Tag: expectations

An Olympian Feat

In the middle of this fortnight of the 2022 Winter Olympics, we’ve been reading and hearing about a distinctive shift in attitudes and reactions to and by the athletes, related to their mental and emotional health. Recent commentaries and articles attribute this shift to when Simone Biles, arguably the world’s best gymnast, dropped out of…
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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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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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A Gut Check on the Attitudes We Have About Others

Tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what they are and who they might become.      Brennan ManningIt’s our common struggle to look at others, not seeing their inherent worth. It seems far easier and more natural to see the faults, failings and flaws of everyone else than…
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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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Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.Howard Thurman Have you ever asked yourself what makes you come alive? Have you ever seriously considered it – What brings you joy? What energizes you? What gives you a…
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Discovering Self-Worth

You don’t have time. You’re on this earth for a dash of time, really. and then that’s it. And for some reason that reality and knowing that, it just changed everything. I felt that I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me says about me…
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