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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

When Someone Is Hurting, Just Be There

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We’ve all wanted to comfort someone who was hurting or mourning. My guest Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom that will equip you well the next time you find yourself in that situation. Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show…or enjoy reading the transcript below.    “I know how you feel.” People […]

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Widen The Circle Of Love

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OUTWITTED He drew a circle that shut me out— Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout, But love and I had the wit to win; We drew a circle that took him in.   ~Edwin Markham The need to be right is so intoxicating and so poisonous. How easily we can be hurt—especially by those we […]

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The Essence Of Love

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This guest post by Annette Petrick, the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show (podcast and website), will help you extend the romance of Valentine’s Day all year long! Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show…or enjoy reading the transcript below.    They were leaving that day for a few […]

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You Matter And You Make A Difference

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It began with a simple “Thank you” An online friend, Bea Vanni, was kind enough to leave a lovely message thanking me for sharing an article she enjoyed. “Oh Elizabeth, goddess of a perfect share! Need I say thanks since I’ve elevated you to goddess status,” she wrote. It made me laugh and made my […]

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Cybersecurity: Clairvoyant Or Hacker?

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As much as I am fascinated by all the ways we connect meaningfully with each other in life, I can’t deny there is both healthy connection and dangerous connection. Watch this short (under 2-1/2 minutes) video of a fascinating experiment done in Belgium with a so-called clairvoyant who tells his clients incredibly personal and private things that […]

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How Do You Express Your Love?

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Welcome to my guest and Connection Messenger* today, Carol Mathias, a professional marriage and family therapy counselor in Georgia. She is recently widowed and has been sharing her “Carolisms” on Facebook about her journey of both loss and discovery. This piece was so poignant—and such a helpful guide for strengthening the connection with the significant others […]

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My New Year’s Message: Open Your Heart And Mind

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Forget the New Year’s resolutions At least for today… Open your heart and mind to the possibilities held for you in the year ahead. Ask God for guidance, and trust you will be exactly where you’re supposed to be, making the connections you’re supposed to make, and learning what you’re supposed to learn, even if your circumstances […]

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Little Things Matter Way More Than You Realize

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I went to a Christmas party for our amateur radio club this past weekend. As I was getting dressed, I remembered to put on a necklace one of the other club members and his wife had given me a couple of years ago. Their daughter had made it and embossed it with my ham radio call sign. […]

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Get Outside In The Winter!

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He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…. In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. ~John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866 Get outside […]

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3 Letters That Changed History: Letter Writing Day Dec. 7

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December 7 is National Letter Writing Day That gives me a wonderful excuse to write about my favorite tool for connecting with others: the personal, handwritten letter or note. I’ve collected so many stories about people who were touched, encouraged, comforted or inspired by a personal letter at just the right time in their life. Today, though, I want to […]

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I Carry Your Heart With Me: A Special Kind Of Connection

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Having just celebrated All Saints Day and been moved by our rector’s beautiful sermon and prayers for the departed, I feel keenly aware of the “cloud of witnesses” surrounding me and praying for me too. That cloud is comprised of all those saints—known and unknown—who have gone before. I don’t believe death separates us from the love […]

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Lessons Learned From Traveling

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New experiences…new perspectives My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful 12-day trip to London to visit our son and his wife, who moved there this past summer for three years. It was only the second time in our lives we’d been “across the pond,” and the last one was 14 years ago. In other […]

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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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