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One Good Mother…

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Home Is Where Your Mom Is

A little girl, asked where home was, replied “Where mother is.” – Keith L. Brooks The post Home Is Where Your Mom Is appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Facebook Post of Daughter’s Compassion Makes Mom Proud

I’d like to share a posting from the Facebook page “Paying it Forward ~ One Day at a Time.” The author, Beth, shares a truly inspirational and beautiful story: Tonight is one that I won’t easily be able to forget — and for good reason. There’s this homeless man that I see VERY often, and it’s always hard to drive … Read More The post Facebook Post of Daughter’s Compassion Makes Mom Proud appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Shopping carts and character

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– There are two kind of people: those who return their shopping carts and those who don’t. – When we think about character, we tend to envision really big things, like taking heavy risks, committing bold acts of integrity, being grandly generous, or making tough sacrifices. Such noble choices indicate character, but for the most part, our integrity is revealed in … Read More The post Shopping carts and character appeared first on What Will Matter.

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How to Achieve Real Change – Part 2

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— How an Elephant Chose My Daughter’s College: Emotions are Stronger Than Logic – In Part 1 of this series I introduced you to Jonathan Haidt’s metaphor of our rational self as a Rider sitting atop an Elephant, the larger, more powerful emotional self.  We assume the Rider (the metaphor for reason and logic – the intellect) is in control, … Read More The post How to Achieve Real Change – Part 2 appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Just Keep on Knocking

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-What to do when no one is answering their door. – In the summer of my junior year in college I took a job as a door-to-door salesman for the Fuller Brush Company. I sold household supplies, razor blades and, of course brushes. In those days, well before the internet, this kind of selling was common and there was a … Read More The post Just Keep on Knocking appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: The Intimidating Power of Integrity

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A teacher once wrote telling me that a parent with a great deal of clout at her school asked her to change attendance records to make her child’s record look better. The teacher said she thought long and hard about the request but eventually refused, knowing it would make the parent angry. I commended her moral courage. I wish it … Read More

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Labor Day: The Key Is Balance

Labor Day comes just a week before the anniversary of 9/11. One legacy for those of us who have vivid memories of seeing the massive twin towers collapse into a plume of dust is a strong ever-present sense of vulnerability, offset by recognition that life is a gift that must be savored and appreciated in its smallest increments from days … Read More

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COMMENTARY: The Twists and Turns of Life

Years ago, Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben introduced the New Year rituals of Rosh Hashanah by holding up a long, coiled ram’s horn. Pointing out the twists and turns, he used the shofar as a metaphor for life. “No one’s life,” he said, “is straight and predictable.” Twists, dips and bends, as well as ups and downs are inevitable. How we … Read More

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COMMENTARY: Authentic Apologies

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“I’m sorry.” These are powerful words. Authentic apologies can work like a healing ointment on old wounds, dissolve bitter grudges, and repair damaged relationships. They encourage both parties to let go of toxic emotions like anger and guilt and provide a fresh foundation of mutual respect. But authentic apologies involve much more than words expressing sorrow; they require accountability, remorse, … Read More

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