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How does being a Type A person affect your life? And, given your inherent personality, how can you live your life to the fullest? Type As have many wonderful strengths (ambition, energy, industriousness) and a few glaring weaknesses (impatience, inability to relax) that make life both a wonderful opportunity, and occasionally, very challenging.

The answer to a full and contented life as a Type A lies in using your God-given talents as a Type A to be productive, while allowing yourself the freedom to savor life’s experiences along the way.

Living well also involves an appreciation of the really important aspects of our existences, such as love, caring, compassion, and service to others. Certain things we do in this life will stand the test of time and be our legacy. Unconditional love is another virtue to be admired. Learning, pursuing, and implementing these ideals are the keys to a life well lived.

What is the Central Focus of Your Existence?

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What is the Central Focus of Your Existence?

I think everyone chooses, through their actions, what the primary focus of their life is. What do you most desire and seek, as you pass through your short time here on earth? Here is a continuum I’ve created to help you determine what it is you most value: Self-focused Power Authority, influence, praise, validation, status, […]

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People Are So Disappointing, Aren’t They?

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People Are So Disappointing, Aren’t They?

A friend of mine made this comment to me a few years ago, and I not only thought it was odd, but also sad. It seems to me that if you are expecting disappointing behavior from people, certainly someone in the course of your day will exhibit it, and then that will be how you […]

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Quiz: Is Your Girlfriend or Wife Crazy?

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Quiz: Is Your Girlfriend or Wife Crazy?

Guys talk a lot about girls, and aside from sex, the topic often runs to whether or not she’s crazy. Many of you have probably viewed a youtube video called “The Hot Crazy Matrix – A Man’s Guide to Women.” In it a nerdy engineer-type guy discusses differing combinations of “hot” and “crazy” in women, […]

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I Think Anderson is a Mixed Breed

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I Think Anderson is a Mixed Breed

Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with so much happiness? Jonathan Foer Our breeder insists that Anderson is a purebred Bichon Frise, but I’m beginning to have doubts. In my last post about him acting like a teenager, I showed how big his paws are, and likened them to a polar […]

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My Hero

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My Hero

hero, def.: an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles or difficulty I’ve been fortunate to have met a lot of impressive people in my life. When I was in college and grad school, many of my professors were brilliant people. In business, I occasionally met what […]

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God Helps Those Who Are Willing to Help Others

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God Helps Those Who Are Willing to Help Others

I’ve had several instances in my life when I had to choose between doing something I wanted to do or what would help others. I have found that when I choose the more selfless route, God often rewards me in some way. He seems to be inclined to reward people for their good intentions and […]

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My Favorite Chicago Slang Terms

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My Favorite Chicago Slang Terms

The south side of Chicago was a really interesting place to grow up. I have a lot of great memories of the places, people, and events that make up my childhood. One of the hilarious things about Chicago is all of the slang people use. I’m sure other places around the country have their own […]

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The Parable of the Pear Tree

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The Parable of the Pear Tree

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, […]

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What is the Value of a Human Life?

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What is the Value of a Human Life?

I was watching the National Geographic Channel the other day and a show called The Last Days of Hitler came on. As is the case with many of these types of documentaries, it was fascinating. As they recounted the various battles that took place over the last year or so of WWII, I was struck […]

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Oh No, My Sweet Little Puppy Has Turned Into a Rebellious Teenager!

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Oh No, My Sweet Little Puppy Has Turned Into a Rebellious Teenager!

After Munson passed away and before we adopted Anderson, I read a couple of books on how to raise and train a puppy. The authors warned that most puppies go through a short period, usually between 6 and 9 months of age, when they act much like human teenagers. Your formerly compliant and affable puppy […]

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