Why “Thank You” are my favorite words

February 5th, 2016
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As my new friends in Germany and I walked out of our classroom, I looked our teacher in the eye and said, “Vielen Dank!” (Thank you very much!)

“Why do you always do that?” my friend asked in broken German. “Why do you thank the teacher every day?”

I paused … why wouldn’t I say thank you? I was a 20-something year old woman who’d just moved abroad, and that teacher was giving me the gift of a new language necessary for my immersion in Berlin. Nobody else in my class spoke English, and I certainly didn’t know any of their languages. Because of our teacher, I was making new friends, communicating with strangers, and performing everyday tasks where language was needed. Granted my German involved a lot of really awkward conjugations and arm gestures. (It still does!) But that teacher’s enthusiasm to guide my classmates and me was amazing—a treasure I’ll never forget.

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Why we keep taking the easy route (even when we don’t mean to)

January 11th, 2016
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The moment I decided I was ready to learn how to fly an airplane, I approached my husband, Martin. He’s one of those people who could live and breathe all things aviation. From the moment we met, it was clear that he wanted nothing more than to share that passion with me.

“Okay, I’ll learn how to fly,” I said. “But I just want you to know: I don’t do landings.”

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What The World Wants From You

November 6th, 2015
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“My story’s not interesting. Nobody wants to hear it.”

How often do you and I think these unworthy thoughts? The sad universal truth is that we all think this way sometimes. We do it a bit too much … and sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re downplaying our significance. We get up each morning and go about our day. It feels like a hectic rhythm that we repeat as the calendar turns day after day. Things that used to feel exciting—moving into a new house, playing a particular boardgames with the kids, volunteering, and whatever you do—begin to lose their sparkle. The things that fill our days no longer seem fascinating, unique, or remotely interesting.

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