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Posted on 1.19.2018 by Jody Noland

Over the last six months, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The beauty is breathtaking and ever-changing. And the vastness of the sea provides a constant reminder to keep things in perspective.

But gazing upon something so large and unending as the ocean is also a constant reminder of how small I am in the grand scheme of life. Somewhat akin to a grain of sand as one of the 7.4 billion people on the planet.
 
Do you ever feel small and insignificant like I do? 

Posted on 1.15.2018 by Jody Noland

What a question! I know you’re not a violent person. And in your wildest dreams you couldn’t imagine killing someone unless it was for self-defense or to protect a loved one.
 
But what if you could be slaying someone in another way?

What if you could be slowly killing someone with your words?

Posted on 10.16.2017 by Jody Noland

Most people say “what a great idea” when encouraged to write letters of affirmation and blessing to those they love.

Posted on 5.12.2017 by Jody Noland

For the last month, we’ve been commercially bombarded with endless reminders that Mother’s Day is fast approaching.
 
Yes, the holiday is a wonderful celebration of motherhood. Moms who endlessly give and serve their families throughout the year do deserve to be honored and affirmed.
 
Yet for many, Mother’s Day elicits more pain than joy. But why?

Posted on 4.28.2017 by Jody Noland

The 2017 NFL Draft is underway in Philadelphia. And over the next few nights, atop the steps that Rocky ascended, lifelong dreams will be coming true as aspiring players are selected for NFL teams.
 
Many of those drafted feel fortunate just to have survived to adulthood. Countless players come from the humblest of circumstances, having never known financial or physical security.
 
The future financial compensation can be staggering for those whose names are called by the NFL Commissioner.
 

Posted on 4.21.2017 by Jody Noland

Have you ever seen a seemingly empty seashell suddenly start moving along the sand? Or even more shockingly, discovered that a shell you’d recently found on the beach mysteriously changed locations on your counter?

If so, then you’ve probably witnessed a hermit crab in action. They live alone, within salvaged empty seashells, due to their own physical vulnerability. The crab is forced to peek outside the protective shell to move, and as the crab moves, so does the shell.

Posted on 3.17.2017 by Jody Noland

Are wedding bells ringing in your future? Perhaps you’re getting married soon, or you are the mother or father of the bride or groom.
 
If so, it’s the perfect time for letter writing.
 

Posted on 3.10.2017 by Jody Noland

Have you ever tasted heirloom tomatoes? Their shapes aren’t uniform, nor are their colors.  But oh, the flavors!

Posted on 3.03.2017 by Jody Noland

Half empty or half full? Each new day, we have a fresh choice of how we look at our lives, our circumstances, the “hand we’ve been dealt.” What are you choosing?

We all know people that look at life through negative lenses. They see the shortcomings in every situation. Yes, they might make great quality inspectors looking for defects on a manufacturing line. But in terms of life, it’s a draining perspective for everyone in that person’s world. And most of all, it’s a slow emotional death for the person themselves.

Posted on 2.24.2017 by Jody Noland

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Ask a young child that, and the answer is likely to be filled with promise. The sky’s the limit.  Answers might include: “The President!” “A movie star!” “A doctor!”
 
As that child becomes an adolescent, the dreams often become smaller, “more realistic” or might have even vanished.
 
Why is that? What happens to those big dreams?
 
Sadly, dreams are often squashed by a few discouraging words from a parent or authority figure.
 

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