Tag Archives: Courage

To give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul

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

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Lessons: when and where

“The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson. Don’t give up in the middle”. Isn’t that the challenge? We get discouraged. The trek seems impossible. It seems as though no matter how … Continue reading

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Life is connected it is not just disparate events

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

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Strength to be courageous

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

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People who love us raise us up

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

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Is today a day for picking daisies?

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

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Two extraordinary friends

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

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Your story and my story

I saw a plaque recently that said “home is where your story begins“. Now that rings true for me, largely because my childhood home was  a happy place to be. My home as an adult is a happy place to … Continue reading

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What Matters Most is How You see Yourself

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

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Where is your Rubicon?

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

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fear

“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

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God Really Does Have a Plan

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

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He Loves Me Despite the Fact

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

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Remember the Humble Carrot (part 2 of 2)

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

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Remember the Humble Carrot (Part 1 of 2)

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

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Stages of Grief – With God’s Help It Is Like Going Across the Monkey Bars

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

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Sometimes you have to be adventurous

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

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What Do You Conquer?

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

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What Do You Think of This GPS? You May Be Surprised!

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

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I Like CSI, but GSI has real possibilities

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

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Deeply Rooted in Christ

“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

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Two weeks to form a new habit?

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

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Courage to Climb Your Mountains— a Reblog

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

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I Know the Plans I Have For You, Says the Lord

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

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Just Like That

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

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Integrity … Hold On To It…

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

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Remembering…..

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

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Be who you want to be

“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

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Catch the Tradewinds

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

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Dandelions and Friendship

  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

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Who Ignites Your Circuits?

” There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.” ~ Rusty Berkus I am more and more aware these days of the exquisite gestalt of … Continue reading

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