Tag: NewDirection Life Coaching

Be like a tree

Once a month, we travel up to Virginia to visit our boys and their families. One trip, I was looking out the window at the trees. The more I looked at them, the more I truly saw them. Did you know all kinds of trees co-exist together?! Okay, I am not a botany expert, so…
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A Child’s Tomorrow

A friend’s recent Facebook status quote by her young son, “I was a good boy tomorrow” just cracked me up. It also reminded me of a “tomorrow” story involving my own son. Let me set the scenario – it is Christmas Eve. My son & I are staying the night with my parents, so as…
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Hitting the mailbox

The other day I was driving to go play pickleball. At the red light, in front of me was a car with a fairly young man (maybe 20-ish), who had his cell phone mounted on his dashboard. His windows were not tinted, so I could see clearly into his vehicle. There was a lot of…
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New Year? No Worries!

I hear so many people talk about being “worried” these days. I could put all sorts of witty quotes about worry here, but you’ll have to go to the Facebook or Pinterest pages for those. Simply put and all quotes aside, worry doesn’t help. Who or what have you ever helped by worrying about it?…
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Staying humble in the limelight

While watching some of the college football bowl games last weekend, with Jim, I noticed two very distinct reactions to success. • Excited jump, chest bump, pointing to the sky while looking up • Showboating, posing for the camera, lifting the shirt showing off muscles Given the choice of the two behaviors, I would prefer…
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Vacations are bitter sweet

Everyone loves vacation. Right? When vacation is over, you get different emotions. I suppose depending on where you have been, who you have been with, and how the time has been. If you’ve had a miserable vacation, you likely can’t wait to get home. If you’ve had a wonderful vacation, you won’t want it to…
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Moving past guilt

Merriam Webster gives three definitions of “guilt.” For today’s purposes, we will use definition #3… a feeling of deserving blame for offenses. When someone we know passes from this world, whether it be suddenly tragic or after a long illness, there are often questions like, “What could I have done differently to make their life…
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Visiting Pearl Harbor

Jim and I were blessed to visit the Big Island of Hawaii in 2009. My dream vacation. On this Friday December 7th, I am reflecting on our visit to Pearl Harbor, most specifically the Arizona. Below is my journal entry from that visit. Tuesday 4/14/09 Wake up call scheduled for 4:30am this morning! We had…
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What would YOU have done?

I did my weekly shopping at WalMart today. I used the self check out. While putting my bags in the car, I heard something slap down on the wires of the cart. Something was not in a bag. I had not noticed, not scanned, not paid for, and not bagged one item. To be totally…
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Facebook Fakers

You know the ones. They are the people who have a “perfect” life. They always look meticulous. Their kids are athletic, brilliant models. The house is decorated for even the most obscure holiday. Their marriage is great, their job is great, and they are philanthropists. NOT. I happen to know a few people who are…
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