Free Reining

Ever been asked to ‘think outside the box,’ or been told ‘we’ll have to think outside the box.” Ever wondered about that box? What is it? What defines it?  Ever felt that you were contained within some imaginary box that was somehow limiting your perception of the world and how you think?  

Free Reining is a fresh burst of knowledge specifically designed to help you perceive and think in new ways and to help you lead a more purposeful, engaged life.

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Crossing Your Point of No Return

Dateline:  January, 49 BC – severe cold of the Italian winter. Location:  the northern bank of the Rubicon River, marking the boundary between the Roman province of Gaul (most of Western Europe at the time) and Italy proper controlled by Rome and its allies.  The Game: invade Italy and capture Rome.  One Rule:  An ancient…

Are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?

In 1953, at the end of the Korean War, thousands of US prisoner-of-war (POW) soldiers were released and repatriated back to the US Army and then home.  When the process was complete, the death toll in the Korean POW camps was a staggering 38% – the highest in US military history. It seemed to go…

There’s a Horse in Your Brain

Let me introduce you to the idea that there’s a horse in your brain by way of a personal story that happened a few years back. “My brothers and I arrived at the ranch in the pre-dawn dark of an October long weekend.  Four brothers, home for the Thanksgiving holidays with our families.  We had…

The Waiter, the Cockroach, and The Gap

In 1945, a young psychiatrist was freed after surviving 3 years imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp system.  Fourteen years later in 1959, after successfully reviving his psychiatric practice in Vienna, Austria, Viktor Frankl published his now famous recounting of those years as a prisoner in his book, Man’s Search For Meaning. Frankl states in…