there is an icicle at the top of the picture with a small drop of water and then a larger drop of water dripping from the icicle.  On the left side of the icicle is the word choice.  On the right side of the icicle and two drops of water, with space between the drops of water, and the words, between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Vicktor Frankl.

Freedom Friday: Making New Choices Takes Courage

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. (Viktor Frankl) In-between stimulus and response there is this gap and if we pause and lean in, we have a chance to break our habitual patterns and choose…
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the picture says disability rights are civil rights

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Segregation And Inequality Persist Among Minnesotans With Disabilities

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (Martin Luther King Jr.) Nineteen years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the doors to integration, thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities continue to live and work in segregated settings that keep them in poverty and limit their daily autonomy. These are among the principal findings…
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three hands are intertwined and in the space of hearts. The hands are from different races and different ages

Motivational Monday: Loving Speech

Compassionate listening and loving speech are doors that can help us out of even the most difficult situations.  Once we have listened with compassion, we can use loving speech to restore communication and understanding. To use loving speech means to speak in such a way that inspires joy, hope, and confidence in the other person.…
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female and a male are putting a quilt around the shoulders of a Native American male

Freedom Friday: Learning To “Bear Witness”

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a “Native American Bearing Witness Retreat” back in November 2016.  This had a special meaning for me because about 15 years ago, I discovered that my late father, was enrolled in the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (one of six members of the…
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a person is pouring a glass of red wine from a wine bottle

What’s Wrong Wednesday: I Don’t Have A Problem With Alcohol!!

“People are drinking at a level that’s putting themselves and others at risk of harm, even if they’re not necessarily meeting criteria for alcohol dependence or for the disease of alcoholism,” says Dr. Bob Brewer, who leads the alcohol program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC. Having…
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