What Independence Day Means to Me

Image courtesy of Steven Depolo

You can relax; I’m not going to preach at you a lofty or lengthy sermon about what you should be thinking and how you should be celebrating this Independence Day. I’m not going to tell you that July 4th isn’t about a day off work and an opportunity to enjoy fireworks, pool parties and shopping sales; it is. It can mean much more than that to each of us, though. It took me many years to realize that freedom is one of my highest values. As we’ve reached another July 4th, I’ve been pondering what that freedom means to me, both as an American and in my personal life.  Continue reading

What is Your Purpose?

What is Your Purpose?

Yesterday I had two appointments in Newport Beach spread apart by several hours. I used the time to have a wonderful lunch at the Panini Kabob Grill followed by a self-guided tour of theĀ Sherman Library & Gardens. There I saw beautiful sand sculptures by Chris Crosson. One of the sculptures asks the question “What is your purpose?” (or porpoise, in this case) and it got me thinking about purpose or lack thereof and its contribution to both personal and societal wellbeing. Continue reading