Tag: self help

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: 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…

A Word on Wednesday: Faith

Faith isn’t something we feel; it is something we trust. It is one of the gifts God gave us. “God gave us faith, hope, and love,” 1 Corinthians 13:13. Faith, as a noun, is a belief that is not based on proof. It is confidence in…

A Word on Wednesday: Journey

Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest travel season of the year with 42.5 MILLION people traveling. Expect delays. We all know it is about the journey not the destination. In this regard, we talk about journey as a verb, to make a journey, to travel….

A Word on Wednesday: Gratitude

This is a month of thanksgiving. Despite the origins of the holiday. Presently, we pause, we feast, and give thanks. There are no gifts to exchange. There is no music. Decorations are subtle earthy tones coupled with luscious reds, oranges, and yellows. The kitchen…