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Anxiety

   
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Anticipation

We can never know about the days to come but we think about them anyway. [from the Carly Simon song “Anticipation“] Only a few weeks ago, we celebrated living in the here and now, experiencing every moment as eternity’s sunrise. That is excellent and it does not prevent us from
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Calling

A sacred calling is a person’s sense of being drawn into the life activity that best fulfills the person’s commitment to the most meaningful thing(s) in the person’s life. It expands on commitment fidelity in that it relates to whatever the person holds as divine, or of highest importance and
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Serenity

Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance. [attribution unknown] Milalojus Ciurlionis, Serentiy (1905) Serenity refers to the kind of tranquility experienced when one has attained a pervasive inner peace, which comes from all the things we have touched on so far. Especially important are the values we are exploring
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Exemplars – Role Models – Mentors

Watching someone who does something well is an excellent way to learn. This is true for activities as varied as performing surgery and living responsibly. Every society needs role models and other exemplars of skill and virtue.
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Dissent – Challenging Conventions

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a
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Perspective

To see a world in a grain of sand And heaven in a wild flower To hold eternity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. [William Blake] The word “perspective” can be used in two senses. One is in the usual sense of having a perspective
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Relationships

Homo sapiens is a social species. We rely on each other for comfort, companionship, support, nurturance and guidance. We also rely on each other for a reassurance, so most of us respond positively to another person’s joy and negatively to another person’s suffering. By paying attention to and developing our
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Freedom of Expression

The right to speak freely and to be heard is an indispensable part of equality. Equally indispensable is the community’s receptiveness to ideas: its willingness to listen and hear. This is a daunting challenge in the modern urbanized and suburbanized world, because most of us can never realistically expect to
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Endurance – Stamina

Endurance. or stamina, is vigor over an extended period of time. A person may be supremely skilled but with endurance that person can apply those skills over a greater time.
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