Transitions

In a few days, we will transition into fall. Seasons—they are something we can count on—year in and year out. The dates appear on our calendars while Nature changes her colors and her habits. Since Covid hit, it seems like we are making transitions almost continually—and a lot of those changes are unexpected. We respond to some with joy and anticipation and others with sadness and fear. We’ve come to expect changes, but how can Read more…

Intuition…Your Soul’s Guide

You’ve probably heard the sayings, “follow your gut,” “the first answer that pops into your head is the right answer, “ and other adages that refer to intuition. By definition, intuition is “the ability to acquire knowledge without recourse to conscious reasoning.” We live in a world that has strong cultural norms, religions that tell us how to live our lives and rules and laws that set a standard for behavior in a “civilized society.” Read more…

It is what it is

How often have you used this phrase? When have you used it? Have you said it when you’ve felt helpless, that nothing more could be done or as a way of accepting someone’s apology? This phrase cannot be attributed to anyone; however, the phrase first appeared in a column written by J.E. Lawrence in the Nebraska State Journal in 1949: “New land is harsh, and vigorous and sturdy. It scorns evidence of weakness. There is Read more…

Having a Bad Day?

We all have them. You may start out the day with the blahs or maybe you start out and hit the ground running. But sometime during the day, you find that you are lagging and hopping from one thing to another to help you feel better. You may reach for: the TV remote; your phone to check texts or e-mails; a bag of Cheetos or for those chocolate Easter eggs you saved for Easter baskets Read more…

Miracles are All Around Us

When growing up, I remember anticipating the monthly edition of Reader’s Digest so that I could read the True Story that was featured. The plot was usually painful, but the ending was stunning because it resulted in a miracle. Growing up, did you believe in miracles? Did any happen to you? Or were they just things that happened to other people? We talked about gratitude–that it’s important to have an attitude of gratitude because it Read more…

Only Words

After seeing the January 6th insurrection at the nation’s capitol, many of the platitudes given to words in our society, such as “walk your talk” and “actions speak louder than words,” were borne out in living color. The rhetoric we’ve heard from both political parties, special interest groups, the media and even our own friends and relatives over the past year became more palpable during those tense hours. Words have energy. They have the power Read more…

A Brand New Year

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is just around the corner. I know that we all are hopeful that 2021 will be very different from 2020. Of course, just like any year, we may put together our New Years Resolutions and have good intentions to follow through with them. It is generally believed that we leave our resolutions behind by February. Why is that? Is it because we weren’t really committed to them, anyways? I Read more…

Knowing

Tonight is Election Night. We’ve been watching in eager anticipation and, as some results come in, we may feel disappointment is just around the corner. When we wake up in the morning, disappointment may be replaced by desperation. But, we are the same person we were yesterday…and the day before…and the day before that. Nothing that happens around us can change the sense of who we are, unless we let it. All that we hold Read more…

Suffering

By now, most of us have lived with the ominous presence of Corona-19 in our lives for for at least four months. Living with all the uncertainty has become commonplace, but have you made peace with it yet or do you find yourself denying or wanting to ignore the impacts the pandemic is having on the economy, health and the routines we’ve all created in our lives? Our negative thoughts and emotions cause us to Read more…

Resilience

Just when our anxiety about Covid-19 may have started feeling manageable, another unforeseen and earth-shattering event happened–the senseless murder of a black man at the hands of four Minneapolis officers. If that wasn’t disconcerting enough, his murder became the catalyst for demonstrations and riots in cities throughout the world. These riots resulted in destroying the livelihoods and cultural landmarks of the people already harmed through systemic racism. It was troubling and scary for days when Read more…