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“We cannot become
what we need to be
by remaining what we are.”

                          – Max de Pree

I’m not sure where I came across the term last or why it’s stuck in my brain this morning, but it’s a term that is often thrown about amongst those trying to get things done. According to Merriam-Webster, The Jumping-Off Point is the point from which something begins.

I agree whole-heartedly with that definition, but not in the way that most would think. According to most sources for definitions of terms and sayings, this mystical location is the place where everything starts. What’s the old saying, “Start where you stand”? What? That’s a poem? Huh? So it is… here’s the link if the curiosity has made you anxious to jump-off from this page to that.

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When my wife and I first started dating, many of our initial dates consisted of walking and talking. The walking part? Well, she lived down in “Yesteryear” (my pet name for the historic district of Fernandina Beach, FL). The talking? We had both been in relationships that left more emotional bruises and scars than magical memories. The magic here was that both of us not only talked, we listened and listened intently.