The 2nd Best Phrase You Can Say
“That does help explain your actions, but it does nothing to excuse them.” Today’s phrase may not be something you’ve ever heard, much less something you’ve ever said. But in my experience, it’s the best way to make sense of people’s past actions and help everyone find a better future. Remember the Tiger […]
The 4th Best Phrase You Can Say
“Tell me more.” (people who pause, seeking to understand before getting people to understand them) A few months ago we looked at the 4th Worst Phrase You Can Say. Today is the 4th Best: Tell me more. When you need to pause after hearing bad news, try “tell me more.” It’s a great […]
Questions to live by
In our family, this quote couldn’t be more true. Jenny and I were practically babies ourselves when we got married, and I shudder to think how…
What’s the worst that can happen?
The simplest tool I know for combating a known fear is to ask the question, What’s the worst that can happen?
You’re facing a financial deficit, for instance, and you’re afraid …
The easiest way I know to bring great harmony into your marriage is to just say thank you. Go out of your way to discover something your spouse…
Joined at the hip
In marriage it’s easy to get attached, feeling a need to do everything together, agree on everything together, and severely limit…
Hi, I’m Frank
How many times have you blown up at your spouse, or child, or coworker, because you finally said what you should have stated weeks or months ago?
Husbands are Not Big Kids
It is very common, unfortunately, to make jokes about dads occupying the role of the biggest kid in the house; i.e. the biggest kid mom…
Separate but Intimate
This past weekend Jenny and I shared a hotel room, but…
Think or Sink
We all know the story of Thomas Edison’s perseverance in creating the lightbulb. He never failed, he just discovered 10,000 ways to not make…