If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and…

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Two Dog Bones

    Two dog bones for two Boston Terriers. Gave one to Roscoe, the other to puppy Jack.    Stepped out to my office, took a sip of tea, realized I’d forgotten to sweeten it, went back into the kitchen—and…

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Moments like Now

   One afternoon, 3:30pm, exhausted, I took a nap. Daughter Michelle had just started playing chess with Casey when I lumbered up the steps to sleep. At 5:00 pm, 90 minutes later, I awoke, went downstairs, —they were still playing…

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Chairlift Conversations

Tuesday afternoon skiing was one of the Top 10 best ever! Conditions were flawless! After a first stiff run, I loosened up and hit it! Loose hips, carving thru slight moguls, joyous adventure! Bright sunshine, sunny blue sky, warm but…

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Where are those true friends?

     Where are my friends—my true friends?       Why don’t I have any?      Where are those gentle hearts whose eyes scan for loneliness, whose hearts break for pain-bearers, whose compassion compels them to reach out, befriend,…

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Make the Boy Cry

“As long as we stay angry, we keep our pain”—James Joyce Dang it. I got angry with my 8 year old for acting like a 8 year old. Through scolding words and demanding standards, I made him cry; and for…

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A Champion’s Commitment

A champion’s commitment usurps emotion. When a champion does not feel like doing what they have committed to do, they do it anyway, because doing advances them towards the goal.  They do when they don’t feel like doing.  Remarkable how…

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“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. –Bill Shakespeare 00

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“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” —Albert Schweitzer 00

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Sincerity not Truth

“Sincerity is not a test of truth. We must not make this mistake: He must be right; he’s so sincere. Because it is possible to be sincerely wrong. We can only judge truth by truth and sincerity by sincerity.” —…

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Emotions Have Been My Enemy

Emotions have been my enemy. Emotions have stymied my momentum. Emotions have stopped me cold. There are things I’ve wanted to do, goals I’ve wanted to achieve, stuff I’ve wanted to get done but did not do so because a…

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Faking Confidence

Faking confidence is short-lived. Confidence is built on competence. Competence is built on consistency. Consistency is built on discipline. “The strongest steel is well-founded self belief. It is earned, not given.” –John Wooden (nor faked) 00

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A Definition of Class

“Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. “Class has nothing to do with money. “Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet…

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Get Started

“How can you ever produce something great if you don’t get started and give your ideas time to evolve? Author Jodi Picoult summarized the importance of avoiding perfectionism perfectly: ‘You can edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a…

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Generosity Soothes Soul

Nothing nothing so inspires one to learn generosity as being the recipient of unexpected kindnesses. Receiving generosity in midst of stress (the fruit of fear, says Tony Robbins) reduces tension and soothes the soul. Lord, help me to remember to…

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