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Is Your Truth Really Free?

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Can you handle the truth?  Let’s say you found the truth.  The one with the capital T.    Would you share it, or keep it to yourself?  If you choose to share it, would you sell it through a book, promote it on a billboard or produce a blockbuster movie?  Perhaps you would just give it away, hoping everyone sees the truth through your way of living.  Since the Truth, with a capital T, is a bit elusive to us all, ...

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What Follows Your Glory?

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On a glorious August evening, the rising moon blew a kiss to the setting sun.  The affectionate breath carried away the heat of the day, comfortably caressing Jane’s face.    As she entered the garden, heading to the meeting, her thoughts began echoing through her head.

I won. I really won.  I can’t wait to tell everyone that I won.  Her steps quickened.  She had told herself that competing in a speech contest was no big deal, but now that she has ...

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Is Your Haste Wasted?

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Jane entered the room and rushed towards the podium.  She called out a cheerful “hello all” to no one in particular.  John looked at her, smiled and waved. Without even acknowledging him, as she tossed her bag in the front row and smacked her binder on the podium.  This was the first time she was in charge.  The fun and flow of laughter and learning, which she enjoyed so much, were now her responsibility.  She had never realized how much ...

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¿Qué significa perseverancia?

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Juan tentatively settled into the seat .  He was uncomfortable in the second row. The speaker nodded and smiled.  Juan understood most of his words but wasn’t sure what “Table Topics meant or why everyone started laughing.  ¿Se ríe de mí? (Are they laughing at me?), he wondered.

In school, in church or on the bus, Juan sat in the back row.  The bus had been late, again, which is why he was late, again.  Wearing his smile, he looked around ...

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Is Your Balance Moving?

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The lectern wobbled as John placed his notes and a water bottle upon it.  The notes slid to the restraining edge while the bottle teetered as he tried to steady it.  Surveying the room, he sighed.  The chairs were all crooked.  Surrounding the chairs were candy wrappers, Cola cans, and confetti.  He sighed again and began cleaning.

John knew what he wanted the room to look like, and so in short order, the chairs were aligned in even rows and all ...

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What Do You Think Eloquence Is?

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“What do you think eloquence is?” John asked, raising his eyes from The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie.

“It‘s when someone says something really well.” Jane replied, pausing slightly as she sucked the Frappuccino through the straw.

“So it doesn’t matter what you say, as long as you sound smooth?” John prodded, wondering if she was ever going to share any of the drink he had purchased.

“No. Eloquence comes from speaking about something valuable.” About a third of the frosty goodness ...

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Is Freedom Sweet?

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“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” John began, pausing for effect. Facing a silence so completely empty of interest, John could see a question appearing to float
across the sea of faces: “How long is this gonna last?” Fortunately, it was a pond, not a sea, but John had barely begun and was sinking fast into the mud of the middle-schoolers’ indifference. He was free to leave, and most of him wanted to. The kids were not. ...

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Is Your Picture Inspiring?

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“Wow! What an inspiring speaker.”

Guiding her arm under his, Jane tugs John out of his seat. “Let’s introduce ourselves… maybe we can get a picture with him.”  John, reluctantly, follows.  Why does she find him so inspiring?

As they approach, you energetically greet them in stride, “Thanks for coming today.”
Offering your hand, you glance at their name tags.  “It is a pleasure to meet you, Jane.  And John, I must compliment you on your choice.” Warmly connecting with John’s eyes, ...

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