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We Must Always Forgive Oursleves

It’s toughest to forgive ourselves, so it’s best probably to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.      Patty Duke We wonder sometimes, whether it’s easier to practice the art of forgiving others or easier…
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Communication is Key: Forgiveness is essential!

“The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Ghandi So many of us look at forgiveness as a sign of weakness; we think forgiveness means to give in, to excuse, to let off the hook, to submit to someone.  In many ways our society models this way of thinking.  Whenever we…
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Communication is Key – The Power of Saying I’m Sorry

Play fair. Don’t hit people. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.      Robert Fulghum How hard is it for you to say: I’m sorry?How often do you hold it back when you know it’s the best thing to say?How sincerely do you mean it when you finally say it?Just this morning, after arriving home…
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Communication leading to community-choosing our words wisely

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.      Rollo May  In our last post we shared about how communication is key to any healthy relationship and the improvement we have seen in our marriages over the last several years.  We wrote about how control and fear are two of the…
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Communication – the Key to Better Relationships

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.      Rollo May Yesterday was my (Tom’s) sixth wedding anniversary.  My wife had to work and we barely saw one another all day.  By the time she got home from a hard day at the hospital, she was dead tired.  I had had…
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What the Stars and the Snow Have Taught Us

          A Dream Deferred What happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.Or does it explode?     Langston HughesLife has…
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Mentors

Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.      Unknown When I (Tom) was in college, between my sophomore and junior years, I took an internship at a large public relations firm on Wall Street.  For a few weeks I worked in what felt to me like a very toxic environment.  With each passing day…
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Hindsight is Always 20/20

Hindsight is always 20/20.     Billy Wilder We have all heard that old adage – “hindsight is always 20/20”.   The older we get and the more experience we gain the more we see how truthful that adage is.  With age, we hope, comes maturity and with experience, we hope, comes greater wisdom.  We’ve all had moments in…
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10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You

In this graduation season we came upon this timely excerpt from a commencement speech given by Charles Wheelen.  We thought the words were thought-provoking and powerful for any of us on life’s journey, whether we’re graduating this year or not. 10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You — Adapted from 10½ Things No Commencement…
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Peace Like River

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.               Mother Teresa  Every time we get together we start by sharing-about what we did the night before-sharing the frustrations or challenges we may have encountered, sharing about the things for which we are grateful, sharing about the conversations…
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