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Respite: Impossibly Great

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” - Charles R, Swindoll Many surely relate to the multitude of “great opportunities” that have come our way, perhaps just this past year, but definitely throughout our lifetime. How many “opportunities” have we wasted, sulking about the impossible [...]

February 11th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Enjoy the Scenery

“The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour.” - Author Unknown Although we make the most detailed plans for our journey through life, it seems that detours consistently loom on the horizon. Suddenly the road we thought we were going to be on all the [...]

January 14th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Keeping the Boat Afloat

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since we all are in the same boat, and everything we do potentially affects all other passengers on board, shouldn’t our main task be to try and keep the boat as stable and water [...]

January 14th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: One Step at a Time

“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” - Chinese Proverb When frustrations over a particularly confusing homework assignments got to me, my father’s advice always was “take it one step at a time.” If I followed his predictable advice, eventually I [...]

December 31st, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Stick Together

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” - Vista M. Kelly This reference to snowflakes is not meant as a foreboding premonition but rather a lighthearted metaphor, the truth of which we can allow ourselves to appreciate, at least until the actual entity [...]

December 16th, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Pause, Breathe, Smile

“The brain gives the heart its sight. The heart gives the brain its vision.” - Rob Kall Wherever we are in our journey through life, we might ponder the difference between sight and vision; brain and heart. Our brains have helped us get as far as we have in our responsibilities and, yet, it is [...]

December 2nd, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Go Confidently

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau One thing the above quote does not mention is that going confidently in the direction of your dreams may not necessarily present a straight path forward. Twists and turns often occur. At times, life events seem to [...]

November 19th, 2016|All, Respite|

TranSpirations: Take In Love

Tom’s April 4, 2008 I’m home! Amazing that it’s only been four days since my surgery. Recovery went smoothly. I was up walking in no time and although the 9 inch cut into my torso is serious---pain is little and it will heal nicely I have no doubt. Rehab will be a challenge and [...]

October 14th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

TranSpirations: Appreciate What We Have

Tom’s Journal-March 30, 2008 This second day of recovery, I see Em, my other daughter. Great to laugh with her as she asks how my “ticker thing” is working. I see my ole pal Feds in the back of the room and motion him over. Tell him “thanks” as I hear he’s been hanging [...]

September 30th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

TranSpirations: The Work of Transition

Tom’s Journal-March 28, 2008 6:00 AM..."We go" as my quarterback from Ripon College would say as our offense took the field. I'm calm; at peace. Les and daughter Libby slept in my hospital room. Lib read the 91sst Psalm to me. Dr. Nicolasi came by to give me confidence. I joked about how I [...]

September 16th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|