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How Is Your Endurance?

Part One of a Five-Part Series on Patience in Relationships Endurance means both “bearing hardship,” which can be negative, and “staying power,” which can be positive. Endurance is an aspect of patience and perseverance but it can mean both pluck as well as resignation. Everyone who lives long…


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I Want Patience and I Want It Now

HAVING PATIENCE TAKES TOO MUCH TIME I've heard that patience is a virtue. After brain surgery on the right side of my brain, the left side of my body decided to just rest, or occasionally twitch.  Sometimes my arm or leg tingled or twitched while I watched in amazement. Physical therapy was…


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Perseverance: The Key to Keep Going

Walter Elliot said, “Perseverance is not one long race. It is many short races, one after the other.” Losing weight requires perseverance! I gained ten pounds by lying in hospitals for a month, eating regular meals while not doing any regular exercise. Usually, the tastiest thing on the tray was…


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What's It Take to Ask for Help? Humility!

Humility can open a door to the happiness inside you. I thought of humility as a close relative to humiliation until three months ago. After brain surgery, I suddenly had a new relationship with my body and its abilities. My left leg and foot behaved as if it had divorced the rest of my body. My…


I Woke up and That Means I Can Hope for Anything!

Having hope means having more than one way to look at any situation. I had hope that I would have healthy golden years--but I had a brain hemorrhage that caused a stroke last year. Three top neurologists each tested me extensively, puzzled over the cause, and couldn’t find one. They told me it…


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Are Changes in Your Life Giving You Depression? Give It Back!

My life had changed dramatically. After my stroke, caused by a cerebral hemorrhage one year, and then brain surgery to correct the problem the next, almost nothing was the same--even the way people looked at me. My left side had recovered from weakness after the stroke, but the surgery was in the…