Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.      Simone Weil Today  – give someone your undivided attention. Put down your phone. Step away from the computer. Turn off the TV……turn down the music. Look them in the eyes and listen to each word said. Fully. Converse. Seek to understand. Connect. Learn their…

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After my awful run last Saturday I was truly discouraged. Instead of staying in that gloomy state I went back out there on Monday and ran my longest distance to date. And I felt great! The problem on Saturday was that I was trying to run at a faster pace. I was trying to push…

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After months of training for a race like I’ve never run before…..I ran the course and finished. And I finished well. The race was 4.22 miles with 22 obstacles and it was amazing. It was the teamwork. The encouragement. The ability to do more than I thought I could. It was strangers offering a hand…

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In three weeks I’ll do something I’ve never done before. I will run my first Spartan Race. Six months ago I didn’t even know about a Spartan Race. All I know now is that my race is called a Sprint and that it’s a 3 to 5 mile obstacle race. Not only will I be…

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It’s time for another Live Like it Matters Challenge. I issue these challenges to inspire you and me (because I have to remind myself often) to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us, wherever we are. Some of the challenges are easier than others. Saying hello is easy. Laughing is easy.…

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Last week I challenged you to write a thank you. A real thank you note and mail it. Who did you send your note to? I thought of several people I could thank, like teachers that influenced me more than they know. I looked up Mrs. Guthrie who led TOEC (Tennessee Office Education Club). I…

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This is the 3rd in a series of challenges I am issuing in my Live Like it Matters Challenge. Each week you are challenged to do something to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you, in the place around you, wherever you are. Why?  Because the world needs you and me to…

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This month begins a birthday “season” in my family.  All of my sisters and I, my youngest daughter, and 2 nieces celebrate birthdays within a span of 25 days. Birthdays make us remember. One year for my birthday, Mom typed out her memory of the day I was born. She did that for all my…

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My “to do” list for the weekend wasn’t long. Go to the grocery store.  Like the “load down the cart” kind.   Done.  My husband does a lot of this lately but my family says I do it better. Actually do something with the food I buy at the grocery store and cook a great…

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I ran into a friend yesterday.  I followed her back to her office and we sat and talked a while.  It was good.  We caught up, laughed, remembered, and made a plan to hang out soon.  I needed that. I love good conversation.  My heart swells like a roasting marshmallow when I get face-time.  It’s…

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