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Planning for Success

It is said “We make plans and God laughs.” Often, the best strategized plans fall by the wayside or don’t keep us on track as crushing reality interferes.   Sometimes we over-estimate our ability to achieve what we have attempted. Never seeming to have enough time usually indicates our not allowed a proper margin of time for expected unexpected bumps in the road on the way to our goal destination.   Maybe our “planning” was based on a faulty premise,…

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Becky Cortino LIVE on Facebook

Catch my new Becky Cortino LIVE! on Facebook I’m passionate about sharing my message and what I’ve learned writing my current book project on Forgiveness!   Join us as we discuss some of the biggest obstacles in forgiving and how we view forgiveness can become a self-inflicted obstacle…   Read more on Forgiveness (blog posts): http://BeckyCortino.com/tag/Forgiveness/   Sign-up to Receive Book Updates: ForgivenessBook.BeckyCortino.org   #ForgivenessBook #FacebookLIVE #GoLiveEveryDayInAugust    …

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My Moment in Thyme at Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden

Planning a Stroll in the Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden…   After nearly 6 months of ongoing discussion, 3 months of focused planning, a lot of effort to obtain required visas. it seemed hard to believe when the time of our trip to Russia arrived.  One of the stops on the top of my list was the Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden.   Reading about this amazing garden, I understood what a gem it is. Established initially as an herb garden by…

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Living Job’s Life

When things go wrong, times get tough, sometimes we begin to feel like Job, don’t we? At one point, he became so aggravated he asked God outright, “If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of humanity? Why have you made me your target?” ~ Job 7:20 [The Message]   In the midst of trials, did you ever roll your eyes and ask “why me?” I’ll admit I certainly have — more than once! It’s human nature to wonder…

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Honored to Speak to Narodny English Club in Novgorod, Russia

During our family’s recent trip to Russia,  I was honored to speak to the English Club at Narodny language school  in Novogorod!     Their original request was for me to speak about myself. Thinking I would rather give a presentation that would inspire, and (hopefully) provide some valuable take-away points, I developed “The Inquisitive Mind,” based on how life’s momentum takes us to amazing places if we allow it. Certainly this was illustrated by my being in Russia!  …

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Leave Room for Discovery — There’s Learning in that Space

“Always” and “Never” sound like pre-conceived notions, don’t they? Using them sets-up whatever you’re about to say or write [if attempting persuasion] for a condition of predictability. Not everything is predictable. The unexpected happens. It’s not always business as usual. For this reason, counting on preconceived notions is inherently risky. While obviously projections based on past history and behavioral expectations can sometimes be (somewhat) reliable, depending upon them entirely blinds everyone’s sight to possibilities of what could be potential outcomes.…

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Revenge and Forgiveness

Revenge and Forgiveness – Revenge is a short-term hate tactic, never a solution to any problem. It is the polar opposite of forgiveness. It solves nothing, creates more discord, possibly widening any chasm that might otherwise be bridged by extending grace. Yet, we see this occurring somewhere in the world nearly everyday, don’t we? “All who see me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” ~ Psalm 22:7  In this reading, we are reminded of Jesus’ mockery as a part of the…

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Blatant Case for Forgiveness

Today I started my morning with this scripture: “All who see me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” ~ Psalm 22:7 Throughout Lent, and especially as we draw closer to Easter, we are reminded of Jesus’ mockery as a part of the suffering inflicted upon Him by: Judas, chief priests and scribes, Herod, Pilate and his guards. Horrid indignities, treated as worthless and despicable, ridiculed, taunted — this was even before he was crucified! Never was there a more blatant…

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Writing About Forgiveness

The response to my current book project on Forgiveness has been heart-expanding and mind-blowing! So many have shared their incredible stories and encouragement with me. In the process, I’m exceedingly appreciative of all of the ongoing assurances showing how desperately this book is needed. On this amazing writing journey, some days’ events and serendipitous encounters seemed like huge billboards plastered everywhere along the road. Unavoidable, they served to remind me of the extreme importance of this book, realizing potential positive…

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Live Happy-Be Healthy: Add Humor to Every Day

I probably don’t have to remind you these are contentious times we’re living in, do I? Yet, the quest for happiness has been around as long as mankind has been in existence. It seems this search to fill that void is never-ending, as attempts are made to acquire that secret something that continues to elude.   Did you know there is a connection between health and humor? If you’re not exercising that funnybone of yours, you may be missing out…

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