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The Art of Listening

Hitchhiking across the U.S. as a young man, spending countless hours in strangers’ cars, I began to develop my listening skills. I heard stories of broken hearts and lessons learned. A Catholic priest shared his experiences of the religious life with me, and in my next ride, a Protestant minister shared his different perspective. The man who picked me up after that said he had served time for m...

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What Roles Do You Play in the Story of Your Life?

We all have a story about who we are and why we experience what we do. What is your story? What roles do you play in the story of your life? Are you the wounded healer? Are you always the bridesmaid, never the bride? Maybe your story is called “I can’t trust myself so I’m hoping someone will rescue me before I mess up too badly story” but you want it to be called “I’ve got this!...

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Rewrite the Story That Has Held You Back

What’s your story? Is it working for you? Some people would say their story is “I guess I wasn’t born under a lucky star” or perhaps “I’m a drama queen!” and might not realize that they believe this story so thoroughly that it’s holding them back from achieving their goals. Others will say, “I’m doing pretty well all things considered” and are uncomfortable acknowledg...

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The Last Moment

The last moment before the sun sets. The last moment before a seed leaves the dandelion, taken away on the wind. The last moment before you open your eyes in the morning. Every day is filled with last moments, some of which we’re aware of, some of which pass without our notice. Similar moments may come again, but do we take the time to appreciate them? Or do we miss them because they...

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When Hidden Fear Is Keeping You Stuck in Your Story

Your biggest stumbling block to personal transformation might be fear—and that fear might be hidden in your unconscious. Even if you are able to look boldly at your story of who you are, what happened to you, and how you came to be where you are now, even if you’re sure you want to make changes in your life, fear might be stopping you. Learning about your hidden fears can help. Most...

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