days in Oslo, a small group of us were discussing some of the things we had enjoyed the most and the least about our trip.  It was noted that the hotel showers in Oslo are quite small. See, the bathrooms are actually wet rooms.  The showers are sma...
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We are known by the promises we KEEP, not the ones we MAKE (5YTL)

I read an article recently that included this phrase.  It really jumped off the page at me, because I am hypersensitive to people who make commitments and fail to come through. Don't get me wrong.  It's not like I've never let people down against a commitment, but I have a pet peeve with people who do this habitually.  It causes me not to trust their ability to follow through, and it makes me hesitant to accept their commitment in areas that matter. "I know she says she wants to volunteer ...
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Run To The Fire (5YTL)

We all know that firefighters are tasked with running into live fires.  It is an insanely difficult job, and I am glad it is not mine.  After all, the fire is where the danger is.  The fire is also where people have the greatest opportunity to make a difference. A few years ago, when I had the pleasure of attending Donald Miller's Storyline Conference in Nashville, I learned that a big part of his life's mission is to "save many lives."  He teaches that our lives are stories, and well-crafted...
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Who Do You Think You Are? (5YTL)

Someone is going to ask you one or more of these questions one day: "What makes you different?" "What makes you stand out?" "What makes you uniquely qualified to...?" "Why should I trust you?" "How can you make a difference?" "Why are you calling me?" "Who do you think you are?" When someone asks you this type of question, it's best to assume that they want a sincere and honest answer.  Many folks are put off by these types of questions and look like they never expected to be ...
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