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Compassion

“Life is short, and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” -Henri Frederic Amiel This quote above is on my kitchen shelf, and it is one of the first things I see each day as I make the morning coffee. It … Read More Compassion

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Confidence

Etymology: from Latin confidentia, from confidere ‘have full trust’  “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”  -Marie Curie When you are born into a huge family, people often say strange things to you as a kid. … Read More Confidence

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A day of reflection

“Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good … Read More A day of reflection

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Inspiration

“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” Robert F. Kennedy What would it mean if we couldn’t breathe? That is a reasonably simple question because physiologically, we all know that we would cease to be. I remember as a kid the fearful feeling of having the wind knocked out of … Read More Inspiration

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Perseverance

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” -E.E. Cummings Isn’t it interesting the things we choose to remember in our lives? For instance, one of my earliest memories of school was in kindergarten, happily coloring away with a green crayon, only to look up and realize everyone else had followed the direction … Read More Perseverance

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Respect

“No tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves.” -Native American Proverb Right before Thanksgiving Day, I had to stop at the market to get a couple last minute items, and waiting in the check out lane, I saw an issue of a national magazine stating that the Royal Family is divided. Again. I thought that was odd. It seemed like last … Read More Respect

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Humility

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ― Ernest Hemingway Did you ever do something as a child and get grounded? If you are like most pioneers who stepped outside the box, I am sure you did! It always was a funny phrase for punishment: “You are grounded.” As an adult, I … Read More Humility

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Vulnerability

“Everything in nature is given some form of resilience by which it can rehearse finding its way, so that, when it does, it is practiced and ready to seize its moment. This includes us. When things don’t work out—when loves unexpectedly end or careers stop unfolding—it can be painful and sad, but refusing this larger picture keeps us from finding our resilience.” -Mark Nepo … Read More Vulnerability

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Path to Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”–Mark Twain Years ago, I was hired by the Fetzer Institute to research the meaning of spiritual freedom. While I learned the various methods of encountering freedom from the voices of world-renowned professors, philosophers, and gurus, the exploration continued well beyond my term of employment. The big questions such as … Read More Path to Forgiveness

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Courage

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”― Mark Twain Courage has often been understood as bravery and having the strength to do something extraordinary. We think of movie scenes when the hero or heroine is backed up against the wall but finds that last bit of gumption. Ironically, the original word comes from something we … Read More Courage

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amazing grace

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”― Anne Lamott One of my favorite hymns growing up was “Amazing Grace.” I would listen to the tune and wait for the moment, when amazing grace would teach my heart to believe… ’Twas grace that taught my heart to … Read More amazing grace

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unpacking truth

“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks  before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth,  follow only beauty, and obey only love.” -Kahlil Gibran When I was a child, I was taught never to lie even with small things. If you did, you would have to tell a bigger lie to cover that up. Eventually, you would wind up so far from the truth, you might not find your way back. That was when someone’s word was as good as gold and those who didn’t … Read More unpacking truth