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Life On Purpose

Finding serenity, even amidst the uncertainty and fear of a pandemic

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Navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic with a medically fragile daughter at high risk for serious illness if infected by the coronavirus underscores the wisdom of the Serenity Prayer.
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We need to celebrate a little Christmas all year long

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On the Feast of Epiphany, Eileen Benthal reflects on why, especially during these pandemic times, we need a little Christmas all year long.

A season of joy — and grief

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The grief and the joy of Christmas coincide in the same way life and death are with us every day.
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This Christmas season, it’s more important than ever to light up the darkness

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Early in 2021, we put the last of the Christmas decorations away. I remember holding our Christmas-themed face masks and thinking, “Well, we won’t need these next Christmas. But they sure are cute.”

A holiday with bittersweet memories, but one common thread: gratitude

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Eileen Benthal reflects on a lifetime of Thanksgiving holidays and understanding the meaning of gratitude.

Embracing life’s journey as a caregiver, in times of grief and joy

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Experienced caregivers will tell you that there is a lot to grieve —the life we imagined our loved ones would live, a loss of independence, health, and normal life expectancy. But there is even more joy.

Taking stock, gaining perspective on all the seasons of life

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ast, but we can allow it to inform our perspective on today and help us to plan for tomorrow.

Then life got small, and it was good

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Sometimes we think we need to accomplish more and great things to live a purposeful life. I used to think so too until I came to realize that most times, less is more. 

‘Let go and let God’ — sage advice that’s hard to follow

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Letting go and letting God has been a recurrent theme in my life for a very long time — maybe even as long as I can remember.

Slow down and enjoy where you are — it’s right where you ought to be

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It is a gift to be simple and free, to wake up and breathe the morning air and discover that where we are now is exactly where we ought to be.
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