personal growth

IMPACT is the word

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.  Jane Goodall Sitting in the coffee shop enjoying a quiet moment before the day really begins, I notice the way the […]

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The Last Letter

“Dear folks, Well you can just call me lucky, for at about 2:30 today I became a United States Marine.” The box is full of letters from a Marine to his family waiting at home in the early 1950’s. All these years later, the handwritten letters are treasured more than any store-bought item sent from abroad could […]

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Ditch the Eraser

I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life’s experiences, bad and good make you who you are. Erasing any of life’s experiences would be a great mistake. ~Luis Miguel   The two blue lines with the dashed red line between them contained words from another […]

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The Gift of Life

“Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects.” ~Henry Melvill Do you have your wish list ready? It’s the holiday season, and even people who aren’t religious often exchange gifts and […]

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What are your moments?

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten” ― Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand: Diaries, 1935-1950 Remember that time… It’s my favorite line from spending a few months with a good friend driving to small communities every day, and it’s a line I often use when I […]

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those unexpected moments

“Why not seize the pleasure at once? —How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” ~Jane Austen There was a job in the next state that offered more security, better benefits, more time at home with the family, and a shorter commute to work. Why didn’t she explore the possibilities? Why not at least interview […]

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Sit up Straight

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller   The little boy was on tiptoes and stretching his head as far upward as he could. “See how tall I am?” he asked. He was working so hard to be oh so tall. I laughed as I […]

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Stand Still So Life Won’t Pass You By

“There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living: there is nothing that is harder to learn.” ― Seneca The large clumps of Maiden Grass were waving from the landscaping of the service station, catching my eye as I sat at the traffic light. It struck me how they drew me in without […]

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and we cry

“There are three things we cry for in life: things that are lost, things that are found, and things that are magnificent.”  ― Douglas Coupland The little boy fell, began to whimper, and then was caught by his father’s eye. There was so much said in that silent glance, and the little boy stood up and […]

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Won’t You Please, Please Help Me?

“Help! I need somebody Help! Not just anybody Help! You know I need someone Help!” ~ John Lennon / Paul Mccartney Watching the woman struggle with what was obviously too many items, I wondered if I should get a cart for her. The voice in my head argued with me, “No, she is an adult and […]

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