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In Others’ Words: Where are You?

In Others’ Words: Where are You?

  Life is a mixture of making plans and embracing surprises, isn’t it?  Sometimes we succeed in navigating the roadmap clutched in our hands. Other times, we follow a detour or willingly toss the map aside and jaunt off on an unknown adventure. At the end of the day, we discover ourselves on a road we never thought we’d travel, oftentimes a long way from where we ever expected to ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be a Team

In Others’ Words: Be a Team

All teams are made up of individuals. Sport teams. Business teams. Ministry teams. But if the team’s focus is on all the separate people who make up the team instead of the overall goal of the team, the group will stall out. You can’t get anywhere if you’re divided by the wants of a variety of different people. Individuals are chosen for the need — the goal — of the t... Read More »

In Others’ Words: True Success

In Others’ Words: True Success

There are many definitions of success, but this one by Dr. Kelly Flanagan tops my list: “… success is what happens when you make your true self your lived self.” We can accomplish so many things — academically, professionally, personally — but unless we are being true to ourselves, all our victories ring hollow. We can allow someone to place a ribbon around our neck o... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be a Wise Guy

In Others’ Words: Be a Wise Guy

Go ahead, be a wise guy. Sometimes we discredit ourselves. We discount how much we know. Downplay our hard-earned experience. Overlook how we’ve matured. Let’s face it, you can’t go through life without learning a few things, right? And who knows you better than you do? Have you ever participated in one of those “Write a letter to your younger self” exercises? That... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Love Without Words

In Others’ Words: Love Without Words

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know people who love Valentine’s Day, and I know people who don’t like this holiday at all. No matter where you stand on the debate — love it, hate it — I hope that you experience a moment of feeling loved today. Either a moment where someone expresses their love for you out loud with three little words: “I love you,” or an equally... Read More »

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

  It’s the first day of December and what better way to begin the holiday season than with a giveaway? The giveaway is appropriately named “The 12 Authors of Christmas” because 11 writing friends and I put together a fun prize package. As I looked at all the smiling faces on the festive graphic designed by the oh-so talented Angie Dicken, yes, I saw award-winning authors. Bu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Practicing Gratitude

In Others’ Words: Practicing Gratitude

It’s November, the month when our thoughts more easily turn toward thankfulness. After all, this is the month when we have an entire day devoted to giving thanks — and weeks to prepare for the celebration. And yet, isn’t it true that when we want a reason to be thankful we don’t have to chase after “extraordinary moments” of happiness? Gratitude is about paying ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The God of Hope

In Others’ Words: The God of Hope

My understanding of God has changed through the years, but one thing hasn’t changed: I know that God is a God of hope. Do I get discouraged at times? Yes. Do I struggle against God’s plan — sometimes when it’s clear and sometimes when it’s not? Yes. Do I sometimes call myself “Oh-me-of-little-faith”? Yes. But all that stuff about me doesn’t change th... Read More »

In Others Words: The Art of Learning

In Others Words: The Art of Learning

Most everyone would agree that Michelangelo was a creative genius, the artisan who sculpted the Pietà and David before he was 30, and who also painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. But I never realized Michelangelo considered himself a learner. When you consider someone as talented … no, as gifted as Michelangelo, you assume the man knows what he’s doing, right? He must ha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: In Praise of Others

In Others’ Words: In Praise of Others

My mother taught me how to compliment people. Not the “how to” so much as the “why.” I remember running errands with her when I was a young girl. Usually one of the errands was a stop at the grocery store. My mom always found a way to say something nice to the cashier or to someone else as we passed them in the aisle. Something like: “I like your hair.” Or maybe... Read More »

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