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No One Deserves a Second Chance

Have you ever known someone who treats someone, or everyone, as though no one ever gets a second chance?

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Do you close the relationship and lock out a person who has disappointed you or do you grant a second chance when it has been earned? Kevin May, photographer

They simply slam the door on anyone who has fallen from grace by admitting to infidelity in a relationship, lawbreaking, an addiction to an unhealthy lifestyle, or even holding a contrary point of view. Continue reading

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What Happens When You Speak of Grief?

Brad attended a funeral for an old friend of his in Iowa a few weeks ago. The gentleman who died did not hold a prestigious job.

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By openly speaking about your loss and your feelings, you minister to others and give them the opportunity to minister to you.

He wasn’t fabulously wealthy. He was simply one of those exceptional people who touch so many lives that his memorial was held in a large public venue to accommodate the community of mourners. People came from all points to pay their respects. To grieve. To comfort. And, to be comforted.

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Playing Second Fiddle Is Harder

The late American composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein once said that playing second fiddle is the most difficult instrument of all. “…to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm – that’s a problem; and if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.”

Mastering the art of conversation requires both the willingness and the ability to play second fiddle.

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