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Posted on 3.25.2016 by Jody Noland

Have you ever thanked a Chick-fil-A employee? If so, you’ve undoubtedly heard the words “my pleasure” as the immediate response. You’ll hear that same consistent reply at every Ritz Carlton. And no two words could better express my heart after helping a humble giant complete letters to loved ones as he neared the end of his earthly journey.
 

Posted on 3.18.2016 by Jody Noland

“Theirs was a love story for the ages.” That’s how Brian Mulroney, Canada’s former Prime Minister, described the relationship between President and Mrs. Reagan at her funeral last week.

Posted on 3.11.2016 by Jody Noland

Do you consider yourself a role model? Well, you are.
 
People are watching, no matter what your age.
 
Young or old, male or female, affluent or struggling. People around you are watching.
 
Maybe you’re in a significant leadership position at work or in your church. Perhaps you have a national platform of some sort.  You might be active in your community. Or maybe you’re “just” a mom or dad. But unless you’re in solitary confinement, the people around you are watching. (Well, even in solitary confinement, hopefully the guards are watching)
 

Posted on 3.04.2016 by Jody Noland

Are you feeling bogged down with the grind of daily life and further discouraged by the constant negatives of this political season?
 
Open the windows of your mind and your heart to the fresh breeze of gratitude.
 

Specifically, gratitude for the gift of eyesight.
 
Perhaps it’s because I witnessed the challenges faced by my own dad as he lost his central vision due to macular degeneration, or experienced daily life with blind friends of different ages. 
 

Posted on 2.26.2016 by Jody Noland

Watch enough TV commercials and sitcoms, and you’ll recognize a pattern of portraying husbands and fathers as mindless fools.  They might be depicted as socially awkward, lazy, weak or crude. But it’s rare that you’ll see a man represented in a positive light in those important roles. 

But how often are fathers and husbands honored in real life, either?

Posted on 2.19.2016 by Jody Noland

Why is the thought of failure so terrifying for most of us?
 
Why does it keep us from launching out into the unknown, from trying new things, from taking risks, from pursuing our dreams?
 
Is it because we have allowed our self-worth to be based on our performance? Do we think the only way we’ll be accepted is if we never fail? Do we communicate that message to our children, too?
 
Has perfectionism or “playing it safe” unintentionally become a god?

Posted on 2.12.2016 by Jody Noland

So much about a wedding is public these days. Social media allows the story of the romance to be shared. Photographers often capture the “private” moment of the proposal. The wedding ceremony takes place in front of family and friends. And wedding photographs and videos provide a lasting and public remembrance of this time of answered prayers and dreams come true. 

But there is also a sacredness about the joining of two lives that provides the perfect reason for the bride or groom to write a letter to their betrothed.

Posted on 2.05.2016 by Jody Noland

The memory is seared into my mind from a trip to Uganda in 2012.
 
I had asked a beautiful group of orphaned students about their dreams.

Actually, what is seared into my brain is not the question.
It is the rapidity, the passion and the strength of their answers.
 
 I heard things like “astronaut,” “doctor,” and “teacher.”
 
The girls’ eyes glistened as they enthusiastically shared their dreams.

Posted on 1.29.2016 by Jody Noland

“You’re never too old to dream a new dream.” This wisdom from C. S. Lewis was foundational as I launched Leave Nothing Unsaid back in February of 2013.
 
With wobbly knees but a heart full of faith, I set forth on an uncertain journey.
 
Unfortunately, there was not a How to Launch Leave Nothing Unsaid for Dummies book available. No “10 Steps to Success” that guaranteed this seed of a dream would germinate and flourish.
 

Posted on 1.22.2016 by Jody Noland

Have you lived a perfect life?
 
Me neither. Not by a long shot.
 
The images, the expectations and the dreams we have for our lives can often be shattered by unexpected circumstances or our own poor choices.
 
Cancer strikes. Businesses fail. Children rebel. Marriages end. We violate our own moral code.
 
And our plans are broken into 1,000 pieces. The beautiful images we have for our future are destroyed.
 
What then? How do we pick up the pieces of life and press on? How do we find hope in the midst of brokenness?
 

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