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Learning How to Improve

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. – Franklin During our two years as Peace Corps teachers, the only Americans on a small island, Bob and I spent many evenings comparing notes and ideas, seeking refuge from the strangeness of our surroundings in each other’s companionship. I thought I could listen, but finding…

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Power of Observation

 I have yet to develop many aspects of true observation and I hope this mundane example will help explain what I mean. I’ve always loved working on cars, and learned enough to find a job in an auto shop. I think I’m reasonably observant in this area, but a mechanic friend, James, has developed listening…

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Advancement or Unfoldment?

Do you think of your spiritual progress as advancement or unfoldment?  All of us are born with an urge to advance – improve, progress. People naturally try to satisfy this drive in recognized physical ways – being the best at sports, smartest in school, most popular. The newest car, finest home, highest salary are common objectives. These material accomplishments bring…

Posted on: May 28, 2016
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Conversations in My Head

If you’re like me, you’ve had times when you’ve gone to bed with a backlog of negative thoughts from disagreements over things that really don’t amount to much in the bigger scheme of things. But it seems so important to be right and have things go my way, and so begin the conversations in my…

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Transform Your Life (A Soldier’s Story)

At nineteen, I left college to join the army. My knowledge of war ranked right up there with my knowledge of space flight, but no problem for a teenager. At first, the physical activity and camaraderie were a little like going out for football, while death seemed remote, unreal. But as basic training progressed I…

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