Be true to yourself

It is 4 am in the morning and I can’t sleep. I woke up with this thought in my mind and I felt the urge to blog about. Hopefully it will stir something within you.

Are you true to yourself? What does that question actually mean? When I think about it, my initial reaction is that I am probably true to myself in some areas of my life and not in others. That is probably the case for most people.

The key question however, is “Are you true to yourself in the most important aspect of your life – your purpose in life? This is a more profound question that demands a more definitive answer. If you are honest with yourself, no pun intended, you know the answer right away.

I have struggled with this question for a long time. Interestingly, my struggle has not been to discover my purpose, but to reconcile my life and what I do for a living to my purpose. It is amazing how much we can rationalize and squeeze our current vocation into the smallest crack of the realm of our purpose in order to pacify our conscience. Continue reading

Peak’s 3 Month Mission

I am always inspired by people who sacrifice their time, finances, and even careers to make a difference and touch other people’s lives. I have met many such people through Peak Coffee & Tea. I met Ed who works with Climb for the Child Project.  Ed hikes and bikes in Africa to raise money to put disadvantaged kids in school. I also met Chermaine, who left a promising career at Raytheon to work with Intervarsity Fellowship. These are just a few of the people I have met.

I know many of you are making a difference and that is why I am excited to announce the official launch of the Peak 3 Month Mission, a Peak Coffee & Tea initiative to partner with you in making a difference. Continue reading

Watch out for the Weeds

Yesterday, I had a very busy and productive day. By 8:30 am in the morning I was in Brunswick, Maine visiting a coffee roaster. I spent over 2 hours talking coffee, tasting coffee, and learning. I had so much coffee that my head was buzzing when I left at 11 am headed to Worcester. By 2 pm I was in Worcester before returning home to mow my lawn and tend to my “flower garden” if it qualifies to be called that.

I had not tended to my lawn for a few weeks because I was in Kenya, so it was “standing out” if you know what I mean. I worked on the lawn from 2 pm to 7 pm before dropping dead on my couch!

Why did it take me so long? The weeds!!!!!! This brings to me to my thoughts for the day – “watch out for the weeds”. After just 3 weeks, the weeds (my youngest daughter would love that rhyme – 3 weeks, the and weeds) were everywhere; the lawn, the flower bed, the side walk, and the front steps. Mowing the lawn took me 30 minutes, but removing the weeds took me almost 4 hours! Continue reading

Making a difference – Emmaus Cycle for Shelter

It is easy to focus on daily life struggles and forget to count our blessings, like a roof over our head and a place we can call home.

Few things are more sobering than the plight of individuals and families who are homeless. If you work in a city, you are likely to encounter a homeless person everyday on your way to and back from work. The frequency of these encounters can erode your sensitivity to the conditions of the homeless and in some cases make you cynical. Continue reading

This more than anything determines your joy

Summer is finally here! I had to get that out of the way.

I hope this post finds you energetic, joyful, hopeful, and passionate. Either way read on…

“What determines your joy more than anything else?” It is a question for the ages. I am sure there are a lot of answers to this question. I humbly offer my opinion.

I believe how you feel about yourself determines your joy more than anything else. Some would call it self esteem. Self esteem is a complicated term that is easily lost in “translation”. So I prefer to state it “how you feel about yourself”

Without getting into what determines how you feel about yourself (that’s a topic worth a book), I believe it is the single most important determinant for the following two primary reasons. Continue reading

When at work, work

Short post for today.

Brian Tracy says, “When at work, work”. My response was, of course! Not so fast.

It is very easy to waste time and get distracted when at work, in your business, or when working on a house project. At the end of the day you wonder, “What did I really accomplish today?”

Recently I have been working on a self imposed policy – “everything is due today!” Everything, even long-term projects like process improvement projects that have a tendency to linger beyond “long-term” into “never-term”.

The reward of the “everything is due today” policy is incredible!  Try it. After sometime, you begin to feel like everything on your to do list is behind you instead of feeling like everything is lurking in your future waiting by your bedside when you wake up.

Pretty soon you will find yourself scrambling to make up stuff to do because you have already done everything! Not quite, but kind off.

Try it, but don’t forget to rest and rejuvenate (a little coffee and tea helps).

Stay Inspired.

Peter

If you could change one thing…..

If you could change one thing that could have the most positive impact in your life what would it be?

That is a loaded question, but one worth engaging.

Here is why you should engage this loaded question. It can change your life. Apologies for the simplicity of that answer, but it is true.

Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living”. It is quite obvious why we avoid examining our lives – it can be emotionally draining and exhausting, even discouraging. It does not have to be. If you do it right, it will empower you tremendously.

Why the digression into examining your life? To gain valuable insight on what you need to change in your life, it is important to examine your past. If you do not change, then your next 5 years will be just about like the last 5 years.

A few hints to help you determine the one thing to change: Continue reading