Warm Your Wings

The other day my youngest shared with me a fun fact from National Geographic’s Weird but True! book three.  It says, “Butterflies must warm their wings in the sun before flying.”  I thought of the monarchs who have recently started…

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The Enneagram

Lately I’ve been diving deep into the Enneagram to prepare for a program that I’ll be presenting.  The Enneagram is a profound and dynamic tool for self-discovery and transformation.  While some may use it for simple entertainment, to categorize one’s…

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Somewhere in the Middle

My paternal grandfather’s birthday was this past week.  I never met him as he passed just months before my parents were married.  From what I’ve heard, he was a renaissance man of sorts, talented in many areas including music, dancing…

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Effort is Required 

We often look for our own faults in others.  For example, if we suspect someone is judging us about something chances are it’s because we have been judgmental about that very thing ourselves at times.  The person we’re wondering about…

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A Few Deep Breaths

Autumn in the Midwest is stunning.  The trees are like a visual symphony, each knowing when to play their part… bursting forward in gold, orange, red, and purple, with varying hues throughout.   And for as long as I can remember…

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Fill Your Own Bucket

Remember learning about “bucket filing?”  Books for adults and children alike have been written about this topic, with some unique and useful variations.  The general idea is that we all carry an invisible bucket of well-being.  Our interactions with others…

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Meet It With Intention 

Do you have a big problem in your life?  Maybe it’s a dilemma in your work environment… maybe it’s a challenging relationship with your child… maybe it’s grieving a significant loss… maybe it’s navigating a troubled marriage… and so on. 

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Why Not Name It

In the past year I’ve had two unrelated relationships get strained for different reasons.  In both cases there were some confusing pieces, assumptions made, and things left unsaid.  Each situation reached a point where it seemed to me that if…

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The Only Moment

If we have lived long enough, we have been hurt at one time or another. If we haven’t healed those wounds or set them free, they might resurface every so often to take our mind on a tour of the…

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Settled For Now

When discerning between options we’re often advised to look for the path that is most life-giving or offers us peace. But there are times in life when the possibilities before us don’t amount to choosing between goods.  Sometimes no trajectory…

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Speak Wisely

Some people are addicted to trash talk. It’s how their ego gets fuel. And given that like attracts like, it’s easy for gossip groups to form. Often they circle around a ring leader who directs the narrative, disparaging other people…

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Silence Should Have Its Say

I’m what you might call an outgoing introvert. I love being around people, sharing stories, and asking lots of questions. Yet after certain gatherings, I enjoy a noiseless space to recharge. 

This had me thinking lately about how, over the…

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