On being humble

How best to approach a blog on being humble?  We might begin with the standard dictionary definition: A) not proud or haughty.  B) Reflecting, expressing or offered in a spirit of diffidence or submission.  To my thinking neither of these definitions reflect the broader and true meaning. To be Humble For me the true definition […]

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As we approach the celebration of America’s 242nd birthday we will be hearing a lot about the word Patriotism.  I think this is a wonderful time to ask what Patriotism is.  Is it blind obedience to whatever government is in power at the time?  I don’t think so.  Does being a Patriot require us to

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Conversations in our heads

Those conversations in our heads; you know how they go.  You get so angry at another person and you want to tell them off.  You want to show them how wrong they are.  Around and around the conversation goes in your mind.  They say this, you respond with a withering reply that is insightful and

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Communication Breakdown

Talk is cheap, so they say, and it is true; words come easily and abundantly, the problem is no matter how many words we use we may not be communicating.  This lack of communication is not simply because others are not listening, it is because they cannot hear us. In my book Bear and Butterfly

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Defending Myself

It seems to me that almost every conflict stems from feeling the need to defend ourselves.  I say “feeling the need” to defend ourselves; very often there is no need to defend ourselves, it sometimes just feels that way.  This stems from an insistence that we must be right and someone else must be wrong.

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It’s All so Amazing!

 As Terrie Symons and I travel in India we are very conscious of the truth that travel broadens ones mind.  As westerners we have an idea of what is right, what is wrong, what is good, what is happiness, what is poverty, but here on the road we are challenged to open our minds to

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Whose the boss?

Just who are you trying to please?  In other words, who is your boss?  Are you working to please someone else, or does your motivation come from trying to please yourself?    If we find ourselves trying to please others we will often be disappointed. This is where the phrase “what have you done for

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Crazy is as Crazy does

What is crazy?  Is crazy taking a chance on a new way of doing things?  Is crazy stepping into a new relationship when the last relationship went so badly, is crazy simply seeing other people as simply living their experience as best as they can without wanting to “help” them do it “right?” People with

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