An Interview With Phil LaDuke

Technology is a great equalizer; Social isolation has taught us that even when we can’t travel, we can still support the causes we’re passionate about, and even gain awareness about new issues! When done right, eCommerce and social media can be a force for good, bringing issues and ideas from far away places right to your fingertips. Technology has enabled us to connect indigenous weaving cooperatives who are located a long way off the touristic path with an international customer that values their products at a fair trade price! …


An Interview With Phil LaDuke

The power of laughter. During the pandemic, I found myself becoming way too serious, too introspective, with some of the perceived burdens I was experiencing. I grew duller and duller. I missed laughing out loud with others. I missed laughing at myself. Laughing is really about living in the present — enjoying what’s before us and not taking ourselves too seriously. It’s good for the soul! I learned that I had to protect myself from too much ugly — too much bad news, too many conversations with angry people, too much time on “hold,” too much focus on what was…


An Interview With Phil LaDuke

I learned that there are many people who are suffering in silence while living through the pandemic. The silence may stem from embarrassment or fear of judgment. The silence could come from not wanting to “bother” people with what’s bothering them. Like I said above, L.O.V.E is how we can end the silence. Listen to each other. Observe humanity within each other. Validate each other with understanding. Embrace each other with our words and actions. We need to give more L.O.V.E.

With the success of the vaccines, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel…


An Interview With Phil LaDuke

Health is everything. This one should be obvious. But it’s easily forgotten amid a focus on money and hustle. There’s nothing quite like a pandemic to make you realize how unimportant the money, the clients, the possessions — all those things — really are. You forget them all in a heartbeat when one of your children develops a fever and you have to jump online to book a COVID test. Like many people, I spent the first lockdown drinking plenty of alcohol and comfort eating my way through the disorientation. But midway through last year, I decided enough was enough…


An Interview With Phil LaDuke

Coping skills become a matter of survival. What you need to stay positive and hopeful is an ongoing endeavor. During this past year, the effort to stay positive seemed to be an active, rather than passive effort. The world will not end if you do not read your email every day. In case of an emergency, someone will call you. Shutting out the mental clutter has been a great way to stay calm and unruffled.

With the success of the vaccines, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this difficult period in our…


An Interview With Phil La Duke

I realized that the time is now to live the life we always wanted to live. The pandemic really made me realize the fragility of life and how short it really is. My husband and I decided that we wanted to live in Wyoming and raise our kids away from the city. We realized that we could work very effectively with the peace and quiet of Wyoming while traveling to cities frequently for business.

With the success of the vaccines, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this difficult period in our history…


An Interview With Phil La Duke

Health really is wealth — I mean REALLY. I was one of the millions of people who got infected with the virus. Before I got sick, I prided myself on having a really disciplined lifestyle as far as health is concerned. I exercised regularly. I ate healthily. I made sure I always had enough sleep. I was in good shape. But despite my healthy lifestyle, I still got infected and I got really scared. I came to the point that each breathy was a hard-fought battle. Fortunately, I pulled through and I’m now healthy as ever. Many have not been…


An Interview With Phil La Duke

Say Thank You More. No one ever complained about feeling “too appreciated”. Normally, it is the reverse. During the pandemic, I found myself saying thank you to everyone. The amazon worker, the gas attendant, the store clerk. I was always grateful for these professions, but the pandemic taught me to say Thank You more.

With the success of the vaccines, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this difficult period in our history. But before we jump back into the routine of the normal life that we lived in 2019, it would be…


An Interview With Phil La Duke

Reaching out to others matters more now than ever before. People have been lonely, afraid, and confused. By taking the time to contact others, not only do you help them by sharing your warmth and personal connection, but it also helps you because you feel so much better afterward.

With the success of the vaccines, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this difficult period in our history. But before we jump back into the routine of the normal life that we lived in 2019, it would be a shame not to pause…


An Interview With Phil La Duke

Fighting racism is a journey that will not end in my lifetime. As new insights emerge, current events unfold, and new or new-to-me resources are discovered, I am always learning. (Highlights this year for me have been Dr. Kendi’s book How to be an Anti-Racist and Emmanuel Acho’s book and video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man). While before I craved the end to these conversations, I now know that conflict is inevitable. What I now crave is a new collective compassionate mindset to address conflicts where people truly listen and seek to understand each other, resolving conflicts peacefully.

Phil La Duke

Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business” and “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention” and “Blood on my hands

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