Archive for October, 2012

There is power in our powerlessness

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us […]

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Being a Warm-Hearted People

Honest concern for others is the key factor in improving our day to day lives. When you are warm-hearted, there is no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity. A calm mind and self-confidence are the basis for happy and peaceful relations with each other. Healthy, happy families and a healthy peaceful nation are dependent on […]

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This We Believe

We want to speak of the need for human connections and about the loneliness that all of us seek to rise above: We believe that all of us fight loneliness. It’s a part of the human condition that confronts and challenges each of us. Don’t we all need to form connections with someone else? Isn’t […]

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Stricken with Self-Doubt

Who am I to get something published? Who am I that anyone would care to read what I thought? Who am I that anyone would care what I had to say? And pay money for it?As the World Series starts tonight, we thought of Justin Verlander, 29, the incredibly successful pitcher for the American League […]

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Living an Authentic Life

No man, for any considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitudes without finally getting bewildered about which may be the truth.     Nathaniel HawthorneBeing authentic is the ability to be true to oneself. Living an authentic life requires the ability to be true to our own wants, needs […]

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The Past Does Not Equal the Future

When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear…. When we release the fearful past and forgive […]

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Sometimes the Hardest Act of Love is Letting Go

Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.     Deborah Reber, Chicken Soup for the Teenage SoulLetting go of our control over another person is often one of the hardest things we ever have to do.Any parent knows this. […]

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Expectations

The best things in life are unexpected –- because there were no expectations.     Eli Khamarov Yesterday was my (Tom’s) birthday. When I was a child I often had huge grandiose expectations about how my birthday should go. If it didn’t go the way I planned it to or if people didn’t respond the way I […]

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Hope is An Extraordinary Spiritual Grace

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.      Vincent McNabbOne of the greatest obstacles to having hope is our misguided understanding of what hope really is. In Wednesday’s blog we began with a quote from Vaclav Havel:Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. […]

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At Least a Ray

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.      Vaclav Havel What is this thing called hope?We hear it all the time,thrown around as if it is our salvation.Never give […]

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