Monthly: February 2017

The Lesson is Joy

February 28, 2017

I was visiting a counselor in Minnesota one cold January day in 1991. We were talking about the present and speculating about the lessons to come. She grabbed my hand…

Nurturing – Day 2

February 28, 2017

Some people tend to kick others when they’re down. Sometimes that’s how we treat ourselves. Confrontation, honesty, even tough love, can go a long way in cementing solid relationships. All…

Nurturing – Day 1

February 27, 2017

A married couple I know were recently on vacation on an island in a foreign country. When the wife reached out to switch on the hotel lamp, she was surprised…

Examine what others expect

February 26, 2017

“There’s a difference between saying we’re not going to live up to other people’s expectations and actually not living up to them,” a friend said to me one day. Other…

Those Old-Time Feelings

February 25, 2017

I still have bad days. But that’s okay. I used to have bad years. — ANONYMOUS Sometimes, the old feelings creep back in. We may feel fearful, ashamed, and hopeless.…

The power of thoughts

February 24, 2017

In 1922, Egypt hailed the discovery of King Tut’s tomb by archaeologist Harold Carter. On the walls of the tomb, the magicians in the king’s court had scrawled that a…

Patience

February 23, 2017

How sick and tired we may become of people telling us to be patient or to learn patience. How frustrating it can be to want to finally have something, or…

Just do what you can

February 22, 2017

Dear God, I am doing the best that I can. — Children’s Letters to God Sometimes all we can do is all we can do. “Maybe my talent is being…

Detaching in Love

February 21, 2017

Detachment is a key to recovery from codependency. It strengthens our healthy relationships—the ones that we want to grow and flourish. It benefits our difficult relationships— the ones that are…