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Healing Yourself: The Naked Truth with Joie Cheng

  Some of us go through difficult moments in our lives where we feel that the only thing left to do is count down the seconds until it is all over. We beat ourselves up along the way by having negative thoughts, forgetting to show kindness to our very own selves....

#MeTooWhatNow – Overcoming with Ed Squire

  The statistics are mindboggling. In the United States alone, there's an estimated 60 to 70 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In Canada, the estimate is 10 million. Ed Squire is a part of that statistic. As a survivor, the abuse destroyed the majority...

Life’s Challenges – Divorce, Death And Rebirth with Lisbeth Tanz

  How we are able to handle life’s challenges measure the strength of our character. Life has not been easy for Lisbeth Tanz, a nonfiction book ghostwriter, editor, and author coach, but she has managed to push through the many curveballs thrown in her way....

Overcoming Dysfunction with Angela W. Stillwell

  There is no such thing as a perfect family, not even an impeccable childhood. Some may argue that there are, but people from a dysfunctional family will totally differ. Every human being has a different past or childhood experience. Angela W. Stillwell, the...

Overcoming Life’s Challenges with Joy Idries

  When you are overcoming challenges and adversities in life, it’s either you finish strong or you come out weak. In the end, what you get are lessons that mold you and armor you for the next battle. These challenges, be they life-threatening or life-changing,...

Broken and Unbroken – Madeleine Black’s Story of Resilience

  It takes a lot of courage to find the path to resilience especially when you have gone through a very traumatic experience. Madeleine Black, an international speaker, author, and psychotherapist, shares her healing story when she chose to forgive the men who...

Getting Your Feng Shui On with Kim Julen

  There is energy in everything. For things to flow in your life, you need an environment that energetically supports it. For Kim Julen, founder of Finding Your Fiji, that is achieved through Feng Shui. She is a dynamic thought leader, speaker, and Feng Shui...

Improving Education with Dr. Aaron Smith

  Investments in children usually begin with education. That's why Dr. Aaron L. Smith, STEM and workplace readiness expert and best-selling author of Awakening Your STEM School, maintains his stand that education should be improved and has to be taken to the next...

Building Wealth And Bringing Value By Taking A Leap Of Faith with Carey Green

  Sometimes we have thoughts and ideas that we can't find the courage to take action on. This hinders us to reach our absolute potential to live our life to the fullest and limits how we impact people in the most beneficial way for them. Life coach and former...

Ashley Berges Living Life

  We sometimes take for granted what we have and live our life in fear of tomorrow. But if you are a person who understands life's uncertainties, you want to make the most out of every moment of your life. Mentor, life coach, psychologist and modern-day...

Makena Sage Lumina Life Coaching

  We always want to find where in this world do we really belong, where do we fit in with our passion and purpose in this world. Makena Sage, creator of Lumina Life – a global life coaching and retreat company, tells the story of how she had it all until she felt...

The Journey Of A McDonalds Girl with Jill Raff

  At the end of the day, business is all about serving your customers and being good at it. Jill Raff, CEO and Founder of The Jill Raff Group and an experienced customer experience strategist, shares her journey and passion for customer service as she lets us in...

This past week Beverly and I took a short trip to Parsons, Tennessee to see her spry active eighty-seven year old mother. I love taking this trip on so many levels. First of all I love seeing her mom and spending time with her. Her soft Tennessee ways I find comforting as opposed to our hustling and busy life in Austin these days. The other reward is a sense of community I feel while in this small town of Parsons population 2349. The folks in Parsons are very friendly and very open to sharing their life experiences. Everyone seems to know each other or is related in some way and if you are not they make you feel like you are. What amazes me about this is that the little town has been dealing with a tragic event for the last 3 years. Holly Bobo vanished from in front of her home on April 13, 2011, as she was about to go to her nursing school classes for the day. Even though they have never found her body, last month a local young man was arrested for her murder and his trial is in the works. My point of this is that you would think that, in such a small town, it would create a sense of separation and distance to an outsider entering their domain. I found it to be quite the opposite and, in fact, felt a stronger sense of community with people pulling closer together with bonds of faith and strength supporting each other with caring and concern for their fellow man! This is truly a testament to their faith and how bonded this community is in this small Tennessee town. During our stay there, we try to take care of any issues my mother-in-law might have with her property so I get a chance to meet with contractors that are going to perform the work. This year we are going to get the house painted so I met with a gentleman by the name of Nelson Rushing. He is seventy-four years young and still painting houses. I can only pray that at seventy-four, I still am as active and energetic as Nelson. We heard the stories about his broken bones, doctor trips and the likes, but the point being is how he continues to be friendly, outgoing, and a part of the community in every sense. Then there’s Bob Patterson who lives across the street from Mom. He watches each morning to see if her light comes on in the kitchen around 6:00 AM so he knows she is okay, he doesn’t have to do that, but he cares enough to take the time. That’s what I call a sense of community, caring enough to take the time to make sure someone else is okay. Us city folks have been known to have someone pass away next door and don’t even realize it until the stench gets so bad we have to report it! On the day we were coming home to Texas we planned on stopping at the transfer-station (dump) to get rid of some trash. When we pulled into the station a gentleman noticed our plates were from out of state so he walked over to the car and started a conversation. After some small talk, he asked what I thought of their little town of Parsons and did I like it. My reply was swift and well thought out, I replied, “ I love this place, love the people, love the terrain, but most of all the sense of community.” He replied, “It is a great place to live and be from, we have only had one bad incident in all my years here. My niece, Holly Bobo, was abducted and murdered 3 years ago. Sad but we have an even stronger sense of community because we have been brought together by her death. Sure, wish we could find her body and put this in the past.” I got back into the car to leave thinking and wondering if I would have the strength to handle one of my loved ones being taken and still keep my senses about me. I think one thing we should work on improving is our sense of community and how important and vital it is to have the power and support that comes with the closeness communities bring. The old adage that there’s strength in numbers is so true and real. Let’s start by having a neighborhood get together for a meal or social event. Introduce yourself and get to know those that live around you, be more vulnerable and share your inner thoughts and feelings when appropriate. You’ll have you have more in common than you ever thought possible. Live fearlessly, don’t succumb to the automatic lifestyle; life has so much to offer when we live it in faith and fearless passion. You and I are the ones that can rebuild communities where our children and grandchildren can live in and thrive.