Connecting

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Although the path has not been easy, and I don’t claim to have “arrived” – because life is a never ending journey – I do feel that I have reached a hard won place of balance in my life.  It helps that I’m doing something I truly enjoy, which is writing.  Also, I’ve come to appreciate and love my imperfect self, which allows me to truly connect with my husband, my kids, my friends, and God.

I feel that I am on the road to fulfilling my purpose in life, and (besides being a wife and a mother), that is to be an inspiration to others and to help them find joy and connectedness in their lives.  That is my deepest desire.

I think the key to true joy and balance in one’s life is connecting.  We are relational human beings.  It’s how we’re made.  It’s what drives us.  We need to find balance in our lives and feel connected 1) to ourselves, 2) to others and 3) to God – which I believe is the most important.  (By the way, my “Joy List” helps me to remember to connect in all three of those areas, which is why I’m sharing it with all of you, and encouraging you to make your own Joy List.)  But today, I want to talk about #3. Continue reading

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The Precious Moment Called “Now”

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We live in a society focused on self-improvement.  Striving for success is an esteemed virtue, and the shelves of bookstores are filled with “how to” books, promising that in seven or ten easy steps you can improve, change, advance, discover, identify or uncover the person you are meant to be.  We’re bombarded with messages that we can and should be a better mother, father, wife, husband, employee or athlete, and we’re passing those directives on to our children, indirectly if not directly. Continue reading