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In Others’ Words: Be Mindful

In Others’ Words: Be Mindful

We fool ourselves sometimes, don’t we? We created a nice, safe, manageable lives for ourselves. Our family. Our friends. And then something happens. An unexpected illness. I keep hearing about friends and acquaintances having their gall bladders removed. Or being diagnosed with cancer. Or maybe it’s an accident. Or even a natural disaster. Friends of mine had their house struck by ligh... Read More »

In Others’ Words: When Walking Away is the Wise Choice

In Others’ Words: When Walking Away is the Wise Choice

I’m all for staying and finishing the tough conversation. Or the seemingly unsolvable argument. Or the why-did-I-ever-commit-to-this project. But there are times when the best thing to do is to walk away. Take a time out. Not forever … but for a time. A day or two. Several weeks, if need be. If you’re in conflict with someone else, this walking away isn’t a time to re-arm y... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be the Ringmaster

In Others’ Words: Be the Ringmaster

I’ve had a circus theme this week: circus monkeys on Monday, parade elephants on Wednesday. Wrapping up the week, I realized there’s no circus without a ringmaster.  And today’s quote speaks a simple truth straight up: Be the ringmaster. It’s your life. I googled “What does a ringmaster do?” and got some lengthy explanations, but here’s what I zeroed in on... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Small Things

“Be faithful in the small things, because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~Mother Teresa, founder of Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta Such a simple quote. All of fifteen words. And then, the question: What are the small things? If you’re going to be faithful, if these things are your strength … what are these oh-so-vital small things? When I asked my husband, Rob... Read More »