Tag: Values

Communicating Better by Following the Platinum Rule… DTH Episode 135 with Jennifer Furlong

Communicating Better by Following the Platinum Rule

One of the largest problems we face in society today is the fact that we do not communicate well. We spend so much time talking past each other instead of speaking to each other in a way to effectively be understood. Effective communication is a two way street that involves so much more than just trying to get our point across.

How can we communicate better?

There are many ways we can learn to communicate better and more effectively. One way of communicating better is by following the platinum rule. I only recently learned about the platinum rule when I became introduced to this week’s incredible guest, Jennifer Furlong.

The Truth and Trust Project… Part 2 with Dr. Francis Collins

Do you trust that our public health officials are telling you the truth? This question, for me, lead to the Truth and Trust Project. I for one find myself very skeptical these days. As many who’ve listened to the DTH podcast for long know, I’ve been highly critical of the government’s response to the pandemic from the very beginning. How does someone like me have a conversation with someone who had direct influence on the government’s response to the pandemic? Not so long ago, I would say that the conversation would never happen, because my attitude would not have allowed it.

The Truth and Trust Project may be one of the most important endeavors of my life. Several times over the past several months, I asked the question, “if you could ask Dr. Francis Collins or Dr. Tony Fauci a question, what would that question be?”. For that question, I received nothing but negative responses. The most common response was some variation of, “I wouldn’t waste my time, they wouldn’t listen anyway”… I asked the question because I am currently involved in a Braver Angels initiative called the “Truth and Trust Project” with Dr. Francis Collins and myself as partners.

The only way we can expect as a country to rebuild Truth and Trust is to have conversations with those whom we disagree. The only way to get results from those conversations is to actually LISTEN to those with whom we disagree and look for the humility and humanity in their position. In this episode, Part 2 of 2, Francis and I continue our discussion on the loss of Truth and Trust during the age of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Episode 62: Hush Little Baby

“Don’t buy your kids all the things you wished you had, teach your kids all the things you wish you’d known” ~author unknown
It’s not the things you give or buy for your children that will make the difference, it’s the lessons we teach and the time we spend that will be what matters.
This Father’s day weekend I was reflecting on a number of things and a few different things stood out. I lost my father 11 years ago, but I was fortunate and blessed enough to have him in my life up until my mid 30s. Many children are not fortunate enough to have a father in their life at all. This is one of the major problems we face as a society. Much more of an issue than most of the nonsense we’re lead to believe are the great problems we face today.

Being a father has been the greatest gift and honor of my lifetime and reading to my daughter daily is one of my great joys. I recently had a conversation with my wife about a book my daughter has me read to her all the time, several times a week in fact. The book is a different version of the classic lullaby “Hush Little Baby”. This wonderful book was written by Sylvia Long. My daughter loves it and in this episode I speak about a very powerful lesson Sylvia Long has conveyed in her version of this classic.

Episode 43: Know Your Values, Take a Stand

There will come a time, when good people who just want to be left alone are forced to take a stand. I want to be real clear, I don’t mean “Take a Stand” in a physical fight kind of way, and I pray it does not come to that, but I mean Take a Stand in the sense that people who just want to be left alone to do their own thing and live their own life in peace are going to have to get involved because the tyranny of the majority continues to become more emboldened in forcing their will upon those with whom they disagree.