Never Just Another Day

It was a powerful exercise for me to share the Seven Personal Pillars that have served as a foundation for me over the course of my life. These fundamental, deep beliefs have supported my sense of meaning, purpose and connection.  Please find these sessions in our archives. The opportunity to review and reaffirm these pillars reflects another practice that has proven to be very important to me: a determination to be very intentional about my day, my week, and my life. I laughed recently when I came across this quote from Zig Ziglar: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” I love this quote, because it is so true. I believe that a life well lived begins every single day, with a reaffirmation of what’s most i...

Children are Watching

When the daughter of a tenant farmer becomes vice chairman of the real estate company that has attracted more agents than any other in the world, the emotions run both deep and wide, and another look at the how this journey began seems in order. Let there be no doubt, the world looks and feels a lot different at this end of the spectrum than it did from the dirt farm in Oklahoma where I grew up, but as I take stock on a life of untold blessings, dreams-come-true, and a good share of struggles, there’s no question that my childhood was a tremendous gift. We should all be so fortunate as to have parents who believe in us with all their heart and who assure us that we can become and achieve whatever we dream of, if we are willing to work for it. I so wish that more children today had the adva...

A Heart of Gratitude

Gratitude affects our entire life – from the time we rise in the morning, to the evening hour when we close our eyes in sleep. I recently read (and believe) that in general, grateful people are more compassionate, merciful, generous and forgiving. And I am certain that we all believe these elements are sorely needed in today’s challenging world. Once we become accustomed to practicing gratitude in all circumstances, the benefit of compassion will take root in our lives, leading to being more merciful toward others, more forgiving and intrinsically trusting the blessings hidden within the challenges we meet. This is not the art of escaping reality – it is the art of trusting through gratitude. It happens to all of us – we find ourselves embroiled in a challenging situation that we hadn’t pl...

So Much Love, Just Enough Time

  By Kellie Clark   My little girl started 5th grade this week. It is her last year of elementary school, as she will begin junior high next year. With a mixture of pride and melancholy, I hugged her goodbye and walked her to the bus; after all, it is no longer “cool” to have Mom bring you to school on the first day!   As I drove to work that morning, a poignant memory replayed in my mind, as if I was watching a movie of my little Savanna’s life. Shortly after she was born, during my maternity leave, I was grocery shopping with my tiny newborn daughter cuddled snuggly in a sling across my torso. As I pushed the shopping cart down an aisle, feeling my warm baby curled up next to my heart, I noticed a very elderly woman in a wheelchair being pushed by her nurse. Like a lightni...

Faithful Mentors

By Jim Riley My wife Robin and I have had the blessing and privilege to consider Mo Anderson among our dearest of friends for many years. I can wholeheartedly say that she is the embodiment of what faith, generosity, hard work and vision can accomplish. To those who are blessed by Mo’s presence in their lives, she, along with her husband Richard, has inspired faith, purpose and direction. This has been accomplished through skilled mentorship. For Robin and me, that mentorship has broadened our culture, stimulated our political awareness, motivated our passions and created many, many fond memories along the way. Mo Anderson has demonstrated by the way she lives that mentoring has always been the signature of her life’s journey.   Robin and I were introduced to the Andersons at a time w...

Life’s Seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

  By Linda Paxton   The changing of seasons always brings to my mind a “Season-Based Life Lesson” our family experienced many years ago; one that remains a family favorite.   It involved a homework assignment given to my 8th grade daughter’s Sunday School class. It began with the pastor asking the class, “What has been the unhappiest you have felt so far in your young lives?” Students were invited, if they desired to do so, to share the incident that came to their mind. One young girl whose parents were in the midst of a divorce sadly responded that it was when her father moved out of their home. Another student spoke of an illness in his family. My daughter knew immediately that it was a point a few years earlier when she thought her beloved hospitalized Grandmother was goi...

GIVE WHEN IT COUNTS

  by Mo Anderson   For most of us, giving is easy. Most of us give often to the people, organizations, or causes that we care about. We give of our time, energy, support, and sometimes our money. But, are we really giving when it counts?   I heard a story a few years ago, that has stuck with me. I remember it often, especially on the days that giving feels like a stretch to me.   There was a woman who worked as volunteer at a hospital in the pediatrics department. She had the opportunity to be the caretaker to a young girl named Liz who was suffering from rare and serious disease. The only chance for Liz’s recovery was a blood transfusion from her five year old brother who miraculously survived this same disease.   Her little brother had developed antibodies and Li...

COINS ON THE TABLE

  By Mo Anderson   In life, we cannot control the circumstances around us but, we can control our responses. Let me share a story I love that illustrates my point.   In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less than it does today, a ten year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat down at a table. As a waitress put a glass of water on the table in front of him, the boy asked her, “How much is an ice cream sundae?”   “Fifty cents”, replied the waitress.   The little boy pulled a handful of change out of his pocket and studied the coins in his palm. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?   By now, more customers were waiting to be seated at tables and the waitress was growing impatient. “Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.   The lit...

Miracles

  By Mo Anderson   I received a beautiful letter from a colleague, Jen Mains, which made me think of the many miracles we witness in life every day. Jen and I have something in common – we both lost our homes to fire. Often, when faced with tragedy and tribulation, life’s little miracles are like a dusting of diamonds across an otherwise inky black landscape. Jen writes: Dear Mo,  My family and I are truly humbled and deeply touched by the overwhelming expression of love and support from you and our KW family.  While it is true we have lost almost all of our earthly possessions, God’s hand protected my husband and our children from a most certain death had things gone differently.  He is a good and faithful God.  Sometimes it does seem silly to mourn a physical structure, yet our...

The Story of the Lepers

I want to share one of my favorite Bible stories because it so deeply touches my heart: Jesus was traveling between Samaria and Galilee. These countries were bitter enemies. During His journey, He came across ten lepers. Some of these suffering, ill people were from Samaria and others were from Galilee. Having mercy upon these wretched, shadows of men, He healed them. Once they were all well and able to return home, only one of them said, “Thank you,” to Jesus.   There are three points about this story that I find intriguing.   The first is that common misfortune had broken down racial and national barriers between these suffering people. It is as if the leprosy had caused them to forget what country they were from! They knew only that they were in need – in need of God, fa...

Dreaming

I had an enlightening experience a few years ago following a professional training that I facilitated in Sacramento, CA. During that session, I referenced one of my all-time favorite books, “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson. And, at the end of the session, I asked the attendees to step up to microphones in the aisles to share their “A Ha’s” from the training. I was sincerely shocked to hear quite a few people reveal, “I have lost the ability to dream.”   I had made this trip to California on the heels of a tragic personal loss. The dream home that my husband and I built, at the age of 71, had burned to the ground only one week before. So, I stood before them with my own shattered dream and questions began to flood my mind.   Is dreaming an important part of our culture as a so...

The Character of Responsibility

  Character – this word has an old fashioned sound to it, like a faded relic of the Victorian era. Personal character seems unimportant in modern global society. Only a few select moral qualities are still prized: diversity, tolerance, broad-mindedness. Meanwhile, genuine individual virtue – the substance of true, timeless and praiseworthy character – has been forgotten and ignored.   Have you noticed the people who usually grace the covers of celebrity magazines? Do we want our children and grandchildren to emulate the lifestyles or embrace the values of these people? In our society, celebrity itself counts more than character because we have lost our moral anchor.   The greatest cultures throughout human history have always reserved the highest positions ...