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Learning the Value of our Similarities, Differences, and the Pressure of Judgment

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“Be curious, not judgmental.” -Walt Whitman

An egg, placed in a boiling pot of water, is not predestined to a specific outcome. As a matter of fact, the egg can become one of many different things…

Once boiled, the egg can be removed at a specific point in time to be enjoyed as a soft-boiled egg. It can be enjoyed plain or accompanied with a variety of spices. Salt and pepper are only two of many choices. Don’t forget the paprika!

The soft-boiled egg can be enjoyed alone or with company. We can pair it with an English…


Lessons From A Humble Horse And People Too…

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“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” ~C. …


I Help People Build Things

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“John Adams was a farmer, Abraham Lincoln was a small town lawyer. Plato and Socrates were teachers. Jesus was a Carpenter. To equate wisdom and judgement with occupation is at best insulting.” ~Mark Sheppard

This article was inspired by Daniel Levin and his book, The Mosaic. It’s available on Amazon and in bookstores across the country.

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When the couple awoke, they were confused. They looked around and everything that had been in disarray was exactly as it had been before their mansion came crashing down. Everything except themselves that is…

I don’t understand said…


I Help People Build Things…

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“John Adams was a farmer, Abraham Lincoln was a small town lawyer. Plato and Socrates were teachers. Jesus was a Carpenter. To equate wisdom and judgement with occupation is at best insulting.” ~Mark Sheppard

This article was inspired by Daniel Levin and his book, The Mosaic. It’s available on Amazon and in bookstores across the country.

I am the carpenter. I help people build things.

It’s always the same… People invariably want to start with telling me about how they want to do this and do that, how they want a space for this and that, a room…


It Comes, One Day At A Time

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“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~Helen Keller

As I sat down to write this article, I had to stop and think about what qualified me to write it. When I paused and considered what I had done in my life to be qualified to offer insights to someone who might be struggling with confidence, when I did that, I was grounded. I was grounded in the understanding that my day-to-day life and a couple of specific events outside of everyday experiences were what provided the best examples…


How To Make Sense of This Prophetic Expression

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“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” ~Helen Keller

If ever there was a phrase that captured the essence of what was the year 2020, I believe this might be it. As we look back, as we reflect on everything that happened since March of 2020, there is an underlying feeling that all of the things that were always in plain sight, people either simply ignored, or refused to pay attention to.

It’s not until something begins to affect the greater numbers of our society that people start to notice things, that…


Yes, One Degree Makes All The Difference!

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“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” ~Seth Godin

Inspired by the work of those who created the 212-degree philosophy, I decided to do an about face and look at the other end of the spectrum.

At 33 degrees water just sits there at 32 degrees it begins to transform. For those using Celsius you know the number to be 0 degrees.

Why this radical shift in the opposite direction? Is it possible less could truly be more? …


Digging Deep To Get At The Roots — Part 2 of FEAR — 1 was 4/24

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“Fear is the original sin. Almost all of the evil in the world has its origins in the fact that someone is afraid of something. It is a cold slimy serpent coiling about you. It is horrible to live with fear; and it is of all things degrading.” ~L. M. Montgomery, author and poet

One of the early lessons I learned from my writing mentor was to never underestimate the power of a great metaphor. …


Who Am I To Write About FEAR?

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“Let’s think about it for a minute. What are we really afraid of when we fear Failure at work? The Process of losing weight? The Loss of a loved one? Death itself? Is it not, deep down, that we are not good enough, smart enough, knowledgeable enough, to deal with the troubles, disasters, and challenges that life throws at us? I think so.” ~Steve Bivans, Fear Expert, Author, Earth Lover!

This is my first long article on Medium. I hope you enjoy it!

As I sat down to write this article, there were three distinct thoughts that came…


Several Surprising Tools For Your Gratitude Practice

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“In 12 years of research, I have never interviewed a single person with the capacity to really experience joy who does not also actively practice gratitude.” ~Brene’ Brown, Ph.D.

My very dear friend Chris Palmore is the Chief Gratitude Officer at Gratitudespace.com — He considers himself a Gratitude Conductor. He also hosts The Gratitudespace Radio Podcast. Last year, he published his first book, Dear Gratitude An Anthology. In May, he will release his second book Dear 2020, which promises to be a Bestseller! It’s another anthology full of stories of courage, hope, tragedy, and triumph. …

Bobby Kountz

I am an Inspirationalist! Quote Enthusiast, Inspirational Writer/Speaker - Author -THE SOMEDAY SOLUTION - Mindset, Confidence, Curiosity, Creativity, Gratitude.

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