Category Archives: Life lessons

(Issue #637) Tying Your Shoes and Wisdom


We can all benefit when we acknowledge and embrace that the light of wisdom shines from generation to generation. ~~~~ What does wisdom mean? The answer to that question differs from person to person, group to group, and day to … Continue reading

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(Issue #635) The Ugliest House in America?


We stumble from room to room looking for bright spots. Making do. Or perhaps we recognize we need to change. ~~~~ This piece came to me from two disparate sources. One from a Henry David Thoreau quote. The other by … Continue reading

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(Issue #633) In Your Hands


The following came to me during my morning meditation: In Your Hands In your hands, you hold the focus In your hands, you hold the promise In your hands, you hold the possibilities In your hands, you hold the discipline … Continue reading

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(Issue #631) Impatience: Virtuous or Narcissistic?


“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my way in the end.”~attributed to Margaret Thatcher~ Impatience. Does it—impatience—reflect our times? An internet search immediately brings up thousands of choices on our screen. We can get overnight delivery,  listen now to … Continue reading

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(Issue #630) Everyone Has An Agenda.


We can get caught up in soundbites and loaded words and forget to dig deeper. ~~~~ Ever notice when someone advocates for something she likes, it’s usually framed as value-driven, common sense, rational, or obvious? When that same person, however, … Continue reading

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(Issue #626) Control What Happens After What Happens


I know now that while I cannot control what may happen to me in life, I can control who I want to be after it happens. It’s a very simple, yet powerful statement. So instead of worrying about life and … Continue reading

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(Issue #625) Do We Hold the Key?


I wonder what they might be thinking as they facethe last precious moments of their lives. ~~~~~ Roxie, my canine companion, and I have the honor to make pet therapy rounds at Community Hospice and Palliative Care. As with the … Continue reading

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(Issue #622) A Functioning Community is More than a Zip Code


Consider your community’s assets and needs. Consider the interlocking nature of the people, place, and purpose your community attempts to serve. ~~~~~ A community may be viewed as a point on the map—yet it is more than just a place … Continue reading

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(Issue #616) Create a Call-In Culture


On the way to clarity, we establish connections, and we enhance chances to establisha “Call-In Culture.”~~~~~ A previous post on this blog stated, While simple dichotomies may be deceptively simplistic, they can provide a starting point for conversation and movement. Each day … Continue reading

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(Issue #613) Tao Te Ching: Perspective on Life with Integrity


Even the down times—those times when we seem confused and falling short of our goals—have lessons to teach. ~~~~~ Reading a translation (by Stephen Mitchell) of Tao Te Ching I was taken by seeming contradictions (to my mind) that Lao-tzu … Continue reading

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