Patience in Employment

Anonymous An old man and his son lived in an abandoned fortress on the side of a hill.  Their only possession of value was a horse.  One day, the horse ran away.  The neighbors came to offer sympathy.  “How sad” they said.  “How do you know?” asked the old man.  The next day, the horse returned, bringing with it several wild horses.  The old man and his son shut them all inside the gate.  The neighbors hurried over.  “How wonderful!” they said.  “How do you know?” asked the old man.  The ...
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Nurturing Friendship in Marriage

Good marriages seem rare these days, but a leading marriage expert says it's not complicated—or even necessarily difficult—to make a marriage last. Friendship, says John Gottman, is at the core of a strong marriage.  Friendship between couples means they "know each other intimately" and "are well versed in each other's likes, dislikes, personality quirks, hopes and dreams," Gottman says in The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Based on twenty-five years of research, The Seven Pri...
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I Wanted this Job, But God had Other Plans

  [Note: This is from a Facebook post by the author.] by Tony D. Reading about ____________ Corporation's woes has me reflecting. Just before I graduated from college, I really wanted to work at their headquarters - specifically in its I.T. rotational program. I thought it was a cool company. I liked that they give back 5% to the local community. I wanted to live in their home state, and I thought working downtown would be fun. I made it through several rounds of interviews, bu...
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I Hate My Voice

By Merrill What does my voice really sound like? I don’t know. You tell me. Everybody else has. I would guess that the majority of people aren’t comfortable with the sound of their own voice, at least when they hear a recorded version. I’ve heard actors and actresses say they can’t bear to watch themselves on the screen. Check. I wouldn’t be able to do it either, but I haven’t been offered any acting jobs, so it’s a moot point. I’ve hated the sound of my voice my entire life, and I’...
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Finding Peace in Trying Times

There is no store where we can buy a “pound of peace,” nor a restaurant where it’s featured as an à la carte item and we can have it simply by saying, “I’d like a piece of peace please, with a scoop of extra time on top!” If only it were that easy... Peace and a life that is less stressful, gerbil-in-the-wheel and is more satisfying, puddle-jumping-on-a-rainy-spring-day is available to “purchase,” but the “coin of the realm” isn’t dollars and cents, it’s desire, a recognition that you can dir...
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Can Suffering Lead to Growth

By Andrew R. I remember the summer before I became a senior in high school. I had a very good friend who quite enjoyed hiking. He convinced me to come with his little brother and him on a backpacking trip to hike King’s Peak, a 13,528 foot tall mountain. As invincible 17-year-old “men,” we thought that this would be an easy task to undertake. The first day of the hike the three of us set out full of energy and feeling very ambitious. I remember reflecting how we were able to climb with ease a...
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