BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

Thank you.

Thank you.

I started looking through my books, hoping to find an authority on what I want to say. I wanted words of wisdom to add credibility to my thoughts. My go-to wisdom holders are people like Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen, Thich Nhat Hanh, Madeleine L’Engle, Thomas Merton, and Natalie Goldberg. I devoured their words years ago […]

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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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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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Goal Gone

Goal Gone

I set a reading goal in 2013: one book per week. I’ve never reached the goal though I’ve read more books each year — until 2017. While the goal was 52 books in one year, the best I’ve done is 36, twice the number I read in 2012. The original purpose of the goal was […]

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