BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

An alternate universe

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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Not good enough

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 […]

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What’s your hurry?

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 […]

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Sloth living

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 […]

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Limitations

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 […]

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