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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: 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: 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: Creating Hope

In Others’ Words: Creating Hope

I confess that I went looking for a quote about hope because my spirits were sagging a bit. Yes, this quote was selected because I’m encouraging myself, but I also hope you’re encouraged by the words shared. And I know that when you all join the conversation by leaving a comment, you so often encourage and uplift me and others, too. Scripture tells us to encourage others in the way we&... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Don’t Take the Shortcut

In Others’ Words: Don’t Take the Shortcut

Do you like shortcuts? I admit, I’m not a fan of them. I know they’re supposed to make life easier … get us where we want to be faster. But inevitably when I take a shortcut, I end up lost. Wondering why I didn’t follow the normal directions and just deal with the it’s-going-to-take-me-longer-to-get-there route. Sometimes we just have to do it — whatever “... 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: 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: Just Do It

In Others’ Words: Just Do It

Maybe  The thing you think you cannot do. If I were to ask you what is the thing you think you cannot do, your “thing” might be summed up in the words, “I can’t get through the next hour.” Or maybe you’d say, “I can’t survive this job.” Or “I can’t deal with this person anymore.” Maybe you’re tired of facing unending dis... 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 »

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