BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Welcome to BECOMING BETTER

Want to improve yourself and your life? This site is for you! My Tuesday blogs are about the process of continual improvement. I don't write about big things -- like accumulating wealth or achieving corporate success or staying ahead of the neighbors -- but rather about small things like reading more books or improving my piano playing or writing more lyrically or taking tiny steps toward new habits. The ponderings and insights you find here will guide and encourage you to become better than you were yesterday.

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An alternate universe

I am traveling this summer. Some say I travel all the time — and sometimes it’s almost true. May was Hawaii, June is Topsail Beach, North Carolina, and July is Portland, Oregon by way of Lexington, Kentucky. Traveling for me is like living in an alternate universe. When I’m in a different place, my usual […]


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An alternate universe

I am traveling this summer. Some say I travel all the time — and sometimes it’s almost true. May was Hawaii, June is Topsail Beach, North Carolina, and July is Portland, Oregon by way of Lexington, Kentucky. Traveling for me is like living in an alternate universe. When I’m in a different place, my usual […]

Posted: June 12, 2018
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Not good enough

“It doesn’t have to be good right now, it just needs to exist.” That’s what Austin Kleon says. In fact he uses it as a motto for his work. But . . . We all want our work to be good from the get go. It’s certainly true for me. I suspect it’s true for […]

Posted: June 05, 2018
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What’s your hurry?

The main thing I remember about 911 is how I felt. I thought about the people who left home that morning, never to return. I hoped their morning family time was good, that they hadn’t experienced discord before they left for work. I thought about how unexpectedly lives get snuffed out and the resulting abandonment […]

Posted: May 29, 2018
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Sloth living

Frank Chimero is credited with saying, “Did your heart pump more than a sloth today?” I immediately thought, “Have I exercised today?” On that particular day, I’d been to the gym. I’m not a sloth. I began to ponder about sloths: who are they really and why does their mention bring such negative thoughts. A […]

Posted: May 22, 2018
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Limitations

Most of us don’t want limitations or restrictions. “It hampers my style,” we say. “Don’t tell me what I can and cannot do,” we protest. “I’ll do it my way.” Too many choices can actually prevent us from making any choice at all. We walk away because it’s too difficult to decide. For example: If […]

Posted: May 15, 2018
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