personal growth

Seeing life more clearly, from a distance

“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”   ― Robertson Davies      One of my favorite things to draw is the picture my art teacher taught me in elementary school. […]

Embracing Our Failures

“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass       For his first four years, Albert Einstein didn’t speak.  Einstein’s parents were concerned that he was mentally challenged.  As a Nobel prize winner and a brilliant physicist, Einstein’s failures […]

The Gift of Independence

“The proverb warns that, ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’ But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.” ― Thomas Stephen Szasz   Perhaps, if my children had bitten my feeding hand long ago, I would have been able to offer them two important things:  dignity and independence.  I’ve learned a […]

It’s Been So Long….

I found this, and I felt it was worth sharing.  Apparently, there are lots of people with pain… “I know how this works….you think you are better than others, and so you allow them to fall to your superiority. It’s a stupid game I’ve played for most of my life–the trying to make every group […]

Are You Taking Care of YOU? I haven’t been…

It hit me like a (pardon the cliche’) ton of bricks.  I have been getting ticked off and aggravated by the smallest things.  It’s been going on for a month or so, and I just have hardly taken a breath to figure out why.  This morning, in the middle of a meeting with people who […]

Yesterday, Kindergarten and then…LIFE

I subbed in a kindergarten class the other day, and as I looked at the sweet faces of the very tired children (on the 22nd day of school they are practically still big preschoolers), I thought about how quickly life will move for them…how quickly life has moved for me. This morning, I pored over […]

Living With Intention

Living With Intention

What a challenge I have met in the book I am reading.  Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life:  Living the Wisdom of the Tao, by Wayne Dyer. I’ve spent the past several years trying to live my life with intention…of course, several things have cropped up along the way that I wasn’t choosing to include. […]

Amazed at the presence of one greater than I…

Here I am…just a little thing.  I think I was pretty cute, though.  I like the way I have a smile on my face–I still try to keep one there.  My eyes seem to be sparkly and full of joy–I think they still are.  It’s amazing, isn’t it? When I was born, I was born […]

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