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How To Be Soft In A Cruel World

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I ran across the quote, “Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.” It stopped me. I read it a couple times, and I thought about the recent events in Paris.  It may be easy for us to quickly forget about atrocities that are happening around the world, and move along in our lives like these …

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Taking Care Of Ourselves

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The holidays are around the corner, and I start to hear people say how busy they are; the stress of family visiting, and trying to get everything done.   How do we prioritize and learn to say no to some events? This time of year can be stressful for some people, and keeping ourselves healthy during the holidays can sometimes …

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How To Start A Gratitude Practice

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Why is it important for you to start thinking daily about what you’re grateful for? Think about all the “things” you have; can you think of one person who would trade you in an instant for what you “have”. When was the last time you thought, “I’m grateful for my life, my spouse, my kids, my job.”   Bringing your …

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Four Steps To Help You Become A Better Listener

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re talking to someone and they turn to look at the television. Do you feel like you’re being heard? It’s hard to not wonder if they would even notice if you just stopped talking.   I had this happen to me recently and I literally stopped talking mid-sentence. It took the man who was …

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How To Look At Our Failures Differently

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We all have them – failures – big or small, we have all experienced them. Some were life changing and you consider them huge failures in your life, maybe you’re even embarrassed by them and don’t like to talk about it.   Other failures were less significant, but you still consider it a defeat.   What if we changed that …

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What Grief Has Taught Me

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The month of October usually meant to me that it was finally Fall, and everything pumpkin would fill me with joy. It was time for pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin pie. It’s also my birthday month, so that meant loving birthday wishes from friends and family.   But on October 24th 2014, life changed forever. My brother was in …