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Get John’s essays about reflections from his own day-to-day life and stories from guest authors in this weekly series that sparks positivity and productivity for the coming week.

An Anniversary to Celebrate

Reflecting on the fire 35 years ago today. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays are obvious dates…
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Final Answer?

A Celebration of Susan O’Leary on her 75th Birthday. “He has put fire and water before you; you can stretch out your hand for whichever you choose. Life and death are in front of human beings; and they will…
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Winning as One

What a Basketball Team in Southwest Texas Can Teach Us about Real Victory. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller “Did you win?” This is a common question asked by parents…
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Do Not Be Afraid

How This Simple Phrase Can Help Us Find Peace this Holiday Season. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when are afraid of the light.” – Plato…
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Throw Away the Rubber Glove

Antonio Neves’ Unexpected Advice About Figuring Things Out. “You’ve gotta figure that out, man.” And with this bit of unrequested advice, from an unexpected counselor, Antonio Neves’ life began to change for the better. Applying the lessons he learned…
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How to Live Well

Why Rudyard Kipling’s “If” hangs in my office and what it can teach us about facing adversity. Sometimes individuals with whom we think we have the least in common become our greatest teachers and dearest friends. My last year…
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Joyful Awaiting

The beauty in having something to look forward to. “Anticipation of pleasure is a pleasure in itself.” Sylvia Townsend Warner Entering into this advent season we look forward to the joy of the holidays, the gift of Christmas and…
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How Shall We Live?

Let’s celebrate those we’ve lost by living passionately alive. “Death is the destiny of everyone; and the living must take this to heart.” Ecclesiastes As an awkward St. Louis University freshman, with few friends on campus and little idea…
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