Grateful

We were standing in line at the food pantry, waiting for a few bags of groceries. My daughter was embarrassed to be there. I would have been too, but I was going through a divorce and wondering how I was going to recover from the heartbreak, support a kid, and get back on my feet…

If You’re Waiting for a Sign

“People don’t wait for all the lights to turn green before making the trip to California,” my dad said. He meant you can’t wait for the elusive, harmonic convergence of perfect timing to start any project. You get a few things lined up, gather your materials, but you must begin! You may have heard someone say,…

Are You Up to the Challenge?

We can never know what is going on in another person’s life at any given moment. If someone is on your mind or crosses your path and you feel compelled to reach out, or speak to them or say a kind word, I challenge you to act. It may be the perfect time for someone to…

Staying on Task When Life Threatens to Derail You.

Spinning your wheels trying to get everything done in your day? Decrease frustration and increase productivity with these simple tips. We all have those days that we planned to accomplish a lot only to discover the time got hoovered away by some unforeseen event. It isn’t your fault if a water pipe bursts, your kids…

Surprisingly Simple Ways to Balance Devastating News

You only have to open your eyes in the morning to know that somewhere in the world something terrible has happened. Sometimes, bad news presses the panic button in us and we feel overwhelming sadness, fear or a persistent state of doom. You may feel as though you have no control over the constant assault…

It’s Easy for You [Part two]

Last week we left off with Callie, the young woman at the beginning of her adult life who discovered that she had choices. She wasn’t ready for marriage or the responsibility of raising a child. The father of the baby wanted to marry but didn’t want to work. Callie struggled with drinking and substance abuse and…

It’s Easy for You [Part One]

Maybe you’ve heard these, “It’s easy for you to _________ because ______.” “It’s easy for you to be fit you’ve always been healthy” “It’s easy for you to be positive, nothing bad ever happened to you.” “It’s easy for you to be happy, your life is all together.” Some people tend to judge our current state of…

Dwell in Possibility

Dwell in Possibility. ~Emily Dickinson Ever since I heard this saying, I have felt a kinship to it. It begs for dreamers. It takes the lid off limited thinking. It lets us linger in the land of what-if. Consider this: much of the technology that we comfortably now use every day seemed impossible 75 years…

A Thousand Miles

“The Journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao Tsu In a recent article, I read people with positive attitudes are more likely to see an opportunity. Opportunity comes in many disguises. It usually looks like failure. It can come clothed as a bad turn of events. It can reveal itself in upheaval….