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    May 2009

    More is Best or More is Less?

    May 29, 2009 1847 Views

    More is Best or More is Less? Listening to the song, "Mayberry" by Rascal Flatts helps me to answer that question. Even if you are not a country music fan, I think you can still identify with his lyrics about the fast pace of life these days and the reward of relaxing to enjoy life. In the song, he sings about missing Mayberry, the fictional town featured in "The Andy Griffith Show", and the simple pleasures of knowing all the neighbors, sitting on the front porch watching clouds, and living life at a slower pace.

    John Blumberg, author of Good to the Core: Building Value with Values, has the idea of the "mental front porch". Instead of me telling you what it is, let's hear John describe it in his own words:

    Front Porch from John Blumberg on Vimeo.

    That really says it all. Having that mental front porch not only gives us some time to relax, but in the frantic times when we are forced to make decisions, we have an imaginary place to sit and remember our priorities. We can disconnect from our problems and reconnect with the values that help us to make the best decision.

    This brings me to a challenge for you: what are you doing to re-center yourself in times of stress? How can you build that mental front porch? Check out John's blog for his approach, and share your ideas and reactions in the comments section!

    Learning Life's Greatest Lesson

    May 26, 2009 2373 Views

    "And all you have to do to win, is rise each time you fall."

    This simple truth comes from the poem-turned-book The Race: Life's Greatest Lesson by Dee Groberg, describing a boy's determination in a running race. Sometimes, that key ingredient to winning is picking yourself up after falling. That second chance brings with it a determination to take an honest look at what went wrong, and do it right the second, third, and however many times it takes to succeed. After all, as Laurence Shames said, "Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they're really not. They're companions – the hero and the sidekick."

    I would like to say thank you to all of the loyal subscribers out there. You have been waiting patiently for the Simple Truths blog to restart after a short hiatus, and I am here to deliver more inspiration to your email inbox or RSS feed. If you are reading out blog for the first time today, welcome, and subscribe to the blog. We have videos, audio interviews, guest bloggers, and more in the line up, so keep posted for motivation brought to you via Simple Truths!

    For now though, sit back and enjoy a video of The Race: Life's Greatest Lesson.

    Click here to view the movie.

    As you watch, think of times that you have been able to turn failures into success. And, if you have a particular story that comes to mind, share it in a comment below! Thank you again, and enjoy the show.


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