BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

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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Are you prepared for a surprise?

Are you prepared for a surprise?

A few weeks ago a friend and I enjoyed breakfast at our local IHOP. We met there because they don’t care how long we stay which is usually all the way to lunch time. She and I have known each other 45 years. It wasn’t friendship at first sight; the friendship grew slowly, especially in […]

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What did you sign up for?

What did you sign up for?

I called my brother on his birthday. Even though he’s now a year older, he’ll always be younger than me. I got to be the youngest for the few years between my birth and his — when I was too young to enjoy or understand or appreciate it. Once he arrived I became the middle […]

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Transitions

Transitions

Sunday I heard someone say, “I know this is a transition time, but once we get through this I’m hoping things will settle down.” Transition time. How many times have we said or heard someone else say: Once we get through Christmas we can get back to normal. Once I get well, we can get […]

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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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