The woods are lovely dark and deep,
but I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep,
and miles to go before I sleep.
- Robert Frost
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Friend, for numerous years I have posted personal reflections as a two-fold exercise in (1) attempting to stay centered on, while thoughtfully reflecting upon, the vital elements of Life and (2) providing food for thought and/or inspiration and encouragement for anyone who might happen across these reflections. I chose these reflections to be written in such a fashion as if spoken while we walked along an early morning wooded glen. They would come to be known as Our Morning Walks.

And although the venue has changed [as I now envision us jogging along that same wooded glen], the purposes have not changed. I hope you find some - any - inspiration along these personal thoughts on the road.

OUR MORNING WALK for the Week of January 26, 2009

"It can never be enough..." I remember these words vividly and passionately spoken by my father during one Christmas season in the early 1980s. It was that time of year - a perennial Christmas tradition - where my father would be made joyously aware of how blessed he was and he would be made painfully aware of so many people were still in such great need. To that end, we would toast to the health of the world, pledge to do what we could in the coming year and my father would say, under his breath, "It can never be enough..."

For the longest time, I was always under the belief that in order for charity to have that profound and lasting impact, it had to be on a grand scale; it had to be an effort that affected the most individuals using the greatest amount of good. I was under that belief... until recently... more

OUR MORNING WALK for the Week of November 24, 2008

In large black lettering, on a completely white background, it stands silently. That is the complete message of this particular billboard as it quietly stands watch along Interstate 29 on the North Dakota border.

It is a message, a billboard that has been in place for quite some time as those around it systematically have changed to continually pace the onset of new products and businesses. There are no other words, acknowledgments or endorsements in small print on this particular sign. It doesn't advocate a particular holiday or a specific religious organization. And it doesn't promote a political ideology or a marketing framework. It is simply two words that are very difficult to ignore along the throughway of Interstate 29... and along the path of our journey.

On our morning walk today, my friend, I am going to ask you participate in a short activity with me... more

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