Why is it so hard to be happy for others?

Sometimes in life, our friends or our colleagues have really good things happen to them such as promotions, new job, new homes, etc.   I would like to think that we would be happy for them and support them, but I think we are all aware that doesn’t always happen.  As a matter of fact, it…

The Game of Life

We are all playing the game of life and we have been for however long we’ve been alive.  People for decades, even centuries have referred to life as a game.  I’ve been really contemplating that notion of life as a game.  If it’s a game does that mean there are winners and losers?  Or is…

Fall is Calming (er..Coming)

I love Fall.  It is just about my favorite season, but that’s kinda like choosing a favorite kid.  I love them all, but fall is special.  I love the colors of fall and the feel of fall.  The crisp mornings and warm days.  The fall holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.  School is back in…

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…