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Recalculating

If you’re like me, you depend upon a global positioning system to help you get around in unfamiliar places. man standing in rowboat, woman sittingI have one in my car, and another one on my phone.  GPS applications have a nifty feature – or an annoying habit, depending on your point of view – of adjusting for driving errors on the fly. While the GPS is making an adjustment, it matter-of-factly intones: “Recalculating.”

Our GPS for life, the one that always helps us find Doing Right, is the moral compass that is deep within us.

We all say we want to do the right thing. And for the most part, we mean it, even when we’re not sure what is right. Continue reading

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Do You Dwell on It or Do You Move On?

When a mistake happens at work or at home, do you dwell on it, or do you experience it, let go of it and move forward from it?

When we let something wash over us, we experience it and are changed by it, but we do not stay immersed in it.

It’s not always easy to let go of a bad experience, but we always have the freedom to choose whether we dwell on it, or move on from it.

A bad experience gives us the chance to learn from our own mistakes and the mistakes of others. It gives us reason to listen carefully in conversation about what went wrong and to listen carefully in conversation about how to handle similar situations differently in the future. 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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