Tag: living meaningfully

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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Why do we have to die?

Why do we have to die?  To make life important. ~unknown We attended a funeral together this morning; a funeral of someone connected to many of our friends and people we know.  The service was in many ways a celebration, one that lifted up the legacy of this person’s life.  The message most strongly conveyed…
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This We Believe

We want to speak of the need for human connections and about the loneliness that all of us seek to rise above: We believe that all of us fight loneliness. It’s a part of the human condition that confronts and challenges each of us. Don’t we all need to form connections with someone else? Isn’t…
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The Secret to Happiness?

Even Children feel better when they share what they have.-Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton Last week, I (Tom) was enjoying my vacation at the beach with my wife and two children.  One of the days my two a half year old son Luke was playing in the sand when another young girl about his age…
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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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Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. Martin Luther King, Jr. Try not to become a man of…
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Top Five Regrets of Those Who Are Dying

We were recently sent this article from Britain’s The Guardian and we knew that we needed to share it. The message it gives is one we all need to take seriously. Top five regrets of the dying A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is ‘I…
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