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Close calls are calling for your attention.

Close calls are calling for your attention.

In his book The Youth Builder, Jim Burns talks about the importance of building up young people with affirmation and trust. What he says about criticism applies to every age group: For every critical comment we receive, it takes nine affirming comments to even out the negative effect in our life. Most young people receive more critical comments a day than encouraging ones. You can have a very positive, life transforming effect when you develop a ministry of affirmations.

Edward Steichen, who eventually became one of the world’s most renowned photographers, almost gave up on the day he shot his first pictures. At 16, young Steichen bought a camera and took 50 photos. Only one turned out — a portrait of his sister at the piano. Edward’s father thought that was a poor showing. But his mother insisted that the photograph of his sister was so beautiful that it more than compensated for 49 failures. Her encouragement convinced the youngster to stick with his new hobby. He stayed with it for the rest of his life, but it had been a close call.

What tipped the scales? …the vision to spot excellence in the midst of a lot of failure.

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Everything in your life has prepared you for where you are right now.

Everything in your life has prepared you for where you are right now.

As I await my dreams to become realized, I continue to grow stronger and wiser so when the dream appears, I will be ready. Harry Potter was told, “Do not keep your focus on the realization of your dream , otherwise, you will miss your life.” You are where you are suppose to be and…

What is meant by your own self-expression?

What is meant by your own self-expression?

A couple of years ago, my spiritual community hosted a creative art summer program for kids, and you could see their openness and their willingness to do it all. Whether it was African drumming, collage or watercolor, or tae kwon do or dancing, the kids did it all without hesitation because the whole intention of…

Bow Where You Are

Bow Where You Are

At ten years old, I was picked up by my grandfather Johnny Temple Hayes to go to church one fine Sunday morning. I was so excited to spend time with him but also anxious. He was always angry when my parents weren’t going to church, and he did not like having to come and get…

Longings, Dreams and Possibilities

Longings, Dreams and Possibilities

Since life does not go backward, we wake up and get in touch with the possibilities of how we can begin to honor who we really are right now. We pull out the list in our shielded and protected heart and allow the memories to resurface of the individuals we longed to be when we…

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