BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: persistence

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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River or Pond?

River or Pond?

This week I’ve been thinking about the rivers I’ve seen and known: The Columbia and the Snake in the Pacific Northwest The Colorado, winding through the Grand Canyon The Ohanapecosh near Mt. Rainier The Missouri in Montana, traveled by Lewis & Clark The Ganges at Benares, India The Tennessee and the Holston in northeast Tennessee The […]

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How’s your week?

How’s your week?

A few weeks ago my son introduced me to a friend at church. We were doing the usual after worship chit chat before going home. She was talking about her busyness at work. “What kind of work do you do?” I asked. “I work at a rural clinic,” she said, “that serves people who don’t […]

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I’ve been to the mountain . . .

I’ve been to the mountain . . .

Recently I ran across a Zen saying — Let everything be your teacher That’s sort of how I live. I notice things. I hear things. I experience things. And these things set me to pondering and questioning. . . Why do I still remember that moment from decades ago? Why did I feel that way […]

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