By Another Way

by Ray Reuter on January 10, 2019

The beginning of a new year prompts an assortment of opportunities to reboot, refresh, renew, revitalize, remake. A familiar story from scripture that happens within the first few days of a year shines light on this occasion. It is the story of the Magi, the Three Wisemen, the Three Kings, that followed His star to seek something new — in this case a newborn king, Jesus. These seekers were so astonished by the encounter they prostrated themselves and did homage. They offered valuable gifts. They truly had an “epiphany” or “AHA” experience, a revealing moment that changed their course. This is confirmed at the end of the story as the Magi departed for home by another way. This encounter altered “the way they had always done things.”

This is a wonderful backdrop for all of us as we move from one year to the next. It seems trendy to poo poo new year’s resolutions. I emphatically challenge that thinking and perspective. I hope you and I will have an “epiphany” this year that will prompt us to live by another way.

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Forward. Always Forward. Everywhere Forward.

by Ray Reuter on January 3, 2019

“Forward, always forward, everywhere forward! We must not be held back by debts, bad years, or by difficulties of the times. Man’s adversity is God’s opportunity.”  ~Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.

I have been extremely fortunate to have three sons graduate from Benedictine College (BC) in Atchison, KS. The BC Ravens football team played in the NAIA National Championship game this year, the first time ever in history. Although they lost, BC was a winner in terms of fan support, sportsmanship, character. On their run to the championship, this phrase spoken by Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., which is imbedded in the BC culture, was often proclaimed …

FORWARD. ALWAYS FORWARD. EVERYWHERE FORWARD.

These inspirational words come to mind as we begin a new year of life and living. A new year typically brings a mix of hope, anxiety, anticipation, uncertainty, wonder, awe, fear. Yet win or lose, good or bad, fortune or misfortune, opportunity or challenges, it is powerful reminder … FORWARD. ALWAYS FORWARD.

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3 Words to Light Your Path in 2019

December 27, 2018

In 2014 I adopted the annual exercise of coming up with Just 3 Words for the year. “Just 3 Words” provide a compass, a way to keep yourself on the path of your choosing. The start of a new year and recommitting to live a life unfettered is a perfect time to set one’s focus and direction. This approach […]

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Still in Me …

August 30, 2018

I was given a copy of A Prayer for Stillness (by Ron Rolheiser) followed by 20 minutes to contemplate such prayer. What a gift! I was hit square between the eyes with one particular area of “stillness.” Still my unrelenting need to be busy all the time, to occupy myself, to be always planning for […]

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No More Training Wheels!

August 2, 2018

Within the last couple of weeks, two of my grandsons have discarded the training wheels on their bikes and are “training wheels free!” Wow are they proud. Watching this experience tied in nicely to some work I have been doing with a client on busting through COMFORT ZONES. Discarding one’s training wheels is a beautiful […]

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Inspirational Capital

August 2, 2018

In my work, my services often contain thoughts, ideas, concepts, models, quotes, stories, illustrations, and the like. This bucket of stuff is often called “intellectual capital” or “intellectual property.” It is not *real* property like a car, house, boat … it is *intellectual* property. It is MY thoughts, ideas, concepts, insights, models. I thought it […]

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The Road Less Fettered (#16)

July 5, 2018

The Road Less Fettered has been traveled before by many wise and wonderful people. Below are six more of my favorite quotes that are worth pondering and lead to unfettering … Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and […]

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Radical Discipleship

June 28, 2018

My Dad transitioned to eternal life 10 days ago. I share this post in his memory. My Dad was a suffering servant. In the last 10+ years of his life, he was constantly burdened with health challenges and asked to suffer pain and discomfort. Dad consistently, and without complaint, would offer up his suffering for […]

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Leadership Thru Service

June 14, 2018

Growing up I spent countless hours and days at Reuter, Inc. in Carroll, Iowa. Reuter, Inc. was my Dad’s business — an International Harvester farm implement dealership and an International Trucks dealership. I started out cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash, and sweeping floors. I moved “up” to working the parts counter and assembling equipment. (I never […]

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Like Me or Not Like Me?

June 7, 2018

To WIN … we must see ourselves as a WINNER. To ACHIEVE … we must see ourselves as an ACHIEVER. To PERFORM … we must see ourselves as a PERFORMER. To LEAD … we must see ourselves as a LEADER. You see the pattern … how we behave will always be inline with how we […]

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