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No More Day Dreaming, It’s Time To Land Your Dream Job

A little boy went to his favorite fishing hole day after day where he watched an old, bearded and hunched fisherman cast his rod and wait. For hours the fisherman sat patiently until he got a bite. The boy noticed that the old man filled his bucket with only small fish. When he got lucky […]

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There’s Something You Should Learn

I recently took my kids to see the house where I grew up. Perhaps my nostalgia was triggered by my oldest child’s impending college entrance. Whatever the reason, I wanted to show them the “hood” I roamed around unsupervised when kids could still do that sort of thing, where I learned to swim, and the […]

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Parables With A Purpose: Making a Difference

The sand sparkled in the sunlight along the ocean shore. Scattered along the beach were thousands of starfish, dehydrating in the afternoon heat. A little boy walked along the shore, picking up each starfish and gently tossing it back into the sea. An old man watched the child’s actions in dismay. He asked the boy, […]

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Parables with a Purpose: Assistance

A small boy was struggling to move a heavy wooden cupboard, but it would not budge. He pushed and shoved with every muscle in his body, but couldn’t manage to move it even an inch! Hi father, passing by, stopped to watch his son’s futile efforts. Finally, the father asked, “Son, are you using all […]

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Parables with a Purpose: The Reciprocity of Love

A mother led her young son to the bottom of a deep valley and said, “Scream the words, “I hate you,” as loud as you can.” The young boy yelled at the top of his lungs, “I HATE YOU!” Suddenly, he heard the overwhelming sound of, “I HATE YOU, I HATE you, I hate you!” […]

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Parables with a Purpose: Misplaced Criticism

A respectable and distinguished woman was horrified by her next door neighbor’s lifestyle. The neighbor seemed to be a horrendously poor housekeeper; she lived in a filthy house and raised messy, dirty children. The situation was disgraceful. The woman decided to share her feelings of frustration with a visiting friend. “Just look at those clothes […]

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Parables with a Purpose: Perspective

An elderly man had not driven in many months; he finally mustered the courage. As he cautiously cruised down the side roads, his tension subsided. He merged onto the highway, felling more comfortable with his maneuvering. As he increased speed, his cell phone rang. It was his wife. “Listen, dear,” his wife said nervously, “The […]

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Parables with a Purpose: Goals

Several children gathered around a large tree and remarked how high it was, and how exciting it would be to climb to the top. They agreed to play a a game to see who could climb to the top without falling. Among the children was 5 year old Marc. His mother observed the children as they played. […]

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Parables with a Purpose: Conscious Choices

A young skeptic, wishing to test the wisdom of a seer, held his fist before the venerated man. “What have I in my hand?” the youth asked. “A butterfly,” was the answer. “Is it dead or alive? queried the youth. The old man knew the youth was sporting with him. If he replied dead, the […]

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Parables with a Purpose: Intentions

One afternoon, a king was feeling weary and decided to take a short nap. He ordered his private servant to instruct the members of the palace to keep quiet in order to allow his Majesty to sleep. Obediently, the servant began walking around the palace, hushing the members of the palace with a “shaa” sound. […]

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