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Something to Look Forward To

My neighbor held the elevator for me and we greeted each other with the customary, “How are you?” I live in a residence for people living in the third third of their lives.

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Metacognition: A Reflective Pathway to Growth and Healing

The key to effective and fruitful reflection doesn’t lie in the content of your thoughts. It’s in your awareness and understanding of your thought processes.

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Giving Tuesday 2023

This year, I am struck by the hard questions you’ve brought to us. Whether it’s the emerging leader who asked me, “How do you know what to do when you don’t know what to do?” Or the team leader who told us, “I’ve got to let go of half my team because my boss wouldn’t deal with reality.

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Advent Isn’t Pretty

Advent isn’t pretty. The churches that celebrate Advent may outfit their pulpits, altars, and chancels in shades of purple or deep blue.

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Being Shaped by Gratitude

When I was a kid, my mom used to take me aside before big events like Christmas or a birthday and coach me, telling me that when I received a gift from someone, I needed to look them in the eye and say thank you.

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At the center of things is gift.
It is sacrilege to turn gift into obligation.

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