Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Most of the time, when I finish interacting with someone, I part ways with a simple phrase: “take care”. These two words carry quite a bit of meaning. When we advise someone to “take care”, we encourage them to focus on their own well-being, despite the unknown difficulties they may face as the day progresses.…

You Gotta Be You

My husband and I enjoy taking regular walks in and around our neighborhood. Particularly in the nicer weather, we see several people out and about, and often wave or stop to say hello. We encounter one gentleman on a fairly regular basis who never acknowledges us in return. This has inspired an increased amount of…

Cut Out the Clutter

My daughter recently finished college in another state and moved back home for the start of her graduate studies. Although I was extremely excited at the prospect of having her close by for the next two years, I was a little less enthusiastic as I surveyed the vanload of things accompanying her back home. As…

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Resolutions

January is a month when many of us resolve to identify and implement more positive living habits. At a New Year’s Eve gathering, our family took turns sharing our “resolutions”. The responses seemed to involve the typical goals: live more in the present, eat nutritious foods and exercise, do well in school, and even get…

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To Tell the Truth

This past summer, my husband and I visited a small resort community for a weekend vacation. One morning, we headed into a breakfast café and immediately knew this was not the spot where we wanted to eat one of our few meals out during our getaway. While the restaurant was popular and trendy, we were…

Everyone has a story

Everyone Has a Story

One of the reasons I love to read novels is the fact that they remind me that everyone has a story. As soon as I start a new book, I begin to learn about the events, relationships, and natural tendencies that make up that person’s life story. I remember hearing recently that young people today…

Individual culture

Individual Culture

Many companies strive to create an intentional culture. Top leaders of the company identify the core values of the organization and create policies and procedures which reflect those values. Employees then have a clear understanding of what to expect and how to function in their jobs.  In many ways, we as individuals benefit greatly from…

Endure less, enjoy more

Endure Less, Enjoy More

On a recent car ride, our family noticed a big shaggy dog hanging halfway out the window of the car driving next to us. Everything about this dog represented complete and utter enjoyment. With absolute abandon, our furry friend let his tongue hang out, his nose sniffed the air rushing past him, and his eyes…

What’s the Rush

What’s the Rush?

Recently, my mother-in-law needed help to decipher a phone number left on her answering machine. The message was from a representative at a landscape contractor scheduled to do some work outside her home. I sat with her and listened to the message at least ten times, trying to understand the phone number left by the…

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Share Goodness

At a recent community meeting I attended, the leader encouraged us to turn to people near us and exchange pleasantries. I said hello to a gentleman I had never met before and asked him how he was doing. To my surprise, he replied with an extremely honest answer. He told me he was far from…