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,…

In Times of Trouble

Everyone has tragedy in their lives at some point.  People we love die and it feels tragic.  We lose a job and it feels tragic.  We develop an illness and it feels tragic.  No matter how large or seemingly small (it’s always large to the person it’s happening to), we all have to deal with…

Appreciate v Gratitude

Do appreciate and gratitude mean the same? Appreciate is a verb and is defined as 1. recognize the full worth of;  2. understand (a situation) fully;  3. rise in value or price.  Appreciation is a noun that is defined as 1. the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something; 2.  a…

Vacation or not vacation?

After my experiment of only doing what I wanted for a couple of weeks, I had an idea that I decided to try on people. What if I called that time vacation, instead of an experiment?  What if instead of telling people I was only going to do what I wanted for a couple of…

The Results are In!

My 1st level experiment about doing what I want, when I want for a 2 week period has concluded.  Here are the results:  Two weeks was a great start, but I don’t think it was long enough to really get the most out of it.  The first several days, I was on autopilot and was…

Values

The word value can be both a noun and a verb.  As a verb it is to consider something having value or estimating monetary value.  As a noun, it can mean everything from the degree of lightness or darkness of a color to a numerical amount to the worth we place on something.  It is…

To Agree or Disagree: That is the question

I’m borrowing some inspiration from Shakespeare here.  Anytime anyone puts anything out in the open, whether in a conversation, a book or a blog/website, we invite agreement and disagreement.  Well, there’s actually a 3rd group, the one’s who don’t really care much one way or the other, but that’s another topic. Whenever I read what…

Vision

Part of having a personal mission is the vision that goes with it.  When we know what our mission is, then we can identify what we value that goes along with that mission.  I have had a vision of how my life would be since I was a kid.  I think most of have that […]

Life’s Mission

Everyone has a mission in life.  We all do, but most of us aren’t really aware of that.  In business, we learn how important it is to identify your mission because everything else revolves around your particular mission for that business.  In life, we also need to identify our mission, yet most of us never…

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life?  An existential pondering that has been considered by philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and most humans at some point in their lives (in the past it was when we weren’t worrying about survival, currently it’s when we’re not worrying about social media). There have been many theories postulated over the millennia,…