In Others’ Words: Waste Not

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I have CJ, my youngest daughter, to thank for this post. Her volleyball coach asked each girl to list five things they bring to the team. As we talked about it this morning on the way to school, I told CJ to include resilience on her list of attributes. For a 13-year-old, CJ has an amazing ability to shake things …

In Others’ Words: Old Nonsense

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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 …

In Others’ Words: The Difficult Road

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve looked for various forms of success for a lot of my life. One of the earliest forms of success started way back in grade school spelling bees … and I’m still wrangling with words in pursuit of success. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always hoped that success would be found, well, …

In Others’ Words: Insight

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Creativity takes a certain kind of insight. Insight that sees beyond the blocks of marble — or snow — and recognizes the angels or warriors waiting to be revealed. Insight that looks beyond the blank pages and imagines the stories waiting to be told … with words that become sentences … that become paragraphs … that become chapters … that …

In Others’ Words: Influence

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Ah, compliments! Someone takes the time to say something encouraging. Something positive about you. They start a sentence with the words, “I like you because _____________” and then they fill in the blank with a reason. And you hug those words to yourself. In the process of organizing my office recently, I gathered together various notes I’d received — from …

In Others’ Words: Discover

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Getting past fear? It’s an amazing feeling. Pushing past the “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t” — stuffing a sock in all that mental mouthing-off  —  helps me see myself in a whole new, glorious way. Yes, glorious. Suddenly I’m not living under the crushing threat of impossible. Instead, I’m inhaling and exhaling all of the possibles. So what was …

In Others’ Words: Torn

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And there you have it: Life choice distilled down into one 20-word sentence. Is your life other-focused or you-focused? Or is it a constant arrival at the fork in the road and deciding, once again, which way do you go? It’s not that I think going one way is wrong (enjoyment) and going the other way is right (living to …