435: HE’S NOT YOUR CHILD

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” —Strachan Hurd

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“He’s my other child.” What starts out as a joke between a wife and her friend, or a comment in a blog post, or spoken in frustration plants a seed of change in how she sees her husband.

While it might seem innocuous at first, it quickly puts a divide in the unity between husband and wife.

434: LESSONS FROM THE BEACH

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” —Anonymous

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Last weekend we did a new type of challenge. We traveled the beaches of San Diego County, from Oceanside to the US-Mexican border.

Make no mistake, we’ve been to these places hundreds of times before, but never by foot along the entire coastline. There are some awesome lessons we learned along the way.

433: SETTING UP GUARDRAILS

“Guardrails: No one needs one until they do.” —Anonymous

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You know the funny “W” shape that most guardrails have? It’s not an aesthetic element: it’s meticulously designed for maximum shock absorption while redirecting the vehicle towards safety.

The truth is that no one really loves guardrails. They don’t appear often in art, they aren’t terribly attractive, most of time they are probably not even noticed.

431: MARRIAGE BUILDING HABITS

“A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It’s an un-do-it-yourself project.” —Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)

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Humans make over 40% of our daily “decisions” not by calculated choice, but by habit.

Habits enable us to be as productive as we are today, and they also hold tremendous power.