Reflections

A Reflection on Names

A reflection on names . . . Our names, whether we like them or not, represent the key element in how we define ourselves. In the Western culture, a little boy’s name, John Robert Jones, is given him at birth, remains with him throughout his life, and in death, John Robert Jones is inscribed on […]

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Ways of Learning

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We learn in numerous ways. We watch, listen, and read; we speak, write, and take action. We gain information and understanding, and we experience emotion. As we reflect upon what we learn, experience, and feel, we often find an interweaving among those thoughts, insights, and emotions. Clearer pictures take form.

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Serenity and Contemplation

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Serenity and contemplation are vital to deepening our understanding, appreciating the beauty in our lives, and learning from our pain. Through reflection we gain insight and wisdom. We grow stronger emotionally and spiritually. In quiet times of contemplation, we become wiser.

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Pondering

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We are influenced by what happens around us, to us, or with us. Our responses and reactions differ as each of us walks through our personal fires. It helps to remember that fire evaporates water, burns wood, and hardens steel.

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Seeking Approval

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When we allow ourselves to be measured by an array of opinions held by others, we lose trust in ourselves. It is a practice that foments fear of failure. Without the courage to fail, we cripple our capacity to learn.

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Recognizing the Basics

Life teaches us that tenacity and resiliency are essential. Tenacity is the capacity to hang in there when the going gets rough. Resiliency is what picks you up when you fall. They sound simple. They’re not. Think of them as forms of intelligence. The good news is that they can be developed.

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Nourishing our Gifts and Talents

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When one realizes the significance of owning success, one automatically, if not consciously, acknowledges the validation and appreciation of the gifts, talents, and dedicated hard work that made the success possible. Validation and appreciation of talents and gifts, as well as the dedication and work that brings those talents and gifts to fruition, are the […]

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Own Your Successes, Too

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As reluctant or self-conscious as we might be to own our successes, let us own them, too. Denying our contributions denies the joy that comes from making a contribution to our world. Others learn, not only from our mistakes, but also from what we do well, from our achievements and our success.

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On Making Mistakes

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All of us know that our lives are brimming with the mistakes we have made. While we learn from making mistakes, it is comforting to know that we don’t need to make every mistake ourselves. People can learn from mistakes made by others.    

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