Archive for June, 2016

Look Up

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca  Sadly, far too few of us have relationships in which we truly understand and are understood. During a question and answer time after a noontime talk we gave to a local civic group, a man in […]

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Backslapping

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” —Brené Brown  “What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.” —Haruki Murakami  As we share our […]

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A Nonjudgmental Life

“One of the hardest spiritual tasks is to live without prejudices. Sometimes we aren’t even aware how deeply rooted our prejudices are… Strangers, people different than we are, stir up fear, discomfort, suspicion, and hostility. They make us lose our sense of security just by being ‘other.’ ” –Henri Nouwen “We put labels on life […]

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Chapters (Tom)

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” Frank A. Clark   The day was “supposed” to be one of the most meaningful days of my life—and it was—but for very different reasons than I expected. June 3, 2006. Our wedding day. It […]

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An Abundant Life

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer  “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” Abraham Lincoln  “Most of us are leading lives of quiet desperation.” Henry D. Thoreau […]

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