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The gifts we receive are the gifts we’re called to give

There’s a saying that goes, “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.” Another one, closely related, says, “God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.” Both of these sayings were on my mind last weekend while I was attending a “Called & Gifted” Workshop that was held Friday and Saturday at my church. If the name sounds vaguely familiar to you, it may be because I attended – and wrote about – a Called [...]

Hit the jackpot by looking inside

Imagine that you buy a lottery ticket every week, and that one day you hit the jackpot and win fifty million dollars. But you never cash in, and the windfall doesn’t do you any good. Why? Because you never check the numbers, you just keep on buying tickets. I read a blog post recently that used a slight variation of this as an analogy, and the first thing I did was shake my head, chuckling and rolling my eyes at the thought. Who would do [...]

Seeing the best can bring out the best

In an episode of a television show I enjoy, one of the main characters acknowledges that he seems to see the best in people even when nobody else can, and he speculates that this must be an asset in some lines of work, but may be a handicap in his. He’s a rookie cop, and the person he’s telling this to is his father, who is also the police commissioner of New York. Another television show has a character who sees the beauty in everything [...]

By |March 6th, 2015|Buried Treasure, Columns, Gifts and Talents, Values|0 Comments

A weekend workshop shows how we’re Called & Gifted

I spent much of last weekend at the Cathedral of St. Paul. I hadn’t been to the Cathedral since my kids were confirmed, and as I drove into the parking lot on Friday night, I was struck anew with the majesty of the building, especially the way it was lit up at night. So the first thing I did when I got there was a “touristy” thing – I took a few photos before I went inside. I did the same thing when I arrived [...]

By |February 6th, 2015|Buried Treasure, Columns, Faith, Gifts and Talents|0 Comments

A survivor’s story inspired us all

“Do you know Jackie Pflug?” my friend Dianne asked me recently. “Have you read her book?” The answer to both questions was “No,” although I recognized the title, Miles to Go Before I Sleep, as a line from my favorite Robert Frost poem. Once I learned the subtitle of the book, A Survivor’s Story of Life After a Terrorist Hijacking, and Dianne started telling me more about the book and the author, things began to click in my memory. The memory was rather fuzzy, however, [...]

By |June 20th, 2014|Buried Treasure, Columns, Gifts and Talents, Writing|0 Comments

A weekend in Connecticut brought wealth and abundance home

  I spent last weekend at a business retreat in Connecticut. The leader of the retreat is someone I met a few months ago, and I knew she was exactly the right person to help me with some areas of my business in which I still needed some guidance and support. She works almost exclusively with women entrepreneurs, and she focuses on both the spiritual and the business aspects of our work. One of the practices she insists we do every morning is to incorporate [...]

By |April 18th, 2014|Buried Treasure, Columns|2 Comments

Making a long story short

“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway, who was a master of the short story and of tight, spare writing, once made a bet that he could write an entire story in six words. With the above “ad,” he won the bet. This story – both the one by Hemingway and the one about him – has inspired a number of literary organizations and publications over the years to sponsor writing contests challenging participants to write stories consisting of a [...]

Lots of pieces make up the puzzle of our lives

One of the gifts I received this Christmas was a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of Betty Boop. I’ve always been a Betty Boop fan and collector, and I love doing jigsaw puzzles. One of my fond childhood memories is of sitting at a card table set up in the living room, working on jigsaw puzzles with my mom, dad, and sisters. I started the Betty Boop puzzle on the weekend after New Year’s Day, setting it up in our family room and working on it while [...]

By |January 24th, 2014|Buried Treasure, Coaching, Columns, Family, Uganda|0 Comments

Find your buried treasure by clearing away the debris

The snow is finally gone, and the weather is finally spring-like here in Minnesota, so it was a joy to get outside this weekend and tend to my herb garden. Clearing away the winter debris allowed the delicate chive shoots to stand tall, and the bits of green already forming on the thyme and tarragon to get a breath of fresh air. What a welcome and glorious treasure it was to see, with a promise of the bounty yet to come! Sometimes it’s that way [...]

By |April 29th, 2013|Buried Treasure|0 Comments

Look on Your Bookshelf for Buried Treasure

When is the last time you took a really good look at what’s on the bookshelves and bookcases in your home? Do it now, and you may find some buried treasure! I’m not talking about knickknacks or works of art you have on display that may indeed be quite valuable. I’m talking about actual books. A coaching client of mine told me last week about a book she’s just started reading – one that she bought a long time ago but didn’t quite get through [...]

By |April 23rd, 2013|Buried Treasure|0 Comments