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NEVER AGAIN

Wow. What an incredible few weeks. I don’t know about you, but my emotions are all over the place. One minute, I’m hopeful and I look for signs we’re coming out of this. The next, I’m riddled with worry and I wonder what else will be taken from me. It all seems so…unreal. Some of my prayers are obvious: That God heals the sick, comforts people dealing with loss, and that scientists quickly discover a way to rid the earth of this horrible virus. I also find myself praying that when all of this over, we’re never the same again. I wrote in my journal last week: The only thing worse than the virus would be if we emerge from …

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Where Is God?

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I had a brief and very real crisis in faith when my dog died. Even writing that seems silly, but it’s true. I’d like to tell you about it. Sparky was our family’s dog for twelve years. He was THE BEST. Part terrier, part schnauzer he was a mishmash of a mutt. He was smart. He was fun. And I loved him. One day – out of nowhere – this perfectly healthy dog became virtually paralyzed. He could only move his left hind leg and his head. He looked scared and confused. There was little the vet could do for him. It was heartbreaking. I spent one final day with him alone. He …

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Oh wow

Steve Jobs, the charismatic co-founder of Apple was dying. Surrounded by his family the cancer-stricken Jobs’ breathing was labored. His sister, Mona described the sound as if he was on an arduous journey. “He seemed to be climbing,” she said. He would only live a few more hours. As his condition deteriorated, his breathing changed. “I could feel him counting his steps, pushing farther than before,” she said. “Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it.” When the time finally came, he looked at his children, then to his wife, Laurene. Then his eyes locked in over their shoulders past them, and he uttered his final words: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” The man remembered as a brilliant visionary …

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Stop Sabotaging Your Life

No seriously. Stop. Today. Just decide. It’s nobody’s else’s fault. It’s your fault. Fix it. I made the decision some years ago to do some internal tidying up. I Marie Kondo-ed my life. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Marie is the Japanese cleaning guru who asks the question, “Does it spark joy?” If the answer is “no” then get rid of it. This works for closets, drawers and entire rooms. It will also work for your life. Figuring out what’s cluttering up you is simple if you’re honest. Write it down. There’s too much drama in my life. I have hurtful conflicts with people. I’m married but I cross the line with other women. I’m broke and …

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Lasts

I saw a quote from an unknown author the other day and honestly, it’s haunting me. At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went outside to play together for the last time and nobody knew it. That’s it isn’t it? That’s life. We’re born, we grow up too fast, and as many times as we promise ourselves to savor every minute, the minutes rush from the flood gates and overwhelm our days. Perhaps this quote will help. I printed it out and put it on my desk – a reminder that “lasts” happen every day. Last conversations, last hugs, last chances, and last wishes. It’s Christmas time. At some point, stop and take a good look around. …