A Perfect Storm

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A “perfect storm” happens when a rare combination of factors come together at precisely the right time to create an extraordinary event. When you think of perfect storms, you may imagine hurricanes and tornados, but for me, the perfect storm of my life happened when I had two strokes at the age of 46. The […]

When Nothing Is the Same

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When you’ve suffered a life-altering event, nothing feels the same.  At first, you desperately want things to get back to “normal.”  You want to feel good again and be able to do all the things you did before.  You want your body to respond when you raise your arm or move your foot.  You want […]

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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If you’ve been in the recovery process for a while, you may find yourself feeling like you always have to take a step back before you can move forward. That process can feel very slow and you may wonder if it’s worth the effort. Every morning when you rise, you have choices to make. You […]

When There’s Too Much Noise

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If you live almost anywhere in suburbia, you can feel like you never have a quiet moment.  Either you’re assaulted with the literal noises of the outside world, or you’re overwhelmed by the noises of fear and doubt and worry and uncertainty that spin around in your head.  Wherever you are, there is simply too […]

Gains and Losses

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I am a numbers guy! I know how to create spreadsheets that tabulate gains and losses.  I know how to balance the budget and save for the future.  After all, I’ve been trained to do those things and I’ve managed to do them quite well.  The thing is, there isn’t much about that kind of […]

Wake Up Calls

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Sometimes life scares us.  We may narrowly miss being in a car accident and feel grateful that we didn’t get sideswiped or injured. We may pay a visit to our doctor for some minor problem only to discover we’re in the early stages of something that could be life threatening. We’re grateful we didn’t wait […]

No Ordinary People

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When critical events bring change into our lives, they do so in every arena.  If you have strokes or other major health issues, that event effects your body in every way.  The thing I learned was that my body had to work hard to recover and I had to be willing to work on it […]

If You Have Eyes to See and Ears to Hear

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He told them, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom—you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight. These are people— Whose eyes are open but don’t see a thing,Whose ears are open but don’t understand a word,Who avoid making […]

Some Assembly Required

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Did you ever buy something you wanted from the store, perhaps a toy for one of your grandchildren or a new bookcase, and then you read the words, “Some assembly required?”  I don’t know about you, but I can tell you I don’t like seeing those words stamped on the package.  I prefer things to […]

The New Normal

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Most of us like to define “normal” for ourselves.  For example, we might say that it’s normal for us to get four hours of sleep each night, or it’s normal to work twelve hours a day.  We set the pattern and that’s what seems “normal” to us.  When I suffered two strokes and had to […]