"Words" is Tammy's authentically crafted blog, published weekly here and on her Facebook Page, Tammy Ann Winn.  May you be inspired!

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Discerning and Wise 

“Death is what gives life meaning, to know your days are numbered, your time is short,” says the Ancient One in the Marvel Movie Dr. Strange.  That quotation struck me this week.  It caused me to consider the gamut…

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The Steady Center of Our Being 

Just last night I read something beautiful that Richard Rohr wrote about the soul in Breathing Under Water.  “The soul does not attach, nor does it hate; it desires and loves and lets go.” 

I’ve always been one to…

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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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