In Others’ Words: Blind “I”

In Others’ Words: Blind “I”

  We so often talk about centering ourselves. Finding our inner strength. Searching for, and finding, the person we were meant to be. Well, bravo that. But what about getting out of our own way? How often do we consider that as a path to success, to fulfillment?  Not often enough. As a writer, I often plumb my own life to find the catalyst of a story. The spark is hidden in my past somewhere — a struggle or a victory. But I&#... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Holding Back the Flood of Fear

In Others’ Words: Holding Back the Flood of Fear

  Fear was a constant companion of mine last week. It was as if a predator stalked the edges of my life for days. I was unsettled. Unable to sleep. Unable to focus. My prayers seemed pathetic … disjointed … to no avail. I went to bed each night determined to be braver when I woke up, only to find myself battling fear again. Circumstances hadn’t changed — some days even held new, unexpected challenges —... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Doing What is Necessary

In Others’ Words: Doing What is Necessary

I agree and disagree with the most-esteemed Mr. Churchill’s statement: “There is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” There are times when it’s absolutely fine to both say, “I’m doing my best” and to do your best — to give your all to a task, to a challenge, to a commitment. But I also see Churchill’s point about suc... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Counting the Cost

In Others’ Words: Counting the Cost

I’ve had this quote on file for quite a long time. I read it. Ponder it. Pass it by. Come back to it again. Leave it in my files. It’s not that I don’t like the quote. I do. It’s probably one of my most favorite quotes now, which makes me think I need to update my list of favorite quotes. But that’s another topic all together, isn’t it? “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange f... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Art of Living

In Others’ Words: The Art of Living

Most of us, if given the choice between dancing or wrestling, would choose dancing. Am I right? I mean, even if you were going to be a spectator, you’d probably opt for a night of watching dancers versus an evening watching a team of wrestlers going at it. But if you were asked to participate … well, surely you’d choose the dance floor over the wrestling mat. There’s something inherently beautiful about dance ... Read More »

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