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Tag Archives: Courage
Today many of us will be rushing about. I wanted to share a poem with you today. I hope you like it! Youth ~ by Samuel Ullman Youth is not a time of life–it is a state of mind. It … Continue reading
I tell my students that all of their school subjects are connected. Just because each one is taught in a different room does not mean they are truly separate. Events in our lives and stages of our lives can seem … Continue reading
Courageous people have different reasons for their courage. Sometimes a person, a group of people, or an entire nation are thrust into a situation. That situation often calls for a display of courage. Examples of this include: England when Germany … Continue reading
In light of the fact that I have been renewing friendships and reuniting with cousins off and on over the past few months, I realize once again how we are the wind beneath each others’ wings. We reach out and … Continue reading
My friend Linda is fighting cancer, once again. No, she isn’t just fighting it, she is determined to give it a knock-out, all the time prevailing with joy, laughter, and optimism. She inspires all who know her, with her zest … Continue reading
My magical weekend continued on Sunday. I went to Mass and brunch with some dear, dear old friends (Andi and Jerry). We have been friends since my freshman year of college. For a brief, magical time we ended up in … Continue reading
I thought this little picture was so cute. the little kitten envisions himself as a masterful lion. As a result, his timidity potentially transforms into courage. This is something that I regularly communicate to my students. I explain that each … Continue reading
I was watching the movie1776. In it, John Adams sings: “They want to me to quit; they say John, give up the fight…..” later in the same song he sings, with great gusto: For I have crossed the Rubicon Let … Continue reading
“There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid”.–Frederick W. Cropp. Long ago there was, however, a stellar newsman named Edward R. Murrow. He said, “We will not … Continue reading
Do you ever feel like a tiny boat made of leaves and twigs, and you are caught in a fast moving creek? God knows how to reach you and save you. Fear Not! ” God Has A Purpose for your … Continue reading
So don’t be discouraged. Dust yourself off, and get up, and keep trying. You may not see it, but you are improving. You may not be improving as quickly and steadily as you desire. But what He desires (and the … Continue reading
In my last post I started talking about spunk. I mentioned Spunk Transplants. By that I mean helping my students find their “inner spunk”. I believe that we are each hardwired to have a well of spunk to draw upon … Continue reading
I woke up this morning thinking about spunk. What is spunk? Spunk is having your “game on”. It is stepping out there on the stage that is your life, even if you are in the grips of stage fright. It … Continue reading
I was watching a program the other night and someone on the show was grieving the loss of a loved one. Someone else on the program said something like “I understand that. You’ve lost a loved one. You will grieve … Continue reading
I sometimes think that having an adventure must involve extraordinary effort (like mountain climbing), or a long and perhaps expensive trip. But life itself is truly an adventure. When you stop and think about it, each time we head out … Continue reading
In a recent fortune cookie, I received this aphorism “Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it”. I liked it a lot. You see there are times in our lives when we are afraid. Perhaps … Continue reading
It has occurred to me that stress is not an automatic condition. For years I have felt stressed out and overcome by challenges and difficulties. I don’t mean all the time, but boy have I felt extremely overcome at times. … Continue reading
From the time I was a kid I enjoyed mysteries. It was fun to try to solve them. I enjoy to this day a good crime drama or a good legal drama. I find them compelling. Since dissection was my … Continue reading
“Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught”~ Colossians 2:7 People have asked me throughout my life how I have … Continue reading
I have often heard it takes two weeks to form a new habit. It takes me longer than that to change my mindset. I have been on my lifestyle change in eating and exercising for 18 whole days. I have … Continue reading
This post is used in its entirety from my friend Deb over at 365 days of courage. It is exactly the encouragement and reminder that I needed today. Please visit her at http://365daysofcourage.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/courage-to-climb-your-mountains/ and tell her so. I write often and … Continue reading
Jeremiah 29:11- 15 Sometimes I awaken worried. Perhaps I had a bad dream. More likely, though, my list has gotten way too long and I don’t have enough time in my days. The more stressed I get, the less I accomplish. … Continue reading
Forgive my absence yesterday. But we were busy with graduation preparations. And…Just like that, the graduation really did happen; with us in attendance; and Josh walking across the stage. I will post pictures another day. But there were two things … Continue reading
I think a lot about integrity these days. There have been times when I have been pressured to compromise my integrity. There have been times, too, when “the powers that be” have bullied someone. During those years, Scent of a … Continue reading
I am feeling sentimental today. . . sentimental in advance. I tend to do that. This Friday my son will have his “make-up graduation ceremony”. What do I mean by that? I will tell you! He completed his coursework for … Continue reading
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules … Continue reading
I It is the time of year when we see transitions all around us. they range from simple things like springtime flowers, early summer crops, changing from sweaters to tank tops, flinging open our windows, or doing spring cleaning. This … Continue reading
A friend of mine (Maureen) and I were chatting online. We were talking about when we are going through a difficult time how important it is to have an ally/buddy/friend to help you through things. In many cases those … Continue reading