As we move into the Christmas season I am often reminded of an awesome story that I heard years ago, which has been a constant reminder to me over the years as to what the original spirit of Christmas was based. The story goes something like this… One Easter Sunday morning, a pastor came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Several eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, the pastor began to speak.READ MORE
There’s nothing like the holidays to show us just how human we are. I, myself, just realized we are only a few weeks from that special morning of ritual, family, and lots of shiny objects under the tree! Now I gotta go get those shiny objects! I have to admit that this time does bring me both lots of joy and lots of stress, which can lead to bad moods. Now, I know I’m not alone in this, and the last thing any of us need (or our family and friends!) is a lack of joy.READ MORE
As he began putting the first bite of his McDonalds pancake in his mouth, I told my son, “It’s time you told me the truth.” The fork slowly came out of his mouth as he looked at me with stunned surprise in silence. “What are you talking about Dad?” Your mom and I know what you’re doing. It’s time you told us the truth.” From that point on my son lost his appetite as he was faced with the unpleasant task of telling us about behavior that he hoped would stay hidden.READ MORE
Life can be harsh – sad and traumatic events have a negative effect on us as they disrupt our world. It is hard to succeed (definition to follow), to become independent – to remain independent when older – and to find purpose and meaning that resonates with our intrinsic beliefs and values. Sometimes we do not measure up to other people’s expectations – and sometimes, not to our own. We also need to accept the fact that we will not achieve everything that we want to – and we won’t feel our best every day. Sometimes, we just need to understand that it is OK not to feel OK …READ MORE
The winter season can bring its fair share of gloomy days and holiday stress and sometimes those blues are hard to shake. It might seem strange at first to think that caring for your image can help perk you up, but research is showing that there is a distinct biological response to what you put on your body.
Try these five tricks and see how your mood changes for the better:READ MORE