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In Others’ Words: Whatcha’ Gonna Be?

In Others’ Words: Whatcha’ Gonna Be?

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. Which one of those “Be’s” jumped out at you today?  There are so many things we want to be — smart, pretty, successful, well-liked, athletic — that sometimes we get lost along the way to being. We have so many “be’s” to choose from, we lose track of the important ones. Or someone tells us who or what we’re supposed... 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 »

In Others’ Words: Listening to the Silence

In Others’ Words: Listening to the Silence

How often do we think listening to someone is all about hearing what they said?  Consider for a moment those conversations when the unspoken words were the most important part of of the dialogue. You’re talking or you’re listening — communicating — but the most important words that need to be said by you or the other person go unspoken. Maybe if the other person is watching... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Pace of Nature

In Others’ Words: The Pace of Nature

Pace yourself.  Have you ever said those two words to yourself? Pace yourself. I have — and it’s usually a crazy mix of trying to slow myself down while also trying to make a lot of forward progress. So yes, I’m attempting to be patient with myself. I’m trying to take my time. But at the same time, I’m hearing this demanding voice in my head saying, “Get it done... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be Slow to Anger

In Others’ Words: Be Slow to Anger

There’s more to today’s quote than the admonition to grow angry slowly. Hidden behind those three words is the caution: be slow to anger … because really, not only is there plenty of time to become angry, but given time, you often realize there is no real reason to get angry. Why do you think we count to ten — or twenty — when our internal temperature is rising? To sl... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The best that is in every day

In Others’ Words: The best that is in every day

Some days are tougher than others. Some days are disappointng. Some days seem unending. Some days are heart-wrenching. And yet … is it possible to somehow, someway, discover good in those tough, disappointing, unending, heart-wrenching days? If we choose to look for the best — yes. If we choose, as Emerson says, to “write it on your heart that every day is the best day,” th... Read More »

In Others’ Words: In the Moment

In Others’ Words: In the Moment

Most of my days start with a good 3 1/2 mile walk with my friend Mary. We walk and talk — and we look for “a little bit of pretty,” as we’ve come to call it. It all started when we noticed a wooden bench in a yard we were walking past — a little bit of pretty, even though one arm on the bench was broken. Mary and I talked about that phrase — a little bit of pret... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Are You Scared?

In Others’ Words: Are You Scared?

Fear likes to tell us no. No, you can’t (fill in the blank).  No, you can’t learn to dance — you’re not coordinated enough. No, you can’t sing well enough to try out for school chorus. No, you can’t try out for that sports team. What makes you think you’re good enough to compete with those other kids? No, you can’t apply for that mission trip because... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Old Nonsense

How many yesterdays are you dragging around with you? Such weighty invisibles … slowing us down, holding us back. If I’m looking in the rear view mirror, how can I be aware of what’s happening up ahead? How can I be prepared for the future if I’m mired in the past? The question that has lingered with me all weekend is this: What would I tell my younger self? Oh, so many thi... Read More »

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