It’s All Good

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Urgency

Like many of us, I have always admired firefighters and the role they play in our society, rushing in to save the day when tragedy strikes. Last week, I not only admired them but felt like I had actually become one, running around from one fire to the next with that constant rush of adrenalin […]

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Love

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get tired: tired of the bickering, tired of the arguing and tired of negativity. I’m tired of listening to people justify their actions of fear and hate with words such as freedom and democracy. I’m tired of hearing people offer up solutions on how to deal […]

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Avoidance

Many of us struggle to make changes in our lives simply because we haven’t made the decision to do so. Oh sure, we have tried to make changes at times, but trying to change is very different from deciding to change. A decision is about resolving a question in our mind and coming to a […]

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Self-esteem

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper, A Theory of Human Motivation. He describes the five stages of growth in human beings beginning with our basic physiological needs, such as food, water and sleep. Once those are met, we then require a long-term feeling of […]

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Misses

Over the last three weeks, I have been in three heated disagreements, felt overwhelming anger seven times, cried four times, felt anxiety twice and depressed once. And, honestly, I couldn’t be more excited about my future. Many of us know the sound of that little voice inside, the one that is always whispering a gentle […]

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Acceptance

Some of us are familiar with American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer that reads: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. What I find most interesting about this prayer is not just the sage advice and comfort […]

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Cause and Effect

A few weeks ago, my father found himself bedridden after having a bad fall in his kitchen. The pain from damage to some tendons in his leg was quite unbearable at times, but he settled in and started his path to healing. After a couple of weeks, the pain in his leg was finally beginning […]

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Comfortable

If there is one thing I’ve learned about life, it’s that it is always changing. Our universe and everything in it, is always in a state of continual expansion and growth. Nothing stays the same. So it occurs to me that for much of my life, I have been trying to accomplish something that in […]

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Participation

I’m not sure if I was naturally competitive growing up or if I was raised that way, but for the first half of my life I didn’t play anything unless I thought I had a good chance of winning. My primary concern entering into a game was to be the best, and if winning wasn’t […]

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Trust

In my quest to be loved and accepted while growing up, I developed a habit that became quite difficult to break as I grew older. In my early years, when faced with a situation of disappointing someone I cared for, I found myself telling that person what I thought they wanted to hear, instead of […]