Going on Vacation Doesn’t Have to Stress You Out at Work—Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Vacations are the things that dreams and cruise commercials are made of. Ideally, you come back refreshed, recharged and ready to go. But sometimes, the exact opposite is true. Who among us hasn’t said at some point, usually the day before we leave, “Trying to take this vacation is so stressful, it would have been better not to go at all!” Sometimes vacation stress is unavoidable, but most times it’s manageable if we’re simply more strategic.
5 Tips when Communicating with Women—Ron Edmondson
Emotions are attached so the way you say it is important – Most women place a very strong value on relationships and people. Because of that, women may think and communicate more with their hearts. It’s more difficult for a woman to “set feelings aside” when communicating, for example. They are relational and more subject to getting their feelings “hurt”. Women don’t necessarily want to avoid discussing the difficult issues, but they do want men to consider how they say things. Words can have heavier meanings for a woman, since they are often interpreted with emotions.
When Our Career Plans Aren’t Panning Out—Bethany Jenkins
Almost 10 years ago, Johnathan Agrelius felt clearly that God was calling him to become a real estate developer and transform underutilized or abandoned buildings in the downtown area of his hometown. “I had a lot to learn,” he recalls, “but other people in my community—architects, city planners, historic preservationists, bankers, and investors—all got on board with my vision, and we started to work toward it together. I thought I had found my career, and I was excited.”
Leaders—Go Forth and Die—Eric Geiger
Robert Quinn, a leadership professor at the University of Michigan, has joined others in pointing out that the origin of the word “leader” means to “go forth and die.” In his book Change the World, he writes:
Leadership authors do not understand that leadership means “Go forth to die.” If they did understand it, they would not be enticed to write about it—because people do not want to hear this message. Most people want to be told how to get extraordinary results with minimum risk. They want to know how to get out-of-the-box results with in-the-box courage.
True leaders are servants who die to themselves so others may flourish. True leaders go forth not for themselves but for others.
Still Restless, Though I Rest in Thee—Andrea Palpant Dilley
As a parent, especially, I find myself faced with the challenge of talking about loneliness in the context of Christian living. I can teach my kids how to eat their greens, wipe their bottoms, and greet new guests with civility. I can teach them that Jesus loves them. But somehow I also have to teach them about the “now, not yet” dichotomy that says yes, Jesus is among us, but he’s not here yet in fullness, so on this side of eternity we’re still vulnerable to the strong, silent undertow of loneliness—the same loneliness that leaves Don Draper looking wistfully out his window at the New York cityscape.