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In Others’ Words: My One Word for 2018

In Others’ Words: My One Word for 2018

  Let’s talk about choosing One Word for the coming year.    2018 is just over a month away, but if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I gave up New Year’s resolutions over a decade ago. Why? All those good intentions — the “I wills” and the “I won’ts” — faded so quickly, and I always misplaced my list of re... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Love or Understanding

In Others’ Words: Love or Understanding

If I’m reading George Orwell’s words correctly, he seemed to believe that love and understanding are exclusive of one another.  And yet, I find that the people who love me the best are also the very ones who take the time to understand me … the real me. Or is it that the ones who understand me the best are  the very ones who love me the most faithfully? See how the two — lo... Read More »

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: What’s Your Main Thing?

In Others’ Words: What’s Your Main Thing?

I’ve attended hundreds of volleyball games since my youngest daughter started playing back in fifth grade. And I’ve also taken thousands of photographs.Yes, of my daughter, but of her teammates, too. The setters. The outside hitters. The liberos. The defensive specialists. The middle blockers. The right sides. One of my favorite photos? When the team huddles up. The girls do this befor... 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: 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: Never Walk Back

In Others’ Words: Never Walk Back

  Progress is not about how fast you are going, but it is most definitely about forward motion. We almost always equate progress with success — although sometimes that is debatable — and sometimes we also believe success has to happen quickly. Hence, the term “overnight success,” which is an oxymoron in itself.  I’ve achieved some successes in my life and I’... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What to Do After Going Halfway

In Others’ Words: What to Do After Going Halfway

For a long time, I thought 50-50 relationships were the way to go. I do my part to meet the other person halfway and the other person does their part. Equal investments into a relationship should make it work, right? Not necessarily. And then I believed the 100% “go all in” attitude about relationships. It’s not 50-50. It’s 100% plus 100% that makes relationships work. Agai... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Looking for the Good Stuff

In Others’ Words: Looking for the Good Stuff

What are you looking for today? Me? I’m looking for the good stuff. The good people. The good actions. The good interactions. Kindness. Patience. Smiles. Acts of grace. Laughter.   That kind of good stuff. And then I’m going to praise that goodness. I’m going to say “thank you” out loud. I’m going to smile back. I’m going to hug someone. I’m goi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Being Thankful for Octobers

In Others’ Words: Being Thankful for Octobers

I know people who say that autumn is their favorite time of year. That’s not the case for me, but I do enjoy autumn and watching the trees change colors. And I especially enjoy the month of October. It’s right in between September and November — the month when we can catch our breath after running full tilt from summer into the start of school and before we get caught up in the h... Read More »

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