powerful conversation

early this month I had the honor/pleasure to sit at the table with a Native elder

doing the same great philanthropy work we all do

he had wise words to share:

“the most powerful and important part in any conversation is when you stop the other person and say, I NEED YOUR HELP…”


while watching  a great epic the other day with my nephews…this occurred


nephew: uncle, why does the hero go into the woods, and why doe she cry? (the hero takes a Teddy Roosevelt trip into the woods to recover his health and soul and punish himself for his physical failures)

me: in any epic story, the hero always finds himself in the wilderness. it is where all men can find back their strength, spirit and will. it cleanses you physically and spiritually. he is crying because he just got beat up. he is punishing himself by secluding himself in the woods while he practices martial arts to become a better fighter before he avenges.


speaking of the wilderness


thank you and congratulations to our gorgeous, wonderful, amazing National Parks Service.

You are 100 years old today!



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