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What gives?

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Is it a box, with colored paper, ribbons and bows?

Is it a thought, thoughtfulness and timeliness?

Is it the gift inside the box or inside you?

Your gifts are the intentions of your soul made whole.  A gift needs to be given.  Transforming a thing into something special begins by offering something of value.  You can only give what you have.  So, what’s on your gifted list? You mean gift list, right? No, I am referring to the values and talents within ...

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Talking About Your Revelation?

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A revelation is a discovery so fascinating, a distinction so refined or a truth so transformational, you see the world anew.  When we speak what we believe, our words and expressions are steeped in our personal philosophy.  If you are serving up a weak and tepid brew, here are a few thoughts worth thinking through.

Do you speak or seek?    Having something to say doesn’t mean you have said something.  When all is said and done, much has been said but ...

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Are You Married to Contempt?

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Contempt is a rocky marriage between disappointment and disbelief.  Contempt is the inevitable result of doing wrong even though you know better.  Priests that molest little boys while preaching chastity and celibacy are contemptible.  Politicians who profit off the poor they claim to champion and care for are contemptible.    Speakers that are too lazy to listen and to learn are contemptible although to a lesser degree.  Cryptic, arrogant and disrespectful excuses create contempt. Let’s look at a few ways to ...

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What’s The Point of Sloth?

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We all need to take a break sometimes.  Taking it easy helps recharge your batteries and clear out the clutter in your mind.  Emptying your mind from time to time is fine; however, living an empty headed life is just lazy.  You become slothful when doing nothing is all you want to do.  Rest should be something you need to succeed not the thing only you succeed in doing.  Shakespeare warns us all, especially slothful speakers, when he has Macbeth ...

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Do You Labor for Love?

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Labor is still, and ever will be,
the inevitable price set upon
everything which is valuable.

Samuel Smiles

Do you see your life as a labor of love?  The birth day gift each of our mothers bestowed on us is a magical mix of love and labor.  As a man, I can never truly understand what labor pains really mean. Yet, time and time again, I find life’s greatest gifts through labor.  In fact, life itself depends on it. ...

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How Loud is Your Personality?

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Speech Smarts Personality Podcast

Who you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying.

Are you a commodity or a character?  Here is a simple test. If anyone else could be giving your pitch, you are a commodity.  If you are the only one in the world who can say what you have to say, you are a character.  A character is someone whose personality makes a connection.  Your personality is the music of your soul played out ...

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Are Your Diligent or a Dilettante?

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speech smarts diligence Podcast

What we hope ever to do with ease,
we must learn first to do with diligence.
– Samuel Johnson

It’s hard to be consistent and earnest when we want to improve ourselves.  We are tempted to cram for exams and presentations.  A fake it ‘til you make it philosophy is just that, fake.  Do you hope that getting it done doesn’t require you to prepare?  Diligence is a habit.  It is what transforms ...

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What’s Lying In Your Web?

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Have you ever told a lie?  Never. Oh, really?  Well, maybe once or twice as a kid, but it was a little one just to avoid being punished or to keep a friend out of trouble.  The truth is that we are all liars at one point or another.  If the point of your communication is to deceive, then you should be concerned.  Don’t worry about getting caught, worry about what you are already caught up in.  Lying distorts reality ...

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