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December 2016 Archives

Whenever I talk to people who are in their late twenties, they always say that turning 30 will mean that they are “old.”  They act as if being older than 29 is a tragedy.  My response is always the same: You couldn’t pay […]

We complicate and create conflict in our relationships when we have unrealistic expectations of those we love.  We do that by expecting the wrong things from the wrong people.  When we do so, the result is disappointment for us and frustration […]

We all have aspects of our lives that we would like to improve. We may struggle with our weight.  Or we may have a relationship that is fraught with conflict.  Perhaps we have a job which doesn’t suit our skills […]

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” – William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice We live in a weary world. We struggle with terrorism, racism, sexism, ageism – every “ism” […]

The way we spend our time can be divided into three categories, or jars: The Necessary Tasks Jar. The Voluntary Tasks Jar. And the Happiness Jar. Every day, we spend some time filling the Necessary Tasks jar. We fill this […]

Loving others is a skill. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that.  We think that love is something that everyone should just know how to do, like breathing.  But loving other people is neither simple nor easy. The problem is that […]

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” – Aristotle In every moment of every […]

“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” – Frederick Buechner What gives you deep gladness? What activity makes you so happy that you lose track of time when doing it?  What activity invigorates you […]

Our words matter. Yesterday I read a news story about a teenage girl in Texas who killed herself due to cyber-bullying.  Other kids were picking on her through social media about her weight.  The bullying was so relentless that she […]