Try Doing A Little Better Each Day

I challenge myself several times a week to accomplish a little more than I did the day before.  I always try to improve how well I do my job because I want to give my clients the best I have to give and if I can keep improving it’s good for all of us! What…

Try Understanding

I have frequently talked about how we use language to our advantage and sometimes to our disadvantage.  In this piece, I am using the word understanding in a feeling way, not an intellectual way.  I am talking about understanding, or showing understanding, to other people. Over the years I have learned that sometimes people won’t…

Reaching Out

The picture I chose was to honor some friends of mine that I admire greatly.  They have always been good people in the years I have known them and have been willing to help others whenever they could.  In thinking about them, it reminded me that we need to reach out to others sometimes. No…

Contribute/Donate Something

I know, I know, there is always some group on television asking for money.  There are letters in the mail asking for money.  There are people on the phone asking for money.  It’s everywhere!  And the marketing aspect of supporting good causes can sometimes cause us to want to avoid the very behavior they are…

Show Patience

I have developed patience in that last, nearly 6 decades, but I cannot say that I always had patience.  I had a little, but certainly not where I am now.  If you think you are a patient person, ask yourself this, “Can I deal with other people without getting irritable?  Can I work a crossword…

Try Sharing Praise Today, or Tomorrow

I am not sure how this happened (although I have some ideas, I will resist sharing them at this moment), but somewhere people got the idea that sharing praise was a bad idea.  That it was expected that people should do their best and do a good job and to praise them for it wasn’t…

Say “Good Morning” Like You Mean It

It occurs to me that we tend to fall into patterns of behavior that become almost robotic, we just do it without much meaning or even attention to what we are doing or saying. Every day, whether I go to the post office or the store or just for a walk, I say good morning…

To Thine Own Self Be True

In the midst of lives ups and downs, there is one thing to always remember: be true to yourself at all times.  When you sell yourself out, it never seems to feel right and there is a reason for that, it isn’t.  Always remember, you are a Very Important Person and the only person who…

I’m Not Angry! Am I?

In any discussion on grief, it is vital to address the elephant in the room:  Anger.  Part of the process of moving through grief is to accept and address the inevitable anger that is part of that process.  Now, I know that many people are in denial about this anger thing. I have heard everything…

Coping with Positivity

Does that title sound a bit strange to you?  It would to me if I hadn’t had some of the recent experiences I have encountered. I have spent several months being much more positive and less tolerant of negativity.  We all have some negative things going on, but we spend a great deal of time…

The Silver Lining

After a tragedy, it is difficult to move on.  In the case of my family and I, after so many deaths so close together, we were in shock for quite awhile (which is normal) and things were pretty dark for me for several months.  And then I had a thought: what good could come out…

Changing the Face of Grief

I previously spoke a little bit about some losses I and my family endured several years ago.  In the midst of pretty deep grief, I learned that I could change the face of grief.  At least for myself, I could. (And maybe help others in the future.) After a few months of being angry, miserable,…