Brenda Cannon Henley's archive

Several things have brought to my mind the realization that we are all victims of tunnel vision, even though we strive to pretend we are not. It is normal for the most part that we think first and foremost of our own lives, our needs, our joys, our families, and the things we seek to integrate into our lives.

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Closing out every e-mail I have sent for several years is a favorite quote of mine. It reminds folks that we really should believe that everything we do matters – because it does.

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Parents should strive to love all their children equally, but we all know that is not always the case. Going all the way back to biblical times, we have illustrations of one or both parents loving one son or daughter above the other, showing favoritism, and giving blessing or goods to the preferred child. The children that know they are “less loved” end up suffering, harboring feelings of inadequacy, and growing up bearing this burden.

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I suppose I had dreamed that by the time I reached a certain age or place in life that I would not be fielding quite so many questions. That is not true. I answer questions all day long and into the evenings some of the time, and I find my own questions swim up to the surface and beg for answers during other hours and minutes.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

There are few things in life stronger than the love of a mother for her child. In her heart and body are the elements that sustain the young life until it greets the world in birth, and those same elements grow with each gift of a child. A mother knows her own child, I might add, like no other and can see the good sometimes resting beneath the unkind, mischievous or negligent surface.

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