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The First Step to Making the Change You Must Make

“It’s a bold move on your part to

make the choice to live in a new way.”

~ D’Anne Hotchkiss

I wrote those words a few weeks ago in a blog post called, “Where Lies Your Freedom.”

 

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The decision to try something new requires the courage to go forward when the way forward is not clear.

Making a choice to live in a new way is only the first giant leap of faith in yourself. Making the changes necessary to realize that new way of life is the second giant leap of faith in yourself.

You need courage to change because it is not easy to give up what is comfortable and familiar, even when you know in your heart of hearts that what you’ve been doing isn’t working any longer and you can’t hide from that fact any more. Continue reading

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Joe is Ready to Ride

By this time next week, Joe Ostaszewski, founder of Wear Your Soul Foundation, will be setting off from Washington, DC, to go across America.

On His Bike.

Talk about Commitment!

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Henry and Joe Ostaszewski, co-founders of Wear Your Soul Foundation, made a commitment to change and now are preparing to ride across America.

Of course, he isn’t going to just ride his bike every day for the next two months. He’s going to talk to kids and their parents all along his route through Roanoke, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, and a lot of smaller towns along the way, Continue reading

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Never Let Words have Power Over You

Why do you let words have power over you? I heard from some readers after I wrote about the controversary of using either ‘the n-word’ or the actual word. Some were offended that I dared to say

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Words can hurt, and when you let them, they fester and become your master. To free yourself from the power of those words over you, take back the power through repeated use, until you have reduced them to mere words on paper.

nigger, even when calling it an offensive word. Some agreed that using substitutions for the word creates further barriers.

More than one suggested that using it repeatedly takes the power away from the word as a pejorative, the way homosexuals adopted use of the word queer and made it their own. (Remember, the original meaning of queer was ‘strange,’ or ‘odd,’ and only later did it become a slur.) Continue reading

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