Category: Challenges

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Schema

I have quite a few people who comment with sad faces when I remind them of the difficult parts of life. Or rather the seeming necessity of the difficult parts. “But why does it have to be this way?”  I am asked. Of course I don’t actually know the answer, but I can see the possibilities. The author and Trappist monk Thomas Merton says, “Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.” I don’t believe...

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Invincible Summer

I have been seeing a message recently about being more mindful than usual of what we post online for the rest of the year.  Emotions are high and fraught with fears of the year 2020, what will she do next?  I believe the easy access of online research and social media has helped save my life.  The Internet brought me into contact with some amazing people that I otherwise would not have run into.   It brought me a friend whom I had not seen or spoken to since high school, who is now a trusted editor .  It helped me...

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Endgame

Sometimes when I send one of my editors a rough draft of a blog he comes back with, “So what?” I know he loves me, no matter what I write, so I like it when he gives it to me straight. I’ve struggled a bit in my life with having a defensive reaction to people giving it to me straight. You ever hear, “You can give it out, but you sure can’t take it!” If so, you know what I mean. Why is it so hard to accept that we are fragile beings? We all know deep down that we...