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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

Create Quiet Time For The Little Thinkers In Your Life

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_495.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Sometimes the most precious gift we can give our young children or grandchildren is the gift of quiet listening. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom that will equip you well the next time you find yourself with the chance to create quiet time […]

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Encouraging Thunder Award

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Unexpected recognition What a thrill to receive the “Encouraging Thunder Award” recently for this blog.  Many thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Kelly Walker, for her nomination. Be sure to visit Kelly Walker’s blog “Life of a Daily Painter.” Kelly not only chronicles her daily painting adventure, but she encourages others to paint and shares the work […]

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Love, Fear, Wisdom, And The Exquisite Beauty Of The World Around You

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This week has been crazy, and I’m determined to be kinder to myself when I don’t get everything done I want to do. I haven’t written a post this week, but I have come across some absolutely stunning insights on the power of connection from other sources. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to let their […]

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Why I’m Ditching Facebook: Reflections on Connection by Rick Wilcox

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This thought-provoking piece, written by my friend Rick Wilcox, appeared originally on his Literary Life blog. I am reprinting it with his permission, and I hope you’ll head over there and read other posts he has written. I find them both intellectually and spiritually nourishing. Rick is a greatly appreciated Heartspoken Connection Messenger.* As a serious […]

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Make Someone Smile: Connection Lesson From A Grieving Orphan

My friend Nancy Camden just posted this video on her Facebook page about a six-year-old orphan whose goal is to make as many people as possible smile. He connected with them one by one and gave them a simple, tiny toy, but the results were nothing short of a miracle. I dare you not to […]

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Compassion: So Much More Than Pity

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The word won’t go away The word compassion has been coming often to my mind lately…the kind of niggling, repetitive showing up of a thought I’ve come to recognize as Spirit trying to teach me something. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, compassion‘s etymology can be traced back to French which came originally from Latin: com– “together” or […]

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What Will You Do With Your Next 24 Hours?

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/339_24_hours.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Every day holds the potential for amazing opportunity, growth, and accomplishment. My guest today, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick, challenges us to use our next 24 hours to be all we can possibly be. Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show…or enjoy reading the transcript below. I […]

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Make Someone’s Day Today

Never, ever underestimate the influence you have on others. You may not even remember the biggest impact you’ve ever had on someone. Whether you remember it or not, you have made someone’s life better by something you said or something you did, and you can do it again and again. In the video above, Drew […]

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The 1957 Letter That Encouraged Me To Write

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The envelope above held a later letter from my grandfather postmarked 1965. I didn’t have the envelope from the 1957 letter described in this article. My grandfather, Robert Beverley Herbert, was 78 years old when he wrote the letter below to me, his seven-year-old granddaughter in Virginia. He was a busy attorney in Columbia, South Carolina, yet he […]

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Let’s Be Bridge Builders

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I was returning Sunday afternoon from a remarkable connection experience at the Word Shark Writers’ Conference in Newark, Delaware, with several women, all writers, who had in common that we’d each worked with editor Karen R. Sanderson, the Word Shark. We had crossed virtual paths, but had never met in person, and in the two-and-a-half days […]

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Belonging: The Ultimate Connection

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I welcome The Very Rev. Alexander D. MacPhail, Connection Messenger* and today’s guest blogger. This piece appeared in a recent parish newsletter, and I share it with his permission. It speaks beautifully about three of the essential types of connections that we focus on here at Heartspoken: connection with self, connection with others, and connection with […]

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Movie Explores Our Strange Connections With Money

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I’ve been meaning to write a series of blog posts that encourage readers to explore their attitudes about money—their money mindset, if you will—and the impact money has on their relationship with others. Money is often at the root of family strife, marital disagreements, sibling rivalries, and intergenerational greed. Seen through the lens of Connection, I believe it’s […]

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Memorial Day: A Connection of Remembrance and Gratitude

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Memorial Day: A time to remember our fallen heroes The beginnings of Memorial Day are believed to go back to shortly after the Civil War, May 5, 1868, when Maj. Gen. John A Logan, the head of an organization of Union veterans, established “Decoration Day” as a time to recognize the war dead by decorating their […]

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Our Words Matter

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_497.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download I can certainly remember words spoken to me by adults when I was a child. Most were warm and encouraging. Some not so much. My guest  and Connection Messenger * Annette Petrick, creator and host of the Consider This Radio Show, reminds us how much of an impact our words […]

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How To Teach Our Children To Write Handwritten Notes

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Calling all parents and grandparents! At the risk of stating the obvious, children are not born knowing how to write personal handwritten notes, much less why or when they should think about writing them. Once considered an essential skill by men and women alike—and a treasure trove of vital information and insight into the past […]

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When Someone Is Hurting, Just Be There

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/377-Sympathizing.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download 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 […]

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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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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_265.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download 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.    […]

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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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