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Are you a catalyst or a sponge?

From Mario Murrillo’s book, Love Letters to Dangerous Christians:

Are you a catalyst or a sponge?

A sponge

  1. succumbs to moods created by whims of life,
  2. bounces from trauma to trauma,
  3. can’t finish projects,
  4. can’t keep promises made to themselves, and
  5. can’t break a habit.

A catalyst

  1. does not react to life, they act on it
  2. has an inner fountain and internal dynamo
  3. can go anywhere, anytime, and
  4. do whatever needs to be done when it needs to be done

To be a catalyst

  1. believe that life cannot defeat you without your permission
  2. act on circumstances, don’t react to them
  3. embrace the higher perspective.


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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