In Others’ Words: How Do You “Do You”?

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The New Year is two days old. Some of us started 2018 armed with a list of resolutions while others distilled our desire for change down to One Words like trust, kindness, release. Whatever your mode of change, the New Year is prime time for a new you … to a certain point. In the midst of all the New Year-New Me changing …

In Others’ Words: Whatcha’ Gonna Be?

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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 …

In Others’ Words: In Praise of Others

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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 Others’ Words: Listening to the Silence

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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 …

In Others’ Words: The Pace of Nature

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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 …

In Others’ Words: Be Slow to Anger

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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 — …

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

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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 …

In Others’ Words: In the Moment

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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 …

In Others’ Words: Are You Scared?

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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 …