Avoiding Tarpits

Every new stage of life brings new challenges, opportunities and insights. Dealing with physical, emotional and psychological issues is much easier if we have a regular practice of looking within, acknowledging and trying to understand our role in every experience....

Triggers

If someone’s behavior triggers an emotional response, blaming them for your feelings will result in you missing an opportunity for healing. Even if they apologize and change their behavior to accommodate you, the trigger remains in you, lying dormant until...

Happy Gratitude Day

In the United States, the 4th Thursday of November is a day that Americans traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving, in honor of the first harvest for the Pilgrims in the New World in 1621. Native Americans call the same occasion ‘A Day of Mourning’ because of...

Take Care of Yourself

When you take care of yourself first, you’re not a burden to anyone. You’re not the kind of person who tries to get others to do what you want them to do instead of what they want to do. Self-reliance not only makes you independent, it allows you to give...

Happiness Is Up to You

It’s no one else’s responsibility to make us happy. That’s our job. We’re born with the freedom to choose to look for and find the upside of every situation and use it to grow. Joy has little to do with the outside world and everything to do...

Awareness, Acceptance and Responsibility

When we’re afraid of feeling blame or shame, it’s difficult to accept responsibility for our actions. A good way to move through life with integrity is to ask ourselves: what within us might have wanted to create this situation? Real growth only happens...