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In Others’ Words: What Suffering Requires

In Others’ Words: What Suffering Requires

Everyone suffers. I don’t think anyone would argue with that statement. We might argue with with how much someone suffers — whether someone’s suffering is worse than another person’s … or ours. We might argue with the wrongness or rightness of the suffering. But no one get’s a bye on suffering. The question then becomes suffering plus what allows us to learn fro... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

“Mom! Don’t take his picture!” I was walking around Breckenridge, CO with my husband and 16-year-old daughter. I had one camera and my daughter had another as we captured images of the town. But my daughter whispered “Don’t!” when I stopped to photograph the painter standing near a bridge, intent on the hanging basket of multicolored flowers. How could I not tak... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Keep Holding On

In Others’ Words: Keep Holding On

] At one time, I believed courage meant the complete absence of fear. Of course, that kind of thinking disqualified me from ever being brave. Now I know that courage and fear often — if not always — go hand in hand. Being afraid doesn’t disqualify me or you from also being courageous. We can face a personal Goliath and hang on, all the while hiding our fear … or admitting i... Read More »

In Others’ Word: So You Think You Can

In Others’ Word: So You Think You Can

“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” Thinking “I can” gets you nowhere — no matter how many times you mentally repeat those words. At some point, thinking has to become plowing … I mean, doing.  I’m stating the obvious today, aren’t I? But how many “I think I cans” have we walked away from? Our thoughts never become actions. The... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Are You Ready Yet?

In Others’ Words: Are You Ready Yet?

There are times when perfection has tripped me up. I’m heading in the right direction, liking where I’m going, and then I convince myself that, not only do my efforts need to be better, they need to be perfect. Yep. That kind of thinking lands me flat on my face every time. But then there are the times that I don’t even get started on the things I want to do — the book 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... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Magic Life Keys

In Others’ Words: Magic Life Keys

So, I asked my husband Rob to suggest a topic for today’s quote and he said, “Integrity.”  To be honest, at first he said, “Weather,” but I asked for a second suggestion and then he said, “Integrity,” and I went with that. And then I read this quote by W. Clement Stone and I wondered: Are there more than 3 magic keys to living a life of integrity?  Key #1:... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Defining Your Space

In Others’ Words: Defining Your Space

I read an interesting interview of Shonda Rhimes, the writer/producer of such TV hits as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. The last question was “What else do you wish women knew?” — but I think the question, and Rhimes’s answer, is applicable to everyone. ” … People deal with so much insecurity and spend so much time thinking, That person is better, so I couldn... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear

In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear

You know how someone says something and their words just reverberate in your mind and heart for days afterward? That’s what happened to me this past Saturday when I attended a local writer’s group. Author (and friend) Cara Putman spoke to the group via Skype and early on she said, “Let go of the fear of being wrong.” Cara said a lot of other valuable, insightful, encouragin... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Courage of Dreamers

In Others’ Words: The Courage of Dreamers

I just got back from a bit of vacation in California and, yes, I spent some time in Disneyland. It amazed me how everyone embraced the “happiest place on earth” mentality, donning all versions of “ears”:  traditional Mickey and Minnie ones  Star Wars ones Princess ones — think Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White … pick a princess, any princess … Bride and groom ... Read More »

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