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In Others’ Words: Living in Others’ Opinions

In Others’ Words: Living in Others’ Opinions

Do you believe in yourself? Or do you believe in what other say about you? Do you, as author L. M. Montgomery says, “live in other people’s opinions”? The thing about others’ opinions? You can get caught in a vortex of competing judgements, conflicting assessments, erroneous presumptions. And then who gets to decide which point of view about you is correct? And how do you d... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Believing Good When Times are Bad

  I’ve always been intrigued by this quote by Anne Frank. Astounded, really.  A young girl whose life was destroyed by the Nazi Holocaust states that despite everything — despite losing her home, despite having to hide from people who want to kill her and her family, despite the fear of being caught and taken to a concentration camp (which was her ultimate fate) — she believ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Patience and the Willingness to Stay

In Others’ Words: Patience and the Willingness to Stay

Sometimes the situations we are in don’t change. We look and we look, and there’s no door marked EXIT. Okay, yes, I’ll make this blog post personal. I’m dealing with several ongoing situations that, by definition — ongoing, right? — haven’t changed. Circumstances haven’t budged for months. Chronic health issues? Still here. Strained relationships? St... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Success

  “A successful person is a dreamer whom someone believed in.” ~Unknown Who believes in you? As the saying goes, who remembers the words to the song of your heart when you forget them … and sings them back to you? You’re not meant to tend the fire of your dreams alone. There are days when the dream seems … so … far … off. So unattainable. That’s... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Miracles

“Maybe miracles are given not to prove anything, but simply to remind us that the physical world is not so solid and real and dependable as we think.” ~Dwight Longenecker, Catholic priest & author I believe in miracles. Yes, I do. Last night, my husband and I celebrated a miracle with our daughter, Katie Beth, and our son-in-love, Nate. (No, they are not expecting. They’re ne... Read More »