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March 19th 2014: Best Content of the Last Week

Latest blog post: The Worm Story | Question of the week

I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Cait's Latest Blog Post: It's Nothing Personal (link no longer active)

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Best In Science

The Two Brain Systems that Control Our Attention: The Science of Gaining Focus

"It turns out a lot of us have wandering minds and struggle to stay focused. In fact, when we’re reading, our minds typically wander anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the time." 

The Science of Failure: Why Highly Successful People Crave Mistakes

"A friend told me recently about a colleague who is entirely open to feedback. When she’s told that she did something wrong, my friend said, she just starts over. She doesn’t take feedback personally, and she doesn’t feel upset about getting anything wrong."

Increasing Lunar Coincidences Lead to “Philosophical Disquiet” (link no longer active)

"The list of fine-tuned “coincidences” required for our unique Moon’s formation appears to be growing. The creation implications of these discoveries, including recent findings published in Nature, seem to have astronomers feeling unsettled."

Best In Faith

The Impoverished Ministry of Jesus

"The reason some of us are such poor examples of Christianity is that we have failed to recognize that Christ is almighty. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment or surrender to Jesus Christ."

Obedience to the “Heavenly Vision”

"If we lose “the heavenly vision” God has given us, we alone are responsible— not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. "

Best In Work

Do you love your customers?

"There are two ways people think about this: 1- We love our customers because they pay us money. (Inherent here is customers = money = love.) 2-We love our customers, and sometimes there's a transaction."

The Worm Story

The Worm Story: How Change & Agitation Can Lead To Resolving Underlying Issues

"But everything exposed by the light becomes visible--and everything that is illuminated becomes a light." Ephesians 5:13

There is a story I like to share about a young boy. This boy loved to go fishing. Unfortunately, his appetite for fishing was more than the cash he had to buy worms.

Fortunately for him, his uncle had a solution to his problem. He owned a device that could feed his appetite. This device had six rods. Made of wood, each rod had a metal pole coming out of the center. The metal poles were connected to a circuit and all six rods connected to an electrical plug. 

Continue reading the worm story, and how we surface the issues in our life

March 12th 2014: Best Content of the Last Week

Latest blog post: Leadership: What is it? | Question of the week

I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Cait's Latest Blog Post: The Toughest Letter (link no longer active)

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Best In Stories

"The Noodleheads Are Moving On"

"Starting in 2007, we set out to create a company we believed would take us towards our dreams & passions. Instead of arriving there, we arrived in a place of survival and isolation. Once we realized we had been going the wrong direction, we stopped and altered our course. We then set out to create a thriving company with purpose striving towards a unified vision. As we arrived at this vision internally, it led to an unexpected year of release where we would eventually let the company go. We share our story because we believe it will inspire others towards intentionality. This is our story..."

Wisdom from a friend... Caitlyn Montoya

“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!"

Best in Relationships

Video: An Animated Guide To The Economics of Sex

Best In Film Trailers

Video: Godzilla Trailer

Leadership: What Is it?


We are leaders in some way. Google Defines leadership as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. 

With such a generic definition it leads me to think of the following questions about leadership.

Is leadership the courage to do what is difficult?

Is leadership engaging when we don't feel like it?

Is leadership innovating? Motivating? 

Is leadership guiding those around us?

Is it something else entirely?

It takes character to be a quality leader. Quality leaders are more important now than ever. Now is the time for us to step up to the leadership plate in our families, work and communities.

What is leadership to you?

March 5th 2014: Best Content of The Last Week

Latest blog post: Blind Visionary Seeking Vision | Question of the week

I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Cait's Latest Blog Post: The Split (link no longer active)

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Best In Faith

"Time To Go" By Boyd Bailey

"It is time to go when God says so, even though you are not sure where you are going."

Best in Relationships

"This Infographic Reveals the Secrets of the Happiest Couples"

Best In Marriage

"Surprising Secret #7: Mutually Reconnect" By Shaunti Feldhahn

"Secret #7: When you and your mate experience hurt feelings and conflict, it is important to mutually reconnect by sharing a private signal that says 'We’re okay.'"

Best In Funny

Video: Netflix Introduces “Browse Endlessly” Plan

Blind Visionary Seeking Vision

Have you ever experienced a time in your life where the gifts and abilities you have, malfunctioned? I am in a season where a gift I was so familiar with now seems too far from me.
I am a visionary. I see into the future. I am able to forecast how things can play out as well as the conclusions of certain pathways. I am able to see what is likely to result.
It was a gift, but without understanding, it could distract me from being present. I had a hard time being in the moment. 
And then, this gift of vision seemed as if it was gone. For whatever reason I couldn't see forward. On the road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul lost his vision when he met Jesus Christ. From that point on, his life transformed. He spent three days blind before God restored his vision. Being still and praying was Paul's only option. 
He had to wait. I had to wait. As I waited I realized what had contributed to losing my vision. 
There is an Ipad game called Zombie Highway. The intent in the game is to drive as far as possible without crashing or having our vehicle flip. Our car can crash by running into debris in the road or, it can flip over when there are too many zombies on our car.
To be successful, it requires us to look forward instead of at the zombies. Their presence is distracting and it causes us to focus on them instead of the road. In most cases, the zombies never hurt us or flip us over, they just distract us and cause us to crash.
There are a lot of zombies on my car now. There are too many for me to handle on my own. I need help. 
My help has given me glimpses of the vision I have temporarily lost. Others tell me what is ahead, when I can't see it. My community has acted as a make shift set of eyeballs for this blind visionary. Where I can't see, they can. Where I can't direct, they do.
They push me forward with encouragement, direction and counsel. They help me to steer and knock zombies off my car.
We can't do this journey alone. In many seasons of our life, we need others to help carry our burdens. 
In this season of life, are you being helped by someone or helping others?

February 26th 2014: Best Content Of The Last Week

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Best In Faith

Is Your Ability to See God Blinded? By Oswald Chambers

"The people of God in Isaiah’s time had blinded their minds’ ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly."

Best In Working Smart

The Inefficiency of Long Hours, by Freakonomics

"The perplexing thing about the cult of overwork is that, as we’ve known for a while, long hours diminish both productivity and quality."

Best In Leadership

A Challenge To Lead, By Keith Eigel

"My hope for all of us is when we find ourselves in the midst of challenges that contradict our current understanding, we will chose to lean into them in ways that give us a new clarity—a self-authored understanding of who we want to be. That’s what the growth that increases our effectiveness is all about."

Best In Thought Provoking

Uninformed or ignorant? By Seth Godin

"The more I think about this, the more I'm aware of just how ignorant I've chosen to be. Not a happy thought, but a useful wake-up call."

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