Relationships: Build Bridges…Not Fences…Relationship Building

There once were 2 brothers who lived side by side.  They had lived as neighbors for nearly 25, when finally, they had their first big disagreement.   Both were working men with nice big families, and they both took great care of their homes and yards, and surrounding.  Their families would often have dinner at each…

Have You Offered a Hand Lately?

Last year, in the middle of winter, a wealthy bar owner from New York, who had a day off from work, and who was consequently bored half to death, decided that he wanted to try an experiment. He was growing a little tired of rude, discourteous, and non-gracious patrons in his bar.  He dressed up…

A Story about Bullying…Are we Raising a Generation of “Soft” Kids?

My daughter was recently being “bullied” in some of her classes at school.  Now, you have to understand that #1, I am very old school, and #2, I am a school teacher.  I am also not a person who puts up with any form of crap. You might say, “Well, what does any of that…

Words Can Hurt…Words Can Cut Like Knife…Speak Kindly of Others

In Small-town, USA, a teacher made a few statements which really insulted one of his co-workers.  The next day, while sitting at home, he began to realize that he had made a big mistake by doing so. He thought about what he should do, and decided that going and talking to the pastor at his…

Do You Truly Understand Empathy? Take a Walk in Their Shoes…Try to See it from Their Perspective.

If you don’t, you will in a few minutes. This story begins with a little boy in search of his first puppy.  At the beginning of the story, we see him pulling his mom hurriedly by the hand, rushing through the front door of the neighborhood pet store, and running her right back to the…

Words Can be Very Painful…Words Can Really Hurt…We All Need to Choose Our Words Wisely!

A younger teacher named Bo had been tutoring a weak and struggling student for nearly an entire school year. They had worked together for hour upon hour.  The student really enjoyed spending this time with Bo, as he was someone that the student found it easy to look up to, and also to talk to…