Expect More, With Les

Bye Dave

    It’s been a poignant, powerful week for me. Tonight, David Letterman bids farewell from his TV talk show after 33 years. I’ve watched him semi-religiously, my attention serving as a metaphor for whatever commitments I had in my life at the time. Over the last 10 years, Dave and I both just weren’t as committed. But Dave was an inspiration to me when he started—a normal-looking, hysterical guy who this high-schooler thought was the coolest guy ever. Whether it was Stupid Pet Trick
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3 out of 5

    What if you and I went into a convenience store, bought some lottery tickets, and the clerk said to us, “Just so you know, your chances of winning are 3 in 5.” Now, if you’ve never heard or seen a lottery ad in your life, good for you, but for the rest of us, we know there’s usually a disclaimer or fine print like this:   Odds of winning are 1 in 175 million.   And that’s not an exaggeration—those are the odds of winning Powerball on a single ticket. See
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What Gets Measured, Gets Managed

    Happy New Year! Sorry, I stepped away for a bit. But in the meantime, an interesting shift has occurred for me—I’m becoming an adult (mostly). I turned 48 in December and, like many adults do, I went for a physical around the time of my birthday and had blood work done. In the process, I received a cryptic message from the doctor’s office (the day before Christmas) that she was concerned about my arteries and recommended some testing. Merry Christmas to you, too, Doc! I proce
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Around the sun

      I celebrated a birthday this week. “Celebrate” feels like too strong of a word, compared to how some people choose to—maybe more of a fist pump.   Thankfully, I am getting older. I feel it; my recovery from my hockey games takes a little longer, and in running my race pace is what my training pace used to be. But I am aging, and for that I am most grateful.   And it’s this time of year when I give thanks for the important people who help me stay on
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Share the Love

        So you love what you do, right?   And as a result, you’re probably pretty good at it, too?   But are you like many of our members who could use some more work?   Well, what are you doing about it?     There are so many things in our lives we know are good, and good for us, but we need to be reminded of them. We invented the chair; it is in our nature to use it. Think about how many messages we encounter that encour
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What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

    September 6, 1994, was my first day working at ABMP. I got the job because ABMP was looking for a graphic designer and interviewed my wife, who then told them about me. We were a package deal. I was 27, and our little Casey was just 9 months old. We had moved to Colorado that summer to help take care of my mother-in-law. We quit our jobs and headed west from Washington, D.C. with a six-month old baby with no jobs lined up—just the model every career-planning guide tells you to follow.
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Service versus boundaries

      Life is busy. A report bubbled up last week about the ineffectiveness of multitasking, which seems to—hold on, let me finish this over here—be a semi-recurrent theme in the media on occasion. My response to the comment that multi-tasking is inefficient: “Okay, tell me how to avoid it.” It feels darn near impossible, doesn’t it? (Hold on for a second, I have to take this call!)         Okay, I’m back. What was I saying? Oh right, li
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The challenge

  Greetings friends! I am back from summer vacation—well actually, just a blog vacation. I follow the European blogging model, where you take a long vacation in the summer. As a result, my prose is tanned, rested, and more insightful and effective than ever.   Since I left the blogosphere, it seems the world has gone to hell. But there have been bright spots—and ABMP joined in the fun this week. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the country (and some of the world) by storm, res
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Providing Support

It's been a busy week around here—our Facebook page has received a lot of comments regarding Massage Envy Spa and some complaints levied against them. Here's a statement we wanted to share:   Thank you to all the massage therapists and bodywork professionals who are expressing their concerns about complaints levied against against Massage Envy Spa. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) is aware of these challenges and is closely monitoring their progression.   We serve
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Happy Holiday!

Photo on 4-17-14 at 9.15 AM
  Today is one of my favorite days of the year—National High Five Day (seriously). This glorious day was started in 2002 at the University of Virginia, my beloved alma mater. And it’s not awesome just because it started at UVa (full disclosure: I probably wouldn’t celebrate it if it came from Duke). It’s awesome because it celebrates something. Something. Something as simple as the good ol’ high five.   What is a high five? It’s an act of camaraderie! In one swift move we sh
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