Tag: inspiration

A Word on Wednesday: Accolade

I always found doing something for the reward was less than. I found it better to forego credit and attempt to remain humble. It was my aspiration to be more altruistic, to do good work without recognition. There is honor in notice. Accolades are not…

A Word on Wednesday: Opportunity

Opportunity means conditions are favorable to achieve some end. People say, “opportunity is all around us,” and they also say, “Don’t waste a good opportunity.” Which one is it? How many times does opportunity knock? How can you be ready for it? From Old…

A Word on Wednesday: Exhausted

We are living through a pandemic. Here, in a rural, sleepy, Midwestern town, there are just a handful of cases, and as of yet, no deaths. The close reaching effect on me is nothing. I have not lost my income, earlier I wrote about…

A Word on Wednesday: Busy

Remember the days of land lines actually attached to a wall. Remember trying to call someone dialing just seven digits, and getting a jarring, repetitive, static-y tone? Busy. Try again. Still busy. There was no way to leave a message. There was no way…

A Word on Wednesday: Worth

To know your value is to know your worth. Time and money are the quantifiers of modern life. How you choose to exchange these resources is the summation of what you consider valuable. As a preposition, worth is what is good or important enough…

A Word on Wednesday: Gracious

If I am to hope to be anything in this world, I hope to be gracious. Presently, an adjective, pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous. Characterized by good taste, comfort, ease. Merciful or compassionate. In practice, gracious living is its own reward. When we live in love with compassion and…

A Word on Wednesday: Outcome

Goals are what we set out to do. Outcomes are the result. I got a little discouraged this past week. On the first full week of 2020, I got a bug. A wipe you out, interrupt your sleep, feel so bad you can’t concentrate,…

A Word on Wednesday: Focus

Focus: to limit distraction. Let everything not import blur in the background. As a verb, focus is to direct one’s attention or efforts. The verb originated in 1775 in optics, to bring into focus. It became a figurative in 1807. It began as a…

A Word on Wednesday: Zeal

Awake, awake to love and work. This directive for living is the title of a Christian hymn, by Geoffrey A. Studder-Kennedy. It is a perfect anthem for the start of a new year. Whatever you set out for 2020, do so with zeal. The noun…