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From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…. Albert Einstein

How To Start A Conversation

Social events: fun or pressure? It’s almost time for the annual holiday parties, and I know some of you are dreading the awkwardness of mixing with people you don’t know very well. Where does this anxiety come from? I’m not a psychologist, but I’m sure it’s all tangled up in our unhealthy tendency to compare […]

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7 Ways To Expand Your Social Network

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Comfort levels vary, but there’s always room to grow Some of us are more comfortable in social situations than others, but researchers have shown that regardless of where you fall on the extrovert/introvert continuum, you can expand your social network and improve your connection skills. This is very good news. Why should you care? Researchers in psychology and brain science—such […]

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In Praise of Courtesy

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“It takes very little these days to stand out from the crowd. Sincere courtesy and simple kindness are like a bright light in a dark room.”     ~  Lydia Ramsey, International business etiquette expert Today is a fifth Monday, which means you get pot luck when it comes to a topic. I often use these […]

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Finding Encouragement Through Fellowship

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Welcome to Cari Bousefield, my guest blogger today at Heartspoken. She reached out to me about guest posting, and after reading some of her writing and sensing the sincerity of her faith, I am honored to have her share some thoughts about the joys and benefits of fellowship in our Christian journey. You can read […]

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Stop Comparing Yourself To Others! A Six Step Plan

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It’s a bad habit In the ongoing journey to understand and connect with ourselves, there’s a habit I’ve certainly wallowed in from time to time, often unconsciously, that seems to be a real bugaboo for most people: the tendency to compare ourselves to others. So what? Isn’t learning from others part of growing and improving? Well, it certainly […]

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8 Ways To Get Past Feeling Misunderstood

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“What we have here is failure to communicate!” The famous movie line from Cool Hand Luke was spoken facetiously by the Captain, a prison warden, to Luke, the young prisoner played by Paul Newman. Perhaps one of the reasons it has stayed so deeply ingrained in our cultural lore is because the failure to communicate is […]

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Heartspoken’s Principles Of Connection

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John C. Maxwell, author of the classic book about connection called Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently, began his book with a simple but vivid story. He spoke of being on an overseas phone call during which he was disconnected several times right in the midst of some substantive discussions. The result […]

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Two More Stops On The Writing About Writing Blog Tour

Earlier this month, I joined the Writing About Writing blog tour after being invited by Sor’a Garrett, creator of The Shine Connection blog. Part of the process is getting to invite three other bloggers to join the tour and introduce them to my readers. On Monday, I introduced you to Karen R. Sanderson, “The Word Shark.” Today I’m happy to […]

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Next Stop On the Blog Tour: Karen R. Sanderson, “The Word Shark”

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Last week, I joined the “Writing About Writing” blog tour after being invited by Sor’a Garrett, creator of The Shine Connection blog. This week, I will introduce you to three bloggers whom I’ve invited to participate, starting today with Karen R. Sanderson, “The Word Shark.” If you’re new here, be sure to add your name to our email […]

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Children Grow Up And So Do Their Parents

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Introducing the new Consider This Radio Show! Welcome to my guest and friend Annette Petrick, whose Consider This Radio Show has just been re-launched as a brand new website as well as a podcast. Each episode is 90 seconds of inspired wisdom! Click the arrow on the player above […]

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Join Me On The “Writing About Writing” Blog Tour

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How pleased I was to get an invitation from Sor’a Garrett, creator of The Shine Connection blog, to participate in a “Writing About Writing” blog tour. This week, I am asked to answer the questions below on my own blog. A week from now, I will introduce you to three bloggers whom I’ve invited to participate, and […]

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How To Sing The Servant Song

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The holiness of servitude The word servant has long been used in Christian spiritual teaching to describe Christ’s attitude to us and to portray the way Christ taught us to be towards others. Now the word is becoming popular in business circles as we talk about “servant leadership” and “servant mindset.” Holy Scripture is steeped […]

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A Prayer For Our Country On July 4

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From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, thought to be written originally by George Lyman Locke (1835-1919), a Rhode Island minister. ________________________ For Our Country Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove  ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless […]

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“The Trade” by Karen R. Sanderson

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Today’s post was written by my friend Karen R. Sanderson. She is a fellow writer, an outstanding editor, and also an artist and a poet. She told me this poem was inspired by A1C Kristi P-L, USAF, pictured above, who served with Karen’s son Kenton in Iraq. As we celebrate Independence Day here in the United […]

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Whose Song Are You Holding?

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“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” Greeting card by Kathy Davis Designs (http://kathydavis.com) There’s so much pain in the world I saw the above quote many years ago on a greeting card designed by Kathy Davis and have saved it all this time. Its […]

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If You Admire Someone, Tell Them!

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We had a gathering of close family members this weekend to celebrate my husband’s birthday, and just before serving supper, I asked for the partying to pause for a moment so I could thank our guests for coming and being part of our celebration. I hadn’t thought to ask anyone to make a toast, but […]

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Love By Mail: Personal Handwritten Notes

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Many of my readers know I’m passionate about the practice of writing personal handwritten notes. Over the years, I’ve had enough positive feedback from recipients of my notes to know they often make a difference. I believe they  make a difference whether I’m acknowledged for them not, because the gesture of taking pen to paper, […]

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A Memorial Day Prayer For Our Military Heroes

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Vietnam Memorial Statue in Washington, DC. Photo by David Spanburg. Prayer for Heroic Service The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure trove of prayers for every occasion. This beautiful Collect can be found in the section labelled “Thanksgivings” (pp. 836-841). Let us pray. O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts […]

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Your Tiny Acts Of Kindness Light The World!

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Random acts of kindness are all the rage, and I have been enormously moved by stories of those whose lives have been touched by anonymous strangers. Jason Wright’s Christmas Jars sparked a wonderful movement along this line, and Brad Formsma shared some heart-warming stories in his book, I Like Giving, which I recently reviewed in this blog. For […]

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Prayer Journal Connects Me To God’s Promise

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I am attending a business retreat outside of Atlanta with 10 fabulous, creative, and generous women who are part of the year-long PinkCoattails mastermind program founded by Dr. Ellen Britt. Our creative director for this retreat is Laura West. The theme for the retreat is “Step Into Your Creative Power,” and each of us is […]

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