BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Monthly Archives: May 2017

Where are your knitting needles?

Where are your knitting needles?

I’ve heard of people with memory disorders putting their things in strange places, and then not being able to find them. As my friends and I age, we often talk about such things, and pray that they pass by our lives. However, this afternoon I lost my newly purchased knitting needles. They appeared to have taken off, to […]

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Contentment

Contentment

        I recently ran across a statement that set my pondering juices flowing: Contentment is not the satisfaction of want; it’s the pursuit of having enough.                                                              — Lisa Avellan The words are heavy and serious: contentment, satisfaction, want, pursuit, enough. If you’ve ever lived with a child (you pick the age) you’ve […]

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The caravan

The caravan

At a conference I experienced the Great Caravan moving in a circle — many individuals walking separately, at their own pace, in their own thoughts, in their own uniqueness, yet moving with the entire group. As I followed the people before me there was a point where they also became the people behind me. We […]

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Your opinion matters

Your opinion matters

When someone asks me, “How are you?” I sometimes . . . occasionally . . . not that often . . . reply, “I’m awesome!” As their surprise at my response settles on their face, I continue. “That’s my opinion. You’re entitled to your own opinion, but don’t feel obligated to share it with me.” […]

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The Third Annual Piano Recital

It seems just a few months ago I wrote about my first piano recital: how I’d never done it before, how I’d overcome a life of nervousness, and how it felt like jumping off a cliff. And I wrote that I survived the event. Actually that first recital was April 2015. I only invited a few people, […]

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