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Personal Empowerment

THE WOMAN WITH BURNING FEET

Years ago, I was visited by an elderly woman who came to see me because her feet burned relentlessly, from her ankles to the tips of her toes. She could hardly walk. She wept from the pain. It was so hard to bear that she considered taking her own life. Internists and neurologists and an […]

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DON’T FORGET THE POWER OF HUMOR

Lots of people like Donald Trump and lots of people don’t.  After all, he can be confrontational.  He can show flashes of genuine anger.  He Tweets.  One of the times he unifies people is when he is genuinely funny.  That’s worth thinking about. One of the best examples was President Trump’s speech at the Alfred […]

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Don’t be Guided by Polls about YOU

Don’t worry; this blog isn’t just about the Presidential election.  It’s about you.  You’ll understand, if you read through to the end. Let’s start with the election, though—the one in 2016.  All the polls were wrong about Donald Trump’s Presidential aspirations, right up until he was elected.  You remember how shocked the television anchors looked, […]

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Don’t be Guided by Polls about YOU

Don’t worry; this blog isn’t just about the Presidential election.  It’s about you.  You’ll understand, if you read through to the end. Let’s start with the election, though—the one in 2016.  All the polls were wrong about Donald Trump’s Presidential aspirations, right up until he was elected.  You remember how shocked the television anchors looked, […]

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BE LIKE WATER

Bruce Lee, the late martial artist and philosopher, had wonderful advice for how to live powerfully in any set of circumstances.  He said: You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour […]

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Is “Why?” the Most Powerful Question of All?

It is a bit of a cliché that kids tend to ask Why? again and again when they are told that they won’t be getting a second ice cream or can’t stay up later to watch more television.  After three or four Why? questions, the most dismissive and maybe the most common reply from parents […]

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The Comeback is God’s Favorite Story

When everything goes according to plan, when successes flow without reversals, we consider ourselves fortunate.  And we are.  But, more often, success either comes after putting forth great effort to clear significant hurdles or after experiencing actual reversals—sometimes profound ones. A reversal, followed by a comeback, is God’s favorite story.  Why?  Because that story requires […]

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You are a Venn Diagram

Okay, let’s think about this together.  It’s important.  A Venn diagram, of course is the kind that features two or more intersecting circles.  The area in which they come together is shaded as common ground—or, seen another way, as ground that is not purely comprised of one circle or another. Being a Venn diagram is […]

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Yes, You Will be Tested

Yes, you will be tested.  If you are looking for immunity against deep despair in this world, those five words may provide it.  Mind you, the immunity is not against pain and suffering.  It is against throwing in the towel.  It is against believing all is lost.  It is against believing that you have been […]

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The Pain-2-Power Formula of Being Self-Effacing

So many of us think we should cover up the trying times we have lived through, the challenges we have encountered and the weaknesses or foibles that we possess.  We try to wear metaphorical armor that makes us seem invincible—but, in doing so, we risk being perceived as weak.  Why, others wonder, if only unconsciously, […]

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