Barbara Hummel

Barbara Hummel

Earning Our Way

I’m in a reverie as I walk through my neighborhood on an unusually lovely spring day, noticing the bird song, touches of green, and the waft of the breeze.  My step has fallen into an accustomed pace, letting my mind wander.  And then, this truck.  “Earning your trust, one move at a time.”  It actually …

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The Next Normal

With the turn to a new year and the hopes that the vaccines will bring, it feels like we’re on the cusp of getting back to things.  Instead of the “new normal” I’ve heard referenced by many, I was intrigued to reflect on a phrase a friend had invoked recently:  the next normal.    These past ten months have shaped …

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Beyond the Well-Worn Path

“…Once you leave the cow path, the unpredictable territory is full of life.”               –Barbara Brown Taylor   I grew up in the country, down the road from a dairy farm where daily the cows would mosey out to pasture, following a well-worn path they’d created.  I could easily picture that cow path in Barbara Brown …

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On Walking the Path

It may be that when we no longer know what to dowe have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to gowe have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.                                            — Wendell …

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On Personal Capacity

Life is like a 10-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we never use.                                                   –Charles Shultz  Viktor Frankl, writing from the madness of the Holocaust, reminded us that we don’t to get to choose our difficulties, but we do have the freedom to select our responses. Meaning, he argued, comes from three things:  the work we offer …

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On Courage and Hope

It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events by which the path to success may be recognized.-       I Ching, Hexagram 5 A frontier is never a place; it is a time and a way of life. …

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