Tag: hope

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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Compassion–Signs of Hope

When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope. ~Henri Nouwen  This morning we spent time reflecting on our past, where we have been, pains we…
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Loneliness–One of the Greatest of all Diseases

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. ~Mother Teresa   Both of us know friends who for many years have bottled up deep feelings, wounds, guilt, and pain inside.  They have been afraid to share because they fear being judged–they think to themselves, if she or he only knew where I have…
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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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They Inspire Us

Tuesday turned out to be an extremely special day for us – with two watershed encounters of inspiration, affirmation and joy.  We were on a work-related retreat together.in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and these two experiences still leave us filled with gratitude, awe, excitement and promise.  As we continue to grow our non-profit, we need these watershed moments.  We…
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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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