personal growth

To be a Spoke

Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all.    ~ Deborah Day It was a used Pacific bike, and for $10, it was the perfect answer to his getting to his new job. The people at his […]

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Charity begins…with you

“There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.” ― Theodore Roosevelt Long before the Democrats and Republicans of today’s society in the United States (and the […]

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Letting Go to Look Ahead

“There are far better things ahead than any we may leave behind.” ~C.S. Lewis Rose told Jack that she would never let go of his hand in Titanic, Randall loosens his glove to keep Fisher from having to hold on to him in The Guardian, and Tyler Durden brings home a most difficult idea of […]

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About that Offense

“The best defense is a good offense.” ~an old adage *** But what about… But did you… the questions were flying at him. It was like a basketball game. The other team (or in this case, his boss) might not have had more good plays, but they were able to stop the drive to the […]

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To Be a Star

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and natural philosopher (1749-1832) “You are hurting my business giving away those photographs,” the words stung as I continued snapping the shutter on my camera. The […]

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Sort the Pieces to Solve the Puzzle

“The world is a puzzle, and we cannot solve it alone.” ― Lemony Snicket There were 1,000 pieces inside the box, and I watched with fascination as my friend and her daughter took the wheel to transform the pieces into the picture on the front of the box. Maybe their brains just process what’s in front […]

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Being a Kid Again

“The soul is healed by being with children.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky Sitting in the waiting room full of very serious adults, many anxious about the meeting they would be having with the doctor, the small child burst with a sound. My first reaction was to hold my breath, uncertain of whether it was a laugh or […]

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Words – the Power in their Presence and in their Absence

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. The girls in the group were speaking in whispers about one of their friends. “I heard she…” And so began the denigration of one person’s character and reputation. Her best friend was standing […]

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Giving Means Showing Up

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet They scrubbed the profanity off the wall left by vandals. She collected bags of trash alongside the road. He cooked a feast for the people with no meal of their own. […]

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Giving out of Your Excess

“The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.” ~Lao Tzu “For those who don’t know, we save our spare change all year long then combine it and cash it in. Then we pick a restaurant that’s open on Christmas Eve. […]

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