BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: mistakes

Foibles and Frivolities

Foibles and Frivolities

I have moments when things go wonky. Perhaps you’ve had such times as well. Late last Sunday afternoon, as I was getting ready to go out for the evening, I took one last look in the mirror to make sure my hair was in place. There it was: a black hoop earring in my right […]

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Deep and Long

Deep and Long

I saw reference the other day to the rapidity of a surgeon’s scalpel. I’m not doctor — or surgeon — but from my sketchy medical knowledge, I suspect they cut quickly, once they know exactly where they’re going. Their tools are razor-sharp. And they can go deep, through layers of tissue.   It set me […]

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Practice & Performance

Practice & Performance

I’m always looking for ways to improve my life — my writing, my reading, my cooking, my piano playing. The search is not daily and endless. I’m never looking for the ultimate answer — the one that will solve all issues once and for all. I just want to know if there’s a little change […]

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Practice Into It

Practice Into It

I spend a lot of my time practicing: piano, exercise, knitting, writing, and football with The Boy. But then, isn’t most of life about practice? Figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Learning from our mistakes and failures. In one of his recent posts, Seth Godin wrote, “She practiced her way into it.” That’s how […]

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When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned to keep my expectations low. Not that I don’t have plans and thoughts, but most expectations I push aside. It prevents disappointments, removes guesswork about my agenda, and lets me be present with others. Here are some moments from my holiday weekend: Three adults and The Boy […]

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