Entries by Dave Carr

How Are You Doing?

Recently, I received an email from a friend asking me about alternatives to the age-old-worn-out-daily-grind-rote-question, “How are you doing?”   What would be your alternative to this boring, unimaginative opening question?   Here are a few of my favorite “How are you doing?” alternatives:   What has your attention right now?  Why? Tell me more! (What has my attention is […]

How Can Darkness Cast Out Darkness?

We live in a time of darkness. That darkness is rooted in evil. The darkness seems overwhelming and feeds fear and breeds distrust. Besides the epidemics of opioids and COVID, we are also experiencing the epidemics of un-democracy, denial, ignorance, and assault weapons – all are rooted in darkness and fed by fear and distrust. […]

To Know the Past Is To Know the Present …

Potential coaching clients come to me with a problem or a desire to learn a new skill. In the initial session, we determine if I’m a good fit for them and what they would like to accomplish. If that shows promise, then the next session focuses on my knowing the individual’s history, including significant events, […]

Could We Make Life Less Difficult For One Another?

What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other? – George Eliot, novelist, poet After pondering Eliot’s quote, I’ve decided to add difficulty to my core values of compassion, justice, and humility. The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself. – Thales of Miletus Let’s admit, knowledge […]

Seize Da Who Dey…It Didn’t Happen!

Happy Valentines Day! Many of us would be happier this morning if the Bengals had beaten the Rams in Super Bowl LVI. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon   CBS Sunday Morning, February 13, 2022, aired  The Agony of Defeat: Lessons From Football Fandom. I recommend watching this […]

Are You Participating in the “Great Resignation”?

As a growing number of people are walking away from work positions, climbing down from the “corporate ladder,” acknowledging burnout, and having a hard look in the mirror, there seems to be a greater need to talk through possibilities. The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity           – Dorothy Parker Our […]

Push Back on My Word For 2022

I received pushback on my blog concerning my word for 2022 – civility. “I found it curious that you cited the Jan 6 insurrection but did not mention the unrest in Minneapolis, the Seattle occupation of 6 city blocks for 21 days, and destroying a police precinct, and the 25 deaths, thousands of injuries, over […]

I Now Pronounce You Husband and Wife!

I was asked by my son and future daughter-in-law to officiate their wedding. I went online and got “ordained” by The Universal Life Church Ministries. Several people in attendance as well as friends and family asked me to share the ceremony. I began the ceremony with a welcome and acknowledgment of tribal and indigenous communities […]

My Word for 2022, Civility

As I have blogged before, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I allow a word to pick me and then understand and practice that word in my life for the upcoming year. I believe the word that has my attention for 2022 is civility. Civil war is a big concern I have heading into 2022. […]

Climate Choice, Really?

I am part of a small group with different points of view, different beliefs, and different opinions. We call the group Building Bridges as we meet to discuss different topics led by two people in the group with different perspectives, learn of each other’s point of view, and seek to find common ground. An upcoming […]