personal growth

You’re Grace?

“Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” ~Frederich Schiller “You’re Grace?”  The question was not so strange.  My business name contains “Grace,” and the column which holds my blog is ‘Amazed by Grace’.  If either of my sons had turned out to be a daughter, her name would have been Elizabeth […]

It Takes a Team to find Success

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi  I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who has made it through life completely alone.  Even though a country might have one leader, he does not rule alone.  A company has […]

Breaking Free from The Rumor Mill

“The report of my death is greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain Twain’s infamous quote came in a letter he wrote in May 1897. His cousin had been gravely ill.  People must have confused the two men, and rumors began that Twain was dying and then was dead.  Rumors are untruths, or sometimes partial truths, that are […]

Got Conflict? Bring it on!

“All of your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.  Seek disharmony and you will gain peace”.  Rumi      Waiting at the Lion’s Club, I would stand with my mother as the line wound around until it was her turn to vote.  I remember the curtain that hid us from the rest of the voters […]

Traditions Can Be Treasures

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer      “Where’s the cranberry sauce?  We can’t have turkey without cranberry sauce!”  It was the first Thanksgiving my mother had lived in her new home near my family, […]

The Best Part of Life

“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” ― William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads      It struck suddenly.  An active young mother  fell ill to a sickness that had no name.  She aged many years in the first week after losing much feeling on her left […]

Fear Not

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson      Twelve steps or three leaps.  That’s how […]

What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

“There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.”― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath Hitting another person […]

Scabs, Scars, and Healing Wounds

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses      It was a big hill, and flying down it on my sturdy blue bicycle without training wheels was blissful freedom.  I was commanding the road without a care in the world.  Starting at […]

If you don’t have a gavel, why do you judge?

“As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their “right” place.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen      What you think of […]

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