Category: Lessons Learned

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The Proof is in the Pudding

And I’m the pudding. It’s all well and good to write endless tomes on how much I’ve learned in recent years, but try putting that to the test. One of life’s pop quizzes on how I’ll respond when things get bad. I aced it. Last week the temporary job I was working on — one I’d hoped would become permanent — abruptly ended. The explanation … Read More The Proof is in the Pudding

Momentum

Ah, one of my favorite quotes, most often abbreviated to “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”: “Heaven hath no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” — William Congreve, The Mourning Bride That shortened form keeps part of the original thought intact, but it overlooks another important idea: there is no one we despise more … Read More Momentum

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Words in the Wind

Today, while in the ladies room, I heard two co-workers talking. One was crying. “I told her I got back together with him because I married him,” she sobbed. “I thought maybe he’d changed.” Well, you can guess the rest of the story. He hasn’t changed. “I know I’m a good person. I’m doing things I don’t want to do because of him.” As … Read More Words in the Wind

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Three Years Stronger

Annually, I re-post my very first blog post. Written on Christmas day 2014, it reflects the pain I was feeling then, as well as my resolve and hope. The latter, thankfully, still remains, but the loneliness and pain have left me. I’ve grown and changed since that day, and while the truth of what I wrote still reflects a part of myself, I’m standing … Read More Three Years Stronger

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Let Your Fear Be Your Guide

At the age of 18, I went canoeing for the first — and last — time. Don’t get me wrong. It was an extremely successful venture. I was with my church youth group at a river in northern California, known for its great canoeing. It was perfect for beginner and advanced canoeists alike, as the more treacherous areas all had an alternate route (walking). … Read More Let Your Fear Be Your Guide

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What My Soul Knows

I have an important decision to make…and what I’m thinking of doing doesn’t feel right. I won’t do it, no matter how logical may seem. I’ve learned my gut, my soul, has valuable things to say. It’s almost as if logic and reasoning is the lazy way out sometimes, although I’ll never dismiss the necessity to reason through a life-changing or costly choice. Sometimes, … Read More What My Soul Knows

The Number Means Something

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