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“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” ~ Harriet Braiker It could be a joke that I’m writing this post. After all, I’ve been known to discard drawings and crumple up grade school art projects because it […]

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Whenever I pass a man or woman in military uniform, I feel overcome with gratitude. I wish I could say aloud what I’m thinking in my head. I wish I had the courage they have. I wish I had their […]

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I used to think that to be a courageous person you needed to do great things. You had to be a soldier, a mountain climber, or a person who gave speeches for a living. I put all the things I […]

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Most people understand the concept of surrender. Dictionary.com defines it as the following: “1. to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to thepolice. 2. to give (oneself) up, as to the police. 3. to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion,etc.: He surrendered himself to a life of hardship. 4. to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.). 5. to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.” When it comes to surrendering our things, thoughts, or ideas, the concept may not be difficult to swallow. […]

One of the most difficult things to contend with in life is disappointment. It’s the reason why we hold back our emotions, why we’re consistently indecisive and why we’re afraid of taking big risks. It goes something like this… Once […]

Doesn’t it seem like we have all the courage we’ll ever need as children and somehow we lose it as we become adults? As a child, I used to kill roaches with my chubby bare hands, ride roller coasters that […]