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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: The Honest Truth

In Others’ Words: The Honest Truth

Which would you choose: acceptance achieved by pretense or rejection caused by honesty? Living honestly? It’s risky business. Wear a mask and be well-liked. Conform to the expected behaviors and earn a pat on the back . . . a place at the table . . . a “welcome to the family” — whatever equals acceptance for you. Or replace the sanctified lie with the unvarnished truth and ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Freedom of Security

In Others’ Words: The Freedom of Security

“Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.” I kept mulling over today’s quote as I wrote my blog post. Do I believe it? Embrace it as true? Think it’s good advice to be followed? Maybe. I’m all about honesty, after having faked my way through life for too, too long. I stopped pretending I was someone else a number of years ago. I like myself, but that does... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Better Friend

In Others’ Words: The Better Friend

A few weeks ago I heard that September is National Friendship month. I liked the sound of that: a whole month celebrating, among other things, friendship. It’s also National Honey Month. And National Courtesy Month. And National Sewing Month. And National Blueberry Popsicle Month. On a more serious note, September is also National Suicide Prevention Month. And that leads me right back to spe... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Share a Quote

In Others’ Words: Share a Quote

I’m not blogging about honesty today — I’m just being honest with you all. The truth is, I’m exhausted. The kind of tired that deposits grit in your eyes and weighs down your steps and makes you stumble over your words, to the amusement of friends and family. Earlier today I was searching for a particular word and the only one I could think of close to the one I wanted was ... Read More »