Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is popping up everywhere. The number one New Year’s resolution is to be a better person. Sesame Street is focusing on kindness the entire year by modeling kindness for children and labeling it when it happens. To emphasize that kindness is one of the most important character traits, there is a list of 13…

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Kindness

“What this world needs is a new kind of army — the army of the kind.” ~Cleveland Amory Amory thought this was true in the twentieth century. How much more appropriate, and necessary, has it become in the twenty-first century. For the 65th anniversary of Hallmark movies on TV, during a Thanksgiving weekend presentation, the…

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Health and Spirituality

In the last several decades, medical doctors have been studying the correlations between spiritual and physical health. Larry Dossey, M. D., is a pioneer in the study of the role of prayer, healing intentions, and spirituality in healthcare. He has examined the evidence of prayer’s efficacy and states that spiritual concerns and healing intentions influence…

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Solitude

In his new book called Silence: The power of quiet in a world full of noise, Thich Nhat Hanh says this. “Real solitude comes from a stable heart that does not get carried away by the pull of the crowd, nor by sorrows about the past, worries about the future, or excitement or stress about…

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Blessons

“A blesson is what happens when you see the blessing in the lesson that your challenge taught you.” Karen Salmansohn’s words struck a chord in me when I read them over a year ago. The word blesson comes to mind as I prepare to enter a new decade of life. It seems as though I’ve…

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Boundaries

Psychologists use the term boundaries to help describe who we are in relation to others. Healthy boundaries assist us in knowing what our limits are with other people. They are essential to living a congruent life. Most of us probably didn’t grow up in families with strong personal boundaries. Having poor boundaries can result in…

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A Question

An author overheard a stranger ask an intriguing question: “What are you willing to do to become a better person?” As I thought about that question, it prompted me to ask several more. What does it mean to me to “become a better person?” Can I immediately formulate an answer, or is a process of…

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Stumbling Blocks

In the Edgar Cayce readings there is a recurring theme: Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones. Perhaps a contrasting way of saying this is what we resist persists. Being willing to face challenges and having the empowerment for tackling them are essential for transforming those stumbling blocks into stepping stones. My journey, as illustrated in…

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Birthdays

Birthdays. Different ages approach them with different attitudes. Youngsters love them and look forward to them, thinking life is limitless. Older folks ignore them, dread them or deny them. The annual marking of another year is not particularly important to me. Rather, I delight in and celebrate days that enliven, surprise, invite, revitalize, or stimulate…

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Cups

Do you have a favorite cup? How would you describe your cup? Does it have special significance for you? What does it symbolize to you? We can have delicate china cups, decorative cups, heavy stoneware cups, hefty mugs, ornate goblets, cups specially decorated by a child or loved one, serviceable plastic cups, or practical travel…

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