Tag: validation

The Need for Validation

I’ve talked to 30,000 people on this show and they all wanted validation. Everyone wants to know: “Do you see me?”, “Do you hear me?”, “Does what I say mean anything?” Oprah Winfrey The article about her last show included this: “There were no grand surprises, no makeovers, or celebs, Taking the stage of her…
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Believing Us into Being

I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.      Abraham Lincoln As we’ve shared several times this year, Abraham Lincoln has been a very significant historical figure for us. We love to read books about his character and example,…
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Stricken with Self-Doubt

Who am I to get something published? Who am I that anyone would care to read what I thought? Who am I that anyone would care what I had to say? And pay money for it?As the World Series starts tonight, we thought of Justin Verlander, 29, the incredibly successful pitcher for the American League…
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The Inner Voice of Love

The theologian Henri Nouwen wrote this journal entry about his own struggles with self-worth in his confessional, The Inner Voice of Love:Some people have lived such oppressed lives that their true selves have become completely unreachable to them. They need help to break through their oppression. Their power to free themselves has to be at…
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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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Learning Your Love Language

One of the things that has been most helpful for us in developing and growing our relationship together, in our relationships with our wives and in our relationships with others in our lives has been learning our own love languages. Dr. Gary Chapman, in his book, The Five Love Languages, states that every person needs two…
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An Honest Friend

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.      Robert Louis StevensonWe want to be really personal today. This post is about our relationship and how we hope we are modeling honesty and friendship for others. Over the last few…
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Hold on Loosely

Relationships – of all kinds – are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold on to some of it, but most will be spilled.…
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