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Sometimes, Round Two! Day 2 of 365 – Astounding People!

Sometimes People Astound Me!

At first glance, one might believe that the focus of this “Sometimes” statement  zeroes in on people who act in surprising, unbelievable or outlandish ways. Many times when we use the word, “astounding,” a certain negative connotation accompanies its use – not always, but more often than not.

People astound us when they make bizarre or disconnected claims. They astound us when they make decisions from delusional platforms of logic. They astound us when they behave in ways that shock and dismay. You know how it goes . . . We say things like, “I was astounded by his insensitivity,” or “I was astounded when she left without explanation.” See what I mean? Very often, people astound us for strange and confounding reasons.

I want to talk about the people I find astounding – people who are positive difference-makers.

People astound me when they:

  • Give unselfishly.
  • Listen patiently and without judgement.
  • Speak compassionately.
  • Share purposefully.
  • Create passionately.
  • Love unconditionally.
  • Dream fiercely.

Sometimes people astound me and do so for the most amazing reasons! Difference-makers are some of the most astounding on this planet. Won’t you join me in becoming a Difference-maker? What an astounding idea!


Mark E. Hundley



Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley has worked with children, youth and families since 1971 – devoting 13 years to youth and family ministry; another 10 years to service in public education as a teacher and high school counselor; and the remaining time as a therapist, consultant, speaker and writer.

He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hardin-Simmons University; his Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas; and has pursued doctoral studies in Educational Administration.

Mark is a Life Transition Specialist with a specific expertise in the field of grief. He works with individuals, families and corporate bodies to create and implement strategies for powerful living despite obstacles faced.

He is the author of Awaken to Good Mourning – a personal guide through the journey of grief – available in both print and audio versions. He is a co-founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, TX, a non-profit agency that provides free group grief support to children, adolescents and their parents or adult caregivers as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of a loved one.

Mark limits his practice to evening and Saturday appointments; supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns; online counseling; coaching, consulting, speaking and training.

For more information about his coaching, consulting and public speaking services visit

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