Tag: fear

Create Space

When we answered her email asking if we would hear her story, we listed all the ways we could listen – in person, over the phone, via Zoom, through Facebook private messaging, WhatsApp, and texting. Her reply was this: I’ve decided that initially I would like to just communicate via email. I’m not sure if…
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It Starts with What We Believe

We reflect on two of the United States’ most iconic and treasured values statements during our national pause for Veterans Day – the commemoration and honoring of those who have served and sacrificed: From the Declaration of Independence –  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all (people) are created equal, that they are…
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One of the Things Every Leader Fears Most and How to Overcome It?

In a world of hyperconnectivity, when almost any seeming “rando” can post whatever they’d like, when they’d like, how’d they like, all while remaining relatively anonymous, what is the one thing every leader fears the most and how do we overcome it?  Two weeks ago, our leadership team was scrolling through survey results of a…
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At The Table

The two disciples whom Jesus joined on the road to Emmaus recognized him in the breaking of the bread.   What is a more common, ordinary gesture than breaking bread?  It may be the most human of all human gestures:  a gesture of hospitality, friendship, care, and the desire to be together.  Taking a loaf of…
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Being Afraid Keeps Us from Shining

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.…
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Home Lives In All of Us

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. Maya Angelou As we enter this holiday season, we know that for many people there is great anxiety and deeply conflicting feelings.  Our culture sends the message that the holidays are so…
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Living an Authentic Life

No man, for any considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitudes without finally getting bewildered about which may be the truth.     Nathaniel HawthorneBeing authentic is the ability to be true to oneself. Living an authentic life requires the ability to be true to our own wants, needs…
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No Stupid Questions

Anything mentionable is manageable.     Fred RogersThat is which is most personal is most universal.     Henri NouwenThe other day a friend told us that when he went through a divorce several decades ago he had only one other person with whom he felt he could talk – about his perceived failure, about his feelings of shame,…
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One Bad Month

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.      Martin Luther King, Jr. August was not an easy month for me (Michael).It started our okay – with my wife’s birthday and few problems on the horizon. But then it went downhill. Fast. Furiously: • My 96-year old grandmother, who has been in…
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“You will never know unless you ask.”

“You will never know unless you ask.”~ Marilyn Kaden Fernquist This quote by my (Tom’s) grandmother has resonated with me all my life.  Even though she has been gone for five years, her words “You will never know unless you ask” continue to be heard in my mind every time I am questioning whether or…
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