Archive for August, 2012

What if…..????

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.     Mahatma Gandhi What if ………..????? What if I can’t get a job when I graduate? What if my child was in an accident and I wasn’t around? What if I can’t afford to go to college? What if I can’t afford […]

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Finding Common Ground

“I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” ― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth Being in the midst of the presidential conventions reminds us of a story from the campaign four years ago.  Hillary Clinton, who had a reputation of sometimes being […]

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Trust – Connecting the Dots

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.      ~Steve Jobs Lately we have had many conversations with […]

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Connecting the Dots

 You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ~Steve Jobs Lately we have had many conversations with individuals […]

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Being Who You Are … Forging Your Own Path

The most common form of despair is not being who you are…      Søren KierkegaardWhen I (Michael) was in eighth grade, my English class was given the assignment of writing a special book report. The book could be any, of each student’s choosing, as it related to the various other subjects we had been studying […]

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Open

You’re a tennis player! You’re going to be number one on the world! You’re going to make lots of money. That’s the plan, and that’s the end of it.      Mike Agassi We both love tennis. We love to play it – and compete fiercely with each other. We love to watch it – especially […]

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Our Week of Worry

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~Henri David Thoreau In our last message Tom wrote about worry – especially about its effects when we shoulder our troubles alone.  Today I (Michael) want to share a story about […]

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Worrying Our Lives Away

Don’t worry, about a thing, ‘cause every little thing is gonna be alright. ~Bob Marley It was my senior year of college, final semester, and I (Tom) was a nervous wreck.  I had recently returned from a six week reprieve touring, studying, and exploring everything the city of London had to offer.  Now, in the […]

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Roller Coaster

Now that the summer tourist season is in full force here in Hershey, Pennsylvania, we can hear all day and into the night the faint roar of the rides, the whistle of the steam train and the music of the stadium concerts from HersheyPark, the chocolate-themed amusement park, within walking distance of Michael’s house. We […]

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Coming Through the Fires

Things get bad for all of us, almost continually, and what we do under the constant stress reveals who and what we are.      Charles Bukowski A friend from California, spoke of terrible wild fires that raged several years ago very near his home. The fires left a massive swath of destruction behind them. The […]

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