Be a Fan, Not a Fanatic

As we get into the big games in football, baseball season is approaching, and hockey and basketball are in full swing, I think it is important to recognize the difference between being a Fan and being a Fanatic. I know that some of you may be thinking “fan is short for fanatic” and there is…

Changing the Inner Tapes

We all have things running through our brains that we are well aware of and we call these things thoughts!  But we also have many thoughts running through our brains that are out of our conscious awareness and we are affected by them, but we may not be very aware of them and therefore, we…

It’s What You Believe That Matters

Don’t the image fool you, this is about more than sports alone, but since sports is a big influence in many people’s lives, the football playoffs have started and the Olympics are coming, I chose this particular image.  Whether it’s sports, your career or life in general, what we believe to be true is a…

Judgement: Good or Bad?

We’ve been hearing and talking a great deal about judgement as we have entered the new year.  Someone very dear to me recently commented that they didn’t believe that it was possible not to judge.  That inspired this post, to be honest, because it really got me thinking about this topic of judgement. One dictionary…

2018, The Best Year Yet

It’s that time of year when we review the past and look forward to the future.  I know it’s been said so much that we don’t really pay attention, but today truly is the first day of the rest of your life (and mine too!).  Yesterday, last week, last year, whatever, is long gone and…

Happy Holidays!

Things have been very busy the last couple of weeks!  I want to take this time to wish everyone a happy holiday season, whatever holiday you celebrate!  This is the time of year for reflection and hope.  Reflecting on the year that is about to end and paying attention, not only to what we want…

Celebrations

We are in the season of many celebrations and hopefully much joy and fun!  Depending on your religious or ethnic background/beliefs, there are several different things to celebrate during this time of the year.  I would like to suggest that we should be celebrating all year, not just between the 4th Thursday in November (Thanksgiving)…

Do You Believe in Santa?

Almost yearly, I get asked how to handle the “Santa issue” with children.  One of my students told me she was writing a paper on the evils of perpetuating the “Santa myth”.  This caused me to stop and reflect a bit on how we can help both adults and children cope with Santa. I imagine…

Simplifying the Holidays!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is just around the corner.  Oh, yes and the New Year is right on Christmas’ heels.  So much to do and it seems as if there is simply not enough time to do it! Or is there?  Perhaps we can actually truly enjoy this holiday season by making…

Epiphanies: Do They Really Matter?

Let’s start with the obvious:  what the heck is an epiphany?  An epiphany is usually defined as a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential meaning or nature of something.  The simple version is a sudden insight which gives us a deeper understanding of some topic. I find that as we enter the holiday…

Tips to Enjoy the Holidays, Starting with Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and I hope you all have lots to be Thankful for in your lives.  In the USA, Thanksgiving is celebrated with family and friends, a large meal and football/napping (sometimes at the same time!).  This also marks the start of the Christmas season with the shopping, decorating and partying associated with…

What Are Blessings?

This is the time of year, starting with Thanksgiving, that we should be thankful for our blessings.  Sometimes people will ask me to help them identify blessings because they aren’t feeling very blessed.  For some people, this time of year is difficult because of different situations or circumstances they find themselves in at the moment….