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baseball opening day Opening Day – Again

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The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato

A note from Alex: I wrote the following post ten years ago. This is special because it’s the first post I wrote. Now a decade later, I have the opportunity to experience another Opening Day and the important reminders it offers.…

the most important question No Room Left

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I love you – I am at rest with you – I have come home. – Dorothy L. Sayers

Like a shooting star racing across the night sky, the past few months have gone by in a blur.

Managing multiple projects at work, selling our house, and helping Emily select a college have made our busy lives, busier.…

Living Beyond Your Skin

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The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth. – Wilfred Grenfell

My next door neighbor really pissed me off last week.

Thursday is trash collection day. The trucks come early so the garbage cans and recycling bins are placed on the curbs the night before.…

letting go The Rhythm of Living

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When you live completely in each moment, without expecting anything, you have no idea of time. – Shunryu Suzuki

The following is a message from God Everyone has their own rhythm of living, – for some it’s faster, for others it’s slower.…

live in the present moment Change Today

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Don’t live life hiding behind your past, live for right now. – Nichole William

There have been many times when I wanted to change the past, but that’s impossible. The best I can do is change today.

A Bittersweet Agreement

Like most people, my past is a mixed bag.…

grandfather wisdom Wisdom from an Aspiring Grandfather

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Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. – Dr. Seuss

Mary Beth turns 50 next weekend and we’re heading to Atlanta to celebrate.

When considering what my wife wanted to do for her milestone birthday, there was no hesitation: Let’s visit Brandon, Ashley, Blair and Baylor.…

what love feels like What Love Feels Like

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

When the world feels like it’s coming down around you, here’s one way to stop the chaos – open your eyes and feel love.…

respecting the thin veneer A Simple Path – To Respecting the Thin Veneer

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If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. – Sun Tzu

I attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting recently to support a group member. As the members entered the meeting space, I tried to imagine each person’s story and what brought them there.…

do the simple things No Life Hacks Needed

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The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. – Jim Rohn

Do you play the comparison game sometimes?

You know, when you compare your house to your neighbor’s house or when you compare how much you earn, the style of your clothes or the car you drive with what others have.…

good things Sunday Inspiration #25

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: When you think about the things that can change your life, you might think of the negative things first like an accident, losing your job, or the news of a loved one becoming ill.

But, there’s plenty of room for good things to happen, too.…

refuel your spirit How to Fuel Your Life

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The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future. – Philip Emeagwali

If you’re like me, there are some days when life feels like a grind.

Deadlines, setbacks and disappointment can zap your energy. When these days come around, it’s good to know there are a few secrets for approaching life with a more positive attitude – no matter what’s happening.…