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A Life of True Adventure

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A Life of True Adventure

A Heart for Adventure

Any observer of people would agree that one of humanities deepest longings is to be part of a story bigger than themselves.  It’ s a desire to be carried away by an adventure that has an ending where the hero wins and the enemy is defeated and the world lives happily ever after. That desire just sits deep in our hearts and nags at us when everything else is quiet.

Our spouses long for it. Our children create their own stories reaching for it. The people around us look for it. We try to build careers around it. And if we find ourselves at a loss for that story, what we have actually lost is our heart. Our heart that at it’s core, before the cares of life steal it away, is full of adventure. Watch the children around you!

And as I sat hanging off the side of that mountain after … Continue reading

The Other Side of Pain

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The Other Side of Pain

Hope Through Pain

Ahhhhhh!  I was running late again!  I tried to get there in time to watch my oldest girl cartwheel and roundoff at her tumbling class.  My meeting ran late, traffic was bad and I went to the wrong gym to catch the tail end of my boys basketball practice.  So I was a little winded when I climbed the stairs that led up to the room where I found my daughter’s best friend’s mom watching the activities from above.

I sat beside her and asked how she was?  We chit-chatted about the holidays and family in town and work and such.  Then I remembered that she had recently had a bout with Cancer and questions began to distract me from our casual conversation.  What must it be like to return for a third visit to the family doctor with that news?  Imagine yourself sitting across the table from the man who had written your family dozens of prescriptions for colds and flus, allergies and infections.  Such simple fixes.  Such easy answers.  And now he has no … Continue reading

Navigating the Transitions of Life

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Navigating the Transitions of Life

I had never met her before.

Her son came into our consignment shop to talk to me about downsizing her estate so she could move into a 900 square foot assisted living apartment from her 3,000 square foot home of 42 years. He was a little impatient and bothered by the process, but he was so thankful to find help with the massive undertaking.

As I walked through her front door two days later, she reached out and pulled me into a huge bear hug as tears gently formed along her bottom eyelids. I hugged her back. Not with an emotional attachment, she was a complete stranger to me. But as one who understood the tearing apart of a person and the things that represented the sum of her life. Her attachment was not to the things themselves , but to the memories those things carried. … Continue reading

Thank God for the Fleas: The Power of Radical Gratitude

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Thank God for the Fleas: The Power of Radical Gratitude

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The Late Corrie Ten Boom

This guest post was written by Cynthia Beaudry who lives with her husband Brian and her dog Penny in Portland, Oregon.

I used to feel sorry for myself.

Like all of time, in fact. And when I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself I was trying to manipulate those around me to do the same.  Honestly, it was because it seemed that nothing ever came easy in my life.

And because of that I spent a lot of time in victim mode.

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