Yoda perseverance

Trying, Doing, and Letting Go

The Star Wars movies have it all: action, adventure, amazing visual effects, and exciting battles between the ultimate forces of good and evil. I love these movies and have watched them several times. I must admit, though, that I have a recurring conflict with the fierce and lovable Jedi Master, Yoda.  When Luke struggles to…

Children jumping in a lake

School’s Out!

With the school year ending soon, you may be looking for activities for yourself and/or your family. Here are over 30 summer “bucket list” items to check out over the next few months that don’t involve computer screen time. Feel free to add your own suggestions, as well.   Go to the zoo or wildlife…

measuring success

Measuring Success

I don’t remember ever having known somebody who didn’t have something about themselves that they wanted to change. And pretty much everyone has had something that they really struggled with. It’s certainly true about me and I encountered the same obstacle that others have. We get frustrated when the change we want doesn’t happen right…

Race of life

The Amazing Race of Life

When life runs smoothly, we usually find it easier to feel happy and relaxed: our coffee maker delivers fresh hot coffee, the car starts and gets us to our destination, and the umbrella stays intact, despite the driving wind and rain. When our days are filled with these little marvels, our lives become easier. We…

gifts in the grieving process

The Gifts in the Grieving Process

It seems odd, doesn’t it? To even consider that there may be a single gift to be found in grief? It’s almost counterintuitive to think there would be an iota of redemption found in a process that is, by its very nature, heart-wrenching and emotionally depleting. Yet, the experience of loss does not have to…

Proper input

Proper Input

No doubt you’ve heard the common phrase “garbage in, garbage out.” It originated, I believe, with computer scientists to explain how computers are dependent on the input we feed them to produce the quality results that we want. Computers are logical devices. Their only “thinking” capability is hard wired into them. They operate with such reliability that any variability…

Words have power

Words Matter

The words we choose matter. Although relationships with others can be complicated and confusing, words give us the ability to express ourselves and connect with others. Words are among the most powerful tools we have available to us. People often struggle to find the right words when a loved one experiences a challenging time. Unfortunately,…

overcoming anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

Anxiety. Three days of hard work and I overcame the unhealthy hold it had on my life. It sounds like a television testimonial that will ask you to buy their product, doesn’t it? From one perspective, it took only a few days of focused attention and emotional tumult to knock down anxiety and improve my…

Uncertain times

Uncertain Times

When we encounter life’s challenges and face times of uncertainty, it often seems as though we need all available energy to manage our stress and maintain the belief that better times are ahead. While we cope with difficulties without knowing exactly when things will improve, everyday responsibilities still clamor for our attention. As much as…

the magic of 21 days

The Magic of 21 Days

21 Day Fix, 21 Day Kickstart, 21 Day Sugar Detox, Transforming Habits in 21 Days, Quit Complaining for 21 Days, How to do Anything in 21 Days… A quick Google search can show you that just about anything can be achieved if you work toward it for 21 days. But, what is so magical about…