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A Letter to the Denver Institute Community

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in Work | 0 comments

Dear Friends, In the last four weeks, our work and our world have changed dramatically. Millions are now unemployed, nearly 3.5 billion people are confined to their homes, and each of us is trying to adjust to what feels like a different world.  Two weeks ago, when I drove down Denver’s 17th Street, I was reminded of the prophet Jeremiah’s lament, “How deserted the city lies, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who was once so great among the nations! … The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to her appointed festivals. All her gateways are desolate, her priests groan, her young...

Rethinking My Daily Rhythms

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Work | 0 comments

Just like you, in the past two weeks I’ve had to rethink my daily rhythms. I’ve also realized that my emotional and spiritual health is the top priority right now. The cascading anxiety and panic of our society is something that I can easily internalize. And when that happens, I can experience paralysis, and actually damage those around me, rather than love and serve. When I step back a look at the things I can’t control, and look squarely at the things I can control right now in my life, I can re-engage my family, friends, and my work. And, as it turns out, though the news makes me...

School Closures, Coronavirus, and How to Take the First Steps Educating Your Kids at Home

Posted by on Mar 22, 2020 in Culture, Education | 0 comments

Your kids are home. You are home. You both need to get work done. What on earth does working and homeschooling look like?  Millions of American kids are, for the first time ever, being homeschooled. As it turns out, I happen to be married to a brilliant thought leader in the homeschooling world, Kelly Haanen, the director of the homeschool enrichment program at Ascent Classical Academy in Lone Tree, Colorado.  In this guest “post,” Kelly sent a note to parents of full-time K-12 students at Ascent classical academy, giving them tips about how to approach homeschooling for the first time.  If you find yourself trying to reorganize your daily...

Designing Workplaces to Be More Human

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in Work | 0 comments

Designing Workplaces to Be More Human We spend about a third of our waking lives at work. And yet, for the majority of people, work is not much more than a paycheck. We feel lonely, especially men. We feel like there’s a gap between our job responsibilities and our own potential. We often feel exhausted and question whether our work is making any meaningful difference. How might we reimagine what it means to be fully human in our working lives? Here are five aspects of what I think it means to be human, and, as a result, what I believe we need to focus on if we’re going to...

The Coronavirus Sabbath: 9 Things to Do When Everything Is Canceled

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in Culture, Work | 1 comment

Everything is shutting down. Not just major league sports, but swim practices, rec centers, local libraries, and office buildings. And public schools. In my home state of Colorado, even public schools are shutting down for at least two weeks. This causes lots of problems. For instance, how are workers like barbers, mechanics, and home health care workers – those who can’t work from home – supposed to not only stay safe, but also care for kids who are home from school? Also, how long should employers hang on to employees in the midst of drastic short term revenue cuts? These are big questions that need answers. However, for a...

“The days are long, but the years are short.” How should I use my time in retirement?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2020 in retirement, Work | 0 comments

“Teach us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 “The first thing you have to know about retirement,” says Allan Spies, a 68-year-old retired US West executive, “is that you could live another 40 years.” Spies recalled a conversation he had with his pastor when he was on the cusp of an early retirement in his 50s. The pastor reminded Spies of all the time he had ahead of him As Spies started to spend his newfound time, he was also jarred by how much his schedule changed. “The other thing you’ve got to know,” he says, “is that suddenly your clock...