Tag Archive: joy

Reinforcing a Different Message

The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling as if they are worthwhile.      Fred Rogers   A sense of self-worth. It’s something we all need. It’s something our hearts crave. It’s something that most of us don’t have enough of. We talk with people all […]

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Beyond the Thorns

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.      Alphonse Karr Continuing our series on gratitude this week, we thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge how hard it is to be grateful sometimes. It seems that it’s a mark of the human condition to focus on the “thorns”—the […]

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Duct Tape and Practicing the Art of Contentment

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’ Dalai Lama Following the birth of our (Tom’s) two girls we have had many more guests than normal […]

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A warm embrace

When the rain is blowing in your faceAnd the whole world is on your caseI could offer you a warm embraceTo make you feel my love When the evening shadows and the stars appearAnd there is no one there to dry your tearsI could hold you for a million yearsTo make you feel my love […]

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On the mountaintop

 Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. Carl Jung I (Tom) walked on to the elevator at Harrisburg hospital after another long […]

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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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The Banquet at 2:00a.m.

Life is a banquet.  And most of you poor sons of bitches are starving to death.     from the Braodway show, Mame      We once heard a speaker share a powerful story about experiencing true joy and abundance in   this life.  The speaker talked about how he had been leading a seminar late into the evening and […]

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Uninhibited Joy

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt Last night after work, as a treat, we took my (Tom’s) children to an amusement park.  On a hot mid-summers-night it seemed like an important thing to do.  As we were working throughout the […]

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LOL-Laughing Out Loud

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.Mark Twain We have all heard the adage that laughter is the best medicine and this past week both of us saw those words come true once again.  I (Michael) spent time with a friend who for the last seven years has been going through an extremely difficult […]

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The Power of Humor

Humor is reason gone mad.~Groucho Marx Humor is one of our greatest gifts.  In tense and trying situations there is nothing that can diffuse our distress than a good joke or belly laugh.  Well placed humor can dramatically change the dynamic of a perspective and our feelings about a difficult circumstance.  It can clear the […]

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