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New Eyes Lesson #8. Finding Your Mentor

"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself" ~Galileo Galilei   My mentor will be canonized someday. For real. She has the patience of Job, the servant's heart of Mother Teresa and the wisdom of Solomon. Especially that part about the patience of Job. Especially concerning me. After all these years she hasn't given up on me. If she doesn't become...

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New Eyes Lesson #7. Four Reasons You Need A Mentor

“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   Did you know if it had been a normal road trip, the Israelites could have made it from the foot of Mt. Sinai to the edge of Canaan, the promised land, in two weeks or less? Isn't that amazing? If they had been less stubborn or better listeners, it...

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Christmas Is Over and You’ve Got the Holiday Blues?

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." Charles Dickens   I wish Christmas Day came with an extended warranty that allowed it to last at least 48 hours. It goes by way too fast. Who's with me? On the 26th, life hits "resume" and boom, it's back to reality. Back to work. Trucks to drive, patients to see. Businesses...

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Discontent. Three Ways to Lock it Out.

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu   I was nearly robbed today. It's Thanksgiving week no less and a thief tried to sneak in my back door. He nearly managed to pull it off but I recognized him right away. It was that old varmint Discontent and he almost got...

Integrity and Character. Two Tickets to Legacy.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ John Wooden   People with impeccable character and integrity fascinate us. Folks who have it become epic, larger-than-life and timeless.  Maybe it's because it's become so rare. Perhaps it's the way a shiny veneer peels off, revealing major flaws beneath the...

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Calm. The Very Best Superpower.

(A 3-minute read)“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chödrön   Have you ever watched time-lapse photography of clouds? An entire day, captured in mere minutes. It's fascinating to watch clouds come and go. See how they thicken and grow dark? Just as quickly, they become pale and thin to nothing. Their shadows glide quickly over the face of the earth below,...

Think Small. Three Reasons It’s A Big Deal.

(Read in 3 minutes)"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." John Wooden I began my true adulting in an era of everything big. The 80's zeitgeist was big corporations, big money, big ideas, big shoulder pads, big hair. I embraced every bit of it, especially the hair. It's funny, looking back, isn't it? If you live long enough, you get...

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Drive Out Disappointment and Discouragement

  “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”~ Henry David Thoreau   This may come as a real shock to some of you, but sometimes I'm hopelessly at a loss for words. Yes, even me. Betty, who must always be mindful to curb her excessive wordiness. Let's get real. We're all human beings, not machines. That means even the strongest among...

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September is the New January. Give It a Try!

(Read in about :03)"Every moment is a fresh beginning.” ~T.S. Eliot   September has burst upon us. Beautiful, glorious, blue-skyed month that she is. Full of promise and new starts. Vacations are sweet memories, school is well into the first quarter, and Labor Day, the second bookend of summer, has come and gone. Routines, so wonky all summer, have gotten more normal and the wheels of our everyday activities are humming along smoothly...

Readers Become Writers Who Want Readers. Right?

(Read in just over :03)“I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.” ~ John Cheever   Long before a person even thinks about becoming a writer, they're almost always a reader. And more than a casual reader. No, more like a book junkie. Like me, I've always been happiest with my nose in a book. I have to wonder why there isn’t...