Tag Archive: joy

New Suits, Bow Ties and “Standing With” Our Friends

“Right after the new year began, my wife of 14 years shared that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue with our marriage. She informed me that she “needed space” to sort through her feelings. We had just experienced a season of many difficulties: my battle with cancer in 2011; my mom’s recent battle […]

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In The Fullness of Time- A Reflection in this Holiday Season

As is our tradition, each year on December 23, we (Tom and Michael, the co-founders of Someone To Tell It To), go to the Iberian Lounge at the Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to reflect on the year that is just ending. We celebrate the incredibly good moments and achievements and are open about the […]

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Longing to Become Aware of God’s Presence

Beautiful and stirring, evocative and uplifting, the carols and songs, accompanied by trumpets, drums and an organ, created the holiday mood we had hoped for. Familiar and timeless, hope-filled and full of promise, the nine lessons interspersed between musical selections touched deeply-held chords of longing for a world ruled by love, not hate, joy, not […]

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Steel Sharpens Steel-The Gift of Friendship

You use steel to sharpen steel,     and one friend sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) We meet every other Friday for breakfast.  We’ve been meeting for over two years now.  It’s almost hard to believe.  The coffee is warm and the breakfast is filling and it wakes us up to the possibilities that lie before for the […]

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To Laugh Properly

On this Christmas Eve, we offer this story, one that is true, that celebrates  joy in life.  It is even in the midst of challenge and pain that we can be reminded of goodness and wonder and love all around us.   When we can find joy within our fears and disappointments we have truly found a […]

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The Lights

Here is Michael’s latest story he sent to Chicken Soup For the Soul: Find Your Happiness.  It is called “The Returning Light”. We thought it was appropriate to share it during this holiday season. We hope it gets selected, but if not, a portion of it will appear in our book – Someone To Tell […]

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No One Ever Asks

Here is an excerpt from our new book – Someone To Tell It To: Stories of Hope, Joy, Compassion and Grace. One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.      — Rebecca Falls “No one ever takes the time to ask me what I’m […]

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“My Birds”

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.      Joseph Campbell   It’s complicated, she exclaimed many times as we talked.  It’s complicated, crazy and sometimes I just can’t believe it’s happening to me.   She had laid it out:  The surgery following an accident.  The long hospital […]

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Our Coping Tools

It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, […]

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A Wonderful World

A Wonderful World? The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way. ~William Blake I do not cry easily. But without warning and with sudden explosiveness tears poured out one morning – the surprising release of emotion, cathartic and intense. […]

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