BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: persistence

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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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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Who do you trust?

Who do you trust?

I’ve just returned from being with The Boy (nearly 4-year-old grandson). I was the chief-in-charge for three days while The Parents enjoyed a weekend trip. The duty was daunting. The rewards were sometimes fleeting and always charming. .Just yesterday I drove the 180 miles back home. A clear blue sky, blowing fall leaves, and mountain […]

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Perception Matters

Perception Matters

I’ve just finished reading The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday. He writes about perception, perspective, choice, change, focus, action, courage, reality, process, success and failure. Obstacle gives concise organized words to my self-discovered principles. At the end of the book I was hoping to find a form […]

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How will things go?

How will things go?

I read Austin Kleon’s weekly blog and his books “Show Your Work” and “Steal Like an Artist.” He’s an artist with words and pictures. He helps me see the world with new eyes, to get beyond my excuses, and my shortness of vision. He’s younger than my children by a few years and has young […]

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