Thoughts On Courage From A Lifelong Introvert

Thoughts On Courage From A Lifelong Introvert

I'm an introvert through and through. And when I say introvert, I mean: I'm uncomfortable in large groups. It's extremely difficult for me to make a phone call. I love to be alone. I love going to movies by myself. I love to eat in restaurants alone, with only a good book, or a pad of paper and pen in...Read More
The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

"There are no strangers here; only friends you haven't yet met."- William Butler Yeats The Costco parking lot, as we all know, is a zoo right before Thanksgiving, and I was having the time of my life finding a parking spot for my long bed truck. Inching my way past the row of vehicles, I was forced to step on...Read More
The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

CONVERSATION DURING CAR RIDE EN ROUTE TO THE EVENT She was nervous and didn't want to go, and I didn't blame her. Truth was, I was nervous too. These types of events always force us out of our comfort zones, and this case was proving to be excruciatingly difficult. "But you know what I think?" I asked my daughter. "I...Read More
Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

"Mom, is it a good thing to step outside my comfort zone?" asked my daughter. "Yes," I said, giving her a cautious motherly glance, "as long as there is little risk for bodily harm." "Oh, no need to worry about that," she giggled. {silence} "It's just that stepping outside your comfort zone is a hard thing to do," she finally whispered. "Yes, that's...Read More
Handmade, With Love

Handmade, With Love

Standing in the back yard on a beautiful fall afternoon, it occurred to me how wonderful it would be to not have any obligations that day…to just be able to stay at home and relax. But no, we had committed to provide an activity for a few homeless children that night, which would mean a trip to the store, a couple hours worth of preparation,...Read More
Mutual Respect

Mutual Respect

Recently, I flipped through the pages of a religious magazine that was hiding in a stack of magazines in our living room and was stunned by what I read. The pages were filled with scripture, inspiring words, and eternal truths. I was so moved that, several days later, I finally asked my husband, "You know that religious magazine in the...Read More