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No shoes allowed! Ever noticed those signs? You are about to walk into a place but due to sanitary concerns, you have to leave your footwear behind. Usually, a temporary boot or sandal is available to protect your feet. Footwear has evolved over the years. From the sandals made from a rope to sneakers (so you don’t hear people sneak up on you) to wedges and heels, footgear have quite a history. They used to look like this. Ancient civilization making a mark. Shoes… keep us comfortable protect from injury keep us fashionable Now they look like this.We make a statement with shoes. Why footwear? Well, I do love them! I am also intrigued by how they have evolved. Witness an incredible journey!They were not always elegant and pretty in the way we perceive elegance and beauty today. Makes me think indeed many big things, start small. Like fine wine,…

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Some people enter a room and moments later, it feels like all the air disappeared. Others light up the room with their presence. You wish to see them again. Vastly different dispositions are revealed in the way people conduct themselves. Indeed, we are creatures of habit. I share three habits that quickly reveal a person’s personality. SOCIAL MEDIA REVEALS PERSONALITY Laura posts selfies quite frequently on social media. She shares what she eats and many other activities daily. These habits reveal a personality that is attention-seeking and self-obsessed. She may be cheered or shunned for her habits. I guess that depends on who is looking. PERSONALITY AND THE WAY WE TREAT OTHERS Dora says sorry, please and thank you. Her habits reveal a caring nature. People easily become comfortable around her. Her personality is endearing. Experts assert that people with her disposition are more likely to be givers than takers.…

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Come with me to the land of Susa where lived an extravagant and generous king with his alluring queen who understood “the unforced rhythms of grace.” The king was to choose a new queen after deposing his former queen for refusing his wish. There was a process to get chosen as queen. It took a year to groom the women for the big event. There was graceful Esther who asked for nothing except what was advised by the chief of the living quarters. The king finds her appealing when they meet and she becomes his queen. Surely, all the women must have been beautiful. What extraordinary and appealing quality did Queen Esther possess over all others? Grace? Je ne sais quoi? In our fast-paced and competitive world, perhaps, we could use some of what she had. The Message translation of the words of Jesus in Matthew 11: 28-30 helped me…

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The “Night of Broken Glass” is a translation from “Kristallnacht” to capture the night Nazi officials ransacked Jewish homes, synagogues and businesses. Shards of glass from broken windows littered the streets. Bruce Henderson, is author of Sons and Soldiers. He narrates the experiences of German Jews, especially the Ritchie Boys for whom World War 2 was personal. It hurt to read that a number of people felt that Hitler’s regime would not last two weeks. Clearly, they missed the signs and his significant proclamation “give me ten years and you won’t recognize Germany.” Sons and Soldiers is brilliantly-written and inspiring. I feel lucky to have read it. “The raven-haired woman” in my poem below, represents all who go to great lengths to seek out and publish the truth. They make it possible for us to understand and hopefully, learn from history. This poem is a salute to their bravery. Leadership…

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Mary Neal, MD and author, describes her experience of a place yonder and distant. She recalls leaving her body after a kayaking accident and being aware of heaven. A place beyond the pines, gleaming lights and no more nights. ZACK WILL BE ALRIGHT Zack Clements collapsed at gym class in his Christian high school. His heart stopped and for a full 20 minutes, doctors worked to revive him. He shares his experience of a place far off, a glimpse of heaven, seeing Jesus and a line of angels. Jesus touched him and said he’d be alright. He was 17 at the time. People did not believe him. FATHER ABRAHAM EXPLAINS In the Luke 16:19-31 account, the rich man recognized Lazarus. He felt thirst and torment. It was so intense he asked that Abraham have Lazarus return to warn his five brothers about an afterlife experience. Abraham’s reply is intriguing. He…

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How can one stand out and not be part of the masses every time? It cannot be much fun to be just another writer, farmer, lifeguard, doctor, engineer, teacher, chef, etcetera, if one has the ability to keep learning and raising the bar, right? In the Bible parable of talents, three men each get talents to nurture. Two of them grow and multiply their talents. The third man buries his talent and loses it to the man who gained ten talents. Makes one wonder, if perhaps, he could have asked for help and maybe learned how to develop his talent. LITTLE JOE STANDS OUT AND IS QUITE THE STAR Little Joe wanted a special kind of ice cream and goes to a café. He learns how much it costs and pauses to make a decision. The server is impatient as the shop is filling up with clients. Finally, he gets…

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Find your Ikigai [ee-key-guy] and live long and happy. Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles share inspiring perspectives on finding your Ikigai and living happier in their bestseller titled Ikigai; The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Ikigai is from the Japanese word meaning a reason to live. It is what makes you look forward to getting up in the morning because you are excited to start the day. You have found purpose and it could be more than one, but they kind of fit together. Find your ikigai and live a long and happy life. FIND YOUR IKIGAI AND LIVE LONG Finding your Ikigai requires a patient search. Garcia and Miralles affirm that we are happiest when we know what to do, know how to do it, and know how well we are doing. The happiness that comes from finding and persistently pursuing purpose keeps us alive longer.…

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Not all streets are created equal. We all could use empathy as you can tell from each story. Debbie Stevens is the amazing woman who donated her kidney to keep her boss alive. The boss was on a waiting list and could die before it is her turn on the transplant group. According to the account, Stevens got fired from the job yet did not say any unkind word about the lady boss. She also had no regrets, as it was a chance to save a life.  Quite an extraordinary story of benevolence. She raised the bar on the compassion street. Myra (not real name) shares her struggles in this story. One evening while trying to pay for food at a local store, she realized to her dismay that her purse was empty. How could she have lost the money? Every “pesewa” and penny was precious as sales was slow.…

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Walking up a flight of stairs begins with the first unwavering step to get to the desired target at the top. Life does present stairways and elevators to reach our destination and choosing one over the other is a reflection of our desires and how we nurture our goals. Using the escalator is the easier and faster route up, but is it the best option, if one is trying to achieve fitness goals for example? Taking the stairs may be the better choice to nurture the goal of keeping fit. While the speed of the escalator may be pleasurable, it is not necessarily better. A young boy complained to his father about not reaching the heights he had hoped for, despite all his effort, and so wanted to quit playing football. The father encouraged him to keep seeing the goal. Keeping the goal in focus helps us appreciate just how…

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