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Seeing Clearly What Matters to Others

Welcome to contributor Greg Richardson who has some great thoughts on seeing clearly.

Seeing clearly can be a challenge for me. I have been nearsighted for as long as I can remember. I got my first pair of eyeglasses when I was in third grade, because I could not see the board in school.

Seeing Clearly, single human eye on face

Image by orangeacid

I cannot read anything that is my arm’s length away without their help.

My glasses allow me to see things clearly and distinctly that would otherwise be lost to me. I cannot really appreciate beautiful photographs or painting, or beautiful faces, without them. I cannot drive without them.  Continue reading

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The Right Thing to Say When Someone Dies

Brad’s mother died a week ago today. Since then, many of our friends have expressed condolences in person or in a short note.

I’ve noticed that some people seem to naturally know what to say to bring comfort. Others struggle. Some resort to platitudes that do not bring comfort and sometimes bring more pain. Wouldn’t it be great if we always knew the right thing to say when someone dies?

The Right Thing to Say When Someone Dies, Brad W. Smith photographer LIfeIsHOTBlog

Grief makes us feel closed off from others, the right words can help open communication.

The right thing to say is composed of five simple ideas, and two optional statements. Each idea can be expressed in a few words. Here is a step-by-step guide to knowing the right thing to say when someone dies. Continue reading


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The Truth Is, I Made a Mistake

I made a mistake the other day in planning my schedule, a mistake that inconvenienced several others.

D'Anne slipped on the snow and fell while walking in the woods

The smallest mistake can send us tumbling. How do you right yourself again?

I was to pick up a friend so we could go together to a birthday party dinner in a town about 45 minutes away. For some inexplicable reason, I planned to pick her up a full hour later than I needed to for us to arrive on time. To make matters worse, I was 15 minutes late in picking her up.

Fortunately, I realized my mistake and called the hostess and informed her of my error. She graciously accepted my explanation and my apology and held dinner for us. We hurried as best we could. Outwardly, things were fine. Inwardly, it could have been another story. Continue reading


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