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The Gift of Failure

“Is there a side of me that wants you to make it? Yes! But I have come to realize that it is the part of me that is selfish, self-serving, and competitive. ” – words from a wise and compassionate father who values his child’s character more than his own pride.

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“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling

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A couple of weeks ago, you tried out for an AAU elite travel team. Now, you already how much I absolutely detest AAU teams – although, I’ll admit, it has allowed me to see some awesome locations, meet wonderful people, and play against some of the most talented basketball players to ever walk on a court. The problem is, I have also witnessed the dark side of elite basketball — but, I won’t get into that now; that is for another time.

Honestly, Honey, as we wait for this letter to come in the mail, I keep hoping we receive bad news.

I honestly hope you don’t make the…

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Love offers forgiveness

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Love is not Self-Seeking

A love that is true doesn’t objectify their loved one. The ego is swept away by the power of love and two souls become one. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24) To love means to take someone or something as a part of yourself – to protect, honor, and respect it as you would your very self. The Buddha is quoted as saying, “When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”

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Love is patient

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From First Corinthians Chapter Thirteen:

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

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How they fell in love

You traded your ship for me?

A romantic love story for our modern times

Their relationship started off on shaky ground to say the least. Hook started by telling Emma and her comrades lies about his survival and Emma was immediately skeptical.

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Feminine Anger – more of my own thoughts

Earlier I today I posted a significant portion of an article written by Soraya Chemaly which begins with the bold statement “When men get angry, their power grows. When women do, it shrinks.” I have experienced this truth throughout my life both first-hand and also via observation of the powerful women around me from my mother, aunts, and teachers to employers and political figures.

1_NVHon6CEnIi_sMAnZtEhgQSociety diminishes women who express their anger out loud. They would much prefer we keep it to ourselves, stuffed into a box and sequestered in a closet within our psyche where nobody else has to contend with the “ugliness” of it.

But feminine anger is neither “ugly” or “unfounded.” We have a great deal to be angry about and I will save that topic for a post all its own. For now, I just want to make note of how quickly women have started responding to the writing of Chemaly. It’s certainly garnered more of a response than any other post I’ve written – ever.

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Feminine Anger

I can feel her presence. She is always there, nibbling at the frayed edges of my mind. My most intimate and steadfast companion never leaving me behind. Rather, she is the one who jumps into play when others choose to abandon me. I would say she’s back – but truth be told, she never really left.

She exists for a reason and that reason is to protect me when it seems nobody else will. She has never failed me in that regard. Although her means are unorthodox and arguably unethical, she is always effective when it comes to protecting the fragility of my heart. She is not only allowed to feel anger, but she wields it as a warrior might carry a sword and shield.  By contrast, I am not culturally allowed to feel or express my rage myself.

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It’s my Birthday – follow me on Twitter!

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Good morning everybody! It’s my birthday and I’m asking for your help in getting more Twitter followers.

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The best love story for our modern times

Since its debut in the fall of 2011, I have been enamored with the ABC television series Once Upon A Time. That year was a time of personal transition and the show beautifully helped me through the difficulties I encountered.

In the pilot, we are introduced to our hero Emma Swan who appears in a doorway wearing a stunning red dress.

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It’s okay to not be friends with your ex-partner

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I was prepared to write my own content on this subject, until I found the image I would use to go along with it on Bustle.

Writer Lea Rose Emery did a great job laying out the reasons, so I will simply list them here and you can follow the link if you want to read the full article.

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