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One Secret to Marriages that Last a Lifetime

If Dad were still alive, today he and Mom would be celebrating their 60th anniversary. Because he is not, later today, Mom will receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers from their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Dad’s memory and in honor of their long marriage.

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Happy 60th wedding anniversary, Mom and Dad

Opposites attract, and that was certainly true in their case. Although, as Mom would remind me, just being husband and wife is opposite enough. After a short courtship, Dad shipped out to fight in the Korean War. The remainder of their courtship was chronicled in a suitcase full of airmailed letters. When he returned, they married, and for six decades they remained wholly committed to one another.

While many of us may never live to see our 60th anniversary, we can all take steps to ensure our own marriage or partnership lasts a lifetime. Continue reading


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The One Resolution You Must Keep

Chances are good you made at least one resolution for 2013. Last year, I made 12 of them. A year later, I can confidently say that I have kept three and a half of them

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I promise to take a good look at myself from time to time.

and have adopted them as part of my life. (I give myself partial credit for one that I’ve kept some of the time.) Honestly, I made no effort on the other eight.

Whether you kept your resolutions last year or not does not matter. The year is over. It is done. What matters is whether you are where you want to be in your life.

This year I’ve only made one resolution and it’s a resolution that each of us would do well to keep. Continue reading

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How to Get Unstuck From Your Past

Jon Mertz, writer of the blog, Thin Difference, has an interesting perspective on my recent post, “Uncouple and Stop Fighting with Your Past”  In that post I shared my 

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To get unstuck, unfurl your sails and focus on the horizon.

view that we need to uncouple from our past so that we can move forward to discover the promise of the life ahead.

Instead, we stay stuck in the hurt of a terrible past, we need to get unstuck from that past and make the commitment to ourselves to live in the present. Continue reading

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