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Lessons from My Grandparents

What have you learned from your grandparents? What have you forgotten that you want to bring back as a tradition or memory? What I learned from those same grandparents was faith, persistence, endurance, and thriftiness. Grandma grew a garden every year until she and...

Let nothing disturb you. God alone suffices

— St. Teresa of Avila We are to enter the rest of God. Hebrews 4:3a says, “Now we who have believed enter that rest.” And Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made...

Ceasing in Serenity

Homer Surbeck describes the average fly in summer in his book The Success Formula That Really Works. We are all familiar with summertime. Most days we will see a fly or many flies in the window. They will battle eight hours of the day to get to the other side of the...

Diffusing Offense

Offense is on the rise. So is blame. If I can influence only one thing with my writing, my wish is to influence members of the next generation to rise up and take responsibility for themselves. Stop blaming the government, your school, your parents, your boss, or the...

Transitioning with Technology

My first mobile phone was attached to a carrying case. Do you remember those? “Bag phones” they were called. They came with a full phone handset that was almost custom fit for your ear, like a real original house phone. Today’s new portable house phones are danged...

Bricks to Walls

Losing peaceful emotions reminds me of brick walls, construction, and the solidity of it all. How solid is your wall? We build the protective wall around our heart and emotions brick by brick. Bricks of egotism, boastfulness, pride, sarcasm, cynicism, hard hearts,...

Feeding Your Mind and Planting Seeds of Success

Feeding Your Mind and Planting Seeds of Success

“No man is free who is not master of himself.” — Epictetus Resolutions are those goals set at the beginning of every year. They are almost like a goal to failure. Ben Franklin is known for penning some of his writing under the name of Mrs. Silence Dogood. Many of...

Letting Go

“Let it Go.” Disney nailed it with this popular song from Frozen. It’s the song everyone learned, and learned to hate. Or learned to grow tired of, at least. But whenever I feel overwhelmed or stress, I can let loose and sing that song. Benjamin Franklin described it...

Harrowing? What is THAT?!

“Harrowing the Habits”? I chose the word “harrowing” because it complements “cultivating” in the book’s title. Both “harrowing” and “cultivating” relate to farming, and consequently, growing. They serve as metaphors for how you can grow into the person you want to be...

Habits are not sexy

A habit is something only you are able to make happen, change, or add to your life. No one will do it for you. You have to take the action required if you want something different in the future. What things are habits in your life? Brushing your teeth, driving to...