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“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp—or what’s a heaven for?” -Robert Browning

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8 Responses

  1. Char Brandl says:

    Love it when we find common ground. The Thomas Merton prayer is perfect. Studying more about him is definitely on my bucket list. Stepping outside my comfort zone has always been very scary. But here I am, way far “out there” and actually enjoying it. By the way, you are an awesome writer!

    • Many thanks to my “Idol” for taking time to read the blog. You and I can always find common ground – four fantastic grandchildren if nothing more, but now we have discovered Thomas Merton as another. Vern is the Merton scholar in our house while my Merton devotion is tucked safely under the PUFF tissue box on the ledge in my bathroom – there for my morning prayers. Char, please don’t be bashful about commenting on the blogs with which you disagree. I can always block any confrontation that may come back against you – only thoughtful conversation allowed here!

  2. Janine Exline says:

    I love this! You have been an inspiration to me my whole life! I love your blog, and you reached and did it! Now on to inspire and engage!

    • Janine, Such high praise that I certainly don’t deserve, but will gratefully thank you for it. Actually your words here sound like a blog in themselves. Just know how much I love you.

  3. Rose says:

    Beautiful verse. Always an inspiration!

  4. Kristen McDaniels says:

    Most definitely feeling inspired to REACH! today. Thank you Marlene!

  5. Stephen Smith says:

    Many times, it is easier to take the path of least resistance. Delving into the unknown can be dangerous and fraught with failure. However, it is when we take risks and fail that we learn what we are capable of.

    I once failed a Calculus class. Like, actually failed it. There was a huge disconnect between my learning style and how this instructor taught. I retook it the next semester and did very well with a different instructor. However, that failure allowed me to learn how to push when things get tough. This learning experience culminated into being able to earn high grades my final semseter as a Bachelor’s student, while completing nearly two year’s worth of classes in 2 semesters.

    Without pushing hard, and yes, REACHING, I most likely wouldn’t have been a good candidate for a Graduate student. It’s an accomplishment I am proud of, one I frequently reflect on and how I believe I am using the talents I was given. Wasted talents are such a sad thing.

    • Stephen, I hope your words of wisdom “reach” many ears. It has become convenient to excuse many things in life with a shrug of the shoulders and a sigh, “It is what it is!” True-“Until you change it!” That’s exactly what you did. Congratulations to an exceptional young man.

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