The Parable of the Talents

"You know," my mother's kindly eyes sparkled as she spoke, "When I was in real estate school, I learned that you need to take down your personal photos when trying to sell your home."      "Really," I hummed while studying her face, waiting for what would come next.      "Yes, that's right. People walk in and get distracted …

Barbie, Me, and Tenacity

There are times in my life when I do not think I can go on any further. During these dark seasons of doubt, I need voices of insistence to light the way. My best friend, Barbie, is one of the people who coaches me through those long tunnels of insecurity.           In a recent conversation with Barbie, she told me I was tenacious (my paraphrase …

#57 Fame

"You can have me before my time…before I flower."                                                                                         -Selling out for Fame       Fame has a seductive allure. Perhaps the human need for validation drives the pursuit of this fickle lover.    "If I am popular, then I am worthy, and my life's work counts." We tell ourselves in hopes of eliciting reassurance.      While I …

Being at Peace with your Purposes

We live in a culture driven by the desire for success as calculated by popularity and wealth. These messages form our value systems as they stream through television and computer screens. While some climb up to the top of the dog pile and wave the flag of success, most people labor in jobs they hate …

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