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In Others’ Words: The Reward of Listening

In Others’ Words: The Reward of Listening

I enjoy a good conversation, don’t you? The give and take. The exchange of ideas. The back and forth of opinions. I don’t even mind if things get a bit heated, so long as people are respectful of one another. I especially enjoy talking and laughing with people. That is the best of times. But sometimes when I’m with a group of friends or even if I’m in a large group of peopl... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Are You Positive?

In Others’ Words: Are You Positive?

Did you know that you can google the words “positive thoughts” and find thousands upon thousands of encouraging, uplifting positive sayings? Try it. I did. And I found things like: Live well, Laugh often, Love much (A very familiar saying, yes? I see it on photo frames all the time.) Train your mind to see the good in every situation. Don’t worry. Be happy. (Okay, now I’m h... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Pay Attention

In Others’ Words: Pay Attention

  “Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you.”  When you read those encouraging words by author Anne Lamott, what bit of beauty surrounding you came to mind? For me, I thought of Pikes Peak, the majestic mountain I can see every day as I drive around Colorado Springs taking my daughter to and from school. Or going to Costco. Or riding in the car while my daughter drives me aroun... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Best Advice

In Others’ Words: The Best Advice

  I think the encouragement to keep reading is good advice for anyone, don’t you? I certainly never lack for books to read … and while sometimes I just read for pleasure, there are certain books that have influenced me greatly, changing my thoughts about life and about myself. There are any number of quotes about advice: “No one can give you better advice than yourself.̶... Read More »

In Others’ Words: New Day, New Choices

In Others’ Words: New Day, New Choices

Sometimes, simple is best. New day. New choices. It’s today. There’s nothing I can do to undo what happened yesterday — except, maybe, offer an apology if an apology is needed. But that doesn’t change the choices I made yesterday. It’s merely the choice I am making today. I can base today’s choices on the ones I made yesterday — and continue to make the sa... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Getting What You Want

In Others’ Words: Getting What You Want

This quote has languished in one of my quote files — yes, I have more than one — for months. I read it over and over. I liked it every time I read it. Truth is, I like a lot of Mark Twain quotes. He’s one of my go-to quote guys. But when I read it yesterday, it “pinged” and I knew it was time to dust it off and publish it in a blog. “I can teach anybody how to g... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Three Kinds of Trouble

In Others’ Words: Three Kinds of Trouble

There are good quotes and there are meaningful quotes … and then there are quotes that hit you right in the solar plexus, forcing you to pay attention. Today’s quote by H.G. Wells hit me hard: “Some people bear three kinds of trouble — the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.”  Wells made me realize how sometimes I try to live ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Benefit of Disappointments

In Others’ Words: The Benefit of Disappointments

  Disappointments are unavoidable in life. The question is, what will we get out of our disappointments? How, as Thoreau puts it, shall we be compensated by the discouragements that come our way? Sometimes we don’t stick around after a setback long enough to receive any compensation. We hurry past the disappointment, eager to find a better moment, a happier experience. And sometimes we&... 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 someth... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing to be Grateful or Graceful

In Others’ Words: Choosing to be Grateful or Graceful

There’s honesty in author Richard Carlson’s words: The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.”  We all experience highs and lows. We love to talk about the highs, but sometimes we keep our lows hidden. My Thanksgiving Day didn’t go off exactly as I planned. Yes, the house was filled with loved ones. Me? I was upstairs in bed, taken down ... Read More »

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