Michael Thomas Sunnarborg

Michael Thomas Sunnarborg

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Kindness Wins

Kindness Wins

MichaelSunnarborg / December 16, 2023
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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop Ah, kindness. My favorite friend. Especially during the holidays, I’ve chosen to take that quote to heart by deliberately focusing on where I can practice more...

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What About Love?

What About Love?

MichaelSunnarborg / October 31, 2023
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We author books, produce films, write songs, paint murals, design jewelry, and create poetry about love—the most natural and abundant emotion in our human experience. So why is love sometimes so accessible while other times so elusive? Let me...

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57 Years to Learn a Lesson

57 Years to Learn a Lesson

MichaelSunnarborg / July 29, 2023
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Yesterday I celebrated my 57th birthday. “What? You’re 57?!” Shouted my inner (forever) younger self. Yep. And it’s a good thing. In fact, it’s not just good—it’s fantastic. Fantastic because it’s taken this long to learn one of life’s...

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Where’s my order?

Where’s my order?

MichaelSunnarborg / June 01, 2023
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A couple of years ago, I had an interesting dream. I was in a fast food restaurant, had just finished placing my order, and was waiting for the counterperson to call my number. As I was waiting, a few...

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The Gifts of COVID

The Gifts of COVID

MichaelSunnarborg / March 21, 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on every aspect of our lives. The pandemic caused devastating effects for many people, businesses, supply chains, and the list goes on. And at the same time, the pandemic also acted like...

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Has the bell rung yet?

Has the bell rung yet?

MichaelSunnarborg / January 28, 2023
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Things are still kind of wonky. In my relentlessly optimistic mind, I really thought we’d find a semblance of “normal” by now, but not so much. And then I realized why things are so strange: The pandemic hasn’t disappeared...

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Bored? Good. Use it as fuel.

Bored? Good. Use it as fuel.

MichaelSunnarborg / November 17, 2022
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With the “return to routine” going much slower than anticipated, the existence of frequent and substantive lulls is becoming more and more commonplace in our daily lives. In other words, things have slowed down. A lot. And it’s no...

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Turn off the Autopilot

Turn off the Autopilot

MichaelSunnarborg / October 20, 2022
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Recently, I held the first face-to-face meeting of The White Box Club®—a career transition coaching group I founded in 2015—since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. When I started to plan for the meeting, I went into autopilot...

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Breaking with Beethoven

Breaking with Beethoven

MichaelSunnarborg / August 21, 2022
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It was my first concert at Minneapolis Orchestra Hall since COVID. And I was excited. After all, it was Beethoven. And not just any Beethoven piece—his 5th Symphony. You know, the one with the opening rift ...

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