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Gratitude and Loving the Ones You Love (Even When It Feels Impossible)

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My relationships have seemed more challenging in recent years (actually, maybe all the years, but I think my tolerance for those challenges has fallen off more recently). Sometimes, it’s just hard to love the people you love, you know? I came across the best reminder for maintaining gratitude, even when your relationships are less than ideal. It’s by Berni Xiong in her book, The Year...

Without a Friend in the World (Can We Talk About Loneliness?)

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My relationships have always mattered to me a great deal. I’m an INFJ (first sign), and I was the oldest child of a broken family (my parents divorced when I was young, and out of a well-kept secret fear of my siblings being separated, I took on the role of keeping us together). As I grew older, I figured out that (a) that’s not everyone’s priority (relationships and staying...

How to Not Suck at Relationships (Baby Step #1: Know the People You Love)

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I’ve been reading a book called Relationships Are Everything: How to Not Suck at Relationships & Make a Dent in This World. If you’d asked me before starting this book what was most important to me, I would have said my relationships. I’m less than a third of the way through the book now, and I’m starting to change my mind. My relationships have felt a lot trickier lately (say, over the last...

Trust (and the Players in Our Lives)

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“Your life is like a play with several acts. Some of the characters who enter have short roles to play, others, much larger. Some are villains and others are good guys. But all of them are necessary, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the play. Embrace them all, and move on to the next act.” — Wayne Dyer, 21 Days to Master Success & Inner Peace I often worry about the people in my life, who they...

Gift Inventory

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I always think of gifts in terms of financial ones — physical ones, and I never can afford what I truly wish I could for a person (no matter how I’m doing financially). I was reading Wayne Dyer’s 21 Days to Master Success & Inner Peace and came across this quote: “Work on your personal program of self-love, self-respect, and self-empowerment, and create a huge inventory of what you wish...

A soul can be saved. The world won’t help much.

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A soul can be saved. But it will take softness and depth and space. The world won’t help much. — John Ortberg At the beginning of his book, Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You, John Ortberg quoted his friend, writer and professor of philosophy Dallas Willard, who said, “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your...

Guiding Quote

A house extends skyward.
Like a tiny but proud cathedral,
it wishes to generate the highest
and the best in its inhabitants.
— John Truby

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