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Practice Deliberate Gratitude

March 27, 2018

“But you don’t know my circumstances. That won’t work for me. I don’t have it as good as other people. You should see my life. It’s a mess.” Religious leaders,…

What Does Service Mean to You?

March 13, 2018

For a long time, service meant drudgery, something grim and tiresome to me. Having to say yes all the time, even when I wanted to say no. Doing a lot…

Holiday Triggers

February 27, 2018

One year, when I was a child, my father got drunk and violent at Christmas. I had just unwrapped a present, a bottle of hand lotion, when he exploded in…

Say How Sweet It Is

February 13, 2018

We don’t pick fights and create drama with our friends, just to keep passion alive. Usually we do everything we can to avoid fighting with our friends. We want our…

Learning Gratitude Takes Practice

January 30, 2018

There’s so much talk about finding that extraordinary love of our life. Maybe everything we need to know about romantic love can be learned from our friends. We don’t expect…

Discover Common Bonds

January 16, 2018

“So many people have lost their families,” the man said to me. “I have. But I’m beginning to discover that I’m part of a larger family, too. I’m beginning to…

To People Further Down the Grief Road

January 02, 2018

Is someone you care about grieving?  Do you wonder what to do to help?  You can post questions at The Grief Club site at http://www.MelodyBeattie.net in the forum attached to appropriate groups…

How to Support Someone in Grief

December 19, 2017

Here are some steps you can take on your journey to learning to comfort and support others and yourself: Make it a written goal to acquire the skills of nurturing…

Please Don’t Say That

December 05, 2017

In FaceBook (an internet social site), I put a call out to people who had gone through grief. I asked them what helped most and what helped least when it…

The Power of Empathy

November 21, 2017

By Sage Knight I got up this morning as usual, helped my son get ready for school, drove the carpool, and then lingered for the dedication of Topanga Elementary School’s…