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Define Yourself By What You Are For

Define Yourself By What You Are For

I remember having a conversation one day with a friend about country music. “I do NOT like country music,” she said emphatically. She was getting pretty worked up about it. I didn’t have a strong feeling either way about country music, but I listened patiently to her...
As Is

As Is

I was browsing on Ebay the other day, reading ads for used cars. I remember one advertisement in particular was for an older, worn-down vehicle. Somewhere in the description were these words: “As Is.” As Is “As Is” means the buyer agrees to buy the product without the...
A Day in the Life of an Enneagram 1: Monica M.

A Day in the Life of an Enneagram 1: Monica M.

How did you get introduced to the Enneagram? I heard about it a few years ago from several friends, but I didn’t really get into it until I read The Road Back To You (most of it) by Ian Morgan Cron. What is it like being a 1? I mostly identify with a 1...
Today is a New Day!

Today is a New Day!

Not too long ago, I woke up early to start my day. To be honest, it was a struggle. I was tired, and I didn’t feel like exercising or even getting out of bed. Even though it is difficult for me, there is something refreshing about getting up early. I’m not sure why....
The Core Struggles of Each Enneagram Type

The Core Struggles of Each Enneagram Type

Sometimes people struggle to discover their Enneagram number. When this happens, one thing that can be helpful is to look at the core struggles for each type. Sometimes we are more in tune with our pain than our strengths. Here is a description of the core struggles...
Give a Gift of Grace

Give a Gift of Grace

A few years ago, a colleague of mine sent me an email. He wanted to organize a research project on grace. I thought it was a great idea. Even though I think grace is really important, there isn’t much research out there on what exactly grace is, or how it works. What...
Remember Growth is a Process–For You and Others

Remember Growth is a Process–For You and Others

One of the people I follow on Twitter posted the following Tweet the other day: My 3rd grader teases my 1st grader, calls him a “little kid.” He forgets that two years ago, he was that same little kid. Growth is a Process This tweet struck a chord with me because I...
Give People Space for their Own Journey

Give People Space for their Own Journey

It’s important to give people space for their own journey. So often we want to push people to see things from our perspective. But this strategy doesn’t usually work. Religion and Sexuality Here’s an example that happened in my own life: One issue I...
If You Want to Build Something, Resist Revenge

If You Want to Build Something, Resist Revenge

I’ve been watching the final season of Game of Thrones, and the last episode was crazy. Daenerys Targaryen, driven by revenge, destroys the entire city of King’s Landing with her fire-breathing dragon. Not just Cersei and her army, mind you, but women and children...
The Return of the Prodigal Son: Where is Our Focus?

The Return of the Prodigal Son: Where is Our Focus?

One of my favorite books is “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen. In the book, Nouwen discusses the parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), and he also walks the reader through his reflections on the painting, “The Return of the...
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