Category Archives: appreciation

“You Good Mama”

“You Good Mama” This morning, Hebrews 3:13 reminded me of a stranger’s encouragement years ago: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.” My then-young children and I were on a church tour with a group … Continue reading

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Remembering a New York Elevator Operator

Do you ever wonder if your day-to-day activities matter? Ever think your job is meaningless? Let me assure you, folks DO notice. And you ARE making a difference. I still carry the sweet memory of a New York worker who … Continue reading

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I Need Cheerleaders, Not Pushers

What’s your schedule like today? Do you feel as though you are running as fast as you can? Me, too! And over the years, I’ve learned if I’m running as fast as I can, and someone gives me a push, … Continue reading

Posted in antiques, appreciation, button jar, confidence, counting blessings, encouragement, goals, perseverance, pleasing others, rat race, self-esteem | 2 Comments

Ask Those Questions Now

Recently, I’ve been pondering a comment from the late author Alex Haley: “Every time an old person dies, it is just as though a library has burned.” What triggered this? Finding an old World War II photo of my dad … Continue reading

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Make a List of Your Good Qualities

When I’m getting to know a new friend, I ask about special interests or skills. Know what makes me sad? The times I see shoulders drop and hear, “Oh, I can’t do anything special.” And if I begin to list … Continue reading

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We Don’t Have to be Perfect

Because encouragement was a rare item in my early years, I learned to treasure it when it did show up. Today, I understand encouragement’s power in new ways and try to give it as well as receive it. One encouragement … Continue reading

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Life-Changing Words

As I ponder my life, I often think of what folks have said to me. Sadly, I wish I could forget some scenes. But one memory makes me smile. Why? Because a few kind words when I was 12 gave … Continue reading

Posted in appreciation, confidence, education, encouragement, mentors, perseverance, school teachers, self-esteem, self-talk, Uncategorized | 5 Comments