Category Archives: Karen’s Blog

Inspiration

What does it meant to be inspired? To be inspired is to be "in spirit" or in harmony with your goal. Psychologist Abraham Maslow said that it is only the awareness of self that needs to change for our life to change. Only the awareness. Isn't that interesting? Often we are waylaid by obstacles. We…
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Repair

To repair is to make good again. This can mean we make reparations, restitution or amends to those we've hurt. As a community it can mean that we reach out to a person or a group that has suffered or that is broken. But the first step is often the most difficult. We are often…
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Reflection

In West African wisdom, sankofa means to "return and get it". The sankofa image is typically is a bird with an egg on its back and the phrase “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which means to go back and get it. But what is meant is more than a return for an…
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Charity

Most people think of charity as simply giving to the poor. But the meaning goes much deeper. Charity, in its definition, means a "voluntary giving of help." It also can signify an "organization set up to raise money" or  "kindness and tolerance in judging others." The root of the word sprouts from a basic love…
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Determination

"Hope is taking the next step." When we are determined, we have set a course in our mind to achieve something. The goal may be to attain a thing, a position, a change in our physical self, or maybe just to make it through a major life event intact. The key to staying on course…
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Courage

What is courage? It is not the absence of fear. A courageous person is not a person who is not afraid. Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway. So many times in our lives we succumb to not acting because we are afraid. We are afraid to go back to school because it's…
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Forgiveness

Many people think of forgiveness as a saintly, unselfish act. We sometimes feel that by forgiving the person who has wronged us, we are wiping clean the memory of the event. We may even feel that by forgiving, we are accepting or even condoning the behavior that wounded us. But this is not the case…
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Cultivating Compassion, Growing Your Happiness

How do we create more compassion in ourselves? Compassion, that feeling of empathy for another's suffering, is cultivated very simply, by practice. All of the major religions of the world hold compassion as a central virtue, and a necessary component for happiness. Want more happiness in your life? Cultivate compassion! Anyone can cultivate compassion. There…
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Never Give Up! Persist Until You Succeed!!

Here is a parable that I would like to share with you today.  The author of this great parable is unknown but it is a very well-known parable. A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule.  The mule feel into the farmer’s well.  The farmer heard the mule “braying” – or…
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