Fear and Imagination, Part 1

The Maze, a district of Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah, is known (to those who know of it) for its austere beauty and forbidding, inhospitable terrain. A desolate, harsh expanse of orange-red canyons, craggy sandstone formations and barren rock, it seems perfectly named if you imagine its bewildering array of ravines and gulches as being…

What Have We Learned?

Over the years of working in the helping professions, my views on how people cope with life and how they change have differed from what they were when my career began. I was as idealistic as anyone could be back then. I came charging out of graduate school on a white horse — ready, eager and determined…

Need to Know

It’s only natural that we share what we know about the people around us. Just as we talk about developments in our own lives – like a new job or new baby, how the kids are doing and things like that – we pass on updates about friends, family and co-workers. Keeping others posted this…

Reconciliation in its Time

Have you ever been hurt by someone close to you, someone that you didn’t expect it from? Of course you have, it happens to everyone, just as we all cause pain to loved ones without meaning to. Every one of us is at times insensitive, or we make decisions without knowing that we lack some…

Our Emotional Buttons

Is there anything more human than to take something personally? Doesn’t everyone do it? And haven’t we all been baffled when we said something we thought was innocuous or mild that caused great offense to someone else? It occurred to me one day just how often we get our buttons pushed. We’re natural mind readers.…

Are You Bored? Boring?

“When people are bored, it is primarily with themselves.” – Eric Hoffer “Only those who want everything done for them are bored.” – Billy Graham “The cure for boredom is curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker We all get bored at times. We all have the occasional tedious day when we can’t find anything fun or interesting…