BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: do the work

Batting Courage

Batting Courage

“It takes courage to want what you want.” I jotted Cathy Heller’s words in my zibaldone as I listened to her podcast. She’s a music writer and encourager of dream pursuits. We all have dreams — of what we’d like to do some day, of who we’d like to be someday, of fame, of fortune, […]

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Being Right vs. Being Compassionate

Being Right vs. Being Compassionate

I witnessed a recent discussion, prompted by Karen Armstrong’s TED talk. She’s a British author of books on comparative religion. My paraphrase of one of her comments is, “Our need to be right negates our ability to be compassionate.” I got to thinking about conversations I’ve been in where the other person was absolutely convinced […]

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Bit by Bit

Bit by Bit

As we worked a new jigsaw puzzle over the holidays, my daughter and I reminisced about a puzzle we’d worked nearly three decades ago. We agreed it was the hardest puzzle we’ve ever done: a 2000-piece stained glass window that covered the entire dining table. We worked on it for weeks. When we finally finished […]

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Backwards and Forwards

Backwards and Forwards

The new year has snuck up on me — probably while I was doing other things, like Christmas and family and cooking and cleaning and laundry and talking and puzzle-making and oh, so many other things — the latest is napping in my very quiet, reclaimed post-holiday house.   Looking backwards: I didn’t read many […]

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Sustenance

Sustenance

I have two questions for your consideration this week: What sustains you when the going gets tough? Where is your calm place in challenging times? I’m thinking of those times, like the current holiday season, when there’s too much to do and too little time and expectations for a perfect Christmas. I’m thinking of those […]

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