Tag: strength

No More Killing Fields

This post was updated on March 18, 2022 Serene and heartbreaking. Sacred and horrific. The beautiful forest setting held a chilling secret. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the Iron Curtain, Ukrainians learned a long-held evil truth. Outside of the capital city of Kyiv, the quiet woods held thousands of…
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Living Authentically

SEASON 3: EPISODE 14 | May 12, 2021 Living Authentically with Paul Colaianni Living authentically matters to Paul Colaianni.  A lot.  He says taking the risk to be who we really are can ultimately be a very good thing.  He says we must not allow others to dishonor us because they won’t allow us to…
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Never Forget

We Pause…to Listen

The world’s media today is filled with stories remembering the horrific events of September 11, 2001. As we write this message, television screens are broadcasting simultaneous services of commemoration about what happened that day in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,977 people died — tragically, violently, needlessly. The world changed dramatically that…
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It’s About Love

Sadly, last Sunday, breaking news detailed deadly shootings at two Jewish Community Centers near Kansas City, Kansas.   Three people were killed.  Once again, the horror of human hate and its devastation intruded into all of our lives and reminded us of the evil that lurks within us and around us. Later that day and the…
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An Indomitable Will

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi We have been exploring the subject of Resilience – bouncing back from hardship, adversity and trauma. Our last several posts have explored different ways we may be able to adapt to the challenges and difficulties in our lives. Based on…
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Nothing is Ever Wasted

That which does not kill me, makes me stronger. ~Frederick Nietzsche What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you. ~Unknown   As we look back upon our lives it is particularly difficult to acknowledge that challenging seasons or experiences have meaning and purpose.  Our tendency is to try and forget them,…
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It isn’t the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it’s how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer.      Pema Chodron  Suffering.  It’s a word in the language that none of us likes to hear; in fact, most of us cringe…
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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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In Diversity There is Beauty and There is Strength

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.~Maya Angelou This afternoon we had a pretty intense conversation on the topic of diversity.  We have been friends for over four years and have now worked closely together for nearly a year.  And even…
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There is power in our powerlessness

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us…
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