The World is Counting on You to Go After Your Calling

I recently read Parker Palmer’s book, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, a beautiful meditation on trusting our experience to guide the way to our true calling. Rather than telling your life what you intend to do with it, Palmer suggests, you must “listen for what it intends to do with…

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Pausing for Peace

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. St. Francis de Sales Tomorrow, September 21, is International Peace Day. According to the United Nations, “The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted…

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Redefining Our Relationship with Technology

Our relationship with technology is continuously evolving. How we engage with our smart speakers and our smartphones, our fitness trackers and our thermostats looks different now than it did 10 years ago, and different still from how it will look 10 years from now. An increasing number of Americans own mobile phones and a quarter…

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The Impersonal and the Intimate: An Unlikely Pairing

There are moments when life feels strangely intimate: when you turn on the radio and your favorite song starts to play; when a newborn curls its tiny hand around your finger; when you catch a beautiful sunset on your drive home; when you have just the right amount of change in your purse for a…

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The Unclaimed Joy of Waiting

The batter hit the oil-lined pan and I waited, spatula in hand, for tiny bubbles to form. The thought of pancakes had lured me out of bed, tired and hungry. Hoping to hurry the process along, I raised the temperature on the stove eager to kick-start my day. “When did we become so impatient?” I…

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If You’re Feeling Stuck, Look Inward

If you’ve ever had a time in your life when you’ve felt like giving up, you’re not alone. I’d venture that many, if not most of us, have reached points when we’ve wanted to close the door on a relationship, a longtime goal, a time-consuming project, a career move, or some other aspect of our…

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Three Minutes and a Pair of Socks

This past November as I was driving home, I came to a familiar intersection where a homeless woman stood with a sign asking for help. I’d seen her numerous times before, but had always stopped short of giving. On this instance, I reached into my wallet and gave her my spare change, mostly pennies, amounting…

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Meaningful Moments

As the first month of the new year nears its end, I find myself thinking about its passage and how I’ve spent it. I think about whom I’ve seen or reached out to and where I’ve been. In some ways, I’ve fallen short of my self-expectations, and in others, I’ve surprised myself with what I’ve…

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Winter Challenge: Small Changes

As the cooler months approach, I find myself seeking out cozy indulgences more and more: hot baths, warm blankets, fresh soups, new reads, soft scarves. Building my winter nest gives me a greater appreciation for this time of year as I gradually grow accustomed to the shortened daylight hours and bitter cold evenings. The winter…

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