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

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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: Remembering Our Caterpillar Moments

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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: Having an Attitude of Gratitude

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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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Karla’s Korner: Living Life in the Present

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Karla's Korner Living Life in the Present Living Life in the Present: Lessons From a Friend He’s 16, a high school junior and unsure what he wants to do when he “grows up”; he is my son. In a recent conversation about graduation, college, what he wants to study and a possible career choice, Christopher threw his hands in the air and said “I just don’t know mom. I have no idea.” Taking a deep breath trying to gather just the right words of assurance for him my heart broke a little bit. As ...

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Karla’s Korner: Be the Light

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Karla's Korner: Be the Light Be the Light St. Francis of Assisi once said “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” Sitting in the quiet early morning hours with the flickering light of a single candle breaking into the darkness allowing the warm glow to penetrate and ignite my spirit deep within my soul I reflect on this quote and wonder what it all means to me and the world around me. With each flicker of the tiny flame that dances in the darkness of ...

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Karla’s Korner: Looking Beyond the Fog

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Looking Beyond the Fog Looking Beyond the Fog: Working Toward Meeting Our Life Goals Her name was Florence Chadwick and at the age of 34 she wanted to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to Palos Verde on the California coast. It was July 4, 1952 the water was frigid and the fog hung on the water like a thick curtain shielding her from seeing anything around her. She was tired, cold and despite the encouragement from her trainer and mother who were in a boat next to her she ...

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