I Get To Practice What I Preach

It has been almost 13 years since the terrorists attacked us in the World Trade Center on 9/11, 2001.  On that day my life changed as did the lives of so many of us in the United States.  For me, it meant a return to California and a new career in public speaking.  One of the things I am most often asked to discuss is “Change.”  We’ve seen a lot of changes in our world and in our personal lives over the past 13 years.  Major hurricanes, natural disasters, the economic crises in our country and in our world and major political divisions and upheavals have affected us all, some more than others.  Continue reading

Prejudice Goes Much Deeper Than Race

love is blindThe past six weeks have seen our country once again take up the discussion of racial prejudice.  It began with the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, making extreme, racially prejudiced comments which have been broadcasted all over the world by every media outlet imaginable.  Few people doubt the inappropriateness of Mr. Sterling’s remarks, private or otherwise.

Two weeks ago Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, made comments during a public forum discussing Mr. Sterling’s remarks and observed that in reality no matter what we think or say, we all have prejudices in our minds and hearts.  In essence, Mr. Cuban observed that we all live our lives in some way according to the prejudices we carry around with us.  He used some racial examples to illustrate his points. Continue reading