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<a href="/blog/it-s-all-a-matter-of-perspective" title="It’s All a Matter of Perspective">It’s All a Matter of Perspective</a>
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It’s All a Matter of Perspective

What makes people, who seemingly have nothing, happy and those who seem to have everything, unhappy? The answer occurred to me during a recent conversation. It’s really just a matter of perspective. How we perceive our situation determines our level of contentment. My brother, Chad, was a great example of this [read his story here]. He may never have been married, or formally educated, or been a strong athlete, or had a successful career – but he had so much more.    Read More...

Nathan

Nathan Hickman, Founder

Tuesday, March 31, 2015  | 1 Comments | Post a Comment
<a href="/blog/in-darkness-we-will-remember-your-light" title="In Darkness, We Will Remember Your Light.">In Darkness, We Will Remember Your Light.</a>
Thursday, January 15, 2015

In Darkness, We Will Remember Your Light.

Today's blog is a message of hope. This week will mark the 1st anniversary of my brother, Chad’s, passing (read Chad’s story here). It comes with obvious sadness, but it also brings with it memories of why Chad was truly special. He never lost hope. He understood that he controlled his own destiny. Every day that was a struggle, Chad had hope that tomorrow would be better than today, and the day after that would be even better, yet. Hope allows us to get through life’s ups and downs. None of us are immune from falling on hard times. If we zoom in on a particular moment in our life, it can look like a tragedy. The beauty is when we pan out, our view is often much different. If we look through a wide enough lens, our life really is full of excitement, laughter, and passion. Those of us who never give up hope manage the ebbs and flows of life much easier, because (like Chad) we can see beyond the challenges of the moment and realize that life – in its totality – truly is amazing. So, no matter what life throws at you, please never give up hope. The next coffee date you have or stranger you meet, may be just the spark you need. When you least expect it, something as simple as a conversation with the right person may completely change your perspective. As January 16, 2015 arrives, let's honor Chad Hickman by remembering that, although today may be tough and the thought of tomorrow may be scary, if we remain hopeful, our life has a chance of turning around at any moment. And, in that moment we'll see things with greater clarity and it will bring the beauty and passion back in to our lives. So, remember, just because something is not happening in your life now, doesn't mean that it never will. Just have hope.  Read More...

Nathan

Nathan Hickman, Founder

Thursday, January 15, 2015  | 2 Comments | Post a Comment
<a href="/blog/life-through-a-different-lens" title="Life Through a Different “Lens”">Life Through a Different “Lens”</a>
Monday, December 22, 2014

Life Through a Different “Lens”

After examining the effectiveness of my relationships recently, I found that many of the differences I have with other people are simply my misunderstanding of their perspective. I’ve come to realize everyone sees life through a different “lens”. Our lens is shaped by many things; our background, those around us, our education, our group activities, and the list goes on and on. Because these experiences are unique to each person, it’s impossible for us to see life from the same perspective. Using mindful practices, I have discovered that instead of arguing with someone about our differences, I learn more if I simply ask, “Why?” This answer usually solves the differences between us and creates further discussion and connection. Together, we often discover that although we may do “It” or see “It” differently, the “Why” is inherently the same for both of us. Sometimes, the path to getting there is much different, but we all want what’s best for ourselves, our family and our friends. Understanding the “Why” is what can bring us all together.   Read More...

Nathan

Nathan Hickman, Founder

Monday, December 22, 2014  | 1 Comments | Post a Comment
<a href="/blog/don-t-just-go-through-the-motions" title="Don’t Just Go Through the Motions">Don’t Just Go Through the Motions</a>
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Don’t Just Go Through the Motions

This time of year always brings about a sense of sadness for me. Many average high school football players, like myself in 1994, have played in their final games. As I reflect back on my life, I have come to realize that over my 38 years, being an average high school football player has been my greatest accomplishment. I particularly remember 24 years ago, on a very hot August day, I went to my first “two-a-day” football practice. I was just entering high school and knew nothing about the game of football. With anxiety and nervousness, I took the field for the first time. I will never forget that summer day.  Read More...

Nathan

Nathan Hickman, Founder

Thursday, November 13, 2014  | 2 Comments | Post a Comment