Tag: value

An Unrecognized Voice

Thirty years ago, over the course of several years, I was invited by the local American Legion to judge high school students giving orations they had written about the U.S. constitution. Each time, the topic was different; the constitutional questions highlighted were not the same. Elections. Free speech. Rights of citizens. I enjoyed the arguments…
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It’s Not a Weakness; it’s Just Different

A few weeks ago we attended a seminar with keynote speaker David P. Reinhardt.  Reinhardt’s’ presentation was entitled: Arctic Insights: Learning from the Pack about Leadership and Life!   He has a deep love for Alaskan husky dogs and Alaska itself.  He has traveled in the state extensively and has participated in the classic annual Alaskan…
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Worthiness is Our Birthright

In every aspect of our lives, we are always asking ourselves, how am I of value?  what is my worth?  Yet I believe that worthiness is our birthright.      Oprah Winfrey Here’s an excerpt from a December 2011 article – “The One-Shot Society” – in the Economist that caught our attention: ON NOVEMBER 10th South…
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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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Just Because We Are

“You must stop being a pleaser and reclaim your identity as a free self…You must stop seeing yourself through the eyes of others and trying to make them proud of you.” ~Henri Nouwen Where do you get your identity? Who gives you your self-worth? Do you need and depend on other people-parents, spouse, child, friend,…
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Dirty Jobs

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vincent “Vince” Lombardi (1913-1970);Athletic Coach Yesterday afternoon Tom went to visit his brother-in-law’s newly renovated home. His brother-in-law buys run down homes which have been foreclosed and then refurbishes them. As Tom…
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To Be Valued

Nobody is so poor that he or she has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich that he or she has nothing to receive.~Pope John Paul II Most of us have felt overlooked, devalued or forgotten at some time or another and most of us have probably overlooked, devalued or forgotten others, too. We’ve…
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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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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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