Karla’s Korner: Living Intentionally

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Living Intentionally… Searching for something to pass the time while on the exercise bike this week I discovered the documentary “Happy”. This film takes the viewer on a rather intriguing journey from the swamps of Louisiana to Kolkata India interviewing people who have found happiness. What I found interesting is that happiness is defined in many different ways by many different people, yet all claim to be happy. Following what many would consider an extremely poor man in Kolkata as he wakes ...

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Karla’s Korner: Hum a Little

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Karla's Korner: Hum a Little Hum a little….. She stands a little over five feet tall, has long dark hair flowing down her petite shoulders, wears glasses and is humming every time I see her. I don’t know her name but every time I shop at the local K-Mart I find myself trying to get in her checkout lane. Like most folks I find holiday shopping exhausting. The crowds of people pushing and shoving their way through stores searching for the “perfect” gift takes a toll on me. I’m not a fan of ...

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Karla’s Korner: The Reality of Judgment

Judgment

The Reality of Judgment The Reality of Judgment: Fear of Being Different Walking into the local grocery store I follow a twenty-something young woman dressed in a leather jacket and knit hat. It’s winter and I find myself wishing I could pull off wearing a hat like that; maybe I could. Walking past the deli I notice a familiar face and as I prepare to smile and acknowledge the acquaintance and her husband I nearly stop in my tracks as the rolls her eyes, gets her husband’s attention, points ...

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Karla’s Korner: Finding Victory in Struggle

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Karla's Korner: Finding Victory in Struggle Finding Victory in Struggle English American author and political activist Thomas Paine wrote: “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.” In 2014 Kayla Montgomery clinched the North Carolina high school state title in the 3,200-meter race ...

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Karla’s Korner: Farewell 2014

2014

Farewell 2014 Farewell 2014: Lessons and Resolutions There are just a few days left to reflect on 2014 and make resolutions for 2015; if you’re into resolutions. As I began to think about my final article for the year my initial thought was “Farewell 2014…You Sucked”, however, as I began to think about all that has taken place I realize that it really didn’t suck at all. As a matter of fact, 2014 was a year filled with blessings, life lessons and a whole lotta love. The Dalai Lama once ...

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Karla’s Korner: Holiday Traditions….Again

Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions With Christmas just a few days away I decided to re-share my thoughts on holiday traditions. As you prepare for your Christmas celebration I encourage you take time to create your own family traditions knowing that there are no right or wrong ways to celebrate. Life is meant to be enjoyed, shared and celebrated with others, so do it. American author Oren Arnold wrote: Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your ...

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Karla’s Korner: Remembering Our Caterpillar Moments

Caterpillar Moments

Remembering Our Caterpillar Moments Once in a while a conversation takes place that for no other reason I believe to cause us to stop and think; to ponder or search for an “ahh haa” moment. Such a conversation took place at a Christmas party with friends this week. A friend shared that her young daughter asked her if butterflies remember being a caterpillar. Because butterflies have become an inspiration to me, a symbol of transformation and hope, I couldn’t help but not only participate in ...

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Karla’s Korner: The Santa Spirit

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Karla's Korner: The Santa Spirit The Santa Spirit He was eight, maybe nine years old when he crawled up next to his momma and said “Momma, I been thinkin”. “What about son?” she asked. “Momma, there really isn’t a Santa Claus is it?” With a tear in her eye and a lump in her throat she decided it was time to tell him the truth. Santa, she said was just a fun idea, a fairytale of sorts and that it was in fact her and his dad who had put all of those presents under the tree for all those years. ...

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Karla’s Korner: Weeds and Wishes

Weeds and Wishes

Karla's Korner: Weeds and Wishes Weeds and Wishes….Seeing Beyond the Obvious…. Fall is nearly over, the leaves are gone from the trees and the remaining sprigs of once beautiful flowers have turned brown losing their luster leaving behind memories of summer. Standing in the middle of the yard is a lone dandelion stem. The white fuzzy seeds have been scattered in the wind leaving behind an empty stem battered by the weather of the week. As a small child I remember my grandfather carefully ...

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Karla’s Korner: Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Karla's Korner: Having an Attitude of Gratitude On Being Thankful: Having an Attitude of Gratitude Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Thanksgiving is this week and while it is important to recognize the day and give thanks for all that we have I believe it is equally important to ...

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