Finding Balance in Life’s Hard Things

Have you noticed that when you face difficult situations they seem to come in multiples? We hardly ever get to do one hard thing at a time. Often, challenges stack atop each other, demanding immediate attention and vying for priority. Following are ways to find balance in life’s hard things: Learn Multi-Level Thinking I was […]

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What Voices are You Listening To?

When I was growing up, we had an entertainment console with a black and white TV on one side and a fold-down record player and radio on the other. Finding stations on the radio required slowly turning a knob, combined with careful listening. Despite knowing the number of the station on the radio dial, it […]

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Living in the Light

As September begins, a change in the slant and intensity of light is already visible. The brightness of spring and summer diminishes as the earth slowly inches toward fall. This year has been different in many ways. Imbedded in the usual carefree nature of summer lurked fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. We long for change, but […]

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How to Approach Seasons of Waiting

In many ways, life is a series of waits. Often, we don’t respond well to waiting because we have become so conditioned to immediacy. Current technology provides rapid access to information, navigation, product viewing, purchasing, and learning with a few swipes or clicks. Despite our rapid pace, 2020 has been a year of waiting. We’ve […]

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5 Things that Hijack Our Lives

The word “hijack” conjures images of masked gunmen taking over a plane, or other forms of transportation, making demands, and creating fear and panic. While this is the standard picture, on a more personal level, many things conspire to hijack our thoughts and lives, sending us off course, and creating chaos. Your captors may differ […]

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Earthquakes and Other Disturbances

Early on a bright, calm Sunday morning, the mirror on my dresser began to vibrate. The vibration intensified, coupled with rocking noise, as the mirror visibly flapped in its holders. The pulls on other furniture jangled as items danced across the top. Were my eyes and ears accurate, or was I having some sort of […]

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Finding Peace During a Pandemic

As I sat on our deck early one morning, I experienced peace for the first time in many weeks. A gentle breeze rustled the trees. Alternating cicada chatter and birdsong filled the air. Dappled sunlight painted patterns on the lawn and puffy white clouds floated by in a bright azure sky. For those moments, to-do […]

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Handling Life’s Frustrations

The last few weeks have been fraught with frustration. Actually, this year has been fueled by one frustration after another. Delays, miscommunications, waiting, too much to juggle at once, and nonexistent customer service top my frustration list. How about you? What are your greatest sources of frustration? In thinking through some of the challenges of […]

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Mining Memories for Positives

At times, processing items from my childhood home has been like falling into a time machine and stepping out decades ago. Finding tiny plastic dishes and pots spun me back to a time when I was a preschooler and Daddy would come home for lunch and visit me in the playhouse he built for me. […]

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